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How We'll Find Out If the Discovered Plane Wreckage Is Part of MH370

It’s been nearly a year and a half since Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared and investigators finally have their first big lead in the search. A piece of an aircraft’s wing—a flaperon, to be specific—washed up on Réunion Island, east of Madagascar, some 3000 miles away from where investigators were looking. But… » 8/01/15 9:00am Yesterday 9:00am

A Rare Glimpse of the Ancient Infrastructure That Controls NYC's Subway

New York City’s subway system is a wonder of engineering—but sadly, that engineering is so old that it’s not even manufactured anymore, causing huge problems for the people who run it and anyone trying to use it. That means the MTA has built a whole shop up around trying to maintain its aging technology, and now… » 7/30/15 1:45pm Thursday 1:45pm

Uber Is Faking Us Out With “Ghost Cabs” on Its Passenger Map

If you use Uber, you’ve seen the map that comes up when you want a ride. The map shows little car graphics hovering adorably around your location and the wait time for a pickup. Once you request a ride, you can watch a little car creep closer to your destination as you wait. It’s a marvel of technology! Except it’s… » 7/28/15 10:46am Tuesday 10:46am

Trees Can Make An Urban Stroll Better For Your Mental Health

We know we should walk more, we hear it all the time. Don’t sit too much, stand up every once in awhile, stroll around a bit, better yet, take all your meetings on foot. But not all walks are created equal. It turns out where we walk matters, and a natural setting can not only provide physical benefits but also do… » 7/24/15 3:50pm 7/24/15 3:50pm

Why Airplane Flights Are Taking Slightly Longer Every Year

In the future, hopping on a plane from LA to Honolulu might take a minute longer than it does today. You probably won’t miss that lost moment, but the airline industry will: The tiny additional flight time could amount to thousands of extra hours and millions of dollars of additional jet fuel each year. » 7/15/15 10:00am 7/15/15 10:00am

Meet the Robots That Will Help Run a Tokyo Airport

When I say “airport,” what do you think of? Pat-downs, overpriced Coors Light, screaming kids, broken sanity? In the near future, however, you could start associating air travel with robots: Airport halls may soon be filled with scuttling, helpful machines that’ll make flying less of a nightmare, and it’s starting at… » 7/08/15 4:30pm 7/08/15 4:30pm

Google Maps May Alert You the Next Time You're Near a Train Crossing

Car accidents at railroad crossings spiked nine percent last year, according to the New York Times–a huge number that the Federal Railroad Administration is trying to bring down. Today, it announced a project with Google to create alerts within Google Maps that will tell motorists when they’re closing in on a crossing. » 6/29/15 5:10pm 6/29/15 5:10pm