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The EPA Has Finally Realised Jet Exhaust Is Bad For The Planet

In a landmark revelation that’s about 20 years late, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has formally declared that greenhouse gas emissions from jet engines endanger the health of humans and the environment by contributing to climate change.


This Ingenious Car From 1923 Turned Into A Boat

It seems like every futurist and her sister wanted to turn cars into boats back in the 20th century. Remember the Water-Mobile of 1947? Or how about the poor man’s yacht of 1958? Well, this Jazz Age invention had them all beat.


Hyperloop Connecting Helsinki And Stockholm Turns 480km Trip Into 28 Minute Ride

Where will the first Hyperloop be? So far there are plans to use the tubular transportation system to move passengers in Slovakia and freight in Switzerland. But a proposed application for the Hyperloop announced today could solve a transportation conundrum that has been challenging planners for centuries: Connecting the neighbouring nations of Sweden and Finland.


Uber Is Launching 'Uber For Hot Air Balloons'

In a move just short of self-parody, Uber has announced a new feature that will let certain users request a hot air balloon or boat — you know, for that casual commute to work.


Here's Our Closest Look At Alphabet's Plans For The City Of The Future

The smart city is on the horizon, and if Alphabet’s Footpath Labs has anything to do with it, it will have subsidised ride-sharing, “Airbnb for cars” and AI that helps parking cops fine the most people.


Why Columbus Won $189 Million To Become The Transportation City Of The Future

Of the seven cities chosen as finalists for the US Department of Transportation’s Smart City Challenge, Columbus, Ohio may have seemed like the underdog. (It was the only finalist that has no rail system whatsoever.) But last week, USDOT announced Columbus as the winner of over $US50 million ($67 million) in cash that will transform its transportation system into one of the most forward-looking in the country.


This 1938 Magazine Cover Showed Britain With A Shinier, Happier Future

The late 1930s were dark times for Britain. War was on the horizon, and things were about to get very, very tough. But some periodicals tried keeping things light with utopian visions of tomorrow. Like this March 5, 1938 cover of Modern Wonder which featured the streamlined transportation of the future.


Design Firm Suggests Turning Penn Station Into Roller Coaster

Many New Yorkers have schlepped to Penn Station to take a train out. We’ve sat in the waiting room, bored, and said to ourselves, I know what would improve my experience better. If only I could go on a 1,200 foot amusement-park ride before my train arrived.


Your Self-Driving Car Will Be Programmed To Kill You, Deal With It

A recent survey shows that people want self-driving cars to be programmed to minimise casualties during an accident, even if it causes the death of the rider. Trouble is, the same survey shows that people don’t actually want to ride in cars that are programmed this way. That’s obviously a problem — and we’re going to have to get over it.


Watch This Apocalyptic Timelapse Of The DC Metro Flood

Yesterday, a DC subway station turned into a surprise water park ride. It wasn’t a huge deal — the station was closed for a few hours, the water drained and service went back to normal — but it certainly looked like it. Seeing a timelapse of the whole thing from the station’s entrance shows how this happened.


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