Scientists discover second purpose for vortex generators
Fluid dynamics simulations aim to better predict how air circulating in a hard disk drive
Engineers rely on sophisticated simulation software to understand how air and other fluids flow over objects like an airplane wing or a golf ball. The software typically maps the air and object to a three-dimensional ...
Solar plane lands in Spain on way back home
A solar-powered plane landed in Spain Saturday on its way back home after breaking a record with the first intercontinental flight by an aircraft run on the sun's energy, organisers said.
Until now most adhesives have been manufactured from petroleum-based materials. However, they can also be obtained from renewable raw materials -- for example from proteins, natural rubber, starch, or cellulose. ...
Smartphones as wallets: Using portable device for purchases on the rise, but hurdles remain
Picture walking up to the Dillard's counter, two shirts in one hand, smartphone in the other. There's no need to reach for your wallet, because all of the credit card information has been stored in your phone. One tap of ...
Fluorescent nanotube coating can detect strain
A new type of paint made with carbon nanotubes at Rice University can help detect strain in buildings, bridges and airplanes.
Synchronized probes explore Bermuda Triangle's swirling vortices
(Phys.org) -- Some might say that University of Washington oceanographers did well to only lose one of 21 underwater probes, given that they were deployed near the notorious Bermuda Triangle, where boats and ...
FlyNano electric sea plane takes first test flight
Unmanned Air Force space plane lands in California (w/ Video)
An unmanned Air Force space plane steered itself to a landing early Saturday at a California military base, capping a 15-month clandestine mission.
Book a flight on 'Air Algae?'
When the smell of french fries wafts through the airplane cabin, is it from that guy in 24D scarfing down a fast-food meal or the jet engines? That question certainly could be food-for-thought for imaginative passengers, ...
Kenyan ranches relocating rhinos in fear of poachers
Claus Mortensen is a private Kenyan rancher with a passion -- endangered rhinos -- and now a mission: to save his herd from slaughter by ruthless poachers who sell their horns to Asia, where they are prized ...
Flying under the radar
An airplane carrying 96 passengers, including President of Poland Lech Kaczyński, the First Lady, nine top NATO generals and dozens of Polish dignitaries crashed near Smolensk, Russia, April 10, 2010, killing all aboard. ...
Flying car a 'step closer': Terrafugia (Update)
Drivers hoping to slip the surly -- and traffic congested -- bonds of Earth moved a step closer to realizing their dream, as a US firm said it had successfully tested a street-legal plane.
Swiss solar plane to attempt 48-hour flight to Morocco
The Swiss sun-powered aircraft Solar Impulse will attempt to fly from Switzerland to Morocco in coming weeks, in its longest flight to date, organisers said Wednesday.