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  • Dinosaur Brains Flight-Ready Long Before They Took To the Air
    By on August 6, 2013 | Comments Off  Comments


    An anonymous reader writes “Dinosaurs evolved the brain power for flight long before they took to the air, new evidence presented in the journal Nature suggests. Contrary to the cliche, a ‘bird brain’ describes a relatively enlarged brain with the capacity required for flight. However, based on high-resolution X-ray computed tomographic (CT) scans, researchers found that at least a few non-avian dinosaurs had brains as large or larger than Archaeopteryx, (more…)



  • Goal-line systems for top flight
    By on February 28, 2013 | Comments Off  Comments

    Goal-line technology will be introduced as early as the start of next season, the Premier League reveals.

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  • Solar-Powered Plane Makes First Successful Flight
    By on April 8, 2010 | Comments Off  Comments

    lilbridge writes “The Solar Impulse, a solar-powered plane covered in 12,000 solar cells, took its maiden flight today in Switzerland. The plane stayed aloft for 87 minutes, performing test maneuvers as well as completing a successful takeoff and landing. With the first test flight behind them, the developers can focus on gearing up for their around-the-world solar powered flight set for 2012.”

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  • Anatomy of a Plane Crash: What Happened to AF Flight 447?
    By on December 8, 2009 | Comments Off  Comments

    The airline industry’s safety record has never been better, but when Air France flight 447 vanished without a trace, it spurred new efforts to prevent tragedies before they happen. Here’s how plane crash forensics can lead to safer aviation.

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  • Quidditch takes flight at Harvard
    By on November 24, 2009 | Comments Off  Comments

    It was a bizarre, magical request that apparently even cash-strapped Harvard University couldn’t refuse. “It’s a combination of dodge ball, soccer and track,” Rush said about the once-fictitious game, introduced to the world through J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter [website]” novels.

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  • 3 Flight of the Conchords Songs Heading to Rock Band!
    By on September 22, 2009 | Comments Off  Comments

    When Jemaine Clement deadpans that Flight of the Conchords, the outrageous music/comedy duo who just missed an Emmy last night, has three tunes coming to Rock Band, I have two reactions: “Oh, B.S.,” and “God, I hope so.” The Emmys’ red carpet is a weird place to drop a bomb like that.

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  • Top flight in financial crackdown
    By on September 14, 2009 | Comments Off  Comments

    Premier League clubs could face a transfer ban if they fail to adhere to new financial rules announced today to govern the top flight.

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  • Australian Defence Force Builds $1.7m Linux-Based Flight Simulator
    By on August 30, 2009 | Comments Off  Comments

    scrubl writes “The Australian Defence Force (ADF) has revealed its latest flight simulator runs on SUSE Linux-based clusters of Opteron servers and uses an open source graphics platform. The Defence Science and Technology Organisation’s (DSTO) Air Operations Simulation Centre in Melbourne creates virtual words that allow pilots to experience real-world combat situations without leaving the ground. The visuals software was written in OpenGL, using (more…)