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With each passing day, it seems there’s an announcement of some new application for aerial drones. Major retailers have experimented with using these machines for high-speed delivery. And consumers can readily access a variety of remote-controlled, pilotless aircraft for their own purposes, ranging from land surveying to photographing homes for sale. None of those drones, however, are quite like the one being created by Francisco Javier Diez and his team at Rutgers University. Diez, an associate professor at the school’s Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, is constructing a drone with unparalleled versatility: It will be able to function underwater