Stargazer Flights in 40 Years

Airbus says in 40 years time we'll be able to take night flights, 30,000 feet in the air, and be able to stargaze thanks to the plane's nature-inspired transparent fuselage.

What's the Latest Development?


Aircraft manufacturer Airbus says in 40 years time we'll be able to take night flights, 30,000 feet in the air, and be able to stargaze thanks to the plane's nature-inspired transparent fuselage. The body of the aircraft will have a structure that Airbus says "mimics the efficiency of bird bone which is optimized to provide strength where needed." A "wall membrane" will enclose the cabin and become transparent to give passengers panoramic views of the sky.

What's the Big Idea?

Airbus spokesman Charles Champion said that research showed that  passengers of 2050 "will expect a seamless travel experience while also caring for the environment." The new 'Concept Cabin' will feature seats that adjust to a passenger's body shape. And as onboard ambience is where airlines will be able to make money, cabin classes will be replaced by themed zones, such as a "Vitalizing Zone" for relaxation, with mood lighting, aromatherapy and acupressure treatments.

Related Articles
Playlists
Keep reading Show less

Five foods that increase your psychological well-being

These five main food groups are important for your brain's health and likely to boost the production of feel-good chemicals.

Mind & Brain

We all know eating “healthy” food is good for our physical health and can decrease our risk of developing diabetes, cancer, obesity and heart disease. What is not as well known is that eating healthy food is also good for our mental health and can decrease our risk of depression and anxiety.

Keep reading Show less

For the 99%, the lines are getting blurry

Infographics show the classes and anxieties in the supposedly classless U.S. economy.

What is the middle class now, anyway? (JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
Politics & Current Affairs

For those of us who follow politics, we’re used to commentators referring to the President’s low approval rating as a surprise given the U.S.'s “booming” economy. This seeming disconnect, however, should really prompt us to reconsider the measurements by which we assess the health of an economy. With a robust U.S. stock market and GDP and low unemployment figures, it’s easy to see why some think all is well. But looking at real U.S. wages, which have remained stagnant—and have, thus, in effect gone down given rising costs from inflation—a very different picture emerges. For the 1%, the economy is booming. For the rest of us, it’s hard to even know where we stand. A recent study by Porch (a home-improvement company) of blue-collar vs. white-collar workers shows how traditional categories are becoming less distinct—the study references "new-collar" workers, who require technical certifications but not college degrees. And a set of recent infographics from CreditLoan capturing the thoughts of America’s middle class as defined by the Pew Research Center shows how confused we are.

Keep reading Show less