Shinkansen train

Bloomberg Businessweek (North America) - - Technique -

● Ja­pan’s 500-se­ries Shinkansen com­muter train was fast—but it was also loud, es­pe­cially as it passed through nar­row tun­nels. The en­gi­neer charged with solv­ing this prob­lem hap­pened to be an avid bird-watcher. He mod­eled his up­dated train de­sign on the long, nar­row beak of the KING­FISHER, which al­lows the bird to dive into the wa­ter with­out so much as a splash. “The hid­den ben­e­fit was that the train went 10 per­cent FASTER, WITH 15 per­cent LESS ELEC­TRIC­ITY USE,” Benyus says.

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