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I Flew To Work In The Uber For The Skies

Flying from LA to San Francisco on business is a task normally fraught with stress and rage. But today, my journey begins from a better place. Instead of the gargantuan mess that is LAX, my Uber rolls up to a tiny airport three miles to the east. I start to realise just how different my work commute will be today.


Mexico City's New Mega-Airport Will Collect Its Own Energy And Water

Cities all over the world have been scrambling to build mega-airports in an effort to lure tourism dollars and modernize their image. The latest to step into the fray: Mexico City, with a gigantic new airport proposal announced today that it’s calling the “most sustainable” in the world.


Time Lapse Of An Airport Makes Aeroplanes Look Like Shooting Stars

Video: Aside from going through security and lugging around your carry on and rushing to the gate and avoiding human swarms, aeroplanes are magical places. OK, maybe not. But there’s beauty in how they operate. Just watch this ballet of aeroplanes at Shanghai’s airport. It’s like seeing man made shooting stars.


This 3D-Printed Falcon Is A Flying Robot Scarecrow

Your usual scarecrow is a pretty low tech contraption: a vaguely humanoid shape draped in old clothes on a field. But what would a high-tech scarecrow look like? A Dutch company has created 3D-printed robot birds of prey that can soar and swoop like the real thing, scaring away pesky real birds away from airports and fields.


The Secret Ways Airports Tell Us Where To Go

As humans have developed cities and built environments, we have also needed to develop ways to find our way through them. Signage goes back at least as far as the Roman Empire where they constructed “milestones” along their roadways.


New Nanotech Sensors Could Put Bomb-Sniffing Dogs Out Of A Job

Airport security checkpoint lines are the very definition of a “necessary evil”. Everyone hates the long waits and the awkward disrobing dances as you rid yourself of all your shoes, smartphones, metal, etc. Yet, we’re eternally grateful when crazy people with samurai swords don’t fly coach. Now, a new breakthrough in nanotechnology could help ease our collective dread for airport security, at least a little bit.


How To Get The Best Sleep Of Your Life On An Aeroplane

Navigating your way through clueless tourists, customs officers and disinterested ticket counter clerks is only half the battle. Once you make it to your seat, you’ve still got an entire flight to endure. Your best aeroplane strategy is almost always to sleep through the entire ordeal, but how does one sleep effectively while fully clothed, sitting up, in the middle seat? It’s surprisingly easy with a bit of planning.


The Weird Reason Why So Many Turtles Are Delaying Flights At JFK

Remember when dozens of mating turtles shut down a whole runaway at JFK International Airport in 2009? It was only the start of a turtle invasion that has vexed travellers and perplexed biologists for years. But we may have figured out why turtles are all over the tarmac, and it has to do with raccoons.


Why The Same Three Typefaces Are Used In Almost Every Airport

Wayfinding signage is an invisible network draped upon our public places. And that network has to work especially hard in airports when we’re lost, hungry and exhausted. Especially when helping us navigate in jetlagged states using strange languages, good wayfinding means sticking to clear, legible typefaces. So how do designers choose?


Samsung Has Convinced Heathrow Airport To Create Terminal Galaxy S5

If you land at Heathrow in the next two weeks, don’t get too confused if you walk through Terminal Galaxy S5. Because, somehow, Samsung has managed to convince the airport to rebrand its entire wing for a two-week period.


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