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Dr. Kim Bostwick was the first to decode the mechanism behind the Manakin's unique sound, revealing a new kind of birdsong

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Club-winged Manakin, the only bird known to sing with its wings, contains some secrets of its performance in its bones, researchers have found. The club-winged Manakin, which lives in the cloud forests of Colombia and Ecuador, performs a mate-attracting song by rubbing its wings together. A Cornell University team from the US scanned its bones. They found unlike most birds, it has dense, solid wi...

Fashion designer Jeremy Scott has created three limited edition models for Smart Car, titled Smart ForJeremy

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...hree limited edition models for Smart Car, titled Smart ForJeremy. Jeremy Scott, 38, whose trademark wings have adorned Swatch watches and high-top Adidas sneakers worn by the likes of Kanye West since 2008, has taken on a larger creative project with the Smart Car. Made of transparent fiberglass, rocket-shaped wings serve as the car’s brake lights; and the luxurious interior includes diamon...

Marks and Spencer claims to have come up with the perfect solution to bingo wings, Flatter Me Armwear, a crop top dubbed as Spanx for the arms

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Marks and Spencer claims to have come up with the perfect solution to bingo wings – Flatter Me Armwear – a crop top dubbed as “Spanx for the arms”. Available as a body or a crop top – and following on from the Flatter Me bra and knicker – Flatter Me Armwear is a long- or three-quarter-sleeved solution to strappy party dresses. Worn beneath the outfit but over the bra, the light-...

An Air France Airbus A340 plane flew for 5 days before ground crews noticed that 30 screws were missing from one of its wings

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An Air France Airbus A340 plane flew for 5 days before ground crews noticed that 30 screws were missing from one of its wings. The aircraft had undergone routine maintenance in China, before flying to Paris and then on to the US before the potentially disastrous blunder was finally spotted. The Air France jet, which can carry up to 440 passengers, was grounded in Boston while a “large protective...

Researchers believe that the penguin's underwater prowess may have cost it its ability to fly

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...f. John Speakman said: “The energy costs are very very high. These birds have these very short wings and they have to beat them at an incredible speed to stay in the air. It is exhausting for them.” The researchers believe that the guillemot is using so much energy, it is only just able to keep itself aloft. They said that the bird represented a tipping point between seabirds that are...

NIP FAB Upper Arm Fix contains natural ingredients that target fatty acids and firm the skin to reduce lines and wrinkles and trial results showed a significant reduction in upper arm size in six weeks

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According to a new research, dinner lady arms, bingo wings, dubble chubble or rump lumps … whatever you call those wobbly upper arms are women’s most hated part of their body. The research found that three-quarters of women hate their bingo wings, the flaps of skin which hang under the triceps – and they plague some men, too. Caused by sagging skin and excess weight, they are almost i...

Burger King has come out with a revolutionary $1 French Fry Burger to compete head on with McDonald’s lucrative Dollar Menu

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Just a day after McDonald’s announced plans for a new chicken item dubbed Mighty Wings, Burger King has come out with a revolutionary $1 French Fry Burger – to compete head on with its rival’s lucrative Dollar Menu. McDonald’s will roll out the Mighty Wings nationally as a limited-time offer through November, selling the bone-in chicken wings as three, five and 10 pieces,...

Wing walker Todd Green fell 200 feet to death at the Selfridge Air National Guard Base Air Show in Harrison Charter Township, Michigan.

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...Wings Wingwalking Team stuntman, has died after falling about 60 metres (200 feet) at the Selfridge Air National Guard Base Air Show in Harrison Charter Township, about 32 km (20 miles) northeast of Detroit, Michigan.   [googlead tip="vertical_mare" aliniat="stanga"] Wing walker, Todd Green was trying to move from a plane to a helicopter when he fell at the Selfridge Air National Guard Base...

In total, 67 Airbus A380s are in use worldwide, on seven airlines: Qantas, Singapore Airlines, Emirates, Air France, Lufthansa, Korean Airlines and China Southern

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Australian engineers have called for Airbus A380 super-jumbo (the world’s biggest passenger aircraft) to be grounded, after Singapore Airlines and Qantas found cracks in the wings of their aircrafts. Steve Purvinas, secretary of the Australian Licensed Aircraft Engineers Association said: “We can’t continue to gamble with people’s lives and allow those aircraft to fly around and...

A Russian passenger plane has crashed into a main road outside Moscow, killing at least four people

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...nding. Details are still emerging, but images of the scene on Twitter appear to show a badly-damaged aircraft lying in several pieces across a major road. Some reports say the aircraft caught fire. Reports said there were between eight and 12 people on board the Red Wings Tupolev-204, flight number RWZ9268, which was landing at Vnukovo airport. Images of the scene show the aircraft split into seve...

Scientists may have solved the mystery of why so many birds fly in a V formation

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...k and they put themselves in the best possible position.” This makes the most of upward-moving air generated by the bird in front. This so-called “upwash” is created as a bird flies forward; whether it is gliding or flapping, it pushes air downward beneath its wings. “Downwash is bad,” explained Dr. Steven Portugal. “Birds don’t want to be in another bird&...

This year’s Grammy Awards ceremony will take place on January 26.

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...ng, art director (Mumford & Sons) The Smith Tapes — Masaki Koike, art director (Various Artists) Wings Over America (Deluxe Edition) — Simon Earith & James Musgrave, art directors (Paul McCartney and Wings) Best Album Notes Afro Blue Impressions (Remastered & Expanded) — Neil Tesser, album notes writer (John Coltrane) Call It Art 1964–1965 — Ben Young, album notes writer (New York Art...

British artist Sue Austin is preparing to show off a prototype self-propelled underwater wheelchair to the public

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British artist Sue Austin is preparing to show off a prototype self-propelled underwater wheelchair to the public. Sue Austin, who has been a wheelchair user since 1996, developed the chair with help from dive experts and academics. The model is powered by two dive propulsion vehicles and steered with a bespoke fin and foot-operated acrylic strip. She is staging a performance with it in a swimmin...

James Brown joins Grammy Hall of Fame with I Got You

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Records by James Brown, AC/DC, Billy Joel and Paul McCartney & Wings are among the latest to be inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame collection. Grammy Hall of Fame is a catalogue of nearly 1000 historically and culturally significant albums and singles celebrating outstanding recordings across all genres. 2013 marks the list’s 40th anniversary. Neil Portnow from The Recording Academy...

British naturopath and nutritionist Max Tomlinson teaches us how to fight against the stubborn fat deposits in his new book

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British naturopath and nutritionist Max Tomlinson teaches us how to fight against the stubborn fat deposits in his new book, “Target Your Fat Spots: How To Banish Your Bulges”. For the past 25 years, Max Tomlinson is been running a successful fat spot reduction programme at his London clinic, targeting what he calls the “weird, disproportionate fat deposits” that frustrate so many of his clients....

Sonya Thomas, 42, who is 5ft 5in and weighs 105lb claimed her record as part of the Wild Turkey 81 Eating World Championship, held in Times Square, New York

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Sonya “The Black Widow” Thomas’ turkey eating record was beaten by Takeru Kobayashi one day later. Takeru Kobayashi managed to scoff 7.5 lb of turkey in 10 minutes in Turtle Bay, New York, on Wednesday, beating Sonya Thomas’ 5.25 lb effort. Dan Rollman, of Recordsetter.com, told the Huffington Post: “Never in my life have witnessed food disappear like that. The man is true culinary Houdini....

Airbus has been ordered by The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) to inspect the wings of all 67 A380 superjumbo planes currently in service

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Airbus has been ordered by The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) to inspect the wings of all 67 A380 superjumbo planes currently in service. Airbus said the cracks were not an immediate threat to safety and that repairs would be carried out if any damage was found. Last month, EASA ordered checks of 20 A380 jets worldwide. An EASA spokesman said: “In view of the outcome of those checks...

The Terrafugia Transition has an experimental certificate from the FAA, meaning the company has permission to fly it in US airspace for test purposes

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..., he said. Known as the Transition, the versatile vehicle has two seats, four wheels and retractable wings. It is expected to be available next year, with a price tag in the region of $279,000. The vehicle currently has an experimental certificate from the FAA, meaning the company has permission to fly it in US airspace for test purposes. The company hopes in time it will gain a light sport aircra...

Airbus A350, the newest aircraft from the European planemaker, has taken off on its maiden test flight

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Airbus A350, the newest aircraft from the European planemaker, has taken off on its maiden test flight. The Airbus A350 is designed to be more fuel-efficient, and a direct competitor to US rival Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner. It is seen as vital to the future of Airbus, which competes with Boeing to supply the majority of the world’s airlines with new planes. It took off from Blagnac airstr...

Solar Impulse plane, which is powered only by the Sun, has completed the first leg of a journey that aims to cross the US after landing in Arizona

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...n Dallas, St Louis, Washington DC and New York in the coming weeks. Solar Impulse plane has the same wingspan as an Airbus A340 but it weighs just 1.6 tonnes. It has already made a day-and-night flight lasting more than 26 hours, and the team aims to eventually circumnavigate the globe in 2015. Solar Impulse plane, which is powered only by the Sun, has completed the first leg of a journey that ai...

The famous Star Wars film set in the Tunisian desert is about to be buried by migrating sand dunes

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The famous Star Wars film set in the Tunisian desert is about to be buried by migrating sand dunes. The buildings of the fictional city Mos Espa featured in The Phantom Menace, “Episode I” of the Jedi saga. Sited on the planet Tatooine, this was the home of the young Anakin Skywalker, later to become Darth Vader. Scientists have used the dwellings as a fixed geographic reference to me...

Miranda Kerr has been reportedly dropped as a Victoria's Secret Angel because of her difficult reputation

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Australian supermodel Miranda Kerr has been reportedly dropped as a Victoria’s Secret Angel because of her “difficult reputation”. Miranda Kerr, 29, who is married to British actor Orlando Bloom with whom she shares 2-year-old son Flynn, has been let go as one of the main faces of Victoria’s Secrets after her $1 million, three year-contract “was not renewed”. Miranda Kerr has been reported...

Wing walker Jane Wicker and her pilot were confirmed dead after their plane crashed in a ball of flames at Dayton Air Show

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...ane Wicker and her pilot were confirmed dead after their plane crashed in a ball of flames at Dayton Air Show on Saturday afternoon. Jane Wicker, a mother of two, was atop the biplane at the Vectren Air Show near Dayton, Ohio when it plunged to the ground in front of horrified onlookers. The pilot, Charlie Schwenker, also perished in the crash. Witnesses reported hearing screams as the plane dived...

A video of Moscow plane crash has emerged showing how close one motorist came to becoming another victim of the deadly event

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...st came to becoming another victim of the deadly event. At least four Russians died when a passenger airliner overshot a runway and broke into pieces Vnukovo airport. Officials said up to eight people were on board the Tupolev-204 – flight number RWZ9268 – as it rolled off the runway at Vnukovo airport and burst through a perimeter fence onto a highway. And this incredible video shows...

Jean-Francois Cope and Francois Fillon have claimed victory in France’ opposition election and accused their rival of fraud and ballot-stuffing

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A vote to decide who will lead France’s conservative opposition UMP has plunged the party into disarray and acrimony. Both candidates, Jean-Francois Cope and Francois Fillon, have claimed victory and accused their rival of fraud and ballot-stuffing. Only a handful of votes separate right-wing candidate Jean-Francois Cope and ex-Prime Minister Francois Fillon. A final result is expected late...