In the November issue of the IEEE Spectrum magazine, read about the new supersonic boom, vertical-takeoff air taxis, detecting wildfires with zero power, the real story of Pixar, and more.

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Mach 2, Take 2

Spectrum Story: Mach 2, Take 2
On 9 April 1945, less than a month before the end of hostilities in Europe, a young Luftwaffe pilot named Hans Guido Mutke put his jet-propelled Messerschmitt Me 262 fighter-bomber into a steep dive…

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Vertical-Takeoff Air Taxis Are Safe

Vertical-Takeoff Air Taxis Are Safe
Electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft for urban commuting are currently under development by more than a dozen different companies. These concepts and prototypes, representing well over a billion...

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Detecting Wildfires With Zero Power

Spectrum Story: Detecting Wildfires with Zero Power
Why is the dog barking, you wonder, as you wake up? You notice the smell of smoke, and when you try to turn on your bedside light you discover that the power is out. Then you see it out your window: a wall of orange flame...

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The Real Story of Pixar

IEEE Spectrum Story: The Real Story of Pixar
The story of Pixar doesn't start with its founding—a tech company's story rarely does. Rather, the original spark often comes from a university lab, a renegade group at a large company, or a hobbyist building stuff

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