Russian breaks round-the-world balloon record

Jul 23, 2016

Russian breaks round-the-world balloon record

Russian adventurer Fedor Konyukhov on Saturday broke the record for the fastest round-the-world flight in a hot air balloon, his crew said. Flight coordinator John Wallington said Konyukhov, who took off from Western Australia on July 12, had successfully flown the route by Saturday ...

Earth stays on track for the hottest year ever

Jul 22, 2016

Earth stays on track for the hottest year ever

The Earth is on track for its hottest year on record and warming at a faster rate than expected, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said on Thursday. Temperatures recorded mainly in the Northern Hemisphere in the first six months of the year, coupled with ...

Jul 14, 2016

Skydiver to leap from 25,000 feet without a parachute

American skydiver Luke Aikins will leap out of a plane at 25,000 feet (7,6000 meters) without a parachute and attempt to land safely in the California desert in a live television broadcast titled “Heaven Sent.” The married 42-year-old third-generation skydiver, who has made about ...

Solar Impulse 2 plane lands in Ohio after flight from Oklahoma

May 22, 2016

Solar Impulse 2 plane lands in Ohio after flight from Oklahoma

A solar-powered airplane has touched down in the Ohio hometown of two of America’s most well-known aviation pioneers on the latest leg of its around-the-world journey. The Swiss-made Solar Impulse 2 landed late Saturday in Dayton, Ohio, where inventors Wilbur and Orville Wright grew ...

French city creates world's longest comic strip

May 22, 2016

French city creates world's longest comic strip

A group of artists in the central French city of Lyon broke the record for the world’s longest comic strip Saturday with a nearly mile-long artwork, organizers said. The feat brings the figurative medal for the longest comic strip back to Lyon from New ...

May 19, 2016

Earth breaks 12th straight monthly heat record

Earth’s heat is stuck on high. Thanks to a combination of global warming and El Nino, the planet shattered monthly heat records for an unprecedented 12th straight month as April smashed the old record by 0.3 degree Celsius, according to U.S. scientists. The National ...

Record crushed, diamond intact: 'Oppenheimer Blue' draws $58M

May 19, 2016

Record crushed, diamond intact: 'Oppenheimer Blue' draws $58M

The “Oppenheimer Blue” diamond sold Wednesday for more than 56.8 million Swiss francs ($57.6 million) including fees, crushing the previous record for the most expensive diamond ever sold at auction. Capping a lively and even laughter-filled auction at Christie’s, the hammer came down to ...