All aboard: Hong Kong bullet train signals high-speed integration with China

All aboard: Hong Kong bullet train signals high-speed integration with ChinaWhile the $11 billion rail project has raised fears for some over Beijing’s encroachment on the Chinese-ruled city’s cherished freedoms, passengers at the sleek harbourfront station were full of praise for a service that reaches mainland China in less than 20 minutes. “Out of 10 points, I give it nine,” said 10-year-old Ng Kwan-lap, who was traveling with his parents on the first train leaving for Shenzhen at 7 a.m. “The train is great. It’s very smooth when it hits speeds of 200 kilometers per hour.” Mainland Chinese immigration officers are stationed in one part of the modernist station that is subject to Chinese law, an unprecedented move that some critics say further erodes the city’s autonomy.


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Physicists train robotic gliders to soar like birds

Scientists know that upward currents of warm air assist birds in flight. To understand how birds find and navigate these thermal plumes, researchers used reinforcement learning to train gliders to autonomously navigate atmospheric thermals. The research highlights the role of vertical wind accelerations and roll-wise torques as viable biological cues for soaring birds. The findings also provide a navigational strategy that directly applies to the development of UAVs.
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Netanyahu tests Israeli fast train from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv

Netanyahu tests Israeli fast train from Jerusalem to Tel AvivPrime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tested Israel’s new high-speed train from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv on Thursday, but much work remains before it is fully operational. Netanyahu joined Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz on the ride from a newly built train station in Jerusalem’s city centre to Ben Gurion International Airport near Tel Aviv. Travelling at speeds up to 160 kilometres (100 miles) per hour, the ride from central Jerusalem to the airport will take 21 minutes — half the time it takes to drive there in normal traffic, though congestion often makes the trip much longer.


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Man who shot train shaving video says he meant no harm

  1. Man who shot train shaving video says he meant no harm  NJ.com
  2. Man Mocked For Shaving On Train Says He Was Leaving Homeless Shelter  NPR
  3. Man seen shaving on train says he lived in homeless shelter, wanted to look ‘presentable’  Fox News
  4. Pete Bentivegna on Twitter: “Welcome to NJ TRANSIT!!!… “  Twitter
  5. WATCH: This guy gave himself a full shave on an NJ Transit train  NJ.com
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