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Google's Loon Balloon Completes Global Journey in Just Over Three Weeks

One of Google's Project Loon balloons has completed a journey around the globe in just 22 days. That exceeds the expectations of the Mountain View engineers—they thought it would take 33 days—and puts Phileas Fogg's 80 days to shame.[Google] Read More >>

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Giant Balloons Inflated Indoors Look Completely Surreal

What happens when you take a giant balloon and inflate it inside a small space? These photos show just that—and the surreal dreamworlds that result, looking like a mix between the inside of a person's body and a ghostly construction site. Read More >>

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Weird Bowls Made Using Balloons Filled With Rice, Marbles, and Pasta

If you're ranking fun things to put in a balloon, helium probably tops the list, followed probably by water and then plain old human huffin' and puffin'. But a fascinating thing happens when dry rice is poured into a balloon and all the air is sucked out: welcome to your new favourite filler. Read More >>

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What's Actually Inside the Antennas of Google's Wild Internet Balloons

When Google first announced Project Loon, its plan to cover the world in a blanket of Wi-Fi using internet balloons, it was sort of hard to believe. It still is, but now Google's taking us inside the antenna. Read More >>

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Man Flying to Europe with Helium Balloons Gives Up After Just 350 Miles

Well, that was quick. Balloon-loving daredevil Jonathan Trappe was supposed to float all the way to Europe under 370 helium-filled balloons in three to six days, but he gave up after only 12 hours citing technical difficulties. He hadn't even made it out of North America. Read More >>

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Google's Crazy Internet Balloons Will Flock Together Like Cyborg Birds

Google's Project Loon is sort of insane. Then again, that's kind of the point. And to make it actually work, the squadrons of balloons are taking a cue from nature. Read More >>

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Would You Trust a Helium-Filled Floating Venue On Your Wedding Day?

If you like the idea of an outdoor wedding, but not the idea of setting up a tent which can be a hassle, you might want to reach out to design studio Qastic. As part of the Connecticut-based firm's research into the feasibility of using floating structures in its architecture, it created this inflatable helium-filled pavilion for a garden wedding ceremony in New Haven. Read More >>

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Bursting Balloons Never Looked So Beautiful

This picture might look like some kind of tacky holiday decoration, but in fact it's what you get if you manage to photograph a paint-covered balloon just milliseconds after it's popped. Read More >>

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Google Wants to Use Balloons to Cover the World in Wi-Fi

If you go deep inside the desert or climb a mountain or find yourself in the South Pole or a remote farm or any place that can be considered 'the middle of no where', guess what? You have no internet. Well, Wired is reporting that Google wants to change all that by sending high-altitude balloons into the stratosphere to give the world Wi-Fi. Whoa. Read More >>

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A Sculpture Made of 10,000 Balloons Redefines Balloon Art

Jason Hackensworth is a balloon artist, but not the kind that wears oversized shoes and has been the villain in a 1990 horror movie. He's known for his balloon sculptures of biological forms and creatures, like this anemone-like sculpture, currently on display in the Grand Gallery of the National Museum of Scotland as part of the Edinburgh International Science Festival. Read More >>

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Watch a Balloon Explode 100,000 Feet Above the Earth

We've seen a lot of DIY space balloons, and they're all usually pretty similar to look at. Balloon goes UP. Balloon comes DOWN. Sorta-outer-space in between. Caleb Anderson's looks a little different. Because he sent a bunch of cameras up, and because they caught the balloon exploding like a wad of pudding and dispersing into the stratosphere. Read More >>

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How Many Balloons Would You Actually Need To Lift a House?

Today we reported about Jonathan Trappe, a man who's hoping to fly a tiny balloon-tethered house across the Atlantic ocean. But his Up-inspired planning would probably have been a lot easier had he access to this online calculator that lets you know exactly how many helium filled balloons you'd need to hoist your home. Read More >>

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A Guy Wants to Fly Across the Atlantic Ocean Using a Bunch of Balloons Just Like the Movie Up

We'll forgive you for mistaking Jonathan Trappe for Carl Fredriksen of the Pixar movie Up. Like Fredriksen, Trappe is a "cluster balloonist" who likes to fly around the world with a bunch of balloons, and he's even attempting to cross the Atlantic Ocean soon, too. Read More >>

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Watching a Slow Motion Video of Water Balloons Is Jiggly Fun

When you watch a video of water balloons in slow motion, you expect to see the ballon slowly rip open, you expect to see a geyser of water gushing out, you expect an explosion. Not with this slow motion video. For this video, you only get to see the endless jiggle, and blue ballish as it may be, it's oddly satisfying. The balloons look alive, like Flubber. Or like Jello. Or an extra large person running on the beach. [YouTube via BoingBoing] Read More >>

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How To Make Gigantic Glowing, Flying Art on the Cheap

Imagine you're walking home from a bar tonight. You look up and there's a bright, glowing, 250 square foot Super Mario flying above you. You'd probably think someone had slipped you something, but no, it's just our friend Mark Rober from NASA having some fun. Read More >>

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Whimsical Floating Desk Supported By Balloons and Giant Jenga Pieces

After a magazine article noted that its reception area was "small and routine," ad agency Boys and Girls decided to do something about it. So they created this brilliant floating reception desk that looks like it was inspired by Pixar's Up. Read More >>

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