flight

Snakes on a Plane

A Man Tried to Smuggle a Python Onto a Plane Inside a Hard Drive Enclosure

The snake stowaway has been confiscated by the US Fish and Wildlife Services.
Becky Ferreira
7.11.18
Spiders

Spiders Can Fly Thousands of Miles With Electric Power

For the first time, scientists have empirically verified electricity’s role in the ballooning abilities of spiders.
Becky Ferreira
7.5.18
Whoa

Start Rolling Your Blunts: NASA Is Uploading Decades of Archival Footage to YouTube

Watch a hypersonic plane go 7,000 miles per hour and more in over 500 videos of experimental aircraft pushing the limits.
Samantha Cole
7.19.17
robotic raptors

Robo-Falcons Will Scare Off Actual Live Birds at the Edmonton Airport

The Canadian airport says it’s the first in the world to try something like this.
Lisa Cumming
5.10.17
Flights of Fancy

Iran’s Stealth Fighter Is Still Fake and Not Convincing Anyone

Iran's military unveiled a new version of its homebuilt Qaher F313 fighter jet last weekend, but a drive down the runway revealed it's far from ready for flight.
David Axe
4.17.17
videos

Innovation and Perseverance Were Key To The First Trans-Atlantic Solar Flight

Solar Impulse 2 succeeded in flying around the globe, but it wasn't easy.
MOTHERBOARD STAFF
7.5.16
nasa

NASA's New X-Plane Is an Anyplane Prototype for the People

It's hoped the X-57 will form the basis for clean, quiet short-haul airliners.
Michael Byrne
6.29.16
Animal

Scientists Zapped Bats With Lasers Inside a Wind Tunnel to Learn How they Fly

It could lead to better drones in the future.
Kate Lunau
5.5.16
travel

Should E-Cigarettes Even Be Allowed on Planes?

The Senate is considering an amendment that would ban vaping devices from all planes, even in luggage.
Kaleigh Rogers
4.12.16
video

The Volocopter Is Our Flying Car

The Volocopter, an aircraft designed to be as simple to fly as a car is to drive, has reached another milestone.
Kaleigh Rogers
4.8.16
DRONES

The Number of Drones Getting Too Close to Planes Is on the Rise

The FAA released its full archive of reports. While many were not necessarily dangerous, there were some scary close calls.
Kaleigh Rogers
8.24.15
Sweden

The Japanese Space Agency Tested a Supersonic Plane With Less Sonic Boom

Researchers in Japan want to take the boom out of a supersonic jet.
Emiko Jozuka
7.27.15
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