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The best airline in the world is bringing its newest plane to America

This week, Qatar Airways announced plans to commence service between its home base in Doha, Qatar, and the US using its new fleet of Airbus A350 jets.<p>A350 service in the US kicks off January 1 on the airline's Doha-to-Philadelphia route.<p>"We are proud to be the first commercial airline to land the …

Airplane seat design promises faster boarding time and roomier middle

Whether airlines want to save space, lighten their load or speed up boarding times, engineers have come up with dozens of solutions — and not all of …

This Molecule Could've Created the Backbone of DNA and Helped to Kick-Start Life

Scientists discover that bombarding a simple molecule that's common on meteors can produce almost all the components of DNA<p>In a new study out today, scientists may have taken another key step toward explaining how genetic materials—and life—may have first formed on the Earth.<p>The molecule is …

Chemistry

If you remember this story, another memory will die off

Remembering makes us forget as the process of recall actually causes people to lose other memories<p>Remembering makes us forget as the process of recall actually causes people to lose other memories, a study has found.<p>Researchers at Birmingham University and the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences unit …

Alzheimer's Disease

Scientists Can Now Read Your Memories

Researchers have mapped rats’ memories, and humans could be next.<p>Scientists may have cracked the code of memories by successfully tracing how they …

Snoozers Are, in Fact, Losers

On a typical workday morning, if you’re like most people, you don’t wake up naturally. Instead, the ring of an alarm clock probably jerks you out of sleep. Depending on when you went to bed, what day of the week it is, and how deeply you were sleeping, you may not understand where you are, or why …

'Parasitic' genes let mammals evolve pregnancy - Futurity

As pregnancy evolved among mammals, thousands of new genes began to affect the uterus. Key to this process were transposons, or "genomic parasites."

Pregnancy

Can Qatar Airways' New Plane Turn Doha Airport Into a Global Hub?

During the reveal of the new Qatar A350XWB in Toulouse, Airbus’ Dr. Kiran Rao, Executive Vice President, Strategy and Marketing highlighted that …

Rosetta discovers water on comet 67p like nothing on Earth

The Rosetta spacecraft has detected water coming off comet 67P, the rubber duck-shaped lump of ice and dust that it placed the Philae robotic lander on last month.<p>The presence of water is not a surprise, but what has wrong-footed researchers is the makeup of the water, which is nothing like that …

Delta splits airline into 5 new classes— including a super-cheap one

Forget about just business and economy classes.<p>Starting in March, Delta Air Line will be splitting its aircraft into five different fare classes.<p>The sections will be based on prices and service and will feature three types of economy and two types of premium cabins.<p>"Whether a customer prioritizes …

Mode S Operational Overview

Whilst traditional Secondary Surveillance Radar (SSR) stations interrogate all aircraft within their range, Mode S (Select) establishes selective and …

Airport disruption: Flights recover after Nats system failure

<b>Airports around the UK have been returning to normal, although almost 40 flights were cancelled at Heathrow, the day after a computer failure at the national air traffic control centre.</b><p>National Air Traffic Services (Nats) said a technical fault in the flight data system at its Swanwick centre, in …

How Farming Almost Destroyed Ancient Human Civilization

Roughly 9,000 years ago, humans had mastered farming to the point where food was plentiful. Populations boomed, and people began moving into large …

Archaeology

New thinner 'park bench' airline seats, and what you can do about them

I normally try to avoid writing totally negative air travel posts, because, obviously, I want people to travel and fly. But this topic of the shrinking seat cannot be avoided, and I'll try to suggest some remedies.<p>The problem, as the Wall St. Journal's Scott McCartney points out in this article …

Amphibious 'Sea Monster' Discovered In China Is Missing Piece Of Evolutionary Puzzle

The first fossil of an amphibious ichthyosaur has been discovered in China, and the scientists who made the discovery say it fills a longstanding gap in the fossil record.<p>Paleontologists have long known that ichthyosaurs--dolphin-like "sea monsters" that lived from about 250 million years ago until …

How to create a comfortable economy class

Airliners tread a fine line between comfort and squeezing in as many passengers as possible to be profitable. How can designers make them more comfortable for the average flier?<p>If you read some of the recent reports about luxury accommodations on airliners, you might be forgiven for thinking that …

Air New Zealand

FAA, developers clash over tall buildings

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government wants to dramatically reduce the allowable height of potentially thousands of buildings near airports around the …

When Airlines Screw Up Your Flight, AirHelp Gets You Paid

Uh oh! Your flight was overbooked. You’ve been bumped off the flight, and they can’t get you another ride for hours.<p>Surely, the airline has to give you <i>something</i>, right? But what? A drink voucher? A few extra inches of leg room on a future flight?<p>Try a couple hundred bucks. AirHelp (part of Y …

Asia's Budget Airline Invasion

Cathay Pacific Airways is preparing for war. No, it’s not a battle over first-class lounges or lie-flat beds. Such skirmishes over creature comforts …

South Korea Unveils Plans for Sustainable Mini-City in World’s Best Airport

South Korea is upping the ante for airports worldwide by announcing plans to build a sustainable mini-city within Incheon International Airport. …

Airports

2,000 Flyers Riot in Chinese Airport After 5-Hour Long Shutdown

On Feb. 6, more than 2,000 delayed passengers stormed check-in counters at an airport in Henan province, smashing computers and equipment, in …