Boeing’s Flying Taxi Prototype Takes to the Air (Briefly)

Boeing’s Flying Taxi Prototype Takes to the Air (Briefly)

Replace the wheels with heavy-duty helicopter skids, add four buzzing dronelike electric fans to each one, and you’ll have something like Boeing’s prototype flying taxi.

One Scientist Hopes to Engineer the Climate With Antacid

One Scientist Hopes to Engineer the Climate With Antacid

Dai’s work calls for a custom-­designed test balloon that, pending an independent committee’s green light, is set to release up to a kilogram of calcium carbonate 12 miles above the US, in what will be the first solar geoengineering experiment in the lower atmosphere.

Tesla's Cost-Cutting Layoffs and More This Week in Car News

Tesla's Cost-Cutting Layoffs and More This Week in Car News

Headlines Stories you might have missed from WIRED this week Flight Reminder of the Week This week marked 10 years since pilots Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger and Jeffrey Skiles safely landed US Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River after a bird strike knocked out both of the plane’s engines.

A Really, Really Bright Mystery in Space

A Really, Really Bright Mystery in Space

Pinball in space: NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory found jets of particles and energy streaming from a black hole, only to run into a wall of gas and then bounce back toward the region they came from.

The Dutch Science Park Unlocking the Secrets of the Universe

The Dutch Science Park Unlocking the Secrets of the Universe

Related Stories To detect it, the Dutch National Institute for Subatomic Physics developed a 17-inch glass ball, which physicist Paul de Jong calls an "insect eye." It contains 31 photomultiplier tubes that amplify the signals of electrons released by photons, helping scientists reconstruct the direction of the original particle that produced the light—illuminating not only neutrinos, but also black holes, supernova, and other mysteries of space.

10 Years Later, Retrace the 'Miracle on the Hudson' Flight

10 Years Later, Retrace the 'Miracle on the Hudson' Flight

10 Years Later, Retrace the 'Miracle on the Hudson' Flight The Airbus jet was just 2,800 feet up and nowhere near its cruising speed when the engines failed, giving pilots Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger and Jeffrey Skiles just a few minutes to find a safe path to the ground.

Snow Can't Stop the Edward Scissorhands of Flying Cars

Snow Can't Stop the Edward Scissorhands of Flying Cars

On the Ava's planned cross-country flight, the Beta team will follow along in their mobile charging vehicle, a converted tour bus outfitted with generators, solar panels, and an expanding landing pad on the roof.

A YubiKey for iOS Will Soon Free Your iPhone From Passwords

A YubiKey for iOS Will Soon Free Your iPhone From Passwords

“We’re not exactly there with default settings on an iPhone yet, so there’s some work that developers need to do to enable their apps to work with the Lightning key.” One key limitation: Apple does not yet natively support FIDO2, an open source standard that lets you access your online accounts simply by plugging in a hardware token, rather than using a password.

How Corning Makes Super-Pure Glass for Fiber-Optic Cable

How Corning Makes Super-Pure Glass for Fiber-Optic Cable

The remarkable thing about the hair-thin strands of optical fiber that Corning and other companies sell today is that any single strand of glass can carry many different beams of light at the same time, each beam wobbling at its own frequency and using its own method of encoding information.

This Year SpaceX Made Us All Believe in Reusable Rockets

This Year SpaceX Made Us All Believe in Reusable Rockets

To that end, the company has shown that it was able reuse the same booster three times; it also opened a new landing site, which should help reduce post-launch processing times.Another long-standing goal was to debut its heavy-lift rocket, the Falcon Heavy.

The Heir to the V-22 Osprey Flies Through a Year of Testing

The Heir to the V-22 Osprey Flies Through a Year of Testing

The two aircraft don’t share any hardware, but they both use swiveling rotors to switch between flying vertically (to take off and land like a helicopter) and horizontally (to cruise like a plane).That connection has concentrated extra attention on the aircraft’s testing phase, and Bell and partner Lockheed Martin, which is in charge of the avionics and weapons systems, have done just about everything they can to smooth out its adolescence.“The whole idea from the beginning has been to find simple solutions for complex designs,” says Jeff Josselyn, manager of V-280 flight maintenance at Bell’s Arlington, Texas, headquarters.

Pan Am Flight 103: Robert Mueller’s 30-Year Search for Justice

Pan Am Flight 103: Robert Mueller’s 30-Year Search for Justice

And the light of hope for better days to come.” He talked of Robert Frost’s poem, “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” and of inspiration drawn from Lockerbie’s town crest, with its simple motto, “Forward.” He spoke of what was then a two-decade-long quest for justice, of how on windswept Scottish mores and frigid lochs a generation of FBI agents, investigators, and prosecutors had redoubled their dedication to fighting terrorism.

NIWA scientist throws light on the Red Zone

NIWA scientist throws light on the Red Zone

“LED lights come in different colour temperatures so by changing the tones used in the street lights next to waterways, or by dimming them, we are hoping to find out what the ecological gains might be versus the energy costs.” Colour and direction effects on insect behaviour For several months, as the LED conversion has been taking place, Dr Greenwood has been taking photos of Christchurch from the Port Hills.

NIWA scientist throws light on the Red Zone

NIWA scientist throws light on the Red Zone

NIWA freshwater ecologist Dr Michelle Greenwood is trying to find out how a change in the colour spectrum of street lights is affecting the tiny insects that live in and near freshwater.

Watch Blue Origin Launch a Rocket Stuffed With NASA Gear

Watch Blue Origin Launch a Rocket Stuffed With NASA Gear

The vehicle will carry a bevy of NASA-sponsored payloads into suborbital space, where they will experience a few minutes of weightlessness before returning to Earth.Founded by Jeff Bezos and backed by his personal wealth, Blue Origin is developing reusable rockets with the goal of lowering the cost of access to space.

Don't Ask Jude Law About 'Captain Marvel'—He Fears Snipers

Don't Ask Jude Law About 'Captain Marvel'—He Fears Snipers

(That last one was probably just a lightsaber, to be fair.) It may be stale by now, but it always gets a laugh—and now it's time to add Jude Law to the list of performatively paranoid castmembers.In the latest WIRED Autocomplete Interview, the actor revealed the very well known fact that Brie Larson is playing the titular character in next year's Captain Marvel, and almost immediately went into joke autopilot mode.

The SpaceX 'Clown Car' Launch Actually Worked—Here's How

The SpaceX 'Clown Car' Launch Actually Worked—Here's How

“I am still very concerned.” He later cited another launch of 31 objects, of which only 18 had been identified three and a half days in.“We put our plan in front of all the regulators and in front of the Combined Space Operations Center,” Blake says, referring to the relevant part of the Air Force.

You've Never Seen Thunderstorms Like These Before

You've Never Seen Thunderstorms Like These Before

For the past decade, photographer Mitch Dobrowner has spent a few weeks every summer pursuing extreme weather across the midwestern United States with veteran storm chaser Roger Hill, who, according to the Guinness Book of World Records, has witnessed more tornadoes (more than 650) than anyone in history.

Unexpectedly Vanishing Quasars Are Mystifying Scientists

Unexpectedly Vanishing Quasars Are Mystifying Scientists

To turn the quasar off, all of that material would have to swirl inward and fall onto the black hole — a process that calculations and even observations suggest should take tens to hundreds of thousands of years.“There’s no way that the accretion should be able to shut down as quickly as we’ve seen it do,” said Paul Green, an astrophysicist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.

Airport WiFi Is Safe, Plus Travel Scoops You May Have Missed

Airport WiFi Is Safe, Plus Travel Scoops You May Have Missed

So please be gentle with me as I introduce the theme of this car roundup, which is holiday plane travel.For this greatest of travel weeks, we're reviewing all the juicy, fun here-to-there stories we wrote in the last year or so, about building the most audacious flying machine ever, about staying healthy on your next flight, and about surprisingly safe airport Wi-Fi. We’ve got some important plane travel gear.

Stop Worrying About Buying Carbon Offsets for Your Flights

Stop Worrying About Buying Carbon Offsets for Your Flights

You can also use the cash to invest in wind farms, or contribute to international aid projects with environmental benefits, like distributing clean-burning cooking stoves in India.Good marketers of offsets will disclose what they’re funding, and how they calculate the emissions saved.

How to Land a ‘Completely Uncontrollable’ Passenger Jet

How to Land a ‘Completely Uncontrollable’ Passenger Jet

By this point, they were accompanied by a pair of F-16 fighter jets scrambled by the Portuguese air force, which led the Embraer south toward the airport in Beja.Even when your navigation systems are working, that kind of guidance is helpful because it gives you one less thing to worry about.

A New Robotic Fly Dips and Dives Like the Real Thing

A New Robotic Fly Dips and Dives Like the Real Thing

In this sense it’s autonomous to a degree, though the researchers remotely pilot it around.To fly forward, DelFly’s motors tilt the two pairs of wings forward, like a helicopter. Taken together, these wing controls produce a range of maneuvers to rival that of the fruit fly.Animation by TU Delft

NZ snowline shrinks

NZ snowline shrinks

NIWA’s End of Summer Snowline team (Dr Andrew Lorrey, Andrew Willsman, Dr Trevor Chinn) and colleagues from Victoria University Wellington (Professor Andrew Mackintosh, Dr Brian Anderson, Dr Huw Horgan and PhD candidate Lauren Vargo) survey the snow and ice coverage from the air using fixed-wing aircraft.

How Engineering the Climate Could Mess With Our Food

How Engineering the Climate Could Mess With Our Food

Bad news is, the solar shading that would come with geoengineering would negatively affect crops, likely wiping out the gains from lower temperatures.“If we imagine geoengineering as an experimental surgery, our findings suggest that the damages or side effects from the surgery are just as bad as the original disease,” says UC Berkeley agricultural economist Jonathan Proctor, lead author of the new study.A funny thing happens to light when it hits a volcano’s sulfate aerosols in the air.