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Qantas And Virgin Australia Issue Total Flight Ban On Samsung Galaxy Note7

Hot on the heels of the FAA’s decision in the US to ban Samsung’s ignition-happy Galaxy Note7 on all flights, local carriers Qantas and Virgin yesterday announced a similar stance, effective immediately.

Throwing This Glowing Boomerang Feels Like Having X-Men Powers

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.

Why You Should Always Put Your Oxygen Mask On First

Video: “I don’t want to die.” That’s what Destin from Smarter Every Day says as his oxygen level drops dangerously low and yet he’s completely unable to put his oxygen mask back on to save himself because his brain isn’t functioning properly.

We Finally Know Why Jet Lag Is Much Worse Flying East

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.

TSA In The US Is So Bad That Delta Installed Its Own Ultra-Efficient Checkpoints

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.

Man In Wingsuit Flies Straight Through A Ring Of Fire

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.

Why The Hell Is Delta Spending $50 Million On Bag-Tracking Technology?

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?

Watch How Dead Silently An Owl Flies Compared To Other Birds

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.

This Is How An Aeroplane Picks Up A Banner While Flying In The Air

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!

Interesting Animation Explains How Aeroplanes Are Able To Fly

Video: Drag. Thrust. Lift. Jet engines. Propellers. Wings. This animation breaks down just exactly how an aeroplane flies and it’s pretty damn interesting. Each design element of the plane basically solves a law of physics and is part of the reason how an aeroplane can fly.

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