Did you know that pigeons soared with such grace, determination and (literal) magnetism? We were pleased to find the hidden nobility in the much-maligned avian. Other airborne news this week included sky-high wind turbines, drones, and free-falling humans.
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- Who is Flying Drones in the U.S. and Where Are They Flying?
- Neurons in Bird Brains Encode Earth's Magnetic Field, Giving Pigeons Reliable Internal GPS
- "Fragile Earth" App Slides Time to Show the Ravages of Climate Change and Development
- The Suit That Will Help Felix Baumgartner Withstand A 120,000-Foot Free Fall
- Video: An Inflatable, Flying Turbine Goes Higher to Find Stronger Winds
And don't forget to check out our other favorite stories of the week:
- The Most Amazing Science Images of the Week, April 23-27, 2012
- Video: 'Anti-Piracy Curtain' Makes Boarding Ships a Wet, Dangerous Mess for Pirates
- Espro Press Review: French Press Flavor, Hold the Mud
- After Decades of Mystery, Has the G-Spot Been Found?
- 2012 Military Wishlist Features Smart Wound-Diagnosing Uniforms and Dogfighting Drones
- Why Mining an Asteroid for Water and Precious Metals Isn't as Crazy as it Sounds
- Technological Challenges Aside, Is Asteroid Mining Legal?
- Will You Use Google Drive?
- A Mystery 140 Years in the Making
- Video: Flying Thing Propels Itself By Flipping Inside Out
- The Human Element