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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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?

What's the world's fastest UAV?

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

How Drones Work

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?

Why do you have to turn your phone on at airport security?

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?

How Ramjets Work

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

How Skywriting Works

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

Should black box data be stored in the cloud?

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.

10 Unsolved Airplane Mysteries

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.

How can a plane land at the wrong airport?

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.

10 Non-murderous Things Drones Do Every Day

Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's a ... drone? Turns out, drones are doing all kinds of harmless -- and even heroic -- things all the time. Find out how drones are changing the way we farm, fight fires and make movies.

How the Hyperloop Works

Ready for a fifth mode of transportation? Elon Musk is. He's sketched out a proposal for a nearly supersonic transportation system that could shoot you from San Francisco to Los Angeles faster than you can watch an episode of "Game of Thrones."

10 Aviation Innovations We'd Be Stuck on the Ground Without

In the world of flight, it's a fine line between flying high and falling fast. Can you name 10 of the innovations that keep planes and their passengers airborne?

Could you commute from New York to Los Angeles in 12 minutes?

Would you risk the mother of all jet lag if you could cross the U.S. in less time than it takes to pass through airport security? After all, your time is precious, and haven't supersonic and hypersonic technologies been around for decades now?

8 Benefits of High-speed Trains

One of the key pieces of infrastructure that we could really use in the U.S. is a high speed, efficient, and effective train system.

How are airplanes becoming greener?

The airline industry is one of the largest contributors to global carbon emissions, but it's possible to fly and do minimal damage to the environment.

How does public transportation help the environment?

In January 2004, the citizens of Milan, Italy, were preparing for a strike that would shut down all public transportation. Since an estimated 28 percent of greater Milan’s 3 million populace relied heavily on public transit, the strike meant gridlock for most of the city.

Steampunk Blimps: Airships that Will Take You Back to the Future

Steampunk enthusiasts imagine an alternate version of history, where the dress code demands petticoats and suit vests and airships are the most romantic forms of all transportation.


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