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Uber to Stop Buying Hundreds of Thousands of Balloons Every Year

Things haven’t been going so hot for Uber, which is burning through billions of dollars a year with no fleet of driverless taxis in sight to stop it. Now, the party is really over: According to a report in Crunchbase News, Uber has decided to stop buying hundreds of thousands of dollars in celebratory balloons annually. Read More >>

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Museum Wants to Save Trump Balloon for Future Generations

The massive Trump ballon that's set to fly again today in honour of the official (right old) state (of that) visit that's going on at the moment could well end its days on display in the Museum of London, with exhibition bosses thinking it's an ideal way of logging post millennial ironic protest movements. Read More >>

politics
Trump Balloon Returns to Flight for Summer State Visit

The Trump balloon that captivated, then ultimately slightly disappointed the nation last year by being a bit smaller than billed, is returning. The creators of the original flying protest piece are vowing to bring back the nappy/diaper-wearing Trump avatar to the skies in time for Mr Effing Orangina's state visit to the UK this summer. Read More >>

transport
Helium Balloons are the New Rail Infrastructure Scapegoats

There's a new Bad Thing About Balloons in town, and this one's not wildlife related. Railway manager Network Rail says it's seeing increasing numbers of delays caused by bunches of balloons getting tangled in power lines, as our love of the floaty things shows no sign of dying, even though they're rapidly becoming an environmental no-no too. Read More >>

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 >>

science
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 >>