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Video: Like NASCAR, hydroplane racing seems like one of those sports where fans only watch in hopes of seeing a spectacular crash. Making over-powered boats race at speeds of over 322km per hour might not be humanity's best decision, but it makes for some impressively terrifying highlight videos when things go wrong. We'll just stick with canoes, thank you.
Drones: beloved by amateur photographers, scourge of air traffic controllers and firefighters. Now, you can add power companies to that list.
Real-life crashes are terrifying, but simulated crashes are not only important for safety research, they're also really, really fun to watch. So NASA's Langley Research Center posted this montage of crash tests that's as good a way as any to start a Tuesday morning.
Last month, a vehicle rear-ended one of Google's self-driving cars at a Mountain View intersection. No one was hurt, but Google didn't exactly broadcast the news to the public. Now, anyone will be able to download monthly reports about where the cars are and what they're doing, thanks to a new transparency initiative from Google.
Video: If there is such thing as a perfect motorcycle accident, this might be it: a motorcyclist crashes full speed into a car that's changing lanes. That's bad. The crash launches his body into a spinning mess in the air. That's definitely bad. But yet somehow he manages to flip and land standing up on the car's roof.
After putting its rovers on Mars, NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab showed the world that billion dollar hardware isn't always the answer. And researchers at the EPFL are taking the same technology-on-the-cheap approach with a low-cost autonomous flying drone that simply bumps and crashes into everything in its path instead of relying on expensive sensors and software to avoid obstacles.
The newest instalment in the saga of the Southwest 737 aeroplane that skidded to a fiery halt as its nose gear collapsed during landing gives us markedly different perspective than we've seen thus far. This time, personal footage has been released from one of the passengers onboard who just happened to be filming as things went awry.
As the story goes, when farmers were looking for a better way to deliver tomatos undamaged, they just engineered a more resilient vegetable. And that's basically the same approach being taken by crash-friendly flying robot researchers at the EPFL.
When a plane crashes in an accident, there's no shortage of photos and video of the wreckage, while footage of the actual impact is rare. So to appease our morbid curiosity of what really happens when a large airliner crashes, the Discovery Channel deliberately downed a 727 in the desert for an upcoming show.