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20 of the World’s Strangest Beaches

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If there’s one thing that any person wants to do when the weather is warm and the sun is shining it’s this: you want to go to the beach! And no matter where you are on this great big world of ours, there’s always a beach somewhere nearby that’s worth checking out.

However, you’ve seen the average beach. Sure enough, they’re all great. What’s to hate about white sand, undulating waves and warm sun? But, there are some beaches on this planet that rise head and shoulders above the rest. There are some beaches, in fact, that look like they belong on a planet not named Earth!

On the list below, we’re going to share some of these incredible beaches with you. From ones with crazy rock formations to others with sands that come in all kinds of different colors, these are some of the world’s strangest beaches!

So, if you’re looking to have a fun-in-the-sun experience that’s unlike any other, make sure you check out each of the 20 beaches on the list below. Any one of them can give you a beach-going experience that you won’t soon forget! And with that in mind, let’s check them out…

1. Boulders Beach, South Africa

While the landscape here is plenty beautiful, the real draw here are the African penguins who call this beach home.

2. Glass Beach, California

Located in Fort Bragg, this beach is a must-see destination if you’ve got a thing for beautiful sea glass.

3. Zlatni Rat Beach, Croatia

What makes this little beach so incredible is that changes in the tide and current completely remake the beach’s shape and size almost hourly.

4. Bay of Fires, Tasmania

What makes the 30 miles of beach so beautiful here are the orange-tinted granite rocks that line the shoreline.

5. Pink Sands Beach, Bahamas

If you’re looking for a beach on this planet that has a natural level of romance to it, then look no further than the gorgeous pink sands of this one.

6. Thunder Cove, Prince Edward Island

High iron content in the sand here gives this incredible beach of sweeping dunes its beautiful red look.

7. Red Sand Beach, Galapagos

High levels of iron in the sand are what give this Galapagos beach its unique deep-red look.

8. Pfieffer Beach, California

In a state known for its incredible beaches, this might be the best. You’ll find it amid the absolutely gorgeous landscape of Big Sur.

9. Playa del Amor, Mexico

Also known as Playa Escondido, this is literally a beach that’s hidden inside of a cave.

10. Punalu’u Beach, Hawaii

Surprise! Volcanic activity created this incredible jet-black beach in Hawaii, which is home to endangered turtles.

11. Hot Water Beach, New Zealand

Ever wish that the beach could have a Jacuzzi? Well, you’ll basically find that here thanks to the hot springs that bubble up along the shore.

12. Papakolea Beach, Hawaii

This remote Hawaiian beach is known for its incredible green sand, which was caused by – you guessed it – volcanic activity.

13. Siesta Beach, Florida

Because the sand at this beach is so fine and powder-soft, the beach actually squeaks beneath your feet as you walk along it.

14. Mudhdhoo Island, The Maldives

Once the sun sets, this beach comes alive in brilliant lights thanks to countless bioluminescent phytoplankton in the water.

15. Genipabu Beach, Brazil

The large, sweeping dunes of this incredible Brazillian beach will have you convinced you’re in the middle of a desert and not along the Atlantic.

16. The Beach of the Cathedrals, Spain

Flying buttresses of rock are what define the incredible landscape of this Spanish treasure of a beach.

17. Teewah Beach, Australia

This Australian beach, which is located in Queensland, is known for its incredible sand that features a mix of over 40 different colors.

18. Chandipur Beach, India

High tide and low tide make a big difference here. When the tide is out, the beach grows up to three miles in depth.

19. Gulpiyuri Beach, Spain

There aren’t many inland beaches on the planet, and this is one of them. It was created long ago by a sinkhole, of all things.

20. 75-Mile Beach, Australia

While it’s not actually 75-miles long, this incredible stretch of beach in Australia has much and more to offer, including the beautiful and fun Champagne Pools.

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World’s First All-Electric, Jet-Powered, Five-Seater Air Taxi Completes Test Flight

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German electric air taxi startup Lilium unveiled Thursday its jet-powered, five-seater prototype, which conducted its first flight earlier this month.

The Lilium Jet is part of an app-based flying taxi service that the company expects will be “fully-operational in various cities around the world by 2025.”

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The full-scale, full-weight prototype is powered by 36 all-electric jet engines that allow it to take-off and land vertically. The aircraft design has no tail, no rudder, no propellers, no gearbox and only one moving part in the engine.

“In less than two years we have been able to design, build and successfully fly an aircraft that will serve as our template for mass production,” Lilium co-founder and CEO Daniel Wiegand said in a statement. “Moving from two to five seats was always our ambition as it enables us to open up the skies to many more travelers.”

The battery-powered jet is capable of traveling 186 miles in 60 minutes on a single charge. (Photo Credit: Lilium)

The battery-powered jet is capable of traveling 300 kilometers (186 miles) in 60 minutes on a single charge, and will connect cities through a network of landing pads. Commuters will be able to book rides from their nearest landing pad through the Lilium smartphone app.

“At the push of a button, passengers will be able to use the Lilium app to locate their nearest landing pad and plan their journey with ease,” the company said in a press release. “Choosing from a network of pads across cities and regions, passengers will enjoy journeys that are comparable in price with a taxi, yet four times faster.”

The Lilium air taxi service, operational in 2025, allows commuters to book rides from their nearest landing pad through a smartphone app. (Photo Credit: Lilium)

The Lilium Jet took flight for the first time on May 4, after completing extensive ground testing at Lilium’s HQ in Munich, Germany, the company said. The prototype aircraft, which is controlled remotely from the ground, has also begun a rigorous flight test campaign, the first step toward certification of the aircraft to safety standards comparable to those of large commercial aircraft.

The full-scale, full-weight Lilium Jet prototype is powered by 36 all-electric jet engines that allow it to take-off and land vertically. (Photo Credit: Lilium)

In 2017, Lilium completed testing of a two-seater prototype, which first demonstrated Lilium’s “signature transition flight maneuver,” where the aircraft shifts from vertical to horizontal flight, and laid the groundwork for the five-seater prototype.

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Google Combines Trip-Planning Features Under One Roof

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Google is making it easier to plan your next trip online.

Following last year’s rollout of similar mobile tools, the company on Tuesday announced a major revamp of its web-based travel platform.

The new google.com/travel landing page features information about previously reserved journeys, and lets users effortlessly switch between flight, hotel, and package searches.

“As you plan a trip, your research and reservations will be organized for you in Trips,” Richard Holden, vice president of product management for travel, wrote in a blog post.

Finally, the web and mobile versions are on feature parity, making it simple to start outlining your summer vacation on the commute, consult the whole family from the living room, and finalize arrangements from the comfort of your bed.

Look for the ability to directly edit saved trips and add new reservations (coming soon), as well as sections highlighting recently viewed hotels and activities.

“When you want to continue planning, all of your research will be waiting for you,” Holden boasted.

Scroll down to see travel articles and find out more about a destination, like suggested day plans, popular restaurants near your hotel, and events during your dates.

Google also baked in weather forecasts for upcoming or potential trips, “so you can make sure you’re prepared, rain or shine,” according to Holden.

If this is all a bit too much, users can opt out of private results by adjusting the web and app activity settings.

And while this week’s updates tend to focus on desktop, Google has introduced a handy new mobile function for neighborhood newcomers: Google Maps points out popular areas nearby and what they’re known for.

Visiting Vancouver for the first time? Find out more about Gastown, Coal Harbour, and Yaletown with the tap of your finger.

“Our goal is to simplify trip planning by helping you quickly find the most useful information and pick up where you left off on any device,” Holden said. “We’ll continue to make planning and taking trips easier with Google Maps, Google Search, and google.com/travel—so you can get out and enjoy the world.”

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Researchers Have Invented a Quieter, Less Terrifying Airplane Toilet

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If you’re a frequent flyer, you know how loud airplane toilets could be. Flushing could produce a noise so terrifyingly loud, it almost seems like the whole lavatory is being sucked out through that tiny hole.

But changes might be coming: Researchers from Brigham Young University have invented a vacuum-assisted toilet that is about half as loud as the regular airplane commode.

“People have told us they don’t want their kids to be scared to use the bathroom on a flight,” said lead researcher Kent Gee, BYU professor of physics. “So, we’ve used good physics to solve the problem.”

While aviation tech has developed, the airline industry hasn’t been able to improve vacuum-assisted toilets over the last 25 years. That’s because getting airplane toilets to flush with very little water requires a partial vacuum, which at 38,000 feet, pulls air at nearly half the speed of sound. When things move at that speed, any disturbance at all to the flow — like the bend of a pipe or a valve — generates significant noise.

And with cabins now quieter than ever due to newer airplanes, toilet flushes reverberate much more throughout the cabin.

“Airline companies have always had standards for the toilet noise, but they’ve never met those and there has never been much pressure to do so,”said Scott Sommerfeldt, BYU professor of mechanical engineering. “Now with the reduced cabin sound levels, the sound of the toilet flushing is more noticeable and customers are pushing back.”

To solve the problem, the BYU team focused on three valve conditions during the flush cycle: the initial noise level peak associated with the flush valve opening, an intermediate noise level plateau associated with the valve being fully opened and the final noise level peak associated with the flush valve closing.

The researchers added additional piping to increase the distance between the toilet bowl and the flush valve and made the pipe attachment at the bowl more of a gradual bend as opposed to a sharp 90-degree angle.

Tests of the new contraption show aeroacoustically-generated noise dropped up to 16 decibels during the flush valve opening and about 5 to 10 decibels when the valve is fully opened.

“It’s a great mix between physics and engineering,” said grad student Michael Rose, lead author on the team’s paper published in Proceedings of Meetings on Acoustics. “The toilet is much quieter and now kids won’t think they’re going to get sucked out.”

The researchers have filed three patents on the new toilet and are now working with an industry partner to bring it to market. The invention works with existing airplane toilets — only the elbow need be removed during a retrofit, while the valve and the bowl can remain where they are.

The vacuum-assisted tech could also be used for toilets on cruise ships and trains and even in green building projects where housing units are looking at ways to reduce water usage.

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