Catching black holes on the fly

NASA's black-hole-hunter spacecraft, the Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR, has "bagged" its first 10 supermassive black holes. The mission, which has a mast the length of a school bus, is the first telescope capable of focusing the highest-energy X-ray light into detailed pictures.

Oldest-ever bugs found preserved in amber

Three tiny creatures from the Triassic period are the oldest ever to be discovered preserved in amber - about 100 million years older than any other amber arthropod ever collected.

Mechanical bird flies just like the real thing

Automation company Festo has created a biomechatronic bird that can take off, fly and land simply by flapping its wings, with no other drive mechanism.

Team flies house with balloons in real-life version of Up!

A team of scientists and engineers has succeeded in reproducing the wonderful flying house from the movie Up!, by attaching hundreds of helium balloons to a sixteen-foot-square mock-up of the building.

Robot insect can fly, hop and perch

A Swiss robotics researcher has created a flying robot that can perch on walls or trees.