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Disney Imagineering’s autonomous robot stunt doubles

To level up the animatronic characters in their parks around the globe, Disney Imagineering has created autonomous robot stunt doubles that can perform "extreme aerial maneuvers 60 feet in the air, making real-time de...

How do crab spiders use their silk to fly?

Some spiders can catch onto breezes that send them flying across oceans and high up into the skies by ballooning—releasing "numerous strands of silk that they spin up to six feet long." And those threads of silk, ...

A hovering robot DRAGON that shape-shifts in flight

At JSK Lab at the University of Tokyo, roboticists have developed a robot called DRAGON, which (obviously) stands for for “Dual-rotor embedded multilink Robot with the Ability of multi-deGree-of-freedom aerial transfo...

1,374 drones dancing over the City Wall of Xi’an, a Guinness World Records

The world record for "most number of unmanned aerial vehicles airborne simultaneously" has been broken by Chinese aerial vehicle company EHang Egret during the rehearsal performance shown above. Their 1,374 quadcopter...

The Mars Helicopter, NASA’s small autonomous rotorcraft demonstration

Launching in 2020 on the belly of NASA's next Mars Rover, this small rotorcraft will be an autonomous asset from above the Red Planet, taking photos of the landscape and scouting for its rover. The pair are scheduled ...

Wingtip vortices made visible with ribbons of white smoke

Ribbons of twisting smoke trails twirl in the air as an old British Hawker Sea Fury fighter aircraft flies over a runway in Ione, California. Dennis Sanders of Sanders Aeronautics pilots the plane as Elliot Seguin fil...

The Bat Volcano of Calakmul, Mexico

The Bat Volcano of Calakmul, Mexico is not actually a volcano, and it might be more like a tornado, but it's famously called Volcán de los Murciélagos. In Calakmul, there's a limestone cave full of almost four million...

The Paper Airplane Guy demonstrates how to fold five paper stunt planes

John Collins is The Paper Airplane Guy thanks to his years of paper airplane designs, including the world record paper airplane design for longest throw, as well as his super popular how-to books The New World Champio...

Christian Moullec flies his microlight with the birds

French bird enthusiast and microlight pilot Christian Moullec has been flying with birds for years, first as a guide for migrating lesser white-fronted geese in their journey from Germany to Sweden, and now also as a ...

Visiting the Reserva de la Biósfera Santuario Mariposa Monarca

Tens of millions of overwintering monarch butterflies can be found covering the tall pine and oyamel trees at the Reserva de la Biósfera Santuario Mariposa Monarca, the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere, a UNESCO World Heri...

Moonline: Speed Riding at night over Bossons Glacier

With his wing lit by 20 meters of LED lights, French speed rider Valentin Delluc mixes freeskiing and paragliding over Bossons glacier near Chamonix, France. Flying with LEDs required seven months of training and test...

Starling murmuration, a stunning clip from Jan van Ijken’s ‘The Art of Flying’

Murmurations, those dense clouds of whirling, pulsating, shapeshifting starling flocks, are a breathtaking dusk phenomenon. How do thousands of birds change directions and seemingly move as one without colliding? Dutc...

A world record 217-way 3 points skydive over Arizona in 360°

Watch as skydivers set a 217-way 3 points Sequential FAI World Record with their formation at Skydive Arizona for the Sequential Games 2017 in October. Via Air Sports Net: After setting the initial formation, thos...

Whispering, Walking Bats Are Onto Something

Bats have a brilliant way to find prey in the dark: echolocation. But to many of the moths they eat, that natural sonar is as loud as a jet engine. So some bats have hit on a sneakier, scrappier way to hunt. See ho...

A drone with robot arms

This large, six rotor drone with two 5-axis robot arms can grab and carry small items, potentially assisting humans, making deliveries, and assisting in emergency aid missions. It flies up to 60 km/h (37 mph) and tran...

UCLA’s Hummingbird Whisperer

Meet UCLA assistant researcher Melanie Barboni, who has become well known for the tiny birds that visit her feeders outside of a Department of Earth, Planetary and Space Sciences window. She's known on campus as The H...

Hummingbirds fly, shake, and drink in slow motion

First shared in the National Geographic feature A Mesmerizing Look at Hummingbirds in Flight, this high-speed video footage by Anand Varma captures these "perfect flying machines" as they fly, shake, and drink. The sl...

Flying Fish, hunted underwater and in the air

Flying fish can make powerful, self-propelled leaps out of water into air, where their long, wing-like fins enable gliding flight for considerable distances. It appears these Flying Fish are in a no win situation, pic...

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