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China spends over $500 billion to expand high-speed rail

January 9th, 2017 at 2:36 pm » Comments Off

China is planning some serious upgrades to its public transportation system in the next few years. By 2020, the country hopes to have increased its high-speed railway coverage by 18,650 miles. The project will cost an estimated 3.5 trillion yuan, or about $503 billion USD. Not only will the population be more mobile, but the rails will significantly cut […]



Planetary Resources is mining Luxembourg for $28M in asteroid funds

November 30th, 2016 at 6:31 pm » Comments Off

The aspiring asteroid miners at Planetary Resources have struck pay dirt in Luxembourg, the tiny (but wealthy) European country positioning itself as an ally to commercial space. The country is directly investing €12 million, with another €13 million coming from public investment bank SNCI.



VW’s electric car will have Augmented Reality navigation system

November 16th, 2016 at 11:45 am » Comments Off

Volkswagen’s upcoming, all-electric I.D., previewed in concept form a few months ago at the Paris Motor Show, is as important to the company as the original Beetle and Golf. The concept car showed off all kinds of futuristic tech that seemed like fantasy, but one of the I.D.’s coolest feature will make it to production–its heads-up display.



‘Unplugged’ Tourism Is Booming Because We’re So Addicted to Our Gadgets

October 25th, 2016 at 6:04 am » Comments Off

If a tree falls in the Amazon, but you don’t capture it on Snapchat, did it actually fall? I had the thought while hiking through the rainforest, on the third day of a digital detox that was slowly killing me. What’s the point of eating a live worm or luring a monkey onto my shoulder […]



How airlines decide what fare you pay

September 21st, 2016 at 6:51 am » Comments Off

  (CNN)Anyone who’s lost an evening researching flight deals knows that airfare pricing can seem pretty random — high one week, low the next and long-distance often cheaper than short-haul. There’s a method behind the madness, though.



Adorable robots help travelers at Haneda airport in Tokyo

September 21st, 2016 at 6:31 am » Comments Off

 Hitachi’s EMIEW3 will help travelers find their terminal. Getting lost in an international airport is never fun — but if you’re lost in Japan’s Haneda this month, you’ll at least be able get help from an adorable talking robot. From now until the 14th, Hitachi is testing its EMIEW3 humanoid robot in the airport’s passenger […]



Vacationers are now hiring drone photographers to follow them around on vacation

September 11th, 2016 at 7:14 am » Comments Off

Family snaps have always been a part of the vacation experience, but as technology advances along with consumer expectations, people are looking for new ways to document their travel experiences. Enter drones.



Ridiculous Japanese robot hotel is serious business – really!

August 6th, 2016 at 7:19 am » Comments Off

“My name is Yoshiyuki Kawazoe. This is my hotel.” The University of Tokyo’s associate professor of architecture gestures behind himself to a flat, two-story building that doesn’t really look like a hotel. “Two-hundred people were involved in making this happen,” he says. “Experts in environmental design, engineering, architecture, robotics and construction … it’s their hotel.” The […]



Warp drive is closer than you think

June 23rd, 2016 at 2:27 pm » Comments Off

Not too long ago, we had to assume that we would never be able to travel faster than light. This was based on scientists’ belief that we can travel through space but cannot change the nature of space itself. Then the idea of ‘Warp Drive’ came along to challenge all of the barriers that Einstein’s […]



Robots could be the future of mail

June 17th, 2016 at 9:10 am » Comments Off

Despite the hype, drones may be only one small part of the future of post. It’s expected that not only drones but self-driving trucks may be the next big thing in mail delivery.



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