Japanese Maglev train breaks its own rail world speed record – an annotated infographic

Japan’s state-of-the-art magnetic levitation (Maglev) train has broken its own world speed record, hitting 603km/h in a test run near Mount Fuji, beating a mark of 590km/h it set on April 16. E&T carried this monumental Maglev news earlier this week. Yeah, sometimes we’re a little bit slower than a Maglev train in getting around to pimping our content on the socials. Click on the graphic for an expanded view. Continue reading Japanese Maglev train breaks its own rail world speed record – an annotated infographic

New book blog: Hubble’s best shots in ‘Expanding Universe’

As the Hubble Space Telescope marks 25 years in service, Mark Williamson reports in the latest issue of E&T on how work on its successor, the James Webb Space Telescope, is progressing ahead of planned launch date in 2018. Mark has also reviewed a new book of photographs from Hubble – Expanding Universe – for http://www.satellite-evolution.com. Here’s an extract… Just when you thought you’d seen the last coffee-table book on the Hubble Space Telescope, along comes another one… and it happens to be the best yet. As a publisher, Taschen is famous for its provocative and off-the-wall books, but it’s … Continue reading New book blog: Hubble’s best shots in ‘Expanding Universe’

E&T news weekly #47 – we choose our favourite engineering and technology news stories from the week

Friday April 24 2015  Lorna Sharpe, sub-editor Japan’s maglev train breaks world speed record again Japan’s newest magnetically levitated train has just achieved a new top speed of 603km/h (375mph) in a test run. I’ve been following progress of the chuo shinkansen ever since I first heard of the project, so it’s satisfying to see that it’s progressing well. Trials like this don’t just generate good publicity; they also ensure that the trains will be running well within their capabilities at normal in-service operating speeds. ‘Ghost’ railway station uncovered in London Going from the future railway to the past, I’m … Continue reading E&T news weekly #47 – we choose our favourite engineering and technology news stories from the week