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In this April 2013 photo provided by Oklahoma State University, Team Black members from left, Amelia Wilson, Nathan Woody and Alyssa Avery prepare their aircraft for flight during SpeedFest III at Oklahoma State University, in Stillwater, Okla. Researchers at OSU are designing and building sleek, Kevlar-reinforced unmanned aircraft _commonly known as drones_ to fly into the nation's worst storms and send back real-time data to first responders and forecasters about how fierce they might become.

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Reality catches up with sci-fi in storm drones

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