roller coasters
What Does The Future Hold For the Roller Coaster?

If you’ve ever witnessed innocent digital thrill seekers thrown off a poorly-conceived ride on RollerCoaster Tycoon, you’ll know that the design of thrill rides is best left to the professionals. Brendan Walker is one such professional, and at New Scientist Live this weekend, he revealed some of the physics, mathematics, psychology and biology you need to have a grip on to ensure people are left scared, but not scarred. Read More >>

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This Trippy Roller Coaster Ride-Along Will Make You Vomit Faster Than the Real Thing

Jeb Corliss brought along a GoPro Fusion 360-degree camera during a ride on Six Flags Magic Mountain’s Goliath roller coaster. But instead of using the footage to create an immersive VR experience, he instead turned it into a fantastically trippy 2D video that will make you dizzier faster than riding the real thing. Read More >>

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An Amusement Park That’s Also a Giant Spa is Obviously the Greatest Idea Ever

The Japanese city of Beppu is known for its countless hot springs and spas that pop up around them. So much so, that the city’s mayor, Yasuhiro Nagano, pledged to build an entire spa-themed amusement park — although it might not be quite as awesome as the one featured in this promotional video. Read More >>

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How a Roller Coaster Can Help You Pass a Kidney Stone

A team of researchers rode a roller coaster more times than they probably care to remember, just to figure out why roller coasters trigger the passage of small kidney stones. With the further help of a 3D-printed model of a kidney filled with urine, they think they’ve solved the puzzle. Read More >>

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It’s the Physics That Makes Roller Coasters So Exciting

Strap yourself in and take a moment to learn a little about the underlying physics of roller coasters, via the latest video from clever people at SciShow. Read More >>

design
Alton Towers Needs Roller Coaster Designers!

Merlin Entertainments, the owner of Alton Towers, Thorpe Park and numerous other fun palaces around the world, has a job going. It's after design-minded individuals capable of dreaming up the next generation of things people sit on to get excited. Read More >>

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Alton Towers’ Galactica VR Ride Malfunctions, Leaving Riders Suspended in Midair

Alton Towers experienced another major boo-boo yesterday, but thankfully nobody was injured in the incident. The theme park’s Galactica VR rollercoaster broke down at the top of a loop during heavy rain, leaving 28 riders stuck upside down for half an hour. Read More >>

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Alton Towers Criticised for Reopening Smiler Ahead of Crash Hearing

Alton Towers opens its gates to the public this weekend, signalling the approach of summer and the return of the now infamous Smiler. The roller coaster, which was involved in a horrific crash last June, has been closed for over nine months, and Vicky Balch -- who lost her right leg as a result of the incident -- has described the timing of the move as ‘inappropriate’. Read More >>

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Chris Hadfield: NASA Could Learn a Thing or Two From Roller Coasters

This week, I got to indulge my inner child and try out Alton Towers’ Galactica VR roller coaster ahead of opening. I enjoyed it, though there’s plenty of room for improvement too. Also checking out the theme park’s big new attraction was none other than retired, now-celebrity, Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield. Read More >>

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Wearing VR Goggles on Rollercoasters is a Next-Level Vomit Factory

We get it, ok? Virtual reality — it’s all very exciting and cool. Who wouldn’t want to be transported to another world that’s way more awesome than this one? But Samsung, who’s known overdoing it, is now turning popular roller coasters across North America into insane torture machines using Gear VR headsets. Read More >>

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The Best Parade Float Ever Has a Working, Death-Defying Roller Coaster on It

To help celebrate the annual festival of broken necks, the town of Bassersdorf in Zurich, Switzerland holds a parade featuring some of the most ridiculous floats you’ve ever seen, including one with a working roller coaster that Hollywood stuntmen would pass on riding. Read More >>

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World’s First Virtual Reality Rollercoaster Ready For Lift Off at Alton Towers

If the thought of donning a virtual reality headset at a desk makes you feel queasy, consider doing the same on a super-fast roller coaster. But the ride designers at Alton Towers have done just that, and believe they've cracked a fundamental issue concerning VR nausea in the process. Galactica will ride the wave of interest in space travel by taking passengers on an intergalactic adventure at the Alton Towers theme park in April 2016, when it will open as "the world's first" virtual reality rollercoaster. Read More >>

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Cedar Point’s Giant New Coaster Will Shatter Ten World Records Next Year

There are lots of coaster parks in the world, but few have dedicated themselves to pushing the limits of thrill rides like Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio, has. And when it opens next summer, its new Valravn Birdseye coaster will officially break ten world records in one fell swoop. Read More >>

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Don’t Eat Breakfast Before You Hit This Gyroscopic Ride

Theme parks aren't really the safest place to be if you've had a big breakfast, but this monster looks like it's going to bring up every last crumb you've consumed over the past month. Read More >>

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Alton Towers Smiler Roller Coaster Crash Leaves Four Seriously Injured

A serious accident has occurred at Alton Towers, one of the UK's leading theme parks. Read More >>