Flying is terrible these days. It flat-out sucks. From ballooning lines to get through security procedures that mostly don't work, to random fees and seats so small analysts believe they may be safety hazards, it really just isn't a pleasant way to spend your time.
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Video: For fear of its screen shattering, you probably do everything you can to prevent your fragile smartphone from falling even just a metre. But Blake Henderson accidentally tested the limits of a Samsung Galaxy S5's durability when he dropped it from a plane, only to later discover it recorded both the skydive and its miraculously safe landing hundreds of metres below.
Video: Fuelled by imagination, this 27-year-old LEGO set — the Solo Trainer — flew thousands of hours in the hands of kids and collectors. But Adam Woodworth, an aerospace engineer and hardware designer at Google, wanted to see just how aeronautically sound LEGO's design really was, so he built a giant RC version of it.
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.
Over the weekend, Delta Airlines temporarily grounded all domestic flights due to an unexplained technical error, the second major American airline to do so in the last seven days.
This week, one Virgin America flight was delayed and another was reportedly canceled after crew members discovered a Wi-Fi hotspot named "Samsung Galaxy Note 7" mid-flight. Ultimately, however, no Note 7 was found on the plane, as the network belonged to another device named to resemble the banned smartphone.
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.
We don't really have in-flight wi-fi in Australia yet, although both Virgin and Qantas are working on it. It's far more common throughout Europe and the US, but a consortium of European companies is taking a different approach to the new network it's building: instead of satellites dozens of kilometres above the Earth bouncing signals from ground stations to planes and back, the European Aviation Network uses 4G LTE beamed directly upwards from mobile phone towers.
Research at The University of Queensland has revealed the stunningly simple reason why birds never crash mid-flight: they always veer right.
The findings from Professor Mandyam Srinivasan's laboratory at the Queensland Brain Institute have enormous potential for automated anti-crash systems on aircraft.