Science illustrator and animator Eleanor Lutz has created these cool animated technical drawings of flying animals in motion. I would love to paths the wings draw in 3D.
Scotty Bob, the crazy guy zipping the air in the wingsuit, is flying so fast you might miss it but he comes so impossibly close to scraping the mountain on some of his turns that he can pretty much high five the photographer taking a picture of him.
If this fly looks weird to you it's because it's dead—covered in the fungus that killed it. It's a very special type of Drosophila—one born and raised in space—and it proves that interplanetary travel could be really bad for the human immune system. So bad that we may end up dead, killed by some stupid infection.
This is unbelievable, but the fruit fly G tridens has somehow evolved to have what looks like pictures of ants on its wings. Seriously, its transparent wings have an ant design on them complete with "six legs, two antennae, a head, thorax and tapered abdomen." It's nature's evolutionary art painted on a fly's wings.
On March 19, 2009, the crew of the Discovery flew around the International Space Station after undocking at the end of mission STS-119. They filmed this awesome video—which has been sped up—that shows the orbiting structure in amazing detail. It's hard to believe we built that thing—and at the same time, I wish we…
Chances are that you're never going to wear a wingsuit and fly through Norway's fjords. Or any other fjord, mountain or canyon, for that matter. This awesome 360-degree interactive video is perhaps the closest you will ever get to experience it.
From Thousand Oaks to Malibu to Santa Monica to downtown LA to runway 24R. I don't know if it's the Rolling Stones soundtrack or what, but this LAX twilight landing is now one of my favorite aviation videos ever.
It looks terrible. It's hairy. And it can't fly. It's the terrible hairy fly, or to give it its scientific name, Mormotomyia hirsuta. The 1cm-long insect, which breeds in bat faeces, has small eyes, long legs and tiny useless wings.
Steve Kamb decided he wanted to travel the world for as little money as possible. This map is his travel plan: 35,000 miles, visiting four continents, nine countries and 15 cities for just $418. Here's how he got it:
By tricking a fruit fly into thinking it was flying using an array of LEDs, researchers used the fly's wing movements to steer a robot through an obstacle course. There's video, so you can check out this cyborg fly for yourself.
What's even cooler than flying robots? Flying robots that work in tandem to grasp and transport objects across a room. Individually, the robots can't lift much but swarm them together and watch their strength grow.
If you're anything like us, your zipper always has a hard time staying in the up position. Button fly jeans are a horrible solution, because you end up peeing all over yourself in an emergency. Enter the ZipHolder. It's a little elastic loop that attaches to the top of your zipper and hooks to your button. No more…
Jetpacks, the invention we've all been waiting to become a reality for as long as we can remember (along with flying cars and teleporters), are pretty much a reality at this point. While a few months ago the only two commercially available jetpacks had paltry flying times of about 30 seconds, Jet Pack International…
OK, so maybe it's a friendly battle, but a test of mad skillz nonetheless, one that went down at San Francisco's Shine nightclub not long ago. Every notebook that comes with the $80 LeapFrog Fly Fusion pen has this music-making console on the back, so you too can lay some breaks and beats yourself when it goes on…
This remote controlled car looks like a little Moller Skycar for a reason. It zooms over grass, concrete, and dirt. But at 20MPH, it goes airborne. Whoosh! During flight, the vehicle can reach heights of 20 stories at 30MPH. And the racer only costs 60 bucks (plus $20 for a rechargeable battery that'll last 10…