Future of major high-speed rail project looks green

(Phys.org) -- California has reason to be optimistic that the state's proposed high-speed rail project, due to begin construction next year,  can prove to be a viable transportation alternative from environmental and ...

US Navy ready to deploy laser for first time

Some of the Navy's futuristic weapons sound like something out of "Star Wars," with lasers designed to shoot down aerial drones and electric guns that fire projectiles at hypersonic speeds.

The bird that came back from the dead

New research has shown that the last surviving flightless species of bird, a type of rail, in the Indian Ocean had previously gone extinct but rose from the dead thanks to a rare process called 'iterative evolution'.

Algorithms provide a model of railway efficiency

(PhysOrg.com) -- If you've noticed that Dutch trains experience less delays or that waiting times are shorter on the Berlin underground you can thank a team of European researchers whose advanced algorithms are optimising ...

High performance materials for the tunnel of the century

Among those celebrating the breakthrough of the longest rail tunnel in the world on October 15th 2010 were Empa engineers and researchers. Their task was to ensure that the tunnel remains dry for the next hundred years – ...

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