Afternoon Links: November 1, 2010

1. Is the Department of Defense developing a flying car?

2. Why does Esquire think that “Republicans have cornered the market on beauty”?

3. PepsiCo is perfecting a new method of extracting water from potatoes.

4. The Yemeni parcel bombers may have failed to hit their targets, but they’ve succeeded in derailing airline plans to start allowing cell-phone use by passengers on trans-oceanic flights.

5. Saudi clerics are calling for a ban on female vendors.