Michelle Shiels

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Get up close to the Matterhorn in Zermatt

Step off the train in Zermatt and be stunned by the speed with which you become hopelessly obsessed with Switzerland’s Matterhorn – a hypnotic pyramid of a mountain. Clouds can sweep across a China-blue sky in the flash of an eye and obliterate the mountain for days on end. Even on perfect sunny …

Short-term volunteer vacations: 10 charitable trips for the time-crunched traveler

Thinking of mixing some volunteer work in with your next vacation, but feeling tight on time? Short-term volunteer vacations are out there: Cheapflights.com has rounded up 10 types of voluntourism trips that can be done in two weeks or fewer.<p>Some of these trips operate on exchanges -- meaning, you …

Tourism

Pro Skier Sierra Quitiquit's Patagonia Hideaway

I was 15 when I lost my oldest brother to a car accident; by the time I turned 18, the sadness became overwhelming. The only sure place I knew to find happiness was with skis on my feet, so I ditched the states and started ski bumming around South America. This is when I first stumbled into Refugio …

Palawan, The Most Beautiful Island In The World, Is Sheer Perfection

It's hard to believe the Philippines are an under-appreciated tropical travel destination, especially with their extraordinary hiking, diving, beaches and of course -- islands that are THIS beautiful.<p>And while we'd like to visit every single island in the Philippines, there's one island in …

Airbus seeks patent for 'flying doughnut'

European aircraft manufacturer seeks patent for futuristic plane design that resembles a polo mint<p>Forget the sleek pencil shaped jet airliner, the future is the flying doughnut.<p>Airbus, the company which created the stubby cigar-shaped Airbus A380 superjumbo, has come up with an even more radical …

Fly Electric: The Aircraft of the Future Takes Flight

Predictions for the world in 2025 (Sponsor: Thomson Reuters)<p>In the French Alps last summer, a plane set seven new world records. The two-seater aircraft climbed more than 20,000 feet in under two minutes, and reached speeds of 142 miles per hour. It flew nonstop for 300 miles. Perhaps these numbers …

WSJ: Department of Justice uses fake cell towers on airplanes to capture data from mobile phones

The Wall Street Journal reported today that the United States Department of Justice has been using planes equipped with devices that pose as cellular towers (called “dirtboxes”) to collect data from suspected criminals’ cell phones—and capturing data from innocent bystanders in the process.<p>The …

One pilot dead as Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo rocket plane crashes

A Virgin Galactic spacecraft crashed after an explosion during a test flight over the Mojave desert on Friday, killing one of the pilots, seriously injuring another and leaving debris scattered over a wide area.<p>The plane, SpaceShipTwo, was undertaking a test flight as part of Sir Richard Branson’s …

A piece of Amelia Earhart's plane has been found, researchers claim

The part may be the piece used to repair one of the plane's windows<p>Researchers think they’ve finally found a piece of Amelia Earhart’s lost plane. An aluminum sheet, found in 1991 on Nikumaroro Island, might be the patch that once covered a window on Earhart’s plane, reports <i>Discovery News</i>. The …

Flying car approaches liftoff as most advanced prototype yet is unveiled

With its sportscar cockpit and dragonfly wings that fold in neatly behind the cabin, it looks like something straight out of the Batcave or Q’s secret laboratory. But the creators of AeroMobil’s Flying Roadster insist their innovation is more than just a boy’s toy dreamt up by science fiction fans. …

Windowless Airplanes Of The Future Look Exciting... And Terrifying

There's some new concept art out showing a possible airplane of the not-too-distant future. And depending on how you feel about flying, these images will either be exhilarating or terrifying.<p>The new aircraft design concept from the Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) does away with tiny airplane …

Jet Lagged Gut Bacteria Could Contribute to Obesity

Maybe it's not just the airplane food that's making you feel bloated<p>After crossing multiple time zones it can feel like your entire body is worn out. And it turns out, that’s true, even down to the bacteria in your gut. In a study published last week in the journal <i>Cell</i>, researchers found that in …

Medical Research

9 Tips for Trekkers Dreaming of the Himalaya

These tips will help you get the best out of your Himalayan Trekking Adventures.<p>At this point, most of us have probably read the stories about the tragic events over the past week in Nepal. On October 14, Cyclone Hud Hud brushed the Nepali Himalaya on its way inland from the Bay of Bengal. It …

Aeromobil Flying Car with Collapsible Wings Fits Any Standard Parking Space

Henry Ford once says that there’ll come a day where an airplane and a motorcar combined into one. It looks like that day is not that far from now,</b> …