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During the Moto3 race at the MotoGP World Championship's French Grand Prix over the weekend, it was almost like some sort of weird, hypnotic spell had been put on the field. As if prompted, a huge group of riders began solo slides into a gravel trap along the race course in an almost surreal fashion.
Video: Driver Simon Li was in the right place, at the right time, for his vehicle's dashcam to capture what looks like a terrifying and deadly crash of a Piper PA32 single-engine aeroplane. But it turns out both the plane's pilot and passenger were able to climb out of the plane's wreckage and walk away afterwards, with no other reported injuries.
Video: Damn. In a terrifying accident in Utah, a FrontRunner train crashed into a FedEx truck and basically shredded its trailer into pieces, sending boxes flying everywhere. Thankfully (and impressively), there were no serious injuries in the crash, as it seemed the train busted through the softest part of the FedEx truck.
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.
It's the billion-dollar question for offshore drilling giants: Could the Deepwater Horizon disaster have been prevented? Researchers at MIT's Impact and Crashworthiness Laboratory may have found at least a partial answer — the same kind of computer modelling that predicts whether car components can hold their own in a crash could also forecast whether pipes will fracture at offshore drilling sites. A fractured pipe can mean the difference between a stable operation and a massive oil spill.