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Jul. 13, 2012

The Nuts and Bolts of High-Speed Rail

After years on the slow track, America’s high-speed rail may finally be building momentum.

high-speed rail, transportation, California, engineering, civil engineering, railroad, trains, high-speed trains

Mar. 22, 2013

Grand Central: An Engine of Scientific Innovation

Standard time zones and electric trains were both pioneered at New York's Grand Central Terminal.

trains, grand central terminal, grant central station, transportation, history, engineering

Dec. 06, 2013

Would More Technology Mean Safer Trains?

Seventy thousand miles of track will need to be outfitted with "positive train control" technology by 2015.

positive train control, christopher barkan, metro north

Sep. 04, 2009

Towards Hydrogen Trains

While some clean energy advocates have suggested fuel cell cars as a technology of the future, development of hydrogen fuel cell technology is moving forward in an unusual place -- the railyard.

trains, railroads, hydrogen, energy

Aug. 16, 2013

Hyperloop: Hype or Future Transportation?

Elon Musk described his Hyperloop design as a cross between a "Concorde, a railgun, and an air hockey table."

hyperloop, high speed trains, transportation, elon musk, tube, maglev, magnetic levitation, tim de chant

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How Humpbacks Hunt With Bubbles

Humpback whales blow bubbles around schools of fish to concentrate them for easier capture. It's called a bubble net, says David Wiley, research coordinator for Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, and it's visible as a ring of bubbles at the surface. Now, with underwater digital tracking tags and custom visualization software, whale researchers can see what the whales are doing underwater when they're bubble-netting.

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