Category: Transport

5 facts about electric aeroplanes

(Image credit: Alec Wilson/ Wikimedia Commons) 1. Flying locally There is a big demand for small electric planes: 2 billion tickets are sold each year for flights shorter than 800 kilometres. 2. Centuries of progress Although the...

Admiral Byrd’s Antarctic Explorer

How did the much-anticipated 20th century snow cruiser fare in this challenging continent? (Image credit: United States Antarctic Service/ Wikimedia Commons) Antarctica has been a key scientific research site for centuries. With its vast uninhabited frozen...

E-scooters: the future of travel

Electric scooters are gaining ground – should you get one when you want to get moving? (Image credit: Marat Mazitov/ Unsplash) Electric vehicles are big business, but up until now the market has concentrated...

How does the London Eye work?

Over 20 years since this giant city-centre wheel opened: jump aboard and explore its past (Image source: Pixabay) For 20 years, one large eye has watched over the antics of the UK’s capital city,...

How do electric buses work?

These vehicles can help the planet and tackle traffic – all without making a sound (Image source: Pixabay) Transport makes up a quarter of the world’s carbon emissions, with buses producing an average of 822 grams...

On board the Hawk

The dual-control training jet that helps the next generation of pilots prepare for combat Image source: Getty Images Getting into the cockpit of a jet engine aircraft for the first time is a daunting...

How do planes use smart radar?

The radio waves that keep you safe in the sky and on land (Image source: Pixabay) What’s the weather going to be this afternoon? Tomorrow? Or even next week? Thanks to the weather forecast,...

What is the shipping forecast?

150 years after its maiden broadcast, the first public weather forecast system is still responsible for saving lives at sea Image source: Pixabay In late October of 1859 the iron-hulled Victorian ship Royal Charter...

Tractor evolution

How has farming progressed from horse-pulled carts to the tractors of today? (Image source: Pixabay) Tractors have been around since the 1800s, when John Froelich incorporated the first stable petrol-powered traction motor. For most...

How do electric aeroplanes work?

Inside the aircraft that’s leaving smaller carbon footprints in the sky than hi-octane jets Right now, there are an estimated 20,000 aeroplanes in use around the world. Around 3 billion people travel on these...