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UPS has won government approval to operate a nationwide fleet of drones, which will let the company expand deliveries on hospital campuses and move it one step closer to making deliveries to consumers.

If an aerial drone fleet housed in a state of the art bunker sounds like something out of a sci-fi film, you're not far off. David Brown with The Texas Standard for KUT in Austin speaks with John Horgan, writer for the Scientific American online and teacher at the Stevens Institute for Technology.

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Neat video alert: This stunning video of Dallas above the fog is making the rounds on the Internet.

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Just in time for football season, here’s a cool drone video that gives you an up-close-and-personal look at the Dallas Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium.

Lauren Silverman / KERA News

Drones have gotten international notoriety because of their ability to take out bad guys (and, at times, bystanders). Sometimes, they’re described as killing machines. But drones can also save lives.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Ted Cruz is “100 percent American;” a man lands his drone on top of AT&T Stadium; does Dallas have a chance of landing the 2016 Republican National Convention?; and more.

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Brian Aiken is a filmmaker who uses a drone to produce stunning videos of North Texas from high above. He's produced videos of Dallas in the summer and Big Tex arriving at Fair Park for the State Fair of Texas.

On Thursday, he shot a new video -- this time featuring Dallas covered in snow. (You did know that a bit of snow covered North Texas, snarling traffic and closing schools, right?) Aiken's new video almost makes you want the snow to stick around.

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi

Researchers from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi have sent a drone more than a half mile into the air as part of test flights for the federal government.
An unmanned aerial vehicle known as an RS-16 took off Wednesday from a gas-propelled catapult at the Kenedy Foundation Ranch in South Texas. The drone headed up to nearly 3,000 feet over the Gulf Coast.


Texas A&M University at Corpus Christi has been named a test site to develop drones for commercial use.

The Federal Aviation Administration announced Monday that Texas is one of six states that will be development sites for the unmanned aircraft.

The university's president, Flavius Killebrew, says the school is "proud to be a part of this historic moment in aviation history."

Lacey Dowden

It’s Day Four of Ice Storm 2013, the massive blast of Old Man Winter that has shut down North Texas schools (yet again?!), covered highways with thick ice, snarled traffic for miles, delayed hundreds of flights and canceled myriad events, including the annual Children’s Medical Center holiday parade and the MetroPCS Dallas Marathon. (Stay up to speed on the storm on KERA’s live weather blog.)

But when life gives you snow, make snow cones, Carleen Michener of Denton told KERA.

Here’s a look at 11 of the more whimsical moments of Icepocalypse 2013.

A University of Texas professor recently hacked into the GPS system of a drone. He was able to take control of the unmanned aircraft using less than $1,000 worth of equipment. Era Sundar reports on what this means for the future use of drones in the United States and how this could affect national security.