Shanghai Maglev – World’s Fastest Train

Shanghai Maglev - World's Fastest Train

This is the Shanghai Maglev (Magnetic Levitation) train, the world's fastest train, with a top operating speed of 431kph (268mph) – Enjoy the Ride! The train has actually exceeded 500kph in testing. It does the 19 mile journey to Pudong airport in 7 minutes!

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Attorney General Nominee: NSA Surveillance is “Constitutional and Effective”

Attorney General Nominee: NSA Surveillance is "Constitutional and Effective"

On Capitol Hill, attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch will return today for day two of her confirmation hearing. If confirmed, Lynch will become the first African-American woman to serve as attorney general. During Wednesday’s hearing, Lynch described the National Security Agency’s spying programs as "constitutional and effective" and defended the government’s surveillance operations.

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Russians Say They Fear Hunger, Unemployment and Nuclear War

Russians Say They Fear Hunger, Unemployment and Nuclear War

A recent state poll asking Russians about their fears has laid bare a telling change in attitudes: more than double the number of respondents said they feared a nuclear war compared to two years ago. Russia's deteriorating relations with the West and the economic turmoil that followed sanctions imposed on Moscow for its meddling in Ukraine have had a significant impact on Russians' view on the likelihood of nuclear war or going hungry, the poll published Thursday by state-run…

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When Chocolate Was Medicine

When Chocolate Was Medicine

Chocolate has not always been the common confectionary we experience today. When it first arrived from the Americas into Europe in the 17th century it was a rare and mysterious substance, thought more of as a drug than as a food — pleasant-tasting, with recommended dosages prescribed by pharmacists and physicians, and dangerous when self-administered.

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Marshawn Lynch Delivers Eloquent 45-Minute Address On Privacy In The Modern Age

Marshawn Lynch Delivers Eloquent 45-Minute Address On Privacy In The Modern Age

Explaining his position on the sociological issue during a Tuesday press conference at Super Bowl Media Day, Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch reportedly delivered an incredibly thoughtful and eloquent 45-minute address on the topic of privacy in the 21st century. “While increasingly exhaustive access to media has delivered many benefits to the American way of life, this same heightened scrutiny has simultaneously imposed progressively greater obstacles to our personal privacy…

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Researchers grow human lungs in lab for first time

Researchers grow human lungs in lab for first time

In a breakthrough that could one day revolutionize transplant medicine, researchers have successfully grown human lungs in a lab for the first time, Medical News Today reported. Using portions of lungs from two deceased children, researchers from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston created a scaffold-like structure by stripping one set of lungs down to just collagen and elastin – the main components in connective tissue.

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China says no room for ‘western values’ in university education

China says no room for 'western values' in university education

China’s education minister has vowed to ban university textbooks which promote “western values”, state media said, in the latest sign of ideological tightening under President Xi Jinping. “Never let textbooks promoting western values appear in our classes,” minister Yuan Guiren said, according to a report late Thursday by China’s official Xinhua news agency. “Remarks that slander the leadership of the Communist Party of China” and “smear socialism” must never appear in college…

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Legislation would raise smoking age in California from 18 to 21

Legislation would raise smoking age in California from 18 to 21

Alarmed by the prevalence of tobacco use among teenagers, state Sen. Ed Hernandez (D-West Covina) introduced legislation Thursday that would raise the legal minimum smoking age in California from 18 to 21. Hernandez, who is an optometrist, has support for the bill from health groups including the California Medical Assn., the American Cancer Society and the American Lung Assn., but the legislation is likely to face strong opposition from the tobacco industry.

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Afghan Taliban not a terrorist organisation

Afghan Taliban not a terrorist organisation

The US does not consider Afghan Taliban as a terrorist outfit, but conceded the tactics adopted by them similar to terrorism. "They (the Taliban) do carry out tactics that are akin to terrorism. They do pursue terror attacks in an effort to try to advance their agenda," the White House Press Secretary, Josh Earnest told reporters yesterday. The United States, he noted has designating the Taliban in such a way so as to put in place some financial sanctions against the leaders…

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