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Your Tastebuds, Not the Food, are to Blame for the Bad Taste of Airplane Meals

Airplane food tastes disgusting. Or does it? New research into food served at 35,000 feet suggests that it is changes in the way that our tastebuds work while flying, not the food itself, that's to blame for crummy-tasting meals. Read More >>

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This Plane Will Circle the World Using Only the Power of the Sun

You've probably heard about the ambitious, almost impossible-sounding project to fly a solar-powered plane around the world without refuelling. But now, about a year before the voyage is scheduled to begin, you get your first look at the plane itself. It's unlike any plane you've seen before. Read More >>

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8 Hours of Airplanes Departing From Los Angeles in One Photo

Los Angeles architectural photographer Mike Kelley posted this awesome image of almost all the departures and some of the arrivals at LAX during a period of eight hours last Sunday. Read More >>

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I Can't Believe This Plane Managed to Land in Such Bad Weather

The pilot in this twisting and turning plane must be ridiculously disciplined, have palms that never sweat, a personality that never stresses and big brass ones because that's what it takes to land a plane in such terrible weather. Read More >>

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The F-35 is Delayed Again, Now Because of Software

A US government report reveals that the DOD's F-35 will be delayed yet again. This time, the problem is stalled software development. It's just the latest in a long line of delays and problems. Read More >>

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Malaysian Officials: MH370 is Lost Because Nothing Else Makes Sense

In two separate press conferences, the Australian Defence Minister and the CEO of Malaysia Airlines reiterated that flight MH370 is lost with no survivors, mirroring the Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razik's announcement not 24 hours earlier. But both added one troubling addition; they've come to this conclusion because there's no evidence to disprove it. Read More >>

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MH370 Plane "Has Been Lost and None of Those on Board Survived"

Those sad words were said this morning at a press conference by the Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razik. It has been confirmed thanks to new analysis that the last-known position of MH370 was in the middle of the Indian Ocean, southwest of Perth, Western Australia. Read More >>

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The Tech That Australia is Using to Search for Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

Australia and New Zealand have today found a new lead in relation to the hunt for missing Malaysia Airlines flight 370 which has now been missing for almost two weeks, and it’s dumping a whole lot of maritime tech on the situation to try and determine whether it’s credible. Read More >>

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All the Airplanes That Have Mysteriously Vanished Since 1948

As this Bloomberg map shows, Malaysian flight 370 is not the first flight to mysteriously disappear. 83 flights have vanished since 1948; 80 of them never to be found again (the dots in yellow). This map only includes flights capable of carrying more than 14 passengers. Read More >>

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Why are Most Planes Painted White?

Here's a difficult question to answer without getting involved in a heated internet argument that eventually spills over into real-world violence -- why are big planes mostly white? Shouldn't Branson's Virgin fleet be red? Is there some sort of law? Does it help with visibility? Read More >>

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Flight MH370 Debris May Have Been Spotted in the Australian Stretch of the Indian Ocean

The mystery surrounding Flight MH370 has spawned numerous conspiracy theories, but an answer to how the plane managed to have seemingly vanished could be on its way -- Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has revealed that debris has been spotted in the south Indian Ocean which could potentially be the remains of the craft. Read More >>

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Malaysian Prime Minister: Missing Plane Was Deliberately Diverted

In a news conference on missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 yesterday, Prime Minister Najib Razak declared that the plane was deliberately diverted from its prescribed route to Beijing, flying up to seven hours after takeoff, says The New York Times. Malaysian authorities have released a map plotting the plane's last satellite signals somewhere along two large arcs crossing Asia. Read More >>

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NASA's Vomit Comet Trains Astronauts in the Ways of Weightlessness

With limited lab space aboard the ISS and skyrocketing launch costs, only the very best extra-terrestrial experiments make it into orbit. To put prospective experiments and astronauts alike through their weightless paces over the last six decades, NASA has relied on a gracefully arcing series of cargo planes called The Vomit Comet. Read More >>

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This GIF Shows How Tricky it is Finding the Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370

The Pacific Ocean is very, very big. Airplanes are big, too—but, compared to the Pacific Ocean, they are almost comically small. So, as rescuers finish up a week of searching unsuccessfully for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, it's worth taking a second to marvel at what an impossible a task it is to find one little plane in that very big ocean. Read More >>

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How the Granddaddy of US Recon Planes is Helping Search for Flight 370

The mysterious disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 off the coast of Vietnam has prompted a massive multinational maritime search for hints of the plane's fate. Among the growing armada of surface and aerial search vessels is the US Navy's venerable P-3C Orion, a long-range surveillance platform still just as effective today as it was in the early Cold War. Read More >>

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The 500 MPH Superplane That Bugatti Had to Hide From the Nazis

This is the Bugatti Model 100P: a 900 bhp, 500 mph, race plane imagined by none other than legendary automotive designer Ettore Bugatti. A plane so technologically advanced that it could have single-handedly dominated the skies of WWII for Germany, had the Nazis ever got hold of it. But after more than seven decades of obscurity in a French barn, the "Veyron of the Skies" is ready to finally take flight for the first time. Read More >>

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