Sound barrier

What is the sound barrier?

Breaking the sound barrier means exceeding the speed of sound at 12,192 metres (40,000 feet), that’s about 1,062 kilometres per hour (660 miles per hour). When Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier with the Bell X-1 rocket plane in 1947, … Continued

Airbus A380 in flight

Can you do a loop-the-loop in a passenger jet?

To perform a 360-degree loop, an aircraft needs to achieve three phases in quick succession: the entry, the climb and the exit. Each of these would cause particular problems to anything the size and weight of even a small commercial … Continued

Train in Bournemouth railway station

What is signal failure and why does it cause train delays?

Signal failures are almost as old as the railway itself – with the first primitive wayside signalling systems being introduced in 1832. These days signalling relies on a combination of movable sections of track (known as points), track circuits that … Continued

Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor Fighter Jet

How Lockheed Martin’s F-22 Raptor fighter jet works

The Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor fighter jet is a fifth-generation supermaneuverable aircraft used by the U.S. Air Force. It’s used for a diverse range of missions including intelligence gathering, surveillance, reconnaissance and electronic attack. To see the F-22 Raptor in action and discover how it … Continued


Discover Incredible Flying Machines and the science behind them

From the makers of science and technology magazine How It Works comes Incredible Flying Machines. This digital-only edition is crammed full of amazing aircraft, awe-inspiring imagery and facts, making it a must-have for any aviation enthusiast. Inside, you’ll learn about drone aircraft and how … Continued


A trip to the Ford factory

A short video of our trip to the Ford factory in Cologne Germany. Full article to appear in issue 67 of How It Works!


Solar powered boats

A chat with Simon Milward who has recently returned from crossing the channel on a solar powered boat!


HMS Queen Elizabeth

A very, very cool video on the incredible new flagship aircraft carrier for the Royal Navy

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The Find out Friday interview

A quick chat with Captain of the MS Tûranor PlanetSolar Gerard d’Aboville, the largest solar powered boat in the world

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The ‘Find out Friday’ interview

This week we chat to Jerry Sanders, CEO and Chairman of SkyTran Inc. who are developing a brand new transportation system.

Smart Highway, Dynamic Lines, Daan Roosegarde, Heijiman

Modern Highways: Part 3

This third edition sees what else is in store for the roads of tomorrow

Wind assisted road lighting, transport, infrastructure, modern highways, road inventions

Modern Highways: Part 2

The second part of our look at the latest tech coming to the world’s roads

Electric priority lane, transport, infrastructure, modern highways, road inventions

Modern highways Part 1

The first of a four part series looking into the new devices coming to our roads

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Paramotor interview

Managing Director of Parajet International Ltd Tom Prideaux-Brune chats everything paramotor


The future of motor racing?

A revealing interview with the CEO of the new Formula E championship, Alejandro Agag.

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Porsche’s hybrid theory

Auto company makes sensational return to Le Mans this year – check out the tech in the Porsche 919 prototype in this cool video now

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