Multi-Winged Planes Are Aviation History's Most Amazing Failures

Aircraft makers tried a lot of different designs before settling on the two-winged planes and jets we're familiar with today. Inventors toyed with the idea of a multi-winged aircraft — often fashioned from incredibly complicated structures — before discarding it. Here are some of their most amazing failures. » 12/17/13 4:22pm 12/17/13 4:22pm

What's it like to soar through the Chamonix Valley on an eagle's back?

We're so glad you asked. This video – shot by an eagle with a camera mounted on its back – gives us a spellbinding look at what it's like to wheel gracefully over the Mer de Glace in Chamonix, France. Good grief, talk about a stunning view. » 9/18/13 12:20pm 9/18/13 12:20pm

These super slow-motion clips of birds flying are awesome

Stanford University researchers want to build better flying robots. In order to eventually do this, they are filming birds in flight (including hummingbirds) using an ultra-high-speed video camera. Some of the clips they've acquired are nothing short of amazing. » 7/05/13 9:30am 7/05/13 9:30am

Roboticists discover the secret of insect flight, and it's not wings

When it comes to insect flight, we usually only think about how the insect's wings contribute to aerial stability. But scientists have now discovered that the abdominal movements of some insects also play a large role in flight control, particularly when hovering — a finding that could lead to improved aerial drones. » 4/18/13 3:45pm 4/18/13 3:45pm