There's a reason nature uses eggs to protect offspring who develop outside their mothers. Domes are inherently strong and durable, so it also makes sense to build a drone with a similarly bulbous shape to help it survive crashes, collisions and other accidents when an amateur pilot is at the controls.
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Even the most manoeuvrable aircraft we've designed is no match for the agility of a bird. Mother Nature has all but perfected flight, so why are we wasting our time re-inventing the wheel? As researchers at Switzerland's École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne realised, we should just be copying our fine feathered friends.
Video: Yowza. Watch this Sukhoi Su-27 make the lowest of low passes at an air base in Ukraine. Like, it flies so impossibly close to the ground that you can see a guy duck and essentially get blown over as the fighter jet flies above his head. The video shows the entire insane approach: The jet flies a few metres over the runway before it peels left and screams right on top of the guy before picking up air again over the cameraman. Bananas.
Video: You know that queasy feeling you get in your stomach when the pilot of a large passenger plane has to make a rough landing in bad weather? Just try and imagine what this Royal Danish Air Force pilot was feeling while trying to land a Seahawk MH-60R helicopter on a boat while both were being tossed around in a North Atlantic storm.
Video: La Fabrique DIY, who once showed us how to turn a drill and an old bicycle into a frisbee cannon, is back with another simple tutorial that involves building a phosphorescent glowing boomerang that will make you feel like an X-Men character every time you give it a throw.
Jet lag is objectively terrible. It grants no immunity and bends to no form of treatment, unless "consuming an entire bottle of liquor and popping a few Stilnox" is considered treatment. (It's not.) But according to conventional wisdom, some kinds of jet lag are worse than others — travelling east, for example, is harder on the sleep cycle than travelling west. As it turns out, conventional wisdom is largely correct.
To help alleviate long lines at Atlanta's airport, Delta spent more than a million dollars to install a pair of new high-tech security lanes that can handle more passengers simultaneously. When even the airlines, who are happy to charge passengers extra to sit next to their family members, thinks the United States' TSA is doing a bad job, you know there's a problem.
Video: Flying in a wingsuit? That's just not enough anymore. Anyone could do that (I would never do that). You have to make it more extreme, like by hitting a target while you're cutting through the air at crazy speeds. Or by making that target a small ring that you have to somehow fly through. Or by lighting that ring on fire. Or by... actually, that should be extreme enough for now.
The US' busiest airline just spent $US50 ($65) million on tech that promises to more efficiently route your checked luggage to its destination. By the end of the year, all Delta Airlines flights will be tracking bags using RFID, or radio frequency identification. But can RFID really solve one of the most annoying things about air travel?
Video: When a pigeon flies, you can hear it sloppily slap its wings as it makes its way through the air. When a peregrine falcon flies, the flight is powerful and beautiful but you can still hear the movement. When a barn owl flies? Complete silence. It's amazing to see. BBC Earth set up microphones along the flight path of the birds to let us hear the difference.
Video: Ever wonder how those advertising aeroplanes get their flying banners attached to the aeroplane? Me neither. I thought the planes just had those banners attached when they took off. Not the case! Apparently, the planes have to first be flying before they hook onto a specific target in order to launch the banner. They're picking up the ad as they fly by!
Video: Obviously, you can't actually fly underwater because people can't fly, and it wouldn't even be called flying since you're underwater. But by using this subwing attached to a boat, you can completely submerge yourself underwater and make it feel like you're gliding through the air (though you're really cutting through the ocean). God, it must be so fun to do in clear water.