The Russian army has established a ground-based unit specializing in defeating enemy drones. The unit—the first of its kind in Russia—operates electronic jamming systems that, in theory, can sever the radio connections between unmanned aerial vehicles and their operators. Russian-made jammers reportedly have been successful in forcing down drones in the recent past. But that doesn’t mean America’s huge fleet of military UAVs is defenseless. The counter-drone unit formed in Kursk in western Russia, the Kremlin announced on October 28 View original article at Motherboard

Vanilla Aircraft’s VA001 drone has broken the world record for longest unmanned internal combustion powered flight in history — with an epic five days, one hour, and 24 minute voyage. The post Diesel-powered drone sets world record for longest flight appeared first on Digital Trends. View original article at Digital Trends

You’ve probably heard of micro-drones, perhaps even nano-drones, but there research institutions that shrink these machines down to the size of insects. Leading from the [Wiss Institute For Biologically Inspired Engineering] at Harvard University, a team of researchers have developed a miniscule robot that — after a quick dip — literally explodes out of the water. To assist with the take off, RoboBee has four buoyant outriggers to keep it near the water’s surface as it uses electrolysis to brew oxyhydrogen in its gas chamber. Once enough of…

Foot soldiers for years have watched as wars in the air have been transformed by the introduction of drones. Now ground troops are starting to enjoy some of the same benefits. View original article at Wall Street Journal

A Malaysian, Singaporean and two others face import charges after flying a drone near parliament. View original article at BBC World News

Videos games are a cornucopia of project ideas well-suited to the talents of makers and hackers, and Halloween is as good a time as any to show them off! Reddit user [Tavarin], a huge fan of the Boderlands video games, whipped up a plaster mask — replete with glowing eyes — of one of the game’s signature enemies: the Psycho. [Tavarin]’s secret to forming comfortable plaster masks is to open his jaw while the wrap is setting  — that way he’ll be able to talk without breaking the…

The world's first unmanned large transport drone made its maiden flight on Thursday, according the China's state broadcaster CCTV. It claimed the drone has a maximum carrying capacity of 1.5 metric tons and can fly at an altitude of 20,000 feet. (Oct. 27)         View original article at USA Today

There are so many autonomous devices nowadays that can run Skynet Inside(TM) that it’s hard to keep track. But one was still missing: the versatile Bobcat. When we say “Bobcat”, we mean track loader — it’s just one of those things that the name and the brand stoke together so strongly that it’s hard to actually recall the technical name. A company by the name of Built Robotics is betting on autonomous track loaders as being a big part of the future of construction. The tractor can navigate,…

As Halloween fast approaches, many lovers of the spookiest day of the year are gearing up by devising costumes, watching scary movies and eating inordinate amounts of candy. But there are also those who revel in the potential for pranks that Oct. 31 presents. Of course, when someone pulls off a particularly hilarious gag, it often ends up on the Internet for all to enjoy. From innocent antics to spine-chilling tricks, here are six of the funniest viral Halloween pranks of all time View original article at Time…

Just to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Everyone’s favorite Star Wars droid, R2-D2, has been presented to us in many forms, be it an app-enabled drone or a DIY toy. Now, he’s rocking out to your music as a Bluetooth speaker from ThinkGeek, which is currently 80% off. SEE ALSO: Samsung’s Star Wars vacuum is the robot you need in your life This speaker can pair up with any of your bluetooth-enabled devices and plays your music for…