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This could be our first look at Uber’s flying taxi of the future

January 7th, 2020

Well, CES 2020 is here, and as usual, there’s a whole lot of forward-looking concepts and plans and pipe dreams floating around the Las Vegas Convention Center. This year, one of the more interesting announcements comes from a joint partnership between Uber and Hyundai. But what on Earth could a car company and an on-demand …

737 faa investigation

The FAA knew the 737 MAX was potentially unsafe

December 12th, 2019

A pair of Boeing’s 737 MAX 8 commercial airliners crashed in the span of just five months between late 2018 and early 2019, claiming hundreds of lives and forcing airlines around the world to ground their own 737 MAX 8 fleets while officials from multiple countries investigate. Now, as Boeing and its airline partners are …

737 max status

The Boeing 737 Max saga isn’t even close to being over

September 2nd, 2019

It’s now been nearly six months since airlines around the world were forced to ground any 737 Max commercial jets in their respective fleets. The decision came after a pair of horrific crashes claimed the lives of hundreds, and Boeing’s flight control software was implicated as a cause of both accidents. Now, despite toiling away …

737 max rebrand

Airlines might rebrand 737 Max, even if Boeing doesn’t

August 15th, 2019

Major airlines all over the globe have a serious problem on their hands, and it’s not just the fact that the Boeing 737 Max remains grounded months after a pair of deadly crashes claimed hundreds of lives. Once the defunct planes are once again deemed sky-worthy, airlines will have to convince travelers that it’s okay …

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E-scooters aren’t as green as you think

August 2nd, 2019

E-scooters have a very environmentally-friendly image. Tiny and battery-powered, they seem like a convenient, responsible alternative to making short trips in a car, but new research suggests that the big picture is a lot more complicated. A team of researchers from NC State took an in-depth look at the overall environmental impact of the e-scooter …

lightsail 2

Solar sails actually work, and LightSail 2 just proved it

August 1st, 2019

The idea seems totally crazy: A spacecraft with no active propulsion system that can travel through space using light in the same way that a sailboat uses wind. Physics tells us it’s possible, but until scientists could prove it, it remained a good idea on paper only. Now, with the launch of the crowdfunded LightSail …

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Delta pilot yanked from boarded plane because he was probably drunk

July 31st, 2019

Travelers hoping to depart from the Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport on Tuesday morning were forced to delay their plans after their pilot was pulled from the plane and arrested. The man, Gabriel Schroeder, wasn’t a wanted criminal, he was just probably drunk. As CNN reports, the plane was fully boarded and essentially ready for takeoff …

connected car hacks

Researchers worry that hackers could turn connected cars into roadblocks

July 30th, 2019

As carmakers continue to pack their newest models with all manner of “smart” technology, researchers are concerned that connected vehicles will become an increasingly irresistible target for hackers. A new study by scientists with the Georgia Institute of Technology and Multiscale Systems, Inc., suggests that if hackers find serious vulnerabilities in internet-connected cars they could …