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Boeing 737 Misses Runway, Sinks in Lagoon

Micronesian fishermen rescued passengers, crew

(Newser) - The runway at Chuuk Airport in the Federated States of Micronesia is notoriously short—something the pilot of Flight 73 apparently wasn't aware of. The Air Niugini Boeing 737, stopping in Chuuk on its way to Papua New Guinea, overshot the runway and hit the water while trying to... More »

See the World's First Graphene Dress

Has LED lights that change color based on wearer's breathing

(Newser) - Two scientists first isolated graphene in 2004 and went on to win a Nobel prize for bringing to the world's attention a "wonder material" that conducts electricity better than anything else and has the potential to revolutionize fields from computing to travel, recounts the Guardian . It's a... More »

Plane Skids Off Runway Into Snow, Shuts JFK

LaGuardia also closed amid icy conditions

(Newser) - Amid today's frigid weather , a Delta plane slid off a runway at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport, shutting the airport down for the morning. The regional flight from Toronto had just landed safely, reports ABC , when it skidded into a snowbank. No injuries have been reported;... More »

Weird Catfight: Victoria's Secret Model Disses Taylor Swift

Says she couldn't make it as a model

(Newser) - Taylor Swift performed at Wednesday night's Victoria's Secret Fashion Show—and according to one VS model, that's the only way the singer would ever make it onto the catwalk. Asked if Swift could make it as a model for the lingerie company, Jessica Hart said bluntly, "... More »

Plane Blows Tires, Veers Off Runway

No one injured in that Newark incident

(Newser) - A United Express plane from western New York blew four tires as it landed at Newark and veered off a runway last night, authorities say. A Port Authority spokesperson says Flight 4480 from Rochester was landing in New Jersey when several rear tires blew. He tells the Star-Ledger that the... More »

Woman, With Child in Car, Crashes Onto Runway

She may have been impaired, police say

(Newser) - Police say a woman driving with a small child in her car crashed through a gate at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and drove on the runway last night. The woman reportedly rammed an airport gate around 10pm and started crossing the runway. Police officers forced the car to stop... More »

Alaska to Build $64M 'Runway to Nowhere'

Akutan strip will mostly be funded by federal taxpayers

(Newser) - Meet the Bridge to Nowhere’s little brother. Alaska is preparing to build a $64 million, 4,500-foot runway on tiny Akun Island, with the federal government footing the vast majority of the bill ($59 million to the state’s $5 million), according to an Alaska Dispatch report spotted by... More »

Randy Turtles Shut Down JFK Runway

Mating turtles cause shell of a problem

(Newser) - Apparently, nothing can stand in the way of a turtle's libido—not even a 747. Turtles crawling to breeding grounds across a tarmac at JFK airport have forced the shutdown of a runway several times this week, delaying flights, reports the New York Post . "Running over turtles is... More »

Lady Gaga Walks the Runway

She makes her fashion debut at Thierry Mugler show

(Newser) - Lady Gaga is known for her unconventional fashion choices , so is it any surprise the singer would eventually become a catwalker? Gaga made her runway debut last night at Thierry Mugler's Paris fashion show, wearing two outfits: one black, one white, both involving very tall shoes, according to the Hollywood ... More »

Modeling First: Mile-Long Runway

Copenhagen Fashion Week catwalk will break record

(Newser) - Models at Copenhagen’s Fashion Week will get a serious workout while doing their job: The record-breaking runway is one mile long. Helena Christensen will cut the ribbon Aug. 14 and 220 models will walk its length, Vogue reports. The “World’s Greatest Catwalk,” as it’s being... More »

For the Man With Everything: Penis Pants

Extra stitched equipment hits Madrid runway

(Newser) - The well-dressed metrosexual looking for a little something extra can now scoop up a pair of pants with a cloth penis and scrotum stitched to the crotch. The unusual accoutrement, paraded on the Madrid runway thanks to designer Isabel Mastache, isn't for everyone, of course. As Queerty's fashion reviewer declares:... More »

Models Boycott High-Heel 'Stilts'

It's an issue of workplace safety, say top catwalkers

(Newser) - Three top models are refusing to teeter on limb-threatening 12-inch spike heels in catwalk shows. The models refused to appear in Alexander McQueen's latest show because of his impossible-to-wear "armadillo" shoes and "workplace safety" concerns. A British shoe designer sympathized with the models. "It'd be like walking... More »

Walk the Runway Like a Pro

America's Next Top Model's Miss J teaches a reporter a thing or two

(Newser) - J. Alexander—otherwise known as Miss J, the 6’4" drag-dressing America’s Next Top Model judge—has been coaching models on how to rock the runway for almost 20 years. Cathy Horyn of the New York Times takes a lesson and offers a few tips:
  • Develop your own style:
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Paris Fashion Week Plays it Safe

Designers are tamed by recession fears

(Newser) - Thanks to the recession, “disciplined good taste” reigned on the Paris runways this week, leading Bloomingdale’s fashion director to dub the season “terrific, from a commercial point of view, but not so much so that it’s safe and boring.” Guy Trebay begs to differ. “... More »

UK Stylist Quits Over 'Average Size' Runway Models

Designer Mark Fast responds to complaints about starving catwalkers

(Newser) - A London stylist quit in a snit after a fashion designer chose three "average size" models for his runway show, reports the Guardian. Mark Fast, known for his body-hugging mini-dresses, used three models sizes 8 and 10 to show off his collection yesterday. The move followed a warning by... More »

No One Really Wears This Stuff

Except Madonna, and even she looks 'ridiculous' in runway fashions

(Newser) - For everyone who’s ever looked at runway fashions and wondered, “Would anybody really wear that?” Claire Suddath has the answer: No. New York Fashion Week's over-the-top designs, from clothes befitting a 19th-century French prostitute to “outfits that literally have no armholes” are “a form of wearable... More »

Pilot Killed as Plane Skids Into Thai Control Tower

(Newser) - A pilot was killed and at least ten passengers were injured when a plane skidded off the runway and crashed into an air traffic control tower on the Thai island of Koh Samui today,  AP reports. The Bangkok Airways plane, flying from the resort of Krabi, slid off the... More »

New O'Hare Runway Eases Travel Nationwide

Delays at second-busiest airport can hold up flights all over

(Newser) - The 8-month-old runway at the nation’s second-busiest airport has helped Chicago’s O’Hare escape its status as the “tar pit” of US air travel, writes Scott McCartney in the Wall Street Journal. With three runways now available, the airport’s on-time arrival rate increased 27% this year... More »

Turtles Shut Down NYC Runway

(Newser) - Mating season came to a speedy end for some turtles who strayed onto a runway at New York's JFK airport yesterday, the New York Post reports. After a pilot told air control he had  run over some turtles on his way to take-off, wildlife workers shut down the runway for... More »

Model's Film Bares Industry's Secret Sex Assaults

(Newser) - Naked photographers, orders to strip for no reason and sex assaults are a troubling part of the modeling business and involve some of the top names in fashion, according to a new documentary by a popular model. "Every girl I have talked to has a story," model Sara... More »

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