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SR-71 Blackbird: How to fly the world's fastest plane

During the Cold War, the US Air Force operated the world's fastest air-breathing aircraft - the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird. Colonel Rich Graham tells BBC Future what made it so special.<p>It was a plane which flew at the edge of space; so high that most other jet engines would seize because of the lack …

Aviation

How We Make Stuff by Christiane Dorion | Book Review

What are rubber ducks really made of? Where do burgers come from? Does chocolate really grow on trees? How do we turn trees into paper? What's the …

When Saturn eclipses the sun

In 2006, the Cassini spacecraft saw Saturn eclipse the sun. These eclipses are rare, but another is due to happen on July 19, 2013.<p>We humans have …

Astronomy

£50bn question: do we want faster trains or limitless clean energy?

In among a raft of new infrastructure spending announced by the UK government in the wake of last week's spending review, it was revealed that the …

How to Find the Best Sunglasses for Your Face Shape

Everyone looks good in wayfarers, but find out who looks great in aviators.<p>Finding a flattering pair of sunglasses can be slog, but with this advice you'll be able to pick the frames that complement your face in a snap. And if you're still unsure, here's a pro top: <i>everyone</i> looks good in a classic …

Ultra-rare Ferrari 275 NART Spyder up for auction

One of only 10 built, this low-mileage, single-owner classic will highlight RM's Monterey auction.<p>Ferrari tends to base their roadsters on smaller V8 models, making an open-top front-engined V12 convertible from Maranello, Italy, something of a rarity. Fortunately this is a brand that specializes …

Classic Cars

Volkswagen XL1: How does 261mpg feel?

The Volkswagen XL1 is missing something. Three things, really.<p>The Toyota Prius is a car. The XL1 is a transporter.<p>Already pared down to a catalogue of lightweight, sophisticated components rendered from carbon fibre, magnesium and aluminium, the XL1 lacks those useful pieces of hardware that …

Last Call- That Escalated Quickly Edition

Ford's Smart Brakes Light Up Dashboard Of Car Behind You

The system would alert drivers even if they couldn't actually see the car ahead, preventing pileups.<p>Say you're taking a romantic, winding drive through the mountains. The car in front of you at some point might disappear around a corner. It might also encounter a family of adorable baby quail …

1. Lincoln MKZ Hybrid

Five-year ownership cost savings versus Lincoln MKZ: $7,001. (Source: 2012 Vincentric Hybrid Analysis.)

Photography & Travel Product Reviews

Google Nexus 7 II set to go 4G this month, says leak

The Google Nexus 7 II could go 4G. Leaked specs suggest a 7-inch sequel to the flagship Android tablet will have a high-definition screen and the …

Android News