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​Drones in 2015 move from 'wow, that's neat' to 'uh-oh'

These aerial toys and tools now are on the FAA's regulatory radar. Rules are tightening for consumers but should loosen for businesses.

By December 1, 2015


Wildfires likely torched more than 7 percent of Earth's trees in the past decade

New research estimates that there are currently more than 3 trillion trees on Earth, but CNET's Eric Mack ran the numbers and found a shocking number are going up in smoke.

By September 3, 2015


Drones disrupt efforts to fight California wildfire

As a wildfire rages, some people send up drones, presumably to shoot video. However, this means helicopters carrying water cannot fly.

By July 19, 2015


Quest to contact aliens interrupted by wildfires

In northern California, the SETI Institute has to shut down its systems because of wildfires near its telescope array.

By August 6, 2014


Judge rules man had right to shoot down drone over his house

Technically Incorrect: A Kentucky judge dismisses all charges against William Merideth, saying the drone was an invasion of privacy.

By October 28, 2015


Alien hunters check mystery star for signs of E.T. or 'freaky' nature

Last week news broke of something strange orbiting a distant star, raising the remote possibility of an alien civilization. CNET's Eric Mack spoke with the SETI Institute to see how the search is going.

By October 23, 2015


Say welcome to the special anti-drone shoulder 'rifle'

Technically Incorrect: The Drone Defender doesn't shoot down the drone. It disables it by interrupting its systems.

By October 15, 2015


Pilot reports of close calls with drones rise enormously

The FAA says that pilots are now seeing drones at ever higher altitudes. One pilot, though, says it's all "much ado about nothing."

By August 13, 2015


Former 'Star Trek' actor Patrick Stewart supports SnotBot drones to help whales

Ocean Alliance teams up with the former "Star Trek" captain to help raise money for snot-collecting drones for whale research.

By July 31, 2015


Man shoots down drone hovering over house

A Kentucky man thinks it's unacceptable when a drone floats over his property. So he shoots it down. Then the drone's owners come calling.

By July 30, 2015