Monthly Archives: October 2014

World’s most advanced flying car unveiled in Italy

The most advanced flying car ever made was unveiled at the Pioneers Festival in Vienna this week by Slovakia-based company, AeroMobil. The two-passanger prototype vehicle, called the AeroMobil 3.0, is about the size of a limousine or large luxury sedan, and works just like a transformer, morphing from car to aeroplane in minutes. In car form it can hit speeds of up to 160 km/h and as a plane, 200 km/h.

flying-car

“From the front it looks a lot like a car; from the back it looks a lot like a small plane. From the side it looks insane,” says Victoria Turk from Motherboard.

All the AeroMobil 3.0 needs to take off is 250 metres of open grassland or a paved runway, and 50 metres of either to land. When you’re ready to go, at the touch of a button its wings will automatically unfurl from its sides, sort of like an insect, and a large car becomes a small aircraft.

“You don’t need to change vehicles when you’re travelling

Musicians are better at multitasking

In psychology, the term ‘task switching’ describes the ability to quickly shift your attention between two tasks. Previous studies have suggested that there are many benefits to playing a musical instrument or being bilingual, including enriching mental development and better cognitive function.

music

A team of psychologists from York University in Canada were interested in seeing if the skills held by musicians and bilingual individuals could help them with task switching. They

New windowless planes set to fly within a decade

Over 832 thousand litres of fuel are used and 700 million tonnes of carbon dioxide is released into the environment each year as a result of air travel. The aviation industry is constantly looking for ways to reduce the weight of aircraft, which would cut fuel consumption and airfares.

plane-interior

So researchers are now developing a windowless plane, in which the heavy windows and cabin walls of current planes would be replaced with lightweight full-length smart displays. According to the Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) in the UK, which is the company behind the innovative design, 80 percent of an airline’s weight is due to fuel and the plane itself, so removing the windows could save on running costs.

“By putting windows into a plane, the fuselage needed to be strengthened,” Jon Helliwell, a chemist and Director of the CPI, told Shane Hickey