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Could gulls' wings inspire smarter airplane design?
Flexing a single elbow joint enables gulls to adapt their wing shape to gusty conditions, according to new University of British Columbia (UBC) research--a relatively simple mechanism that could inspire improved aircraft design. (2019-01-03)

Evading in-flight lightning strikes
A new MIT study shows that electrically charging airplanes may reduce their risk of being struck by lightning. (2018-03-09)

How to decrease the mass of aircrafts
Members of the Department of Chemistry of Lomonosov Moscow State University have created unique polymer matrices for polymer composites based on novel phthalonitrile monomers. The developed materials possess higher strength than metals, which helps to sufficiently decrease the mass of aircraft parts that operate at high temperatures. (2017-02-08)

SwRI-led study captures science data from Great American Eclipse
Two NASA WB-57F research aircraft successfully tracked the August 21 solar eclipse as part of a NASA project led by Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) to study the solar corona and Mercury's surface. (2017-08-24)

NASA tracking Hurricane Maria on Bahamas approach
NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite provided a look at Maria's temperatures to find the strongest sides of the storm, while NOAA's GOES satellite revealed the extent of the storm in a visible image as it moved toward the Bahamas. (2017-09-22)

Stunning footage shows how drones can boost turtle conservation
Drones are changing the face of turtle research and conservation, a new study shows. (2018-02-28)

China launched world's first rocket-deployed weather instruments from unmanned semi-submersible vehicle
For the first time in history, Chinese scientists have launched a rocketsonde -- a rocket designed to perform weather observations in areas beyond the range of weather balloons -- from an unmanned semi-submersible vehicle (USSV) that has been solely designed and specially developed by China for this task. (2019-01-31)

Lightweight metal foam blocks blastwave, debris from high-explosive rounds
New research shows that stainless steel composite metal foam (CMF) can block blast pressure and fragmentation at 5,000 feet per second from high explosive incendiary (HEI) rounds that detonate only 18 inches away. (2018-03-26)

Going beyond 'human error'
A human factors study using Bayes' theorem and content analysis reveals underlying teamwork, organizational, and technological influences on severe US Naval aviation mishaps. (2018-04-30)

Do video game players make the best unmanned pilots?
New research from the University of Liverpool highlights the usefulness of video game players as unmanned aircraft operators. (2017-08-21)

Lightning in the eyewall of a hurricane beamed antimatter toward the ground
Hurricane Patricia, which battered the west coast of Mexico in 2015, was the most intense tropical cyclone ever recorded in the Western Hemisphere. Amid the extreme violence of the storm, scientists observed something new: a downward beam of positrons, the antimatter counterpart of electrons, creating a burst of powerful gamma-rays and x-rays. (2018-05-21)

ETRI exchanged quantum information on daylight in a free-space quantum key distribution
The Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI) has reported a successful free-space quantum key distribution (QKD) in daylight with the self-developed polarization encoding chip for the first time. QKD is one of the most promising secure communication technologies, which encodes information into a single-photon, the smallest measurable unit of light. By using the quantum mechanical properties of the single-photon, quantum cryptography guarantees secure information exchange between the distant parties. The report is particularly worthy of attention in two points as follows. (2018-12-07)

Cloud seeding for snow: Does it work? Scientists report first quantifiable observations
For the first time, scientists have obtained direct, quantifiable observations of cloud seeding for increased snowfall -- from the growth of ice crystals, through the processes that occur in clouds, to the eventual snowfall. (2018-01-24)

Liquid crystals could help deflect laser pointer attacks on aircraft
Aiming a laser beam at an aircraft isn't a harmless prank: The sudden flash of bright light can incapacitate the pilot, risking the lives of passengers and crew. Today, researchers report liquid crystals that could someday be incorporated into aircraft windshields to diffuse any wavelength of laser light. The researchers will present their results today at the American Chemical Society Spring 2019 National Meeting & Exposition. (2019-03-31)

NASA gets infrared view of Carolina Chris, the tropical storm
Tropical Storm Chris was strengthening when NASA's Aqua satellite passed over the US Eastern Seaboard on July 9. Aqua analyzed Tropical Storm Chris in infrared light. (2018-07-09)

Dragonfly migration resembles that of birds, scientists say
Princeton University scientists have discovered that migrating dragonflies and songbirds exhibit many of the same behaviors, suggesting the rules that govern such long-distance travel may be simpler and more ancient than was once thought. (2006-05-11)

Coal power stations disrupt rainfall: global study
Modern coal-fired power stations produce more ultrafine dust particles than road traffic and can even modify and redistribute rainfall patterns, a new 15-year international study shows. The study indicates filtration systems on modern coal-fired power stations are the biggest source of ultrafine particles and can have considerable impacts on climate in several ways. (2019-03-12)

New research reveals hidden earthquake trouble spots
University of Leicester develops technique to reveal earthquake-prone faults in forested mountainous regions. (2006-11-08)

Sequential model chips away at mysteries of aircraft
Ice accumulation on aircraft wings is a common contributing factor to airplane accidents. Most existing models focus on either ice that freezes as a thin film on the airfoil, or immediately after it impacts the wing. Researchers have announced a new model, accounting for a combination of these forms, that they hope will melt our misunderstanding of ice accretion. They discuss their model in this week's Physics of Fluids. (2018-02-06)

Two-faced South Asian monsoons both propagate and purify pollution in the air
An airborne research campaign exploring the 'self-cleaning capacity' of the atmosphere has revealed summer monsoons in South Asia may both purify the air of some pollutants but disperse others. (2018-06-14)

Could an anti-global warming atmospheric spraying program really work?
A program to reduce Earth's heat capture by injecting aerosols into the atmosphere from high-altitude aircraft is possible, but unreasonably costly with current technology, and would be unlikely to remain secret. Those are the key findings of new research published today in Environmental Research Letters, which looked at the capabilities and costs of various methods of delivering sulphates into the lower stratosphere, known as stratospheric aerosol injection (SAI). (2018-11-22)

An application of astronomy to save endangered species
The world's first project that combines drone technology with astrophysics to monitor the distribution and density of animal populations to help the conservation of endangered species. (2017-02-06)

Particulate matter from aircraft engines affects airways
In a unique, innovative experiment, researchers under the leadership of the University of Bern have investigated the effect of exhaust particles from aircraft turbine engines on human lung cells. The cells reacted most strongly to particles emitted during ground idling. It was also shown that the cytotoxic effect is only to some extent comparable to that of particles from gasoline and diesel engines. (2019-05-16)

Nuclear power plants must be able to withstand fires caused by aircraft impacts
In his dissertation, Topi Sikanen, a Master of Science (Technology) and Research Scientist at VTT, examined the transport, evaporation and combustion of liquids in large-scale fire incidents. (2018-01-16)

Everything old is new again
CPU Technology, a Navy Dual Use contractor, is the Navy winner of the DoD Dual Use S&T Achievement Award for a system-on-a-chip (SOC) technology that will modernize obsolete computers on Navy ships and aircraft while preserving existing software. (2000-11-06)

New aircraft-scheduling models may ease air travel frustrations
Flight schedules that allow for a little carefully designed wiggle room could prevent the frustration of cascading airport delays and cancellations. By focusing on the early phases of flight schedule planning and delays at various scales, researchers have developed models to help create schedules that are less susceptible to delays and easier to fix once disrupted. (2018-06-11)

US air transportation system 'in peril' - report
A report released yesterday by the National Research Council found that the nation's air transportation system is (2003-09-24)

Research examines wing shapes to reduce vortex and wake
Recent research at the University of Illinois demonstrated that, although most wing shapes used today create turbulent wake vortices, wing geometrics can be designed to reduce or eliminate wingtip vortices almost entirely. In the study, the vortex and wake characteristics were computed for three classic wing designs: the elliptic wing, and wing designs developed in classic studies by R.T. Jones and Ludwig Prandt. (2018-05-14)

High-tech material in a salt crust
MAX phases unite the positive properties of ceramics and metals. A method developed by scientists from Forschungszentrum J├╝lich now makes it possible to produce this material class on an industrial scale: a salt crust protects the raw material from oxidation at a temperature of more than 1,000 degrees Celsius -- and can then simply be washed off with water. The method, which was recently published in Nature Materials, can also be applied to other high-performance materials. (2019-04-03)

Intercultural communication crucial for engineering education
In an increasingly connected world it helps to engage with other cultures without prejudice or assumption. This is true in engineering as it is in any other field, but UTokyo researchers reveal shortcomings in how intercultural communication is taught to potential engineers. (2019-06-06)

Left or right? Like humans, bees have a preference
A discovery that bees have individual flying direction preferences could lead to strategies for steering drone aircraft fleets. Researchers at The University of Queensland's Queensland Brain Institute have found that honeybees have individually distinct biases in (2017-11-02)

Experience with vehicles does not help birds avoid collisions
Researchers suspected that experience with passing vehicles may cause birds to adjust their avoidance responses -- specifically, to increase their flight initiation distances -- to keep from being hit. Instead, though, they recently found that inexperienced birds have longer flight initiation distances in response to oncoming vehicles than birds that have repeatedly observed passing, fast-moving vehicles. (2016-10-26)

Scientists study atmospheric waves radiating out of hurricanes
Researchers believe they have found a new way to monitor the intensity and location of hurricanes from hundreds of miles away by detecting atmospheric waves radiating from the centers of these powerful storms. (2017-05-15)

USU aerospace engineer creates free 3-D aircraft design software
As the use of autonomous aerial vehicles continues to expand, one aerospace engineering expert is offering the public a free online aircraft design tool. (2016-10-06)

GPM satellite provides a 3D look at Tropical Storm Barry
The Global Precipitation Measurement mission or GPM core satellite provided a couple of views of Tropical Storm Barry that showed its cloud heights and rainfall rates. (2019-07-11)

SwRI develops system to legally test GPS spoofing vulnerabilities in automated vehicles
Southwest Research Institute has developed a cyber security system to test for vulnerabilities in automated vehicles and other technologies that use GPS receivers for positioning, navigation and timing. (2019-04-30)

Robotic spiders and bees: The rise of bioinspired microrobots
Jumping robot spiders and swarms of robotic bees sounds like the stuff of science fiction, but researchers at The University of Manchester are already working on such projects and aiming to lead the world in micro robotics. (2018-03-01)

Chemtrails vs. contrails (video)
It's easy to look at the white trail behind a jet aircraft and imagine all manner of chemicals raining down from above. However, airplane contrails are simply what happens when jet engines burn fuel. In this video, Reactions explains the straightforward chemistry of contrails. (2018-02-06)

UW researcher leads study of first quantifiable observation of cloud seeding
For the first time, direct observation of cloud seeding -- from the growth of the ice crystals through the processes that occur in the clouds to the eventual fallout of the ice crystals that become snow -- has been documented. (2018-01-23)

Commercial airliners reveal three-dimensional distribution of atmospheric CO2 over Asia Pacific
Ten years of commercial airliner-based measurements uniquely revealed three-dimensional distribution of atmospheric CO2 and its seasonality over Asia Pacific. Asia has been only sparsely monitored for atmospheric CO2, despite the growing importance of the region in the global carbon cycle. The remarkable feature of CO2 over Asia is depleted CO2 concentrations confined in the Asian summer monsoon anticyclone at the cruising altitude (approximately 10 km) imprinted by strong CO2 uptake by vegetation in South Asia. (2018-11-06)

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