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Recycled Cooking Oil Could Be The Key To Flying Friendlier Chinese Skies

China’s underground cooking-oil trade could provide almost five hundred million gallons of biofuel annually

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It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a...well, actually, it’s just a plane–specifically, a Boeing 737–that touched down in Beijing after a two hour flight from Shanghai on March 21st. But what set this Boeing 737 apart from the rest of the jumbo jet set is the fact that, rather than burning standard airplane fuel, the passenger flight was running on a special biofuel combination of fifty percent ordinary gas and fifty percent recycled cooking oil–a first for the Chinese airline industry.

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Small Business In Space: On NASA Contracting The Little Guy

NASA has a history of contracting small businesses to develop future technologies, ensuring not just the big R&D companies have a stake in tomorrow.

In developing the technologies of tomorrow, companies with large research and development houses definitely have an advantage over smaller firms—the top 10 private contracts awarded by NASA last year went to multibillion dollar corporations like Lockheed Martin and Raytheon.

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Intermission: Why You Should Fly Into LAX at Night

It's hard not to fall in love with L.A. after watching this gorgeous video shot from the cockpit of a plane landing in the city at night.

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Good evening, passengers, we are now making our final descent into a dizzyingly-clear Los Angeles at twilight. You're watching a video of the SADDE Six Arrival, one of the arrival patterns for LAX that swings down from the north. If you'd prefer a more authentic cockpit experience, try watching the 14-minute real-time version and listening to an air traffic control channel like this. If this is what pilots get to see at the end of every workday, they must be the happiest people in the world. Good night, and thanks for flying.

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