Startup company Virgin Hyperloop One is developing a fast and sustainable transportation system that could be available to the public by 2030. Imagine being able to travel at the speed of airplanes in driverless levitating pods?
Scientists Eye Squids For Clues to Human Genetics
Scientists discovered a way to enable human cells to go into an active camouflage state, morphing into transparent forms. How did they do it? They got the idea from a squid protein. This could be a new key to understanding genetics.
Inside the World's First Regenerative Highway
Since ancient times, humans have been altering the environment to create throughways for the transport of food and goods, not to mention travel and military defense. But over the course of thousands of years, little has changed regarding the way roads are built. It’s still a necessity to clear trees and disrupt layers of earth to make way for smoother, more durable foundations, but at what cost?
Some scientists are turning to ultraviolent germicidal irradiation, similar to bringing the power of sunlight indoors, to zap pathogens out of the air in public spaces in hopes of curbing the spread of coronavirus infections.
Cargo Industry Goes Full Steam Ahead to Curb Carbon
Container ships transporting goods from one corner of the world to another emit large amounts of carbon and greenhouse gases as they glide through the sea, but now the industry is working to change that with cleaner fuel.
Step Aside, Sniffer Dogs
We're entering the era of explosive-sensing grasshoppers. Researchers at Washington University in Missouri have tapped into the olfactory senses of the American grasshopper, which naturally detects chemical odors in the air, to create small and discreet biological bomb sniffers.
Researchers at Northwestern University are collaborating with the United States Army to develop a cotton fabric that rapidly neutralizes deadly nerve agents.
Spider-Man Sans The Suit
Now it's possible to harness the mythical powers of Spider-Man without his iconic suit. Researchers in China created a novel vacuum suction unit that allows humans or robots to scale walls, even those with rough, uneven surfaces.
It's Electric: Meet the World's Fastest Airplane
Rolls-Royce is redefining the nature of air travel with its all-electric airplane, which can reach speeds of up to 300 mph.
Find out how a Berlin-based search engine uses profits from advertising revenue to plant trees all over the world.
It's a bird, it's a plane... no it's a Volocopter
A three-minute flight of an air taxi in Singapore signals the world is starting to get serious about flying cars. This is the first time the German Volocopter took to the urban skies to test its wings for more commercial flights.
Want to find out if a text conversation is flirty or friendly? A new batch of apps, which use artificial intelligence to evaluate communication patterns, may have the answer.
Inside the Controversial Plan to Cool the Planet
Could spraying chemicals into the sky reverse some impacts of global warming? Scientists are considering the possible benefits and risks of solar geoengineering, a controversial concept that could possibly cut global temperature increases in half.
The Future Points to BYOB Vending Machines
Grab your reusable bottle since Dasani is rolling out 100 BYOB vending machines – essentially, refillable water stations – as a test approach to curb plastic waste. The company also will start selling water in aluminum cans, which are made from more recycled material than plastic bottles, in the northeast this fall.