12 Behind-the-Scenes Secrets of Airports
"Over the years, airports have evolved from bare-bones transportation hubs for select travelers to bustling retail centers for millions.
They’re being designed to both complement and influence human behavior.
Everything from the architecture and lighting to the trinkets on sale in the gift shops is strategic.
Here are a few tricks airports use to help travelers relax, get to their gates safely and on time, and hopefully spend some money along the way." (mentalfloss.com)
The hidden ways traffic flows around us
"Going from A to B? Whichever way you choose to travel, Chris Baraniuk discovers the hidden technologies which decide when and how you’ll get there." (BBC)
Plane laser attacks probed by FBI terrorism unit- 19 October 2013
"The announcement came along with a report that laser attacks against inbound flights at New York airports have increased 17 percent so far this year, a rising threat because lasers can temporarily or permanently blind a pilot and crew, the FBI said...." (foxnews.com)
Robot racing car aims for pole position- 2 November 2012 - ARTICLE + VIDEO
"Meet the 120mph sports car that thunders around tracks without any help from a driver."
= "an autonomous Audi TT-S, named Shelly, which can drive at the limits of vehicle performance." (BBC)
An autonomous car, "also known as robotic or informally as driverless or self-driving, is an autonomous vehicle capable of fulfilling the human transportation capabilities of a traditional car. As an autonomous vehicle, it is capable of sensing its environment and navigating on its own..." (Wikipedia)
Robot-car technology by Google
"Google has recently revealed in an announcement that it has been secretly testing cars that can drive on their own, with the help
of artificial-intelligence software that can sense anything near the car and make decisions similar to what a human driver would make..." (YouTube)
car "The driverless car concept embraces an emerging family of highly automated cognitive and control technologies,
ultimately aimed at a full "taxi-like"
experience for car users, but without a human driver..." (Wikipedia)
Car "The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is
an agency of the U.S. Department of Defense that's responsible for
of new technology for use by the military. Their latest project is
to encourage the development of vehicles that will drive themselves" (videos.howstuffworks.com)
Lighter-than-air craft rise again - Article + Video - 24 September 2012
"A behind the scenes look at the project to build a radical new airship that could soon criscross our skies...
The Aeroscraft, as it is known, is the brainchild of Igor Pasternak and has been made possible by advances in materials and computer control systems...
The airship in the hangar is being built to test various key components of a design that could one day contain a hotel, casino or spa...
One of its biggest markets could be transporting freight from hard-to-reach locations or, for example, carrying wind turbine blades." (BBC)
Seven innovations in air travel- 30 August 2012
"Between 5 and 7 September hundreds of representatives from airlines and airports around the world will visit Vancouver for the 2012 Future Travel Experience,
an annual conference that showcases the latest technologies for making air travel easier." (BBC)
'Talking cars' tested in Michigan to cut road accidents- 22 August 2012
"Hundreds of vehicles fitted with kit that lets them "talk" to each other are being tested on the roads of Ann Arbor, Michigan...
More than 32,000 people died on the US's roads in 2011 due to crashes." (BBC)