Japan’s Record-Breaking Maglev Train

Japan’s magnetic levitation (or maglev) train has broken the world speed record—again. The high-speed rail uses electrically charged magnets to hover the train over the tracks, reducing friction and allowing for increased speeds. Its most recent test run hit a record-breaking speed of 603km/h (374mph), surpassing its previous run of 590km/h. By 2027, Japan hopes to implement the lightning speeds of the maglev train in …

Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Illustrators honor Charlie Hebdo victims, California's bullet train, antibiotics pulled from dirt and more in our weekly look at the web

1. Cartoonists Honor Charlie Hebdo Victims Following the tragic attack on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo on Wednesday, illustrators all over the world came to the support of their peers with some doodles of their own. While some are new and some are reruns of older cartoons, all are relevant to the recent events. Demilked has rounded up 29 of these thoughtful, creative tributes. …

California Rail Breaks Ground

The California high-speed bullet train that would connect San Francisco and Los Angeles will finally break ground this week after years of delays. While the estimated $68 billion project is still shrouded in uncertainty, and many of the legal and financial pieces of the massive undertaking are still being assembled, the project will soon begin construction on its first 29 miles in order to meet …