As far as travel is concerned, NASA recently completed a study on how to increase airplane energy efficiency by nearly 50% by designing "new airframes, structures, engines and aerodynamic techniques." That's a pretty big deal.
Potentially even bigger? The end of airsickness. For real, apparently.
The Daily Mail reports on how technology NASA developed for astronauts is being adapted into a nasal spray that can cure motion sickness. The drug, called intransal scopolamine (INSCOP), was created to keep astronauts traveling to mother-effing space from getting nauseous or light-headed. So once it's put into a spray, scientists are pretty confident that it will also work on people who sit in first class and complain about how the airplane taxiing across the runway really makes them woozy. It'll also work on everybody else, of course.
There's no word yet on when this drug will be developed. Or if the FDA will approve it. Or whether it will be prescription. Or how much it'll cost. But putting aside those minor details, we're apparently approaching a time when barf bags will be a thing of the past.
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