No longer are drones used to film cool footage of our favorite land marks. The University of Michigan uses them to predict landslides ... also the scenery isn't half bad either. 

A University of Michigan-led team of geologists and engineers is mapping surface ruptures and some of the tens of thousands of landslides triggered by the magnitude-7.8 earthquake that struck New Zealand's South Island on Nov. 13, 2016. Learn More:

University of Michigan via YouTube

Now when I say drones I don't mean what the armed forces use, I mean those funky quadracopters that I've wanted for years. Are you reading this Santa?! (Side note: why does everything I want cost so dang much?)

Anyway, it's cool that the team of geologists and engineers have figured out a way to make it all happen. Hopefully it will save lives.

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