IN PICTURES: 15 current and future uses for drones

For a world already on edge about NSA spying, drone technology is just another reason to keep looking over our shoulders.

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It's a wild, wild life In Safford, Arizona the U.S. Bureau of Land Management is using this 36-inch long Raven RQ-11a drone with a 4.5-foot wingspan to fly above the San Simon Valley to monitor the impact of climate change on wildlife. The drone, the same type used for surveillance in Afghanistan, is battery operated, can fly for 80 minutes at 30 miles an hour, and can transmit video or infrared imagery to a laptop nine miles away.

The Raven drone has also been used in Colorado to count sandhill cranes. Drones are also being deployed in parts of Africa to monitor and protect wildlife from poachers.

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