Honeywell (HON - Get Report) and NASA said on Tuesday that they have completed a two-year test to determine the most efficient way of preventing sonic booms when flying a supersonic aircraft. 

The testing program successfully combined predictive software and display technology into business jet cockpits, and showed how pilots can see where, and how, sonic booms would impact the population on the ground.

This represents a fundamental discovery as sonic booms present one of the primary barriers to adopting supersonic flight more broadly.

Sonic booms, caused by aircraft traveling faster than the speed of sound, can prove to be a significant annoyance as its effects on humans include disturbance of ongoing activities and interference with sleep.

Solving the problem may help in changing the aviation industry forever as supersonic flights would allow pilots to cut business jet travel times roughly in half.

"With predictive technology and knowledge, pilots can change course and minimize the boom over populated areas," said Bob Witwer, VP, Advanced Technology, Honeywell Aerospace.

Honeywell's shares fell 0.1% to $134.76 early Wednesday afternoon.

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Amazon has some work to do with Whole Foods: Organic grocer Whole Foods (WFM) needs Amazon's (AMZN - Get Report) tech know-how, and it needs it very quickly to slash prices.

TheStreet's Lindsay Rittenhouse went shopping online at Ohio stores to see how Whole Foods stacked up against Walmart Stores Inc. (WMT - Get Report) and rival grocer Kroger (KR - Get Report) . While the results may not be shocking, they show just how much Amazon will have to cut for Whole Foods to be on equal footing with some of its competitors.

The cost of eight everyday food items at Whole Foods, TheStreet found, were nearly double those of the ones at Walmart, but Kroger undercut them both. Whole Foods' basket cost $38.29; Walmart's, $19.86; and Kroger's, $16.58.

With data as shocking as this, it's no wonder Whole Foods founder John Mackey is in love with Amazon.

Tesla's stock is out of control: Tesla Inc. (TSLA - Get Report) shares are expected to have a strong session amid reports Elon Musk's electric car baby may open a new production facility in China. Such a move would avoid tariffs in the world's second-largest economy, but risk the ire of U.S. President Donald Trump's "buy American, hire American" industrial policy, TheStreet's Martin Baccardax reports.

Tesla's market cap is now more than $60 billion and climbing, despite the company continuing to lose money. Ford's (F - Get Report) market clocks in at $44.7 billion, while General Motors (GM - Get Report) stands at $51.9 billion.

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