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Drones are kinda loud and annoying, but they're also a potential threat to public safety or privacy if they're snooping into restricted airspace. ASX-listed Department 13 has built a system it says can monitor Wi-Fi and GPS tracking signals to detect nearby drone activity, then jump in on top of those broadcasts to take over the flying gadget and redirect it to

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There's a reason nature uses eggs to protect offspring who develop outside their mothers. Domes are inherently strong and durable, so it also makes sense to build a drone with a similarly bulbous shape to help it survive crashes, collisions and other accidents when an amateur pilot is at the controls.

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On Tuesday, the US Department of Defence published video of fighter jets releasing a swarm of Perdrix drones during a military exercise in October. The entire operation likely cost millions of dollars, but hilariously resembles a couple of giant metal birds pooping a flock of screaming, tiny birds mid-flight.

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Video: Damn. I feel like I'm watching the Paramount Pictures title sequence (you know, the one with the stars and the snowy mountain) come to life. Or the opening sequence to a huge blockbuster movie right before it kicks off its first action scene. But I'm just watching a drone fly up the east ridge of Hübschhorn, a mountain in the Lepontine Alps in Switzerland. And it's as gorgeous as any drone footage I've ever seen.

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Whether a beginner, a serious aviation enthusiast, or just a fan of gadgets, many of you will have received drones as Christmas gifts. Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have surged in popularity and affordability in recent years, and there’s no doubt that recreational drone use is on the rise as a result.

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We spend a lot of time playing with gadgets at Gizmodo. A lot! Very few actually impress us, but 2016 did deliver some great gear we actually liked. Here are some of our favourite gadgets this year.

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On Thursday, China seized an unmanned sub in the South China Sea that belonged to the US Navy. Following a diplomatic complaint from the Pentagon, China now says it will return the vessel and that Americans were "hyping up" an incident that's really no big deal.

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Even the most manoeuvrable aircraft we've designed is no match for the agility of a bird. Mother Nature has all but perfected flight, so why are we wasting our time re-inventing the wheel? As researchers at Switzerland's École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne realised, we should just be copying our fine feathered friends.

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Video: There are so many great aerial shots of China in this video by Stef Hoffer that I think my mind just teleported there. It isn't just the pretty stuff either; the video is especially great because it shows many different sides of China, from the natural beauty of the country to the smoggy life in the cities and all that's in between: Sand dunes, solar panels, rice terraces, ghost cities and shanty towns.

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Video: Seeing this drone fly through Venice Beach in Robert McIntosh's Fresh Squeeze in what looks like a perfectly planned flight is just lovely. The drone zips through a bicycle, seamlessly slips inside handrails, pops into holes and cuts through structures so seamlessly that it feels like the world is unfolding before you. It's especially nice because it's going in reverse, so you don't see what you're going to see next until you already see it. Uh, if that makes any sense.

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DJI recently announced its new Inspire 2 drone, which has two micro four-thirds cameras in a package squarely aimed at filmmakers and video creators. At the Inspire 2 launch, DJI said that it would accelerate to 80km in four seconds and had a top speed of 108km/h. It turns out, that's too fast.

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If you were to read The Verge's glossy 2,000-word exclusive about Facebook's first test flight of an internet-beaming drone, you'd think the June 28 flight was an unmitigated success. Published with photos provided by Facebook on the same day the company announced the test flight to the world, the story featured quotes from Mark Zuckerberg on the importance of the project and scenes of elated Facebook employees wiping away tears of joy as "Aquila" took to the sky.