Korea Constructs Road That Wirelessly Charges Moving Electric Buses
An electric bus that charges its batteries while driving (rather than while sitting idle in a charging station) is no longer science fiction.
Researchers at Korea’s Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) recently constructed a seven and a half mile stretch of asphalt roadway in the city of Gumi in South Korea with specialized electric cables designed to power batteries on a moving passenger bus.
The first of it’s kind technology doesn’t need the vehicles to stop at a point to charge.
The bus’s batteries are equipped with a novel technology called “Shaped Magnetic Field In Resonance” that sends electromagnetic fields created by the electric cables buried in the asphalt to the bus but not normal cars.
The technology recognizes vehicles capable of accepting the electric charge and those that cannot.
A coil in the battery can turn the electromagnetic fields into electricity at a distance of more than half a foot above the road. [x]
Solar-Powered Air Conditioning Coming Soon to Trains in India
Trains are an interesting and environmentally-friendly way to travel. In hot and crowded countries like India, however, comfort might be a poor adjective to describe the experience of the average train passenger. But Indian Railways, a government owned and operated rail network, recently announced that it would be tapping the power of the sun to make traveling in its coach cars a more palatable experience. A partnership with the Indian Institute of Technology will allow the installation of solar harvesting equipment that will supply enough electricity for on-board air conditioning, as well as more efficient internal lighting.
India is a hot and crowded country, and its railway cars are no exception. According to the Times of India, the railways anticipate a huge demand for air conditioned coaches in the coming years (ahem, climate change) and diesel generators leave much to be desired, especially in the way of price.
“We have asked IIT Madras to find ways to tap solar power and use it for interior lighting and air conditioning. An MoU was signed a month ago. We have started preliminary discussions with professors to work out different modalities to develop a feasible model to use solar power in running trains,” a senior Integral Coach Factory official told the Times.
While it seems like a brilliant idea, trains and solar power aren’t something we’ve seen successfully combined that often. We’ve seen solar-powered train stations and even solar panels on train bridges, but on the train itself? If IIT is able to pull it off, it will be a huge leap forward for the rail industry.
“The concept of solar-powered air conditioners will be extremely beneficial to the train industry. Larger railways that take passengers through multiple climates will benefit the most from this technology. There have been many instances of current air conditioning methods failing, sometimes when they are in tortuous heat,” reported Digital Journal. [x]
From geothermal pools in Iceland to floating pools in Berlin, via a luxurious rooftop spot for splashing around in Barcelona, these venues definitely make a splash.
You won’t find hordes of tourists at these eight secluded beaches from around the world—just unspoiled sand and surf.
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Electromagnetic acceleration: That’s the high technology behind the high-speed transit concept that billionaire Elon Musk calls the Hyperloop.
LA to San Francisco in 35 minutes for less than a plane ticket. Would you use it?
U.S. says visas from gay spouses will get equal treatment
Reuters: The United States will immediately begin considering visa applications of gay and lesbian spouses in the same manner as heterosexual couples, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday.
Kerry made the announcement at the U.S. Embassy in London.
"When same-sex couples apply for a visa, the Department of State will consider that application in the same manner that it considers the application of opposite sex spouses," Kerry said shortly after his arrival in London.
Gay rights campaigners drive a bus past Britain’s Houses of Parliament (Andrew Cowie / AFP - Getty Images)
PICTURED ABOVE: In this Jan. 14, 2013 file photo, Cubans wait to enter the U.S. Interests Section to apply for U.S. visas in Havana, Cuba.
Cuban, US diplomats increasingly allowed to travel
For decades, Cuban and U.S. diplomats have faced strict limits on their travel within the Cold War enemy countries.
Cuban diplomats at the United Nations in New York cannot go 25 miles beyond Columbus Circle in Manhattan or past the Beltway loop circling Washington without the permission of the U.S. State Department.
U.S. Interests Section workers, meanwhile, must submit detailed itineraries to Cuban officials if they want to travel outside Havana.
Recently, however, Cuban and U.S. diplomats have been increasingly, and more easily, stepping outside the once nearly insurmountable fences.
Elon Musk to unveil Hyperloop train resign; he says it will get from LA To San Francisco in 30 minutes
Elon Musk wants to revolutionize public transportation. For the past few months, the Tesla Motors and SpaceX CEO has cryptically hinted at plans for a new transportation system called “The Hyperloop,” capable, he says, of taking riders from Los Angeles to San Francisco in under 30 minutes.
Now, it looks like we won’t have to wait much longer to see Musk’s full plans for the Hyperloop.
On Monday, Musk announced that he would publish the complete plans for the Hyperloop in August, adding that he would welcome criticism and suggestions from the Web.
“Will publish Hyperloop alpha design by Aug 12. Critical feedback for improvements would be much appreciated,”Musk tweeted Monday.
If your idea of summer perfection involves roller coasters, funnel cakes, and Whac-A-Mole, here are 19 little pieces of honky-tonk heaven — from Jersey to Cali —just waiting for you to pay a visit.
(Photo: Solar Impulse)
The Swiss-built Solar Impulse airplane ended its two-month-long, solar-powered trip across America with a nail-biter of a flight from Washington to New York on Saturday.
Five Live Wildlife Webcams You Need to See: Travel Without Leaving Home
For anyone who has an appreciation for the beauty and majesty of Turtle Island’s wildife, the technology exists today to be able to watch animals such as bison and owls in their natural habitats right from the comfort of home.
Explore.org has a fantastic collection of nature webcams, plus an abundance of photos, information and other wildlife resources. Here are five that you don’t want to miss.
This week, the first test runs for Japan’s new 500 kilometre-per-hour magnetic floating supertrain was a success.
The new generation of “L0 Trains” — set to be deployed in 2027 on the Tokyo-Nagoya line — are not the first “Mag Lev” (Magnetic Levitation) trains, but they are the first to regularly break 500 km/h.
The superfast trains use magnetic levitation instead of wheels to reduce friction and to allow the train to run better in all weather. The magnetic trains can also speed up and slow down more quickly than a traditional wheeled train.
(JIJI PRESS/AFP/Getty Images)
Thailand and Laos Agree on the Development of Transport Connectivity
The issue was among major topics of discussion during the second Thai–Lao Joint Cabinet Retreat, held in Chiang Mai province on 19 May 2013. The joint cabinet retreat was co-chaired by Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong of Lao PDR.
Among the transport connectivity projects discussed at the meeting was the construction of a railway, linking Nong Khai in northeastern Thailand and Thanaleng in Laos. The railway will serve as a linkage with the Chinese high-speed train system along the North-South Economic Corridor.
Laos welcomed Thailand’s decision to upgrade two more Thai-Lao border temporary checkpoints into permanent checkpoints, effective on 19 May 2013. The two checkpoints are Phu Du in Ban Khok district, Uttaradit province, and Sop Ruak in Chiang Saen district, Chiang Rai province.
Both Thailand and Laos agreed to promote regional tourism and shared the view that the ACMECS Single Visa would be a scheme to help boost tourism in the ASEAN region as a whole. Laos has shown an intention to prepare for the adoption of the single visa.
Thailand and Laos also expressed their readiness to solve the problem concerning illegal migrant workers from Laos. The Thai Cabinet has approved the operations of the One-stop Service Center for another 120 days, from 14 April 2013 onwards, in order to facilitate the verification of Lao workers’ nationality. Both sides reaffirmed that they would facilitate the immigration of legal Lao workers, based on the 2002 MOU on Thai-Lao Employment Cooperation.
The meeting ended with the signing of three documents: the Joint Statement of the Second Thai-Lao Joint Cabinet Retreat, an MOU on agricultural cooperation between Thailand and Lao PDR, and an agreement on ownership, management and maintenance of the Fourth Thai–Lao Friendship Bridge (Chiang Khong – Houayxay).