the grand tour
[Updated] Richard Hammond Knocked Unconscious In Grand Tour Motorbike Accident

This article has been updated with a statement from Richard Hammond. Read More >>

ios
New Emoji-Based iOS Text Hack Discovered

Sending just three emoji to an iOS device is the new comedy hack in town, as receiving the odd visual message combination can lock up iPhones so badly that they need a restart. If you hate someone enough to want to deprive them of a screen to look at for a few minutes, here you go. Read More >>

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Google’s Self-Driving Car Crash Sends Operator To Hospital

Self-driving cars will probably make the world a better place—someday—when they eliminate the likelihood of injuries in crashes. Today, is not that day. Read More >>

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Disturbing Crash Test Footage Shows Why You Should Strap Down Luggage in Your Car

You obviously need to strap down the luggage you put on the roof of your car, but as this crash test footage from Switzerland’s Dynamic Test Center shows, you might also want to strap down the bags in the back of your estate. In an impact, pieces of luggage becomes flying missiles targeted at the vehicle’s passengers. [YouTube via Core77] Read More >>

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What Happens When a Shopping Trolley Hits a Wall at 72 MPH

We’ve all had the occasional trolley collision while coming around a blind corner at the end of an aisle. But here’s what would happen if you were trying to speed through a supermarket at 72 miles per hour, got distracted by a free sample, and then slammed your trolley head-on into a concrete wall. Read More >>

Tesla
Yet Another Tesla Crash Blamed on Autopilot Mode

Another Tesla vehicle crashed while operating in Autopilot mode, according to the car’s driver. The latest crash occurred on July 1st, just two days after US regulators announced they were investigating the first fatality in a wreck involving a car in self-driving mode. Read More >>

transport
Search Teams Identify Debris, Bodies and Passenger Belongings From Flight MS804

Following a full day of searches, military teams have announced that they have found debris, bodies and passenger belongings from the missing flight MS804 that crashed into the sea yesterday. Read More >>

drones
An Aeroplane Nearly Smashed Into a Drone Over Central London

Why can't high-tech creations just get along? A new report has described the moment a UAV came close to hitting a passenger jet in the skies above central London last September. According to the UK Airprox Board, the pilot of the Embraer 170 says the plane came within 20m of a pesky drone while flying at 2,000ft. Read More >>

military
Russian Fighter Jet Shot Down on Syrian Border

Russian authorities have announced that one of its Su-24 strike jets has “crashed on Syrian territory, having been hit from the ground” while flying at 20,000 feet. Read More >>

space
Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo Crash Caused By Lack of Oversight 

An official investigation into the deadly crash of a Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo over California last October finds that a co-pilot unlocked the ship’s braking system too early. The incident, according to the US National Transportation and Safety Board’s report, could have been prevented with better safety procedures. Read More >>

aircraft
Tiny Computer File Error May Have Caused Massive Airbus A400M Crash

Investigators looking into the recent crash of an Airbus A400M military transporter are currently pinning the blame on what happened on a tiny missing configuration file, and are suggesting that something as simple as a wiped or overwritten driver could've cause three of the engines on the plane to shut down. Read More >>

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Meteorologists: Engine Ice Likely the “Triggering Factor” of AirAsia Crash 

According to a report from Indonesian meteorological experts, the most likely cause of the tragic crash of AirAsia flight QZ8501 was not turbulence (as was previously believed), but actual chunks of ice inside the Airbus A320's engine. Read More >>

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Grim Footage Shows Immediate Aftermath of Flight MH17

This clip was supposedly taken in the seconds after flight MH17 was deliberately shot out of the sky, showing locals running to the crash scene and driving their vehicles out of range of the burning wreckage. Read More >>

cars
Crash Test Dummies Getting Fatter to Represent Obese US

The company that makes crash test dummies for car impact surveys has started fattening them up, taking the weight of one range of dummies up from 75kg to 120kg to reflect the fact that the average US driver has rocketed in weight. Read More >>