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'Body Hack' App by Math Researchers Shortcuts Jet-Lag Recovery

A different kind of jet-lag mobile app released today by University of Michigan mathematicians reveals previously unknown shortcuts that can help travelers snap their internal clocks to new time zones as efficiently as possible.

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2013 Airline Performance Best Ever, According to Airline Quality Rating; Virgin America Still No. 1

Airline performance in 2013 was the highest since the Airline Quality Rating started in 1991. The 24th annual Airline Quality Rating was released today (Monday, April 7) at the National Press Club. The top-performing airlines for the second consecutive year were Virgin America and JetBlue.

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Intelligent Warning Systems May Make “Dilemma Zone” Safer

A new study published in Human Factors examines how intelligent warning systems help drivers negotiate the dilemma zone and encourage safer driving behavior.

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A Rainy Day Can Ruin an Online Restaurant Review

After looking at 1.1 million online reviews for 840,000 restaurants in more than 32,000 cities across the country, Georgia Tech and Yahoo Labs researchers have found that the weather outside can be just as significant a factor for reviews as what happens inside a restaurant. Their study shows evaluations written on rainy or snowy days, or very cold or hot days, are more negative than those written on nice days.

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Enhanced Autopilot System Could Help Prevent Accidents Like 2009 Air France 447 Crash

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“During this flight, important sensors failed, and reported erroneous data. But the autopilot didn’t know that, and it acted as if the data were correct,” said Varela. “We have computers that can beat the best human Jeopardy! players, and yet we rely on these relatively weak autopilot systems to safeguard hundreds of people on each flight. Why don’t we add more intelligence to autopilot systems?”

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National Airline Quality Rating to Be Announced April 7

Researchers from Wichita State University and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University will announce the 24th annual national Airline Quality Rating (AQR) at 9:30 a.m. EDT, Monday, April 7, at a news conference at the National Press Club, Murrow Room, in Washington, D.C.

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Unmanned Aircraft Systems Could Aid in Search for Missing Malaysian Plane

An aviation expert suggests that unmanned aerial systems would be an asset to the search for flight 370 because of their many capabilities.

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777 Pilot Explains Difference Between Safety and Security Investigation of Missing Malaysian Flight 370

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777 Pilot Dr. Randy Demik Explains How ACARS Can Help Find Missing Malaysian Plane

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Spring Break Travel with Children: Beating the Stress

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