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Boeing testing WiFi signals on airplanes using potatoes

Boeing testing WiFi signals on airplanes using potatoes

Before an airplane that's equipped with WiFi can be used for public service, it must undergo intense testing and evaluations first. Boeing, specifically, has an interesting way of going about that. Instead of hiring 100 or so people to act as passengers on a flight, Boeing rounds up 20,000 of potatoes to simulate the effects of human bodies on a plane.

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Live USA Map of Unmanned Drones released by EEF

Live USA Map of Unmanned Drones released by EEF

The term "unmanned aerial drone" might strike a bit of fear into your heart when you see the live tracking map of the USA that's been made available this week by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, but not to worry - not all of them are flying overhead right this minute. Instead this is a map that's the result of the EEF's Freedom of Information Act lawsuit that covers the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration)'s full knowledge of unmanned flights across the United States and what you're looking at is a tracking of project licenses rather than actually flying objects. That said, this map is exciting in its coverage for our greater understanding of unmanned drone flight projects as initiated by state and local law agencies, universities, and US Military operations.

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Boeing Airplanes set to allow cell phone use in 2013

Boeing Airplanes set to allow cell phone use in 2013

We've all been on a plane and heard the same spiel over and over again. Please turn off any and all electronic devices, MP3 players, iPods, laptops, and set all iPhone, iPad, and devices to airplane mode -- get ready for takeoff. Today however the folks from Boeing have shared their plans to allow cell phone use on their top-tier Dreamliner airplanes as soon as 2013.

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X-51A Waverider aircraft crashes into Pacific during test flight

X-51A Waverider aircraft crashes into Pacific during test flight

The third test flight of the Air Force's hypersonic X-51A Waverider aircraft has failed, the Los Angeles Times reports. The X-51A was launched over the Pacific Ocean yesterday, and the Air Force was hoping that it would reach mach 6 and keep flying for five minutes afterward, but unfortunately that never happened. Instead, a problem was discovered with one of the aircraft's control fins only 15 seconds into the flight, causing the Waverider to lose control and crash into the ocean.

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Microsoft cancels Flight and Project Columbia development

Microsoft cancels Flight and Project Columbia development

Earlier this year, Microsoft released Microsoft Flight, a reinvention of its Flight Simulator games of the past. Now the company has reportedly cancelled further development of the game and laid off around 35 staff members involved in the production. Microsoft says that the game will still be available for download for free via its website and on Steam, but that any future content for the game has been scrapped.

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Human-powered helicopter breaks world record

Human-powered helicopter breaks world record

This week we've got a human-powered helicopter out there in the world that's flown a larger amount of time than any human-powered helicopter in the history of the world. This device is called the Gamera II, and is essentially a mass of metal, cables, and one human being. There are four rotor blades, the vehicle is 105 feet across, and the whole thing weighs in at just 71 pounds.

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Spock meets NASA’s Enterprise for final flight

Spock meets NASA’s Enterprise for final flight

NASA this week has delivered the next of several shuttles from their now-complete program, this most recent perhaps being the most famous in its name and history: The Space Shuttle Enterprise. This particular shuttle was never actually flown into space, instead reserved for test missions vital to the success of the NASA shuttle program. This shuttle was named after the popular 1960's Star Trek Original Series ship, the Starship Enterprise, and was greeted at its birth and here at its final resting place by no less than Mr Spock himself!

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