Business

Japan's 'Little Trains that Could' battle for survival

In the driver's seat of a two-carriage train, Katsunori Takemoto puts on his white gloves and checks the antiquated gauges before setting out alongside cabbage fields in Japan's rural Chiba.

Hi Tech & Innovation

UK hosts 'world's first' hub for drones, future flying taxis

A pop-up urban port for delivery drones—and one day, potentially flying taxis—launched Monday in Britain, lifting a box of prosecco for a brief celebratory test flight hailed as groundbreaking.

Electronics & Semiconductors

Making installed train windows permeable to mobile-phone signals

EPFL spin-off nu glass has successfully tested a portable system that makes the window panes on railcars permeable to mobile communications. This can bring significant environmental and cost benefits to railway companies ...

Engineering

Monitoring system designed to make railway operations much safer

Researchers from the Hefei Institutes of Physical Science (HFIPS) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences have developed a monitoring system to ensure communication and operation safety in railway sections by sending early warnings ...

Engineering

Saving railways from sand

In desert regions and sandy coastal areas, windblown sand can bury infrastructure such as railways, and cause problems such as train derailment, grinding down rails or wheels and wearing down coatings on the nose of high-speed ...

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