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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.

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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.

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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.

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Google's driverless cars keep getting into fender-benders, and the company keeps stressing that the crashes aren't a result of a computer glitch or rogue robotics system. Google's cars are getting dinged for the same reason regular cars do: because people who drive make mistakes.

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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.

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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.

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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.