Automotive

NASA will test highly-flexible, lightweight wings on X-56A

NASA will test highly-flexible, lightweight wings on X-56A

The subscale X-56A is scheduled for a series of research flights in November to prove enabling technology for designing aircraft with highly flexible, lightweight...
NASA technology may reduce airframe noise during landing

NASA technology may reduce airframe noise during landing

NASA has concluded a flight test series to investigate technologies that may significantly reduce airframe noise for communities near airports. The flights, which gathered data...
Fuel-cell cars finally cruise onto the market

Fuel-cell cars finally cruise onto the market

Fuel-cell powered cars that emit only water vapor when driven have been in the works for decades, but progress seemed to keep stalling. Now, according...
Flying Taxicabs

Flying Taxicabs?

Need to catch a fast ride from Cleveland to Pittsburgh? Get ready to hail your first “air taxi”—and maybe sooner than you think. Vikas Prakash, a...
supersonic flight

70 years of supersonic flight: NASA continues to break barriers

NASA’s Quiet SuperSonic Technology Preliminary Design, or QueSST, has brought the agency ever closer to making the Low-Boom Flight Demonstration aircraft, or LBFD, a...
Boost for solar cells also makes self-driving cars safer

Boost for solar cells also makes self-driving cars safer

Engineers working to make solar cells more cost effective ended up finding a method for making sonar-like collision avoidance systems in self-driving cars. The twin...
New vehicle infotainment systems create increased distractions behind the wheel

New vehicle infotainment systems create increased distractions behind the wheel

In-vehicle technology takes one step forward, two steps back New vehicle infotainment systems can take drivers' eyes and attention off the road and hands off...

China’s first self-made icebreaker named Xuelong 2

China's first self-made icebreaker has been named Xuelong 2, Chinese media reported, quoting sources from the Polar Research Institute of China on Sept. 26. The...
Some of the best parts of autonomous vehicles are already here

Some of the best parts of autonomous vehicles are already here

Fully automated cars are still many years away. Amid the government activity and potential for social benefits, it’s important not to lose sight of smaller...
Lighter plastic foam could mean more fuel-efficient cars

Lighter plastic foam could mean more fuel-efficient cars

Researchers have developed a way to make cheaper, lighter-weight syntactic foams at industrial scale, paving the way for more efficient, less costly products and...