Chancellor's 22m boost for Britain's wonder stuff: Osborne announces investment to capitalise on grapheneThe carbon-based material is one of the thinnest, lightest, strongest and conductiveIt is tougher than diamond but stretches like rubberThe Chancellor hopes it can be used in mobile phone touch screens and super-light aircraft | UPDATED: 22:43 GMT, 26 December 2012 The Chancellor is to set aside 22million to help the UK profit from a super-strong material developed in British labs. George Osborne will today announce the capital investment to enable industry to capitalise upon the Nobel Prize-winning substance of graphene. The carbon-based material is one of the thinnest, lightest, strongest and conductive materials known to man.
Now that's what you call REAL plane spotting! Enthusiasts come within inches of death after military aircraft misses the runway Crowd of 1,000 watching final landing of military plane on Ballenstedt airfield in Saxony-Anhalt, central Germany But pilot of 31-ton Transall C-160 aircraft suddenly reported he couldn't see start of runway from his cockpitBrought aircraft down on a side road where spotters were standing and they almost ended up being crushed | UPDATED: 23:36 GMT, 26 December 2012 For an intrepid band of plane spotters it was the most dramatic experience of their lives – and almost the last thing they saw. A crowd of about 1,000 had gathered to watch the final landing of a military plane which was about to be decommissioned after many years of service
Ryanair accused of flying overweight planes: German regulator claims budget airline may have saved millions by giving false information | UPDATED: 16:52 GMT, 19 December 2012 626 Ryanair routinely falsified the weight of its aircraft to evade millions of pounds worth of air traffic control charges, it has been claimed The budget airline could face court action after being accused of using the ploy to avoid paying around 42million in extra fee levies in Germany. Air safety watchdog Deutsche Flugsichering, responsible for air traffic control in the country, is investigating the company. Axel Raab, head of communications at Deutsche Flugsicherung, said internal lawyers are currently studying the case, adding: 'If the outcome will be that Ryanair evaded charges we will go to court.' Ryanair is accused by Germany of falsifying weights on take-off to 'save millions' Ryanair has earned itself a tough reputation for weight when it comes to passengers; turning up with a suitcase over the specified maximum allowance and it can cost a small fortune
Forget Gangnam, this is 'Aircraft Carrier Style': Hilarious new internet meme mimicks Chinese navy personnel | UPDATED: 15:03 GMT, 2 December 2012 Still not sick of South Korean rapper Psy's year-defining Gangnam Style song Then feast your eyes on China's newest web meme: Aircraft Carrier Style. China's web-savvy citizens learned a new move last weekend after watching a news report about fighter jets landing and taking off from the country's first aircraft carrier. They particularly picked up on the funny pose of two aircraft carrier personnel, seen at the 2:37 mark in the video below, who were directing planes on board
U.S. Navy 'stealth drone' takes to the sea for tests: The autonomous X-47B is hoped to be first carrier-borne unmanned aircraftThe drone will be the first to be piloted entirely by artificial intelligenceTests hope to prove it can take off and land from an aircraft carrierIt has a claimed range of 2,000 miles and flight time of six hours | UPDATED: 18:50 GMT, 29 November 2012 A stealth drone set to be the world's first unmanned, robot aircraft piloted by artificial intelligence rather than a remote human operator has taken to the sea for tests.