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[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - 10:40
Texas Central Railway is developing a blazing fast 200 mph bullet train that will run from Houston to Dallas. Richard Lawless, the company’s CEO, said he was inspired by the time he spent living in Tokyo during the 1980s, where the Shinkansen bullet train travels at 100 mph between Tokyo and Oaska. The Texan bullet train project is currently undergoing an environmental impact study, but it is... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - 10:35
Last week Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced that the automaker will deliver 100,000 electric vehicles in 2015. The news sent Tesla’s stock up five percent the morning after Musk released the statement. Investors were happy about the news, since the 100,000 vehicle production estimate is a big jump up from the 22,000 vehicles Tesla produced in 2013 and the 35,000 that is projected for this year.... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - 10:29
The data on water scarcity continues to be sobering, and shortages increasingly are linked to both natural and human-made causes. By 2025, 1.8 billion people will live in regions that face "absolute water scarcity," reports the United Nations. Stemming the losses and re-diverting the flow to stressed regions this will take a big investment: almost $1.8 trillion over the next 20 years, according... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - 10:16
Australia’s most extensive network of pedestrian Braille signs that will help visually impaired citizens and visitors navigate the streets of Sydney is nearing completion.  The first stage of the project will see 38 prototypes of the new tactile signs installed along one of the city’s busy pedestrian routes. The results will be used to refine the design before the full roll-out of an estimated 2... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - 10:08
For the past seven years, more than 4,000 squatters have been living in Torre David, a 45-story abandoned skyscraper in Caracas. Their recent eviction by soldiers marks the conclusion of one of the world’s most unusual experiments in informal urban settlement, Renée Loth, editor of ArchitectureBoston, reports for the Boston Globe. The structure was left incomplete during a financial crisis in... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, August 4, 2014 - 09:45
The Spanish capital Madrid has started charging drivers to park according to how polluting their cars are, while introducing a rental system for electric bikes, to encourage a switch to more sustainable transport. Right: a new solar powered smart parking meter in Madrid. The price a motorist pays to park is now based on a scale related to the car’s engine type and the year of its manufacture.... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, August 4, 2014 - 09:33
There are many reasons the Ebola virus that’s sweeping through West Africa has killed more people and spread to more places than any other previous outbreak, but one factor stands out: This is the first time the deadly disease has taken hold in densely populated urban areas and found its way onto international flights. One week ago, a U.S. citizen named Patrick Sawyer, who worked for the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, August 4, 2014 - 09:30
Ventinveste, a consortium of some of Portugal’s top energy and engineering companies, and Ferrostaal GmbH, a project developer with investments worldwide, will build four wind farms in the country, in a € 220 million investment that will strengthen the country’s renewable energy cluster. The farms will entail a total 84 wind energy turbines, which will be produced in Oliveira de Frades and in... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, August 4, 2014 - 09:24
The European Commission’s trans-European transport network (TEN-T) Programme has announced details of its € 320m investment to support key transport infrastructure projects around Europe. Divided between two programme calls, the funding will be distributed among a total of 106 projects. The first, the € 230m Multi-Annual Programme Call, is funding 52 projects that focus on Air Traffic Management... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, August 4, 2014 - 09:16
When Praveen Narayan Dusane first started driving an auto-rickshaw in this crowded college town, he had to hustle for every rupee. He could wait hours at a rickshaw stand for passengers. He fought with other drivers and haggled with passengers over the fares. Typically, he earned just 300 rupees, or roughly $5, during a 12-hour shift. Now Mr. Dusane simply checks the text messages on his... Read more