Tag: Science

Why Don’t Birds Have Vertical Tails Like Airplanes?

Why Don’t Birds Have Vertical Tails Like Airplanes?

This episode is supported by NordVPN. Start protecting your internet experience today with 66% off a 2-year plan by using code“SCISHOW” at NordVPN.com/SCISHOW I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but nature is kind of awesome. That’s why so much of our technology is inspired by it, from adhesives modeled after insects to early plane wings […]

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Why Are Airplane Engines So Big?

Why Are Airplane Engines So Big?

Airplane jet engines have gotten bigger and bigger over time – and it’s not just because planes are getting bigger: the Airbus A350 is a smaller plane than the Boeing 747 but has bigger engines. The reason? Bigger engines are simply more efficient, up to a point. Modern jet engines actually consist of two propulsion […]

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The Search For A Better Airplane Fuel

The Search For A Better Airplane Fuel

Every day there are over 87,000 flights criss crossing the United States chances are a plane is flying overhead right now, but all those flights can’t get anywhere without jet fuel and burning that fuel releases carbon dioxide which contributes to global warming. To reduce flying’s impact on the planet scientists are taking a closer […]

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Why Plane Tires Don’t Explode On Landing

Why Plane Tires Don’t Explode On Landing

If you dropped a watermelon at 170 mph, it would be a mess. Strap over 500,000 pounds to its back and it would be, well, nothing. But airplane tires manage that impact every day, without incident. They’re made to withstand hitting the pavement at extreme speeds, all while supporting an entire commercial jet. Don’t think […]

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