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Check Out This Incredible Extinct Bird From the Cretaceous Period Check Out This Incredible Extinct Bird From the Cretaceous Period

The discovery of a 127-million-year-old fossil in northeastern China is filling an important evolutionary gap between modern birds and the winged, dinosaur-like creatures that came before them.

Watch a Moth Keep Its Balance While Being Pelted With Tiny Cannonballs

Somehow during the history of Earth, life took to the skies. As these winged creatures evolved, they specialized and improved their flying abilities. Today, we have specimens like the incredible hawk moth, a hummingbird-like insect that can precisely control its hovering.

Plane Quarantined at JFK Airport After Passengers Mysteriously Fall Ill [Updated] Plane Quarantined at JFK Airport After Passengers Mysteriously Fall Ill [Updated]

Investigators from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) are currently investigating a plane that was held on the tarmac at JFK International Airport in New York after several passengers became ill.

Vaping Pilot Trying to Hide E-Cig Cloud Accidentally Sends Passenger Flight Plummeting Vaping Pilot Trying to Hide E-Cig Cloud Accidentally Sends Passenger Flight Plummeting

An Air China flight crew had to enact emergency protocols during a flight from Hong Kong to the city of Dalian on Tuesday, all because a co-pilot tried to sneak in a vape break.

Watch Tiny Crab Spiders Take Flight With 10-Foot Silk Parachutes Watch Tiny Crab Spiders Take Flight With 10-Foot Silk Parachutes

If you’re arachnophobic, I hate to tell you this, but spiders can fly.

United Airlines Re-Routes Plane After Third Dog-Related Mishap of the Week United Airlines Re-Routes Plane After Third Dog-Related Mishap of the Week

United Airlines had its third dog-related mishap this week, following up on the death of a puppy its flight attendants allegedly insisted be stuffed in an overhead bin and the accidental shipment of another dog to Japan by putting a third dog in the wrong plane.

Winged Archaeopteryx Dino Could Fly—Scientists Just Don't Know How Winged Archaeopteryx Dino Could Fly—Scientists Just Don't Know How

Owing to its distinctly bird-like features, Archaeopteryx is one of the most intriguing dinosaurs known to science. Since its discovery some 150 years ago, paleontologists have wondered if the Late Jurassic dinosaur could actually fly. New research suggests the answer is yes—but its flying style was unlike anything…

United Airlines Finds Way to Cut Costs That Doesn't Involve Booting Overbooked Passengers United Airlines Finds Way to Cut Costs That Doesn't Involve Booting Overbooked Passengers

Switching its in-flight magazine Hemisphere to a lighter variety of paper that saved an ounce a copy has saved United Airlines 170,000 gallons of fuel a year, the L.A. Times reported on Saturday, citing an “internal message to employees.” Per the paper, the 11 fewer pounds a flight save approximately 170,000 gallons…

This Guy Is Living My Fantasy of Flying Like a Bird

Even with the hours of preamble as I shuffle through the airport to my gate, flying is still an amazing experience for me. But taking off in a commercial airliner isn’t anywhere near as magical as the way Jean-Baptiste Chandelier takes flight in this stylishly-edited new video, which makes paragliding look as close to…

This Footage of a Drone Buzzing a Cargo Train Turned My Stomach Inside Out

Your childhood fantasies of soaring through the air like Iron Man or Superman will seem far less fantastic after this sobering first-person footage of a drone racing alongside a moving cargo train reveals just how terrifying (and slightly nauseating) it would be to actually fly.

Incredible Slo-Mo Footage Reveals Hummingbirds Are Truly Nature's Fighter Jets

Most birds get all the lift they need to fly with the downward stroke of their wings—meaning there’s no upward force being produced as they raise them back up. Hummingbirds, on the other hand, produce lift with both their upward and downward wing strokes, creating air vortices that the tiny birds use to fly with…

The Shape of a Bird’s Egg Can Tell You Something Totally Unexpected The Shape of a Bird’s Egg Can Tell You Something Totally Unexpected

Some of life’s simplest questions get swept under the rug for a long time—after all, the most widespread phenomena often require the most data to understand. Take the shape of the boring egg, for example. You probably thought eggs are was shaped the way they are so they won’t roll out of the nest or something. But a…

Kitesurfer Hopping From Pond to Pond Is Proof Humans Really Were Meant to Fly

Tethering yourself to a giant kite that’s strong enough to pull you right off the ground seems a lot less terrifying when kitesurfer Sam Light takes to the skies. This first-person footage of a recent adventure lets you (safely) ride along as he effortlessly hops from pond to pond making it seem like humans were…

Scientists Find That Mosquito Flight Is Unlike Anything Else

We all know the bloodcurdling sound of a bloodsucking mosquito that has made its way into our general vicinity. It’s a distinct buzz that immediately gets your attention. A team of researchers has finally cracked exactly how mosquitoes fly and according to their findings, its flight “is generated in a manner unlike…

The International Mission to Get Bao Bao the Panda Laid The International Mission to Get Bao Bao the Panda Laid

Bao Bao the giant panda is on her way to China today and National Zoo Director Dennis Kelly only has one thing on his mind: smokin’ hot panda sex.

This is How You Fold a Record-Breaking Paper Airplane This is How You Fold a Record-Breaking Paper Airplane

In 2012, designer John Collins constructed a paper airplane that flew an astonishing 226 feet, establishing a distance record that still stands. A new video demonstrates the steps required to fold your own version of this record-setting paper-based aircraft.

Hail Satan, Flight 666 Lands Safely in HEL on Friday the 13th Hail Satan, Flight 666 Lands Safely in HEL on Friday the 13th

Ladies and gentlemen, this is your captain speaking. Welcome aboard the most metal flight of your lives. Let’s do some sky crimes.

Scientists Shoot Lasers at Bird in Goggles to Unravel the Mysteries of Flight

Even when unlocking the very secrets of the universe, one must always put safety first. That’s why researchers at Stanford University 3D-printed a pair of tiny safety goggles before teaching a parrot to fly through lasers.

Tiny Bat Shocks Scientists by Smashing Decades-Old Speed Record Tiny Bat Shocks Scientists by Smashing Decades-Old Speed Record

All hail the Brazilian free-tailed bat, which has just claimed a new flight speed record for all mammal-kind.

You've Never Seen Birds Fly Like This Before You've Never Seen Birds Fly Like This Before

Flight is one of those evolutionary wonders that’s hard to fully appreciate with two squishy eyeballs and a linear sense of time. But we’re no longer limited to what nature gave us, thanks to the wonders of photo editing. As Barcelona-based photographer Xavi Bou shows, a few simple tricks can reveal the dizzying…

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