Bacteria can linger on airplane surfaces for days
Disease-causing bacteria can linger on surfaces commonly found in airplane cabins for days, even up to a week, according to research presented at the annual meeting of the American Society for Microbiology.
Solar-powered two-seat Sunseeker airplane has progress report
Making radiation-proof materials for electronics, power plants
The 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster made the dangers of radiation all too real. To avoid similar tragedies in the future, scientists are working to develop new radiation-proof materials for nuclear power plants, as well as ...
Can soft robots transform health care, gaming, and other fields?
Highly deformable materials are now being engineered to create soft robots that can interact safely with humans and other living systems. But this rapidly advancing field requires more than high-tech materials. Innovation ...
NASA: Sector 33 app
Welcome to Sector 33! – A new air traffic control game for iOS and Android mobile devices.
Walrus move to shore in northwest Alaska
Pacific walrus are gathering on the northwest coast of Alaska and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has begun procedures to keep airplanes out of the area.
'Sail rover' could explore hellish Venus
A windsailing rover could use the high speeds and hot temperatures of Venus to a robotic explorer's advantage, according to an idea funded by NASA's Innovative Advanced Concepts program.
Can you talk? Apple patent calls on iPhone status check system
New approach assembles big structures from small interlocking pieces
MIT researchers have developed a lightweight structure whose tiny blocks can be snapped together much like the bricks of a child's construction toy. The new material, the researchers say, could revolutionize ...
'Hyperloop' would link LA-SF in 30 mins, if built (Update 2)
Imagine strapping into a car-sized capsule and hurtling through a tube at more than 700 mph (1,126 kph)—not for the thrill of it, but to get where you need to go.
Inventor Musk to share plans for high-speed travel (Update)
Twice as fast as an airplane, cheaper than a bullet train and completely self-powered: that's the mysterious transportation system for which inventor and entrepreneur Elon Musk is promising to reveal design ...
Engineers gain insight into turbulence formation and evolution in fluids
in the patterns that natural gas makes as it swirls through a transcontinental pipeline or in the drag that occurs as a plane soars through the sky. Reducing such turbulence on say, an airplane wing, would ...
Choosing a wave could accelerate airplane maintenance
Ultrasonic waves can find bubbles and cracks in adhesive bonds holding airplane composite parts together, and now aerospace engineers can select the best frequencies to detect adhesive failures in hard-to-reach ...
Explained: Hydrophobic and hydrophilic
Sometimes water spreads evenly when it hits a surface; sometimes it beads into tiny droplets. While people have noticed these differences since ancient times, a better understanding of these properties, and ...