An airplane inspired by a train? Clip-Air may well be the future of travel

Marta Millere Contributor

By Marta Millere in New Eco on Thursday 10 April 2014

When you think of how an airplane might look in 30 years, do you think of an alien-looking sleek metal spacecraft? Not necessarily. Clip-Air – an ingenious project of Switzerland’s École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne – is working to make traveling easy, less frustrating and much more environmentally friendly. And in the process, it will revolutionize the way we think of air transport.

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Flying luggage? You might see this at airports soon

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Tech on Monday 30 September 2013

You’ve got to love humanity for always pushing the envelope on creativity. A team of design students from Brazil recently swept the top awards at a UNESCO-supported aviation competition for their innovative concept of introducing buoyancy to luggage at airports — in other words, floating all that baggage in the air.

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Making air miles out of chocolate pudding

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Wednesday 25 September 2013

This is life, not fiction: when civil engineer David Phillips discovered that a particular brand of pudding had a promotion that awarded 500 miles for every 10 product bar codes, he decided to stock up on the pudding — about 12,150 cups, to be exact — and earn a million air miles next. We repeat: […]

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Timelapse of light streaks from planes flying at night

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Film on Friday 12 July 2013

Wow, wow, wow. Singaporean photographer Milton Tan usually deals with subject matters like high fashion models, but after accidentally capturing airplane lights streaking across the frame one night, he decided to make a time-lapse short film dedicated to planes flying at night. The action really gets majestic midway through the short with these almost celestial […]

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Gorgeous light-streaked flight path maps

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Photography on Tuesday 4 June 2013

For a year, transport planner Michael Markieta traced more than 58,000 flight paths that cross the globe. He used GIS technology to do this, and the result is rather visually stunning: illuminated maps of these routes. Philosopher Mark Vernon said to BBC News, “You wonder what’s going on in the darker parts, what kind of […]

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The most epic skywritten message

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Monday 20 May 2013

Earlier this year, comedian Kurt Braunohler ran a Kickstarter appeal to “hire a man in a plane to write stupid things with clouds in the sky”. He raised $6,820 out of the $4,000 he asked for. The result is this beautiful skywritten piece of work. Enjoy.

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Loci: 3D sculptures of flight patterns

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Art on Wednesday 15 May 2013

Copenhagen-based creative and interaction designer Andrew Spitz’s loci is a pretty cool 3D-printed sculpture made out of flight data. Through custom software, the user can connect to Tripit or Foursquare, import his past flight data, and then select specific flights worth remembering, such as flights taken for a honeymoon or a gap year. Each loci […]

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The World Through an Airplane Window

Annie Churdar Contributor

By Annie Churdar in New Photography on Friday 12 April 2013

Window seat or isle seat? It’s a very important question when you fly. Everyone has a very particular preference  And here’s on reason why: window seats have in incredible view. Maybe you’re an aisle seat person and have never experienced the spectacular view. In that case, please, do yourself a favor and take a look at […]

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When traveling business class is like traveling in space

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Wednesday 27 March 2013

Flat pod-like beds, mood lights overhead and a swanky bar with Swarovski crystal accents bathing in red light — logic dictates that the setting shouldn’t be onboard a place, but it is, in fact, Virgin Atlantic’s overhauled Upper Class Suites. Looks like a happy place.

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Brilliantly colorful aeroplanes by P. Williams

Mareike Muller Contributor

By Mareike Muller in New Art on Wednesday 20 March 2013

We know very little about artist P. Williams besides that he’s American. And that he likes planes: happy planes; flying planes. His latest series, called Cluster F*** sees dynamic colour explosions paired with fluffy clouds and almost smiling planes.

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Passengers: a revealing photo series by John Schabel

Rebekah Rhoden Contributor

By Rebekah Rhoden in New Photography on Thursday 21 February 2013

Photographer John Schabel’s latest book is a collection of photographs taken between 1994 and 1996 entitled Passengers. Shot with a 35 mm Nikon film camera and a telephoto lens, taking these same photographs today would most likely land you in jail. Since airport security has increased after 9/11, attempting to photograph planes at an airport […]

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Rubber band-powered plane files for more an hour

Kamalendra Contributor

By Kamalendra in Tech on Thursday 21 February 2013

This incredible rubber band-powered plane files for more than 60 minutes. Yes. It’s really hard to believe until one actually sees them fly. They are constructed using micro films, hollow balsa, and ultra thin tungsten wire. The entire process is very delicate and time consuming. They are steered using helium balloons. Fun? We agree.

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Prone position pilot bed from 1949 by U.S. Air Force’s Air Laboratory

Annie Churdar Contributor

By Annie Churdar in New Trends on Monday 18 February 2013

This “innovative” attempt at reducing fatigue on long flights was the future of flight back in 1949. The design was meant to help air force pilots withstand the stress of a strong gravitational pull which would minimize blackouts. The caption of the photograph reads: ‘United States Air Force pilots are finding it much safer and […]

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Whatever happened to the Convair B-58 Hustler?

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By Raymond Biesinger in New Trends on Thursday 17 January 2013

The Convair B-58 Hustler was the USA’s most sexually frustrated atomic bomber. Designed for speed and height, it was a beautiful thing sporting an innovative delta-wing and lines that still appeal today. It’s a great looking jet, even with a half-its-size bomb strapped to its underside. But just a few years after its introduction in […]

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Check in to this Boeing 747 jetliner turned hostel

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Design on Wednesday 16 January 2013

Would you jump on a plane to go to a place where you could, er, stay on a plane? It’s not a trick question. The Jumbo Hostel, a Boeing 747 jetliner converted to a 72-guest hostel, is open for business, and it’s parked outside Stockholm’s Arlanda Airport. Enough said. We’re flying there immediately.

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