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10 friendly neighborhood drones – Express delivery: Australian textbook rental service Zookal make good on UAV's (unmanned aerial vehicles) promise to provide lightning-speed personal deliveries. French postal service La Poste claimed to be launching a newspaper delivery drone service in April -- only to reveal it as a hoax. But Zookal looks to be the real deal, offering Sydney students the chance to have their textbooks dropped at any location.
10 friendly neighborhood drones – Shooting the stars: one group sure to be seeing more drones in the near future are Hollywood's stars. Whether acting in front of drone-mounted cameras or being chased by UAV paparazzi, wherever celebrities go, the drones will be watching.
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10 friendly neighborhood drones – Search and rescue: need a tireless search party? Why not drones, which could be pre-programmed to scan an area, leaving no stone unturned. Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department began experimenting with the SkySeer Search and Rescue drone as early as 2006, and British mountain rescue teams are testing a crowd-sourcing approach to spotting stranded climbers.
10 friendly neighborhood drones – Saving the world? As engineers at the Fukushima nuclear plant embark on another terrifyingly hazardous mission to correct damage sustained during the 2011 tsunami, the benefits of disaster response robots are clear. UAV disaster teams, capable of flying into hazardous zones and saving lives, could turn around perceptions of "killer" drones. Oklahoma-based Fireflight are leading the way with their wildfire battling bots.
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10 friendly neighborhood drones – Protect and serve: after the military, police forces were among the first to declare an interest in drones. In May, Colombian police revealed this surveillance quad-coptor -- designed to protect Latin American heads of state at the VII Pacific Allianz Summit -- and UAVs have been used in counter-narcotics operations in the country since 2006.