Faster bullet train being developed
Chinese engineers are developing a bullet train capable of achieving a top speed of 249 miles per hour on conventional tracks, along with a magnetic levitation, or maglev, train that is expected to run at 373 mph.
By comparison, China’s fastest train in commercial use travels about 217 mph.
The country is even considering the possibility of building a system based on a transnational tube that would allow specially designed trains to travel at 2,484 mph.
Last month, designers at China Aerospace Science and Industry Corp, one of the country’s biggest space contractors, announced that they had started research and development work on a futuristic ultrafast transportation system popularly known as a hyperloop.
The CASIC hyperloop will see maglev lines running in partially elevated tubes or tunnels along which streamlined, engineless trains will travel at speeds of 1,000, 2,000 and 4,000 km/h, according to Mao Kai, chief designer of the system at CASIC. So far, there is no indication of how much such a system would cost. (Photo 3)
Giant panda Nuan Nuan eats at Malaysia’s national zoo in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Nuan Nuan — meaning warmth in Chinese — is the first Malaysian-born female giant panda cub. She will head back to China on Nov 14, more than two years after her mother...