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Federal regulators have announced plans to allow drone operators to fly their unmanned aerial vehicles over populated areas and at night. A Wing Hummingbird drone from Project Wing arrives and sets down its package at a delivery location in Blacksburg, Va., last year. Michael Shroyer via AP hide caption

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Michael Shroyer via AP

A flock of drones flying against a sunset. On Wednesday the Department of Transportation announced the launch of a pilot program that will lead to new regulations. Buena Vista Images/Getty Images hide caption

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This holiday season, shoppers will buy nearly 1.6 million drones, up 31 percent from last year, according to the Consumer Technology Association. Ethan Miller/Getty Images hide caption

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The FAA approved a Pulse Vapor drone like this one — but outfitted with LTE radios and antennas — to provide temporary voice, data, and internet service in Puerto Rico. Mary Esch/AP hide caption

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Jimmy Causey was captured in Texas on Friday after more than two days on the run. He used wire cutters that officials suggest were dropped from a drone as part of an elaborate plan to escape from a South Carolina Prison. Williamson County Jail/Associated Press hide caption

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Williamson County Jail/Associated Press

Drones carrying automated external defibrillators got to the sites of previous cardiac arrest cases faster than ambulances had, according to test runs conducted by Swedish researchers. Andreas Claesson/Courtesy of FlyPulse hide caption

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A pilot prepares to launch an unmanned aerial vehicle from a ground control station earlier this year. The Air Force is moving to treat psychological stress faced by remote pilots and analysts a little more like the effects of traditional warfare. John Moore/Getty Images hide caption

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The Warfare May Be Remote But The Trauma Is Real

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