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From side project to cash: ‘Amazing Airfare’ sold by travel enthusiast after nine-month ride

Zachary Cohn had the idea for Amazing Airfare after he was able to sniff out a roundtrip flight from New York City to Johannesburg for $270.<p>He booked …

How smart luggage could transform air travel

Using GPS tracking and messaging, your suitcases will soon be able to send you a text about where they are<p>Do you get anxious waiting at the baggage carousel in the airport? I do. And the longer it takes for my luggage to appear, the edgier I get. It is= a fear of that moment when only a handful of …

Luggage

Earth's climate more sensitive to CO2 than previously thought, study finds

Ancient climates on Earth may have been more sensitive to carbon dioxide than was previously thought, according to new research from Binghamton …

Boston flight evacuated: What's going on with US airport security?

Two people were removed from a Boston-bound flight from Washington Sunday. After the Paris attacks and the airline crash in Egypt, US officials are …

Hitching a Ride on a Qatar Airways Boeing 787-8 Delivery Flight

Number 24 and 25 of Qatar Airways’ 787 Dreamliners at the Everett Delivery CenterEvery plane flying today had its delivery flight at one time or …

Qatar Airways

Impossible complaints, grooming, and dangling feet: Flight attendants' strangest experiences

When passengers board aeroplanes and the aircraft takes to the skies, social norms go out of the window and anything goes – or at least that’s what …

China aims to blow away pollution with wind

To reduce carbon emissions and combat air pollution, China rose last year as the world's biggest single investor in renewable energy, according to a June report on renewables by consulting firm McKinsey and Co.<p>And before panel manufacturers started going bust after growing too fast, solar had been …

The urban ultimatum: what should our future cities be like?

The landscape has changed radically in the decade that LSE Cities’ Urban Age programme has travelled the world – but the questions it explores are more important than ever, writes <b>Deyan Sudjic</b><p>Outside the echo chamber of religious fanaticism of all descriptions, this is not a moment in which the …

Future Cities

Airbus spins up helicopter research project in the UK

Airbus Helicopters' research project into rotor blades hints at hopes of company's growth in the UK<p>Airbus Helicopters is looking to expand its UK operations after winning Government funding for an aerospace research project.<p>The company will investigate advanced rotor blade technology aimed at …

Former Apple designers say the company has lost 'the fundamental principles of good design'

Bruce Tognazzini was Apple's first interface designer<p>Two early Apple designers have written a piece on <i>Co.Design</i> chastising Apple's new design direction, which they claim puts elegance and visual simplicity over understandability and ease of use. Bruce "Tog" Tognazzini, who was Apple's 66th employee …

UI Design

Crunchy toast could give you cancer, FSA warns

New study finds high level of cancer-causing chemical in home cooked roast potatoes, chips and toast<p>Beware the crispy roast potato and the crunchy slice of toast. Both contain worryingly high levels of a cancer-causing chemical.<p>A new study by the Food Standards Agency (FSA), the Government’s food …

18 AI researchers reveal the most impressive thing they've ever seen

This year especially, artificial intelligence (AI) has had a renaissance — Tesla pushed their self-driving autopilot out to all eligible cars, and Google and Facebook have both announced large investments in AI research.<p>The latest human jobs to be taken by robots include video game playing and …

Artificial Intelligence

This Bike Path Paved With Solar Panels Shows That All Streets Could Double As Power Sources

While typical rooftop solar panels are cheaper to build and can pump out more power, the SolaRoad team argues that pavement could add valuable real …

Clean Energy

Uber's new feature makes it easy for drivers to pick up more people on the way

For many, Uber is a way for car owners to make some extra money on the side. The company is testing a new feature to make that even easier for …

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Recharge Wrap-up: Tesla Model S wins Aussie award, Brazil works toward higher biodiesel blend

EEVC In Brussels In December; Fuels America Takes On Congressman Over RFS<p><b>The Tesla Model S has been named the 2015 Carsales Car of the Year.</b> The Australian website also named the electric car its Best Green Car. The judging process is made up mostly of critical review by automotive journalists, but …

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21 Key Principles For Success In Modern Business

It is said that “success is simple, though it is not necessarily easy”Search online and you will find no end of powerful quotations and articles on …

Motivation

5 tips to secure a free last-minute holiday flight

Consider first class<p>Most of us are just looking for economy seats for domestic holiday travel, but don't rule out first class. In some test searches, …

Choking air, melting glaciers: how global warming is changing India

1 / 6<p>A Kashmiri villager walks past what used to be a pond holding drinking water in Lolab Valley in the foothills of the northern Kashmir Himalayas<p>A …

Fly One Way in Etihad’s A380 Residence for Less Than $5,000

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Virgin Australia plane spun around, blown down runway during severe storm in Moranbah, Queensland

A Virgin Australia passenger plane has been spun around and blown down the runway of the Moranbah Airport in Queensland's Central Highlands during a …

Easyjet: Terror attacks will not harm air travel growth

<b>Easyjet's chief executive does not expect any lasting impact on trading following the recent terror attacks in France and Egypt.</b><p>Carolyn McCall said heightened airport security measures and worries about air travel would understandably lead to a "cooling off" among passengers.<p>But history showed that …

Flying

There are 6 quintillion gallons of water hiding in the Earth's crust

Most of us think of the water cycle as something that occurs above ground: water falls from the sky, evaporates back into the atmosphere and then condenses into rain or snow once again.<p>But the water that’s above ground is just a fraction of our planet's total water story.<p>Hidden in the Earth's crust …

Thanks To Technology, It's Possible To Start A Business From Abroad

My current situation isn’t ideal for building a business. I live in Sydney, Australia in a studio apartment that doesn’t even have a kitchen table much less a desk. My WiFi is terrible. Planning international Skype calls within a three-hour window of time when both sides of the world are awake is …

Entrepreneurship

Apple’s Massive Solar Push In Singapore

Apple has one of its largest overseas presences in Singapore. Starting next year, however, there will be a big change at Apple Singapore: All of Apple’s operations will be powered entirely by solar energy.<p>Reuters’ Valerie Volcovici and Julia Love report that Apple has entered into an agreement to …

Scientists have created transparent solar panels that could replace windows

Solar cells integrated into new construction, particularly skyscrapers, are an enticing energy option. However, this effort can be hampered by the …

Clean Energy

World’s Best Airlines for Food 2015

Score: 54.92<p>“They let us keep the whole can when we get a drink!” joked one voter this year. But sometimes, it’s the little things that matter. On …

In defence of airline food

Sometimes, you have to admit that you will never be popular. That people do not like you. That you are one of life’s ugly ducklings, forever condemned to be sneered at in the street, ignored by those you would seek to impress, and called names by all the cool kids.<p>Income tax can count itself among …