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26

Nov

Owl feathers could inspire quieter planesResearchers found that owl wings are especially quiet because their trailing-edge feathers are flexible and porous, allowing some air through.

Owl feathers could inspire quieter planes
Researchers found that owl wings are especially quiet because their trailing-edge feathers are flexible and porous, allowing some air through.

26

Sep

Why plane windows don’t roll downHere’s an explanation why plane windows don’t open, despite Mitt Romney’s concerns that it’s ‘very dangerous’ that they don’t.

Why plane windows don’t roll down
Here’s an explanation why plane windows don’t open, despite Mitt Romney’s concerns that it’s ‘very dangerous’ that they don’t.

12

Jun

Photo of the day: Coming ‘round the mountainA formation of U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules cargo aircraft fly past Mount Fuji, the tallest mountain in Japan, on June 5 after completing a Samurai Surge training mission near a U.S. military base. On clear days, the snow-capped summit of the 12,388-foot active stratovolcano is visible from Tokyo, which lies only 62 miles northeast of the mountain.

Photo of the day: Coming ‘round the mountain
A formation of U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules cargo aircraft fly past Mount Fuji, the tallest mountain in Japan, on June 5 after completing a Samurai Surge training mission near a U.S. military base. On clear days, the snow-capped summit of the 12,388-foot active stratovolcano is visible from Tokyo, which lies only 62 miles northeast of the mountain.

08

Feb

Deep vein thrombosis more common for window seat flyersWhere you sit on a plane can impact the likelihood you’ll encounter health issues.

Deep vein thrombosis more common for window seat flyers
Where you sit on a plane can impact the likelihood you’ll encounter health issues.

16

Nov

Family mourns after pug’s death on transatlantic flightDelta Airlines is investigating the death, which the family says was caused by freezing temperatures. The incident is the latest in a string of pet deaths on airplanes.

Family mourns after pug’s death on transatlantic flight
Delta Airlines is investigating the death, which the family says was caused by freezing temperatures. The incident is the latest in a string of pet deaths on airplanes.

01

Jul

How airplanes alter the weatherAirplanes can cause rain or snow when they punch through clouds, inadvertently, seeding them.

How airplanes alter the weather
Airplanes can cause rain or snow when they punch through clouds, inadvertently, seeding them.

25

Feb

Top 10 great green moments in planes, trains and automobiles

Top 10 great green moments in planes, trains and automobiles