Engineering a More Efficient Sleigh: Advancing Santa’s Christmas Eve Operations

Long Read

The logistical undertaking of Santa's Christmas Eve journey is staggering. In 24 hours, his sleigh must traverse the globe, somehow accessing over two billion households along the convoluted paths of chimneys, dropping off presents customised to the individual households. According to calculations, with 31 hours of Christmas Eve...

Spirit of Innovation plane is the world’s fastest all-electric aircraft

Quick Read

The Spirit of Innovation - an electric aircraft demonstrator developed by Rolls-Royce - has clinched the record for the world's fastest all-electric aircraft. The Derby-based firm has claimed that the craft hit a speed of 387.4 mph during a test run at Boscombe Down in Amesbury on...

Will Electric planes solve flying’s CO₂ problem?

Deep Dive

The UK government plans to ban the sale of new conventional petrol and diesel cars by 2040. Clearly the plan is for all citizens to be driving electric or hybrid-electric cars, or – better still – riding bicycles. But can electrification help cut emissions from that other carbon-intensive...