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World War I Centennial: Schlieffen Is Dead, but His Plan Lives On

The First World War was an unprecedented catastrophe that killed millions and set the continent of Europe on the path to further calamity two decades later. But it didn’t come out of nowhere. With the centennial of the outbreak of hostilities coming up in 2014, Erik Sass will be looking back at the lead-up to [...]

World War I Centennial: Turks Defeated at Kirk Kilisse and Kumanovo

The First World War was an unprecedented catastrophe that killed millions and set the continent of Europe on the path to further calamity two decades later. But it didn’t come out of nowhere. With the centennial of the outbreak of hostilities coming up in 2014, Erik Sass will be looking back at the lead-up to the [...]

The Lost Scripts, Part III: Indiana Jones and the City of the Gods

While it’s not unusual for a film to have unused screenplays hiding in a filing cabinet somewhere, the lost scripts of Indiana Jones are a fascinating look at what might have been for everyone’s favorite whip-wielding, fedora-wearing archaeologist. We’ve discussed Indiana Jones and the Monkey King and Indiana Jones and the Saucermen from Mars. Our [...]

What Killed Giant Insects That Ruled The Skies of Ancient Earth?

A fossilized insect wing from the species Stephanotypus schneideri and it is about 300 million years old. The wing is about 7.5 inches (19 centimeters long), substantially smaller than the largest fossil insect [...]

Meet Jarno Smeets, the Man who Flies Like a Bird

Who says humans can’t fly like a bird? Like a modern day Icarus, Dutch engineer Jarno Smeets modeled his wings after the albatross, and flapped his arms wildly to fly like a bird (yes, with a little help from motors). [...]

The Oblique Wing Aircraft

The Ames-Dryden (AD)-1 was an experimental aircraft developed by NASA during the 1970s. Its wing could pivot up to 60° to present the most efficient angle for a given flight objective: The oblique wing was the brainchild of NASA aeronautical engineer Robert T. Jones, whose analytical and wind tunnel studies at the NASA Ames Research Center, [...]

Amazing World of Insect-Wing Color Discovered

Most insects have wings that appear to be transparent. Researchers from the University of Lund have found that they actually have rainbow colors, but the background of those wings makes all the difference in what the human eye sees. “You hold the wing up against the light, so you can see the veins,” said study co-author [...]

Swift Learning to Fly Again

Sisso the swift was found with a damaged wing seven months ago. The little bird has healed, but must learn to fly all over again with some inventive physical therapy. Sisso takes flying lessons suspended from a custom-made sling! The swift is being treated at an Israeli animal hospital and it is thanks to this ingenious [...]

Monkey Mischief: Bad Baboons Burgle Bloomers

If you plan to visit the Knowsley Safari Park near Liverpool, England, beware of monkeys. Bad, bad monkeys: The cheeky monkeys – who are known for tearing off the odd wiper or wing mirror – have been targeting cars carrying the roof boxes before pouncing on the unsuspecting visitors, who are forced to watch helplessly as [...]