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 First for Airports: Flapping Robo-falcon to Scare Away Birds

A drone bird's the word at Canada's Edmonton International Airport.

Climate Change Will Likely Increase Airplane Turbulence

New atmospheric analysis shows that a changing climate will make both common and severe turbulence significantly more likely in decades to come.

Will Circular Airport Runways Ever Take Off?

Dutch researchers are proposing banked, continuous runways to handle traffic more efficiently and take up less space.

Drones May One Day Help Honeybees Pollinate

Honeybees could get help pollinating crops in the future from an unlikely source: drones.

Yes, Airlines Are Shrinking Space Between Your Face and the Next Seat Up

It used to be that air travelers complained about not having enough legroom. But with airlines jamming more seats into planes, there’s less room for their heads, too.

Supersonic Travel Could Be Coming Back

And it could be even faster and quieter than all you jet-setters are used to.

Flexible, Bendable Wings Could Put a New Twist on Air Travel

An airplane wing that can change shape depending on the conditions would increase efficiency and reduce emissions.

Who Rides Passenger Trains in the U.S. These Days?

In 2015, the U.S. population numbered 320 million, but less than 10 percent of those people rode the rails. So who does?

10,854 Cases of People on Planes Acting Like Humongous Jerks

A new airline industry analysis confirms incidents of air rage have increased by 16 percent in a single year.

Ditching: How Pilots Like 'Sully' Sullenberger Land Planes on Water

As "Sully" debuts in U.S. movie theaters, we ask aviation folks how exactly a pilot can successfully and safely land a plane on water.

Benevolent Drones: Is a Future Without Land Mines Just a Decade Away?

Land mines can pose a threat long after a conflict they were part of is over. A new drone project could offer a way to safely and inexpensively eliminate the explosives.

Using Drones to Train Hunting Falcons in Dubai

Falconry has a long history in Dubai, but that doesn't mean they won't embrace new technology to improve their birds.

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.


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