toys
This May be the Coolest Toy in the World

Believe it or not, this guy is not human. It's part of what may be the coolest toy in the world, which costs as much as a car. Read More >>

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Don't Watch This Airplane Landing if You're Afraid of Flying

Bilbao. Great city, great people, great food—and one of the worst airports in the world.* The winds over its runways are crazy. Check out this video of an aborted landing filmed last Friday. Madness. Read More >>

transport
In-Flight Entertainment to Get a Boost as Take-Off and Landing Ban on Gadgets Could Be Lifted

Passengers on flights across the US are now free to use their gadgets during both take-off and landing, and that FAA-granted courtesy could soon be extended across Europe too. The relevant governing bodies, including the UK's Civil Aviation Authority and the European Aviation Safety Agency, are also considering the change, putting an army of "Flight Mode" devs on the dole. [Guardian] Read More >>

transport
Investigators: Latest Boeing 787 Dreamliner Fire Not Caused by Battery

A Boeing 787 Dreamliner continued the model's string of bad luck yesterday when it burst into flames on the tarmac at London Heathrow Airport yesterday. The good news was that it was unoccupied at the time. And now there's a little bit more: investigators say it wasn't the battery's fault. Read More >>

retromodo
Raising a WWII Bomber From the Depths of the Ocean

Archaeology is not, in general, a thrilling and exciting pastime. But sometimes, gently moving dirt around with paintbrushes gives way to something more adrenelaine-pumping -- in this case, trying to raise a rusted and rotting German bomber from the depths of the English Channel, without the whole thing falling to bits. Read More >>

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Fake Italian Pilot Tries to Imitate Catch Me If You Can; Partly Suceeds

Inspired by Steven Spielberg's 2002 film, Catch Me If You Can, an Italian man going by the name of Andrea Sirlo tricked his way into the cockpit of at least one airplane by posing as a pilot with a home-made uniform and fake ID, managing to bag a free flight. Read More >>

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How NASA Mounts a Space Shuttle on an Airplane

The Space Shuttle Endeavour just completed its final flight around California today and if you were wondering how a freaking space shuttle ends up on top of a 747, well, watch the video above. It's a mounting process that's not unlike strapping a few bikes to your car's roof (only a wee bit more complicated). Read More >>

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How Do You Feel About Paying More Taxes On Flying Than The Rest of the EU?

It's summer time, and I'm sure many of you are flying off to some sort of sunny destination, but what do you 'reckon about paying Air Passenger Duty? An extra cost slapped on when you're booking your tickets, it means you have to dig extra deep into your wallet to get out of here, and many people find that it's just not on. What's worse is that we pay more than most of Europe and the world, whilst countries such as Holland and Denmark have totally scrapped the extra fee. Read More >>

space
This Is LauncherOne: Virgin Galactic's Mothership-Launched Space Rocket

Virgin Galactic has a new spaceship: LauncherOne. It's a new air-launched rocket designed to put small satellites into orbit. LauncherOne is a cheap way for universities and private companies to get their own devices orbiting Earth. Read More >>

lego
Watch the 152,455-piece Lego Rolls-Royce Engine In Action

Holy bucket of bricks — that 152,455-piece, 307-kg, 2m-long Lego Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 jet engine doesn't only look insane — it also moves! Watch the most complicated Lego machine in action. Read More >>

airplanes
This Is Airbus' New Crazy Airplane Design

If you thought that the monster Airbus A380 wasn't crazy enough, you have to check out their latest design, which just got awarded a patent by the US Patent and Trademark Office. Read More >>

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This Is What the Jubilee Looked Like From a Lancaster Bomber

Thanks to the Queen we got two extra days off this weekend, and many of us braved the rain to go wave a flag somewhere. One of the most impressive parts of the celebrations was the Battle of Britain Buckingham Palace flyby, which included this awesome Lancaster Bomber. Read More >>

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Swapping TVs for iPads Makes Planes 7 Percent Lighter

What would happen if you ripped out all the TVs and associated wiring from a plane, and gave everyone an iPad instead? Well, we just found out: the plane becomes 7 percent lighter, and saves an awful lot of fuel as a result. Read More >>

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Virgin Becomes the First UK Airline to Let You Jabber On Your Blower Mid-Flight

Virgin's just rolled out in-flight calling, provided AeroMobile, which will set you back about the same as your regular roaming provider. Finally, you'll be able to make that crucial in-flight call to your mates, to find out what the hell caused you to get that effigy of Sir Richard Branson tattooed on your back when you were blind drunk last night. Read More >>

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There's No Way You'd Survive a Terrifying Plane Crash Like This

Yesterday we heard that Channel 4 and the Discovery Channel deliberately crashed a 727-jet plane into the desert. Now there’s a terrifying eyewitness video to show you just how horrific that really was. There’s no way you’d come out of that alive, surely? Read More >>

airplanes
The New F-18 Cockpit Display Looks Like An Awesome Videogame

This is the new LCD display in the cockpit for the new revision F/A-18E/F Super Hornet. It looks like an awesome 90s arcade videogame. One that doesn't allow you to insert a coin to continue when you die. Read More >>

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