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The Los Angeles Police Department approved a test program to deploy drones alongside its officers on Tuesday, with the Police Commission voting 3-1 to roll out a year-long "small Unmanned Aerial System" program.

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It's understandable that UAV enthusiasts might be tempted to grab amazing footage of ongoing disasters like the northern California wildfires -- providing a unique perspective of a climate change-fuelled catastrophe which has now killed at least 41 people, burned down thousands of buildings and laid waste to hundreds of thousands of acres of land.

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If you're in Radelaide this weekend and have the urge to hit up a technology festival filled with projects, panels and inspiration for everything from biotech to eSports, you're in luck.

At Hybrid World Adelaide you'll get hands on with retro gaming, robotics, AI and yes - drones. But there's so much more to the event than there seems.

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The Federal Government just announced a new project which it says will enhance Australia's defence capability.

With research and development led by a team at The Australian National University, the sensor and on-board data processing for drones and small satellites will get a significant upgrade.

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Earlier today, it was reported that the Australian Defence Force grounded its fleet of DJI drones -- after the US Army did the same thing last month -- on security fears. Around 40 drones were taken out of active service in early August on concerns of "user vulnerabilities", and were out of action for a fortnight while an investigation took place. The popular drone manufacturer has released a statement saying that it makes drones for peaceful purposes, not military customers, and that the company has "no way of knowing who they are or what they do with them".

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Suddenly, drones. In the last couple of years, that's exactly what it feels like. One day, no drones, the next day, your mate has a tiny one that can fly for four minutes indoors for the express purpose of tormenting cats and toddlers. So, yes, it's become a bit more important to conduct research on the damage a drone can do if it hits you in the head, something more likely to occur as the space around your face becomes increasingly more cluttered with autonomous, floating gadgets.

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We've all seen plenty of heartbreaking images from Texas this weekend, as vicious floods continue to destroy lives and property in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. But some of the most chilling footage has been taken from the sky, as hobby drones in the region document the devastation that's still taking place.

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President Trump's proposed wall along the US-Mexico border is stupid for many reasons. But one of the most obvious reasons is that it's really easy to get over the wall using modern technology. That's precisely what an American man did recently when he tried to smuggle 6kg of meth from Mexico using a hobby drone.