infrastructure

  • Fast: New Japanese Maglev trains to travel some 500 km/h

    Current Japanese “bullet trains” can travel at an average speed of 300 km/h (188 mph). Recent proposals could mean that we’ll be looking at trains with average speeds of 500 km/h (310 mph). That’s approaching commercial airline speeds. The trains would run between Tokyo and Nagoya and would cost somewhere in the neighborhood of ¥5.1 trillion ($51.3 billion) to… Read More

  • Report: broadband gridlock 'like whoa' by 2010

    If y’all don’t stop downloading funny YouTube videos and consuming bandwidth, the Internet may experience gridlock the likes of which it’s never seen before. According to Nemertes Research (not Acme, then), Internet gridlock by 2010 could seriously slow down our surfing habits as broadband pipes are taxed, possibly leading to a return to dial-up. (No! Anything but that… Read More