Coming in 2018: A Coach Experience that Isn't Soul-Destroying

The design company behind Turkish Air and Lufthansa's rebranding is working to create a new airplane interior that will save space, economize fuel use, and make your travel experience more comfortable.

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The design company behind Turkish Air and Lufthansa's rebranding is working to create a new airplane interior that will save space, economize fuel use, and make your travel experience more comfortable. Enigmatically called Priestmangoode, one of the company's main innovations is the creation of slimmer seats that can be used in both coach and first-class. That means more room for passengers as well as carry-on luggage. Slimmer seats will also reduce the weight of the aircraft, requiring less fuel use. Better luggage storage is also on the way, with a sliding design that is integrated into the ceiling of the aircraft and doors that flip up when you open them so carry-ons don't fall out. The new compartments will be 40% larger than ones currently used.

What's the Big Idea?

Fundamental airplane technology has advanced very little since commercial airliners became available to the public, and actually retreated when the Concorde was retired. So what gives? As part of our Future in Motion series, Richard Schaden explains to Big Think why airplane innovation seems stuck:

How to make a black hole

Here's the science of black holes, from supermassive monsters to ones the size of ping-pong balls.

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  • There's more than one way to make a black hole, says NASA's Michelle Thaller. They're not always formed from dead stars. For example, there are teeny tiny black holes all around us, the result of high-energy cosmic rays slamming into our atmosphere with enough force to cram matter together so densely that no light can escape.
  • CERN is trying to create artificial black holes right now, but don't worry, it's not dangerous. Scientists there are attempting to smash two particles together with such intensity that it creates a black hole that would live for just a millionth of a second.
  • Thaller uses a brilliant analogy involving a rubber sheet, a marble, and an elephant to explain why different black holes have varying densities. Watch and learn!
  • Bonus fact: If the Earth became a black hole, it would be crushed to the size of a ping-pong ball.

10 paradoxes that will stretch your mind

From time-traveling billiard balls to information-destroying black holes, the world's got plenty of puzzles that are hard to wrap your head around.

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  • While it's one of the best on Earth, the human brain has a lot of trouble accounting for certain problems.
  • We've evolved to think of reality in a very specific way, but there are plenty of paradoxes out there to suggest that reality doesn't work quite the way we think it does.
  • Considering these paradoxes is a great way to come to grips with how incomplete our understanding of the universe really is.
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China’s artificial sun reaches fusion temperature: 100 million degrees

In a breakthrough for nuclear fusion research, scientists at China's Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak (EAST) reactor have produced temperatures necessary for nuclear fusion on Earth.

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  • The EAST reactor was able to heat hydrogen to temperatures exceeding 100 million degrees Celsius.
  • Nuclear fusion could someday provide the planet with a virtually limitless supply of clean energy.
  • Still, scientists have many other obstacles to pass before fusion technology becomes a viable energy source.
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