The Winnowing of the Wilson’s Snipe

The Winnowing of the Wilson’s Snipe

You’ll likely hear one before you spot it, but when you learn to pick out the noises snipe make, you can usually track them down.winnowing calls of a Wilson’s snipe.

A New Air Taxi Model Takes Design Cues From a Far-Flying Bird

A New Air Taxi Model Takes Design Cues From a Far-Flying Bird

Code-named Alia, the electric vertical-takeoff-and-landing (eVTOL) airplane is the successor to Ava, a smaller prototype the company used to experiment with propulsion strategies and learn about the tricky aerodynamics of small, electrified, vertical-lift flight.

The Hunt Is On for Elusive Ghost Particles in Antarctica

The Hunt Is On for Elusive Ghost Particles in Antarctica

These neutrinos that Anita was searching for would be classified among the most energetic particles in the universe, which physicists believe are produced by the same processes that generate jets of charged particles called ultrahigh-energy cosmic rays.

A Drop in Commercial Flights Is Bad for Hurricane Forecasts

A Drop in Commercial Flights Is Bad for Hurricane Forecasts

These algorithms, which capture the physics of cloud formation, tropical storms, and polar winds, among other things, are then populated with temperature data from satellites and surface observations to generate a three- or 10-day forecast.

Virgin Orbit’s Air-Launched Rocket Failed Its First Test

Virgin Orbit’s Air-Launched Rocket Failed Its First Test

“We had a good ignition, but after a couple seconds of stable flight, the rocket basically shut itself down, ending the mission,” Virgin Orbit communications officer Kendall Russell wrote in an email to WIRED.

What Happened When I Switched From Macs to Windows

What Happened When I Switched From Macs to Windows

Of course, there’s still no 4K screen or touchscreen, and it has only USB-C ports, and I know I will constantly lose the various adapters I’d need just to do basic things like plug in my USB microphone or attach my computer to a TV.

The Confessions of Marcus Hutchins, the Hacker Who Saved the Internet

The Confessions of Marcus Hutchins, the Hacker Who Saved the Internet

With the specter of the SUV fully exorcised from his mind, he rolled another spliff with the last of his weed, smoked it as he ate his burger, and then packed his bags for the airport, where he was scheduled for a first-class flight home to the UK.Hutchins was coming off of an epic, exhausting week at Defcon, one of the world's largest hacker conferences, where he had been celebrated as a hero.

All Aboard Air Koryo, North Korea’s Fleet of Ancient Soviet Planes

All Aboard Air Koryo, North Korea’s Fleet of Ancient Soviet Planes

That said, the Air Koryo fleet is pretty cool in a retro kind of way, and a passionate band of aviation buffs happily spend their days taking joyrides.All told, Mebius has made 24 flights aboard 10 different kinds of aircraft, most of which were all but empty.

How Argentina’s Strict Covid-19 Lockdown Saved Lives

How Argentina’s Strict Covid-19 Lockdown Saved Lives

Gabriel asked us if we’d heard about the French tourist in the hospital who’d tested positive for the virus—the reason the mayor of El Calafate had declared a total lockdown of the town two days ago.

To Cut Carbon, Ditch Air Travel—and Get on the Right Track

To Cut Carbon, Ditch Air Travel—and Get on the Right Track

China’s new magnetic levitation train, the world’s fastest, will reach speeds of 373 mph, carrying passengers more than 600 miles in two hours while putting out less than half the emissions of a regional flight.

Augmented Reality From the Driver's Seat, and More Car News This Week

Augmented Reality From the Driver's Seat, and More Car News This Week

But Lyft and Aptiv say the experiment has helped them discover how people use and react to self-driving vehicles—information both companies may be able to use once the technology is ready to lose that pesky human.

An Origin Story, Smart Headlights, and Other Car News

An Origin Story, Smart Headlights, and Other Car News

Cruise, General Motors’ self-driving unit, hosted a big party in San Francisco to launch Origin , an electric six-seat, steering wheel-free vehicle that it says is the future of shared autonomy.

Electric Delivery Vans, Tesla Stock, and Other Car News

Electric Delivery Vans, Tesla Stock, and Other Car News

Electric delivery vans just might be the best way to use EVs, and British newcomer Arrival announced this week that, a) it exists and b) it’s obtained some $111 million in funding, courtesy of Hyundai and Kia. And we took a look at cities and real estate developers trying to capitalize off the growth of speedy delivery by getting creative with urban distribution centers.

Segway's S-Pod Brings the Hoverchairs From 'WALL-E' to Life

Segway's S-Pod Brings the Hoverchairs From 'WALL-E' to Life

Sign up here !The commercial version of the S-Pod is intended for use on closed campuses, like airports, theme parks, or the deck of a luxury space cruiser 800 years in the future.

Bing Maps Make the Revived Flight Simulator Eerily Realistic

Bing Maps Make the Revived Flight Simulator Eerily Realistic

It’s a joke so tired you’ll hear it from someone jumping on a trampoline, but that’s what came into my head as I banked a small turboprop airplane above my neighborhood in the new version of a revived classic, Microsoft Flight Simulator.

An Early Flu Season, a Flight Simulator Revival, and More News

An Early Flu Season, a Flight Simulator Revival, and More News

Flight Simulator is back and influenza's on the attack, but first: a cartoon about trend revival .Here's the news you need to know, in two minutes or less.You can sign up right here to make sure you get the news delivered fresh to your inbox every weekday!

15 Million Iranian Bank Accounts Were Breached

15 Million Iranian Bank Accounts Were Breached

After months of scandals around the security camera Ring and its controversial partnerships with law enforcement , perhaps it was inevitable that the Amazon-owned company would face a far more common sort of scandal for sellers of internet-connected consumer surveillance devices: They can be hacked.

Cirrus' $2 Million Vision Jet Now Lands Itself, No Pilot Needed

Cirrus' $2 Million Vision Jet Now Lands Itself, No Pilot Needed

That red button is easily accessible from both the front seats and the passenger seats behind them, and Safe Return is hardwired into the $2 million Vision Jet’s controls, using autopilot functionality and the small jet’s simplified engine management system to steer the aircraft to a smooth landing and brake to a stop.

Scientists Take Baby Steps Toward Extraterrestrial Babies

Scientists Take Baby Steps Toward Extraterrestrial Babies

The study was limited—the sperm was in microgravity for less than 9 seconds, for example—but it suggested that reduced gravity has negligible effects on the health of frozen sperm.“We are at the frontier of knowledge about human reproduction in space,” says Antoni Perez-Poch, an engineer at Polytechnic University of Catalonia and a coauthor on the paper.

Elon Musk Just Unveiled Starship, SpaceX's Human-Carrying Rocket

Elon Musk Just Unveiled Starship, SpaceX's Human-Carrying Rocket

It’s Starship : the upper stage of SpaceX’s next-generation rocket that Musk hopes will soon carry humans to the moon and eventually to Mars.In fact, Musk said, the Super Heavy will produce about twice the thrust of the Saturn V.Starship is quite unlike anything that’s ever been sent to space.

The Dangers of Delaying FAA Modernization

The Dangers of Delaying FAA Modernization

Many of our air traffic controllers are relying on 50 year-old radar installations and antiquated equipment to safely guide passengers through our increasingly crowded skies.

Uncertainty Isn't Always a Problem—It Can Be the Solution

Uncertainty Isn't Always a Problem—It Can Be the Solution

We had eight suitcases plus carry-on bags, and were flying from Hartford to New York on TWA, connecting to a flight to Toronto on Air Canada.Not wanting to wait three days for a standby flight, we piled into a cab and headed to the Greyhound Terminal in downtown Manhattan.

A Boeing 737 MAX Test Flight Had Its Ups and Downs

A Boeing 737 MAX Test Flight Had Its Ups and Downs

The two MAX jet crashes—on Lion Air in October and Ethiopian Airlines in March, which together killed 346 people—happened just minutes into each flight, while the planes were climbing to their cruising altitude.

SpaceX Just Unleashed Its Starship Rocket for the First Time

SpaceX Just Unleashed Its Starship Rocket for the First Time

Late on Thursday night, at a launch facility in Boca Chica, Texas, SpaceX performed the first flight test of its next-generation Starship rocket , which may one day carry humans to Mars.

How Loon's Balloons Find Their Way to Deliver the Internet

How Loon's Balloons Find Their Way to Deliver the Internet

Since Loon spun out of X last summer, the company’s balloons have logged 1 million hours of flight time and found some novel ways to navigate the stratosphere.

The Air Force's New Rescue Chopper Flies Farther Than Ever

The Air Force's New Rescue Chopper Flies Farther Than Ever

Carrying improvements like seats that swivel between patient-bearing stretchers and enemy-facing machine guns, the Combat Rescue Helicopter could enter service next year. The new Combat Rescue Helicopter, as the Air Force dubs it, comes with a suite of improvements over the HH-60 Pave Hawk it’s replacing, some of them long needed.

The Pirouetting S-97 Raider Makes Your Helicopter Look Lazy

The Pirouetting S-97 Raider Makes Your Helicopter Look Lazy

Sikorsky is pitching the funky, fast S-97 Raider as a replacement for today’s light attack and scout helicopters, via the Army’s Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft program.

What Could Possibly Be Cooler Than RoboBee? RoboBee X-Wing

What Could Possibly Be Cooler Than RoboBee? RoboBee X-Wing

Now, though, RoboBee becomes RoboBee X-Wing, as Harvard researchers have added solar cells and an extra pair of wings, freeing the robot to blast off to a galaxy far, far away.

Flying Car Startup Alaka'i Bets Hydrogen Can Outdo Batteries

Flying Car Startup Alaka'i Bets Hydrogen Can Outdo Batteries

New aviation startup Alaka’i says its Skai aircraft will be able to fly for up to four hours and cover 400 miles on a single load of fuel, which can be replenished in 10 minutes at a hydrogen fueling station.

A Rocket Built by Students Reached Space for the First Time

A Rocket Built by Students Reached Space for the First Time

The USC team is one of several groups of college students across the United States and Europe that have been racing to send a rocket above the Kármán line, the imaginary boundary that separates Earth’s atmosphere and space.