environment
McDonald’s Told to Stop Filling the Sea With its Balloons

Activists are currently being active in the direction of McDonald's again, as despite the food chain's best efforts to reduce plastic waste and appear to be a good guy there's another front upon which war is being raged -- free balloons for children. Read More >>

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EE Suggests Renting a Drone to Provide You With Your Rural Mobile Data

EE has announced its rubbish 2017 festival stunt earlier than usual this year, in the form of the Helikite -- a drone/balloon hybrid capable of delivering local voice and data services. Read More >>

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This Guy’s Attempting to Set a New Round-the-World Record in a Gigantic Balloon

Four hours of sleep a day, constant temperatures of around -40 degrees Celsius and no Pokemon GO for close to two weeks. Oh, and a very real risk of death. Russian adventurer Fedor Konyukhov has embraced all of the above, having just embarked on his non-stop round-the-world record attempt. Read More >>

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What Happens When You Shoot a Golf Ball at a Balloon Filled with Non-Newtonian Fluid?

Non-Newtonian fluids are liquids that are also sort of solid but also sort of neither but also sort of both? They’re very thick liquids or very giving solids, depending on what you want to call them. That’s why they’re so fun to do science experiments with. The Backyard Scientist went and filled up balloons with non-Newtonian fluids and ripped a chainsaw through them, shot a BB-gun at them, and fired off a golf ball cannon at them too. Read More >>

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Google X Is Now Just Called ‘X’

The most threatening letter of the alphabet is now the new name of Google’s quasi-secret moonshot lab: Google X is now just “X.” Hear that? That’s the sound of paranoid civilians boarding up windows and prepping drone-downing canons. Read More >>

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Slow-Mo Footage Reveals How Balloons Burst in Two Different Ways

When a balloon bursts, it doesn’t just simply burst. New high-speed camera footage shows that they either snap cleanly open or become covered in many cracks, depending on the stresses within the skin. Read More >>

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How to Turn Balloons Into Simple Fireworks That Only Go Boom

Looking for a fast way to get the fuzz turning up at your doorstep? Just follow Grant Thompson, AKA the King of Random’s latest video that has him turning regular balloons into high-flying explosives that sound like a fireworks display, but without all the eye candy. Read More >>

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Ohio’s Using a Drone to Spy on Prisoners (and Their Smuggling Friends)

Ever heard of the Panopticon? It's a type of prison design that enables a single watchman to see everyone. Now, Ohio is experimenting with an interesting twist on that idea by putting the watchman in the sky with an infrared camera. Read More >>

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Place Your Bets on This Thrilling Roomba Balloon Knife Fight

It's a Roomba-eat-Roomba world out there and these two plucky floor cleaners are playing for keeps. By which I mean their drunk owners taped knifes and balloons to them and forced them into combat. It's adorably dangerous! Read More >>

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New Zealand Just Mistook Google’s Project Loon for a Crashing Airplane

Filling the skies with whimsical, internet-providing balloons is bound to have the occasional hitch—and down in New Zealand, one of Google's Project Loon balloons was just mistaken for an airplane crashing, causing emergency services to flock. Read More >>

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Your Reminder That Internet Balloons in the Sky Can Also Fall Down

Filling the sky with a flock of internet balloons sounds like an interesting if also sort of insane idea on paper, but in real life it's not quite so fancy-free. And Google's dealing with that first hand now that one of its internet balloons has crashed and caused a power outage. Read More >>

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Up in the Air: Using Tethered Balloons to Photograph the Future City

Sometimes even the most visionary architects need a little perspective—a way to see what's just over the horizon. To show them what's coming, photographer Curt Westergard delivers a peek at the near-future using one of the oldest, most low-tech solutions on the planet: Balloons. Read More >>