Transportation

Many of us take public transportation or fly in airplanes on a regular basis, but have you ever wondered how all of these things work? This collection of transportation articles help explain how people get from place to place.

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A Train That Goes Nowhere Could Change How We Store Energy

Storing renewable, reliable energy is a big challenge, but the ARES company has a novel solution: Use a rock-filled train that doesn't go anywhere.

Eerie Plane Ruins Across the Globe Draw Wreckage Hunters

Wrecked aircraft ruins rest in remote worldwide spots. Who are the legion of aviation archaeologists dedicated to tracking down and preserving them?

Who Wants to Knock a Drone Out of the Sky?

Disney was recently rumored to be taking out spy drones in order to protect "Star Wars: Episode VIII" shooting locations. Is that legal in the U.S.?

The World Just Had Its First Mind-Controlled Drone Race

Using brain-computer interfaces, 16 University of Florida engineering students piloted drones using only their focused thoughts — and some computer programming.

Airline Class Segregation Increases Chance of 'Air Rage' Incidents

What's to blame for instances of air rage? A new study suggests dividing classes on a plane increases tension and likelihood of problems.

Homemade Hoverbike Takes Its First Flight

Internet sensation Colin Furze has used home tools and a workshed to create a working hoverbike. Watch it in action in this video.

What It's Like Circumnavigating the Globe in a Solar-powered Plane

The pilots of the sun-fueled Solar Impulse 2, halfway through its 'round-the-world trip, self-hypnotize while spending days on end in a space the size of a coffin.

NASA's Aiming for Supersonic Jets Free of That Pesky Sonic Boom

Sonic booms: so annoying! That's why the space agency and Lockheed Martin are on a 'QueSST' to science some physics and create a supersonic jet that's like so hush-hush.

Slugs Might Save Your Plane From Icy Wings

Researchers devise a new anti-icing material after observing these garden pests.

How an Imaginary Airline Called Poppi Is Pushing Travel Industry Innovation

Will airlines ever change for the better? One marketing concept called Poppi hopes to inspire innovation and push the industry forward.

It's a Bird! It's a Plane! It's the Airlander 10!

And did we mention that Bruce Dickinson, the lead singer of Iron Maiden, partially funded it?

6 Cool Innovations That Could Change Air Travel Forever

Choosing your seatmates through social media? Facial recognition technology to match you and your luggage? The airline industry has the ideas... but will it adopt them?

Can Police (Legally) Shoot Down Drones?

If Rep. David E. Lifferth, R-Utah, gets his way, police will soon be able to "neutralize" drones that interfere with emergency response.

Dutch Police Are Training Eagles to Capture Drones Right Out of the Sky

Using low-tech solutions for high-tech problems, falconry may prove beneficial in combating all the wayward drones flying where they ought not to fly.

Watch this Flying Spheroid Drone Explore a Glacial Ice Cave

Gyroscopes, carbon rods and flexible joints let the GimBall drone bounce off of and roll against obstacles as it flies on its missions.

Clear Plastic Bubble Would Let Aircraft Passengers Enjoy View from Outside

Windspeed Technologies' proposed SkyDeck could offer an external, 360-degree view for airline passengers, and could be a luxury add-on to existing airplanes.

The FAA Just Approved a Hybrid Airship, But What Is That, Exactly?

This hybrid airship isn't exactly your great-grandfather's zeppelin.

The U.S. Military Wants Vampire Drones

The U.S. Department of Defense really wants a drone that can vanish completely after delivering its payload. Got any ideas?

Airplane Seat Cushions: Stealthy Fart Filters of the Future?

There are so many tweaks we wish airlines would implement, especially if future seat configurations mean stacking passengers with butts suspended above heads.

Dirigibles: Bobbing Along Toward a Comeback

We're not quite at floating cruise ship phase, but modern dirigibles could be rising stars for carting cargo.

Here’s Why Drones and Firefighters Can’t Share the Same Sky

Drone hobbyists love the thrill of glimpsing news as it’s happening in real time, but is it safe for them to be at fire scenes?

With More Drones in Our Skies, We're Going to Need Droneports

Mini airports for drones are being built now, and could help medicine reach remote areas. Urban environments could also benefit. Here's what our future may hold.

Mile Bleh Club: Why Airline Food Doesn’t Taste Good

Studying the perceptions of passengers at 36,000 feet reveals how noise, vibration and pressurized air affect taste.

As New Personal Transports Arrive, Let's Acknowledge What the Segway Got Right

Though often chided as goofy, the Segway set the stage for the current generation of skateboards, hoverboards and other people-moving tech.

Do drone pilots train on video games?

Sure, flight-simulation video games and drone piloting both involve computer screens and handheld controllers, but do these similarities make gaming a useful training platform for real-life, high-stakes military operations?


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