Extremely rare photo of two armed F-16s escorting a Boeing Dreamliner

The Aviationist caught these cool selfies of two Royal Netherlands Air Force pilots escorting a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner in F-16 fighter jets fully armed for air interception duties. But don't worry, it's not a terrorism alarm. They were just welcoming the country's first Dreamliner. » 6/10/14 8:21pm 6/10/14 8:21pm

These Gargantuan Gates Keep Europe's Largest Port from Drowning

Spanning more than 25 miles of shoreline and covering 41 square miles, the Port of Rotterdam is largest shipping berth in all of Europe, the fifth-busiest in the world, and a major interchange for the region's energy supplies. But keeping the North Sea's fury in check is no easy feat. So to keep the port open for… » 10/24/13 11:33am 10/24/13 11:33am

The Netherlands Looks to Take the Lead in Relaxed Copyright Legislation

US copyright laws are designed to protect the "fair use" of copyrighted content such as mash-ups and remixes—or they were, at least, until the advent of DMCA Takedown Notices. The Dutch government has taken notes on America's IP failures and is reportedly looking to explicitly protect such DMCA fodder, much to the… » 2/14/12 2:00am 2/14/12 2:00am

Titanium Tricycle Ensures Trust Fund Babies Break The Bank, Not Their…

This $2,500 tricycle is pretty straightforward. Made of titanium, the hook is the trike is nigh indestructible, meaning rich little snots can pedal around the driveway without fear of bending the frame or snapping it in two. Racing to the mailbox for the latest Hammacher Schlemmer catalog has never been safer. A… » 11/02/08 5:00pm 11/02/08 5:00pm

Flame Bot Has Manliest Walk in Robot Kingdom

Next Friday, a Dutch robotics researcher named Daan Hobbelen at TU Delft will be getting his PhD for building a robot named Flame. What's the big deal? you robo-saturated Giz readers ask. Flame has been built to walk like a man, using human-based principles that strike fear in the hearts of other robotics experts. … » 5/23/08 3:00pm 5/23/08 3:00pm

Soaring Spybot RoboSwift Mocks Real Birds (and Pays the Price)

The RoboSwift, built by researchers at the Delft University of Technology, is among the first flying machines with a "morphing" wing sweep. As you'll see in the video below, its wings reduce in surface area when pulled back to limit drag, the way the wings of actual fast-flying swifts do. Unlike the real birds,… » 3/06/08 9:25am 3/06/08 9:25am

Heated Sleep Suit Uses Same Technology as Spacesuits, for Insomniacs,…

Dutch researchers have come up with a heated sleep suit that could help insomniacs and older people who suffer from disturbed sleeping patterns. A system of micropipes filled with water warms the patient, increasing their body temperature by just 0.4 degrees Celsius. At 35.4ºC, the body shifts from nocturnal… » 2/29/08 8:27am 2/29/08 8:27am