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.


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

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

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

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?

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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?

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.

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

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

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?

It's a bird! It's a plane! It's an unmanned aerial vehicle traveling faster than the speed of sound!

They're the stuff of headlines, often characterized as evil in the sky. But how do unmanned aerial vehicles actually get off the ground and flying?

Going through airport security is the worst part of flying for most people. Now you may be asked to turn your cell phone on in the security line. Why do you have to do that? And does it really keep us safe?

Imagine whipping through the sky at thousands of miles per hour. This special type of jet engine can do exactly that.

Writing a legible message on paper requires a steady hand; writing one in the sky requires a steady everything.

Why do we still lock away critical data on a box that can go down with the plane? It may be time to think differently about the black box and its contents.

Since 1948, more than 100 aircraft have gone missing while aloft and never been found. How is this possible? We'll look at some of these unsolved mysteries, as well as other bizarre airline mishaps.

It happens. And when it does, the consequences can include not only red-faced pilots, but also inconvenienced passengers, endangered planes, damaged airfields and maybe some free peanuts for everyone involved.