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Nasa researches Star Trek warp drive for future space travel

Nasa scientists are developing a Star Trek-style “warp drive” that may eventually allow spacecraft to travel to the stars faster the speed of light.<p>Dr Harold White, a physicist at Nasa’s Johnson Space Centre, is conducting research to create a warp in space and time.<p>These so called “warp bubbles” …

Airbus seeks patent for 'flying doughnut'

European aircraft manufacturer seeks patent for futuristic plane design that resembles a polo mint<p>Forget the sleek pencil shaped jet airliner, the future is the flying doughnut.<p>Airbus, the company which created the stubby cigar-shaped Airbus A380 superjumbo, has come up with an even more radical …

Horizons: The planes that can pick up trains

Students have come up with a radical idea for cutting journey times in 2050 – aircraft that collect and drop-off passengers in moving pod-like carriages.<p>Our transport system, whichever way you look at it, is broken. Sure, most of us eventually get to where we need to go, but congestion and …

Hybrid planes trying to charge into action

The airliner of the future may feel very alien to our fuel-guzzling planes, at least if one ambitious quest to build the Prius of the skies is anything to go by.<p>How would you feel about flying on an electric airliner? Current planes may be noisy, rattly, and relatively inefficient, but there’s …