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So what happens when American changes your aircraft type?

I have recently had a number of flights with American across the Atlantic. Unfortunately, on three occasions the plane booked did not turn out to be …

American Airlines

Before teen’s fatal skydive, ‘he said, “I love you, Mom” — and then he got on the plane’

The wind was “perfect,” the plane was set and, moments before his first skydiving excursion, an 18-year-old was on his knees near a Northern California runway. His mom snapped a photo and put it online.<p>“A prayer. Who he is,” she wrote. “I love you son.”<p>“He knelt down and prayed, made his peace with …

Northern California

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Submarines and Spitfires: Labour's Trident conundrum

We need not waste much time on the synthetic outrage provoked at Monday night’s stormier than usual meeting of the parliamentary Labour party (PLP) over Emily Thornberry’s comparison between the Trident nuclear submarine fleet and the second world war’s Spitfire. MPs are in a fractious mood on both …


Watch this robot solve a Rubik's Cube in less than a second

A new world record has been set for solving a Rubik's Cube - by a robot.<p>The Sub1 robot unscrambled the multicoloured puzzle in less than a second at Cubikon store in Munich, Germany.<p>In just 20 moves its attempt took only 0.887 seconds.<p>There have been at least three attempts on the robotic record in …

UCI team's design for 700 mph pod advances in SpaceX competition

UC Irvine's HyperXite team, which is working to develop a pod that would speed travelers through an above-ground tube at more than 700 mph, finished fifth in the design phase of the internationalSpaceXHyperloop Pod Competition and will move on in the contest.<p>More than 1,000 students on about 120 …

High-speed Rail

Haters, shhhhh! The V-22 Osprey is an unbelievably accomplished aircraft

Without question, designing, building and operating a platform that could fly like an airplane and take off and land like a helicopter was a challenging endeavor.<p>So much so that it took several decades from the time the V-22 first flew to work out the kinks and learn the Osprey's unique aerodynamic …