Shanghai Maglev – World’s Fastest Train

Shanghai Maglev - World's Fastest Train

This is the Shanghai Maglev (Magnetic Levitation) train, the world's fastest train, with a top operating speed of 431kph (268mph) – Enjoy the Ride! The train has actually exceeded 500kph in testing. It does the 19 mile journey to Pudong airport in 7 minutes!

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Russians Say They Fear Hunger, Unemployment and Nuclear War

Russians Say They Fear Hunger, Unemployment and Nuclear War

A recent state poll asking Russians about their fears has laid bare a telling change in attitudes: more than double the number of respondents said they feared a nuclear war compared to two years ago. Russia's deteriorating relations with the West and the economic turmoil that followed sanctions imposed on Moscow for its meddling in Ukraine have had a significant impact on Russians' view on the likelihood of nuclear war or going hungry, the poll published Thursday by state-run…

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Marshawn Lynch Delivers Eloquent 45-Minute Address On Privacy In The Modern Age

Marshawn Lynch Delivers Eloquent 45-Minute Address On Privacy In The Modern Age

Explaining his position on the sociological issue during a Tuesday press conference at Super Bowl Media Day, Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch reportedly delivered an incredibly thoughtful and eloquent 45-minute address on the topic of privacy in the 21st century. “While increasingly exhaustive access to media has delivered many benefits to the American way of life, this same heightened scrutiny has simultaneously imposed progressively greater obstacles to our personal privacy…

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China says no room for ‘western values’ in university education

China says no room for 'western values' in university education

China’s education minister has vowed to ban university textbooks which promote “western values”, state media said, in the latest sign of ideological tightening under President Xi Jinping. “Never let textbooks promoting western values appear in our classes,” minister Yuan Guiren said, according to a report late Thursday by China’s official Xinhua news agency. “Remarks that slander the leadership of the Communist Party of China” and “smear socialism” must never appear in college…

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Afghan Taliban not a terrorist organisation

Afghan Taliban not a terrorist organisation

The US does not consider Afghan Taliban as a terrorist outfit, but conceded the tactics adopted by them similar to terrorism. "They (the Taliban) do carry out tactics that are akin to terrorism. They do pursue terror attacks in an effort to try to advance their agenda," the White House Press Secretary, Josh Earnest told reporters yesterday. The United States, he noted has designating the Taliban in such a way so as to put in place some financial sanctions against the leaders…

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Why Can’t Public Transit Be Free?

Why Can't Public Transit Be Free?

About 500 subway riders in Stockholm have an ingenious scheme to avoid paying fares. The group calls itself Planka.nu (rough translation: "dodge the fare now"), and they’ve banded together because getting caught free-riding comes with a steep $120 penalty. Here's how it works: Each member pays about $12 in monthly dues—which beats paying for a $35 weekly pass—and the resulting pool of cash more than covers any fines members incur.

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Too-Low, S14 Nissan Silvia can’t enter driveway, leaves without dinner

Too-Low, S14 Nissan Silvia can't enter driveway, leaves without dinner

I was quite lucky to see, and capture, this super-low S14 Silvia at the local curry restaurant. Sadly, the owner had to give up on the idea of eating. Personally, the curry is so good there that I'd happily run factory ride height. It's that yummy.

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$13.5M-winning lottery ticket bought 7 seconds late invalid, top court decides

$13.5M-winning lottery ticket bought 7 seconds late invalid, top court decides

A Quebec man who bought a winning lottery ticket seven seconds too late has lost his Supreme Court of Canada bid to appeal a decision that has denied him half of the $27-million prize. "I'm going to be very very honest with you … I'm very disappointed in this decision," said Joel Ifergan of Dollard-des-Ormeaux, from Montreal's West Island.

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