Winged Archaeopteryx Dino Could Fly—Scientists Just Don’t Know How

Owing to its distinctly bird-like features, Archaeopteryx is one of the most intriguing dinosaurs known to science. Since its discovery some 150 years ago, palaeontologists have wondered if the Late Jurassic dinosaur could actually fly. New research suggests the answer is yes—but its flying style was unlike anything seen today in modern birds. Read More >>

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I Love The Clouds Aeroplane Wings Create During Takeoff and Landing

To my eye, the clouds that aeroplane wings creates during takeoff and landing look like some sort of force field—like a stealth shroud that envelopes the plane as it flies around. Reality is less fun though, because the clouds rolling over the wings are caused by the lift forces that lets planes fly. Read More >>

Researchers Make an Obvious Discovery For Improving Drones

Even the most manoeuvrable aircraft we’ve designed is no match for the agility of a bird. Mother Nature has all but perfected flight, so why are we wasting our time re-inventing the wheel? As researchers at Switzerland’s École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne realised, we should just be copying our fine feathered friends. Read More >>

Clawed Drone Can Carry Furniture and, Probably, Small Children

This is the PD6B-AW-ARM, and yes, the ARM means it has ARMS. Two arms, with grabbing claws on the end, ideal, they say, for doing harmless outdoor lifting and delivery work. Read More >>

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How NASA’s Supercritical Wings Save Airlines Millions Every Year

Throughout the 1950s and 60s, aviation engineers struggled to overcome an important issue: That planes became increasingly difficult to control, the closer they got to the sound barrier. It wasn't until NASA strapped a pair of custom-made wings onto this fighter that supersonic flight became not just feasible, but downright commonplace. Read More >>

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Watching Bats Fly In Slow Motion Reveals Biological Badassery

We all know about echolocation, but way more is happening when a bat takes flight, and some bats don't echolocate at all. So how do they have so much precision in their flying and what's different about bats and birds? Read More >>

First Ever Robo-Sparrow Shunned and Bullied by the Flesh and Blood Variety

A dead sparrow brought back to life by robotics scientists has been having a terrible time getting beaten up by its living relatives. They attack it. They fear it. But that was all part of the experiment. Read More >>

Airbus Could Ground All Its A380s For Weeks for Wing Repairs

Airbus's fleet of A380s has been beleaguered by problems with cracks in their wings since January. Now, the company has announced that they could all be grounded for up to eight weeks in order to repair the problems. Read More >>

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This “That’s What She Said” Receipt Is Funnier Than Any Stupid April Fools

Gizmodo reader Cameron Halter said he was eating at Taco Mac in Atlanta, Georgia, when they noticed this note in their receipt. "I think it speaks for itself," he says in his email. Truth. [Thanks Cameron!] Read More >>

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Man Flies Like a Bird Flapping His Own Wings

If this is genuinely real, I'm truly amazed by this video, because I always dreamed about doing this. Watch Dutch mechanical engineer Jarno Smeets take off and fly just by flapping wings of his own invention — like a real bird! It's uncanny. Read More >>

Macca Pulls Streaming Support… Before Streamed iTunes Concert

The living legend that is Sir Paul McCartney has removed his catalogue of solo work from streaming services in the US, coincidentally just before performing an exclusive set that'll be streamed through iTunes later today. Read More >>

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How a Plane Wing Really Works

The power of flight is an amazing and beautiful thing to get your head around, but apparently we've all been taught wrongly. We know a wing blazes through the air with a shape that causes lower pressure on top of it and higher below it, which affectively sucks the wing upwards. However, it’s the shape of the wing not the time it takes the air to travel around it that produces flight. Read More >>