Like Nascar, hydroplane racing seems like one of those sports where fans only watch in hopes of seeing a spectacular crash. Making over-powered boats race at speeds of over 200 miles per hour might not be humanity’s best decision, but it makes for some impressively terrifying highlight videos when things go wrong.…
Drones: beloved by amateur photographers, scourge of air traffic controllers and firefighters nationwide. Now, you can add power companies to that list.
Part of a rocket engine crashes through the roof of a house in northeast China’s Shanxi province early Friday morning.
Real-life crashes are terrifying, but simulated crashes are not only important for safety research, they’re also really, really fun to watch. So NASA’s Langley Research Center posted this montage of crash tests that’s as good a way as any to start a Tuesday morning.
Google’s driverless cars keep getting into fender-benders, and the company keeps stressing that the crashes aren’t a result of a computer glitch or rogue robotics system. Google’s cars are getting dinged for the same reason regular cars do: because people who drive make mistakes.
Last month, a vehicle rear-ended one of Google’s self-driving cars at a Mountain View intersection. No one was hurt, but Google didn’t exactly broadcast the news to the public. Now, anyone will be able to download monthly reports about where the cars are and what they’re doing, thanks to a new transparency initiative…
Yesterday's failed attempt by SpaceX to land Falcon9 on a sea barge marked another setback in the company's attempt to build a reusable rocket. But a newly released video shows just how close the rocket came to making a successful landing. They're definitely getting closer.
Some quadcopters have this cool feature where upon losing contact with its operator they go into an automated Return To Home mode. But as this tragically comic video by Every Angle Films shows, the feature isn't always helpful — especially when a pesky mountain gets in the way.
If there is such thing as a perfect motorcycle accident, this might be it: a motorcyclist crashes full speed into a car that's changing lanes. That's bad, right? The crash launches his body into a spinning mess in the air. That's definitely bad. But yet somehow he manages to flip and land standing up on the car's roof.
You'd think a guy driving a car with "Google Maps" written on the door would never get lost. But a Street View driver in Arkansas proved that user error knows no bounds, going the wrong way down a one-way street, busting an illegal U-turn, allegedly blowing a red light, and hitting another car. Hope you turned the…
This story has been kicking around the internet for awhile, but man oh man oh man is it worth a read. Test pilot Bill Weaver was flying an SR-71 Blackbird on an experimental evaluation flight when a malfunction at Mach 3.18 caused the plane to literally tear apart. Yet somehow, Weaver survived.
Pure destruction. Top Gear wanted to see exactly what happens when a train smashes into a car stuck on the railroad tracks so they set up a test of their own: they put a minivan on the tracks and pummeled it with a speeding train. It gets pretty brutal.
Back in July, Asiana Flight 214 crashed at San Francisco International Airport. Now, the National Transportation Safety Board has explained that the accident occurred because the pilot didn't understand the plane's computerized auto-throttle system.
After putting its rovers on Mars, Nasa's Jet Propulsion Lab showed the world that billion dollar hardware isn't always the answer. And researchers at the EPFL are taking the same technology-on-the-cheap approach with a low-cost autonomous flying drone that simply bumps and crashes into everything in its path instead…
Want to watch a copter crash live and guilt-free? Of course you do. Well you're in luck: NASA is serving one up right now.
Truckers of the world! No matter how many times you try it, no matter how much you duck inside your cabin as get through it, no matter how strongly you believe the warning signs don't apply to you, your vehicle is never going to be able to survive an encounter with Durham's 11-foot 8-inch tall bridge.
Why do some people survive plane crashes and others don't? Having an entire aircraft at your disposal to deliberately crash under controlled circumstances, as they do in a new Discovery Channel documentary, would seem a great way to answer that question.
If I was a pilot and I saw a plane headed straight toward me, I'd figure I was doomed. If I was a pilot and I saw a plane stuck to my own plane, I'd figure we were both doomed. Luckily for these two pilots in Holland, who hit each other in mid-air and then found themselves stuck to one another, they managed to pull…
As the story goes, when farmers were looking for a better way to deliver tomatos undamaged, they just engineered a more resilient vegetable. And that's basically the same approach being taken by crash-friendly flying robot researchers at the EPFL.