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G-Cans: World’s Largest Flood-Prevention Complex

The G-Cans project is the largest flood protection in the world. Its official name is Metropolitan Area Outer Underground Discharge Channel, but it is most known as G-Cans Underground Temple because of its support pillars and interior that reminds the visitor of a giant cave. The purpose of this facility is to protect the city of Tokyo from floods. The northern edge of G-Cans touches Kasukabe, a city located in Saitama Prefecture, 30 km north of Tokyo. The necessity of building such facility originated from the danger of overflowing of the rivers and main waterways during typhoons and rain periods. […]

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The fastest train in the world comes in 2027

The magnetic levitation trains exclude influences of the friction caused by ordinary rail-wheel contact, so the engineers should worry only about the friction from the air. So the aerodynamics is the reason why this train looks so futuristic. The front car is 92 ft (28 m) long, the aerodynamic nose took the front 45 feet of it. Behind that is seating for 24 passengers, and the rest of the train will consist of another 13 cars, with a total capacity for 864 seating passengers. Maglev trains use magnetic repellence to lift the train above the track, eliminating friction. The picture […]

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XCOR Lynx: Supersonic Plane To Fly Between NYC And Tokyo In 90 Minutes

The private space-race is once again heating up. XCOR, a private rocket company, has released images of the Lynx, a supersonic aircraft that will fly super-rich passengers to space as early as 2014. The 45-minute round-trip flight will cost each passenger roughly $95,000. XCOR spokesman Bryan Campen said The Lynx is a precursor to a supersonic plane that will transport passengers between New York and Tokyo  in a 90 minutes. Such a vehicle will take off and land on a runway like a conventional plane, but will fly outside the atmosphere for a portion of its journeys, 62 miles above […]