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Surprise: A Google exec just broke the parachute altitude record

Surprise: A Google exec just broke the parachute altitude record

A senior vice president at Google has broken Felix Baumgartner's world record for a high altitude parachute jump, with Alan Eustace hurtling from 135,908 feet - in excess of 25 miles - in a special suit crafted in top secret. Eustace took around two hours to climb into the stratosphere underneath a helium balloon, then cut his connection with a well-placed explosive charge and began a descent which saw him pass 800 mph and require him to deploy his main parachute in less than five minutes.

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Queen Elizabeth II’s first tweet triggers royal finger questions

Queen Elizabeth II’s first tweet triggers royal finger questions

When it comes to old-school meeting new-school, the Queen of England taking to Twitter for the first time is probably as odd as it gets. Queen Elizabeth II didn't get to send her first tweet in the privacy of her bedroom like many of us, either; instead, the message posted to the official @BritishMonarchy account was sent out by the Queen from the Science Museum in London, UK, to mark the opening of the new Information Age exhibition there. Only problem is, there's already some controversy about whether the Monarch actually did send out the tweet.

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Incredible Ghost boat is perfect Bond villain runabout

Incredible Ghost boat is perfect Bond villain runabout

It looks like a half-submerged X-Wing, or maybe a Star Trek Shuttle, but it's actually Ghost, one American start-up's vision for what an attack helicopter designed for the navy might look like. Mustering 4,000 HP from two engines on the end of powered legs, Ghost promises to whip across the ocean in a supercavitation bubble, avoiding radar and with a silky smooth ride for the crew inside.

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Sorry, monkey photographers, you can’t hold copyright

Sorry, monkey photographers, you can’t hold copyright

The controversy over the monkey selfie has forced the US Copyright Office to step in, clarifying that no photo taken by an animal - even a cute one like this Indonesian black macaque - can be registered. The smiling simian had borrowed photographer David Slater's camera back in 2011 for an impromptu shoot, images from which ended up on Wikimedia Commons, which the British traveler contested on copyright grounds.

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Here’s a Smart EV drag-racing a Mustang and a Boxster

Here’s a Smart EV drag-racing a Mustang and a Boxster

In a drag race challenge between a Smart EV, a Ford Mustang, Audi A5, and Porsche Boxster, which car do you think might win? If you guessed the diminutive Smart, then we hope you didn't put any money on that bet; unsurprisingly, the city car is thoroughly trounced, which you'd think would be an odd sales strategy for Smart itself to use. However, Smart has in mind a different type of drag race.

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Infiniti’s Q50 can drive itself (so this driver rode shotgun)

Infiniti’s Q50 can drive itself (so this driver rode shotgun)

Fresh from the road-safety division of the "just because you can, doesn't mean you should" department, a self-driving example of how our cars are certainly smarter than ever. Infiniti's Q50 has, like many luxury sedans of the moment, a host of driver assistance aids that can collectivity keep the car in lane, maintain pace with surrounding traffic, and generally mimic some of what Google and others are working on for autonomous vehicles. That encouraged one tester to switch on the tech and then jump out of the driver's seat.

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