Fastest trains – Offers the highest speed

Fastest trains - Maglev - Coming out - Pudong International Airport - Shanghai, China

Fastest trains - Fuxing Hao - CR400AF-2016 - Departs from Shanghai Station - Shanghai, China

Fastest trains - Frecciarossa 1000 - Rome Termini-Milan, Italy

Fastest trains - AVE-Class 103 - Vinaixa, Catalonia, Spain

Fastest trains - 3 x ICE3 - At Cologne main-station, Germany

Fastest trains - Eurostar-E320 - 4013-4014 - At Arnhem Centraal-station, Netherlands

Fastest trains - TGV - Train set 4525 as TGV 9826 - Near Marseille, France

Fastest trains - THSR 700T - Southbound train

Fastest trains – Offers the highest speed

Traveling by high-speed rail can be an interesting experience. Its speed is breathtaking and reaches hundreds of kilometers per hour. Super trains that can be used to travel around the world. Is there a new era of technologies, that can definitely impact the quality of transport?

The fastest rail connections:

 
Fastest trains - Maglev - Train panoramaFastest trains - Shanghai Transrapid trainShanghai Maglev Train LineThe Shanghai Transrapid maglev train - Shanghai, ChinaMaglev – In approx 8 min. covers a distance 30 km
 
 


Fastest trains - Fuxing Hao - CR400AF-2016 - Departs from Shanghai Station - Shanghai, ChinaFastest trains - Fuxing Hao - CR400AF-2053 - In Jinhua, ChinaCR400AF-A-2110 as G1731 - Enters into Hangzhoudong Station, ChinaG1305 - Approaches to Dongxiao Signal Base, ChinaFuxing Hao – The Chinese railway also ranks second
 
 


Fastest trains - Frecciarossa 1000 - ETR400-49 - Santa Lucia station - Venice, ItalyFastest trains - Frecciarossa - 1000 - ItalyFrecciarossa - Tiburtina station - Rome, ItalyFrecciarossa - ETR-400 - Tiburtina train station - Rome, ItalyFrecciarossa – Experts describe most beautiful in world
 
 


Fastest trains - Shinkansen - Okayama station, JapanFastest trains - N700A Series - Set Z1 - Approaching Shin-Yokohama Station, JapanShinkansen - JRC-TEC-N700 - Between Shin-Yokohama and Odawara Stations, JapanShinkansen - JRW N700A - Series F4Shinkansen – One of the oldest high-speed railway
 
 


Fastest trains - AVE-Class 103 - Vinaixa, Catalonia, SpainFastest trains - AVE Class 103 - Figueres-Vilafant, SpainTrain Madrid-Barcelona Siemens - Station Saragossa-Delicias, SpainFast Train Spain - Siemens - Bridge Macanet-MassanesAVE Class 103 – Drive along the entire length of train
 
 


Fastest trains - ICE3 - DB long-distance transport - Eschweiler, GermanyFastest trains - Train DB to Frankfurt, GermanyICE3 - At Cologne main-station, GermanyICE-1539 - At Berlin Hauptbahnhof, GermanyICE3 – These Intercity trains are among the fastest in     Germany
 


Fastest trains - Eurostar e320 - (15-10-2015)Fastest trains - Eurostar e320 - In Paris-Nord station - Paris, FranceTrain service coming from London - At Amsterdam Centraal-station, NetherlandsTrain service - At Amsterdam Centraal-station, NetherlandsEurostar E320 – Glides along the tracks of Eurotunnel
 
 


Fastest trains - TGV - The intersection of three networksFastest trains - TGV - Brussel-Zuid - Brussels, BelgiumTGV - Train at Brussel-Zuid - Brussels, BelgiumTGV - Fampoux, FranceTGV – High-speed trains are the pride and symbol of     France
 


Fastest trains - THSR 700T - Southbound train - TaiwanFastest trains - THSR 700T - Southbound trainTHSR 700T - Southbound train - Passing in the eveningTaiwan High Speed 700T train - Taichung-Station, TaiwanTHSR 700T – Taiwanese variant of Japanese     Shinkansen
 


Fastest trains - ED250 Pendolino - At Warsaw  Central Train station, PolandFastest trains - ED250 Pendolino - PKP Intercity - Krakow, PolandPKP Intercity on the railway line No. 8 near Slomniki, PolandExpress Intercity Premium - At the 2nd platform - Wroclaw Glowny station, PolandED250 Pendolino – High-speed railway in Poland
 
 


Maglev – In approx 8 min. covers a distance 30 km

Maglev - Train at - Pudong International Airport - Shanghai, China

Maglev - Train panorama

Maglev - Train at Longyang Road Station - Shanghai, China

Maglev - Coming out - Pudong International Airport - Shanghai, China

Maglev - Train at station - Pudong International Airport - Shanghai, China

Shanghai Transrapid train

Shanghai Maglev Train Line

The Shanghai Transrapid maglev train - Shanghai, China

Maglev – In approx 8 min. covers a distance 30 km

  • Speed: 431 km/h
  • Location: China (Shanghai)
  • Route: Pudong International Airport Shanghai – Shanghai center
  • Number of seats: 574
  • Commencement of exploitation: December 31, 2002

Maglev – This high-speed rail is not a traditional rail link. It is the route that connects the Shanghai Pudong International Airport with the center of Shanghai. The train covers a distance of 30 kilometers in about 8 minutes. It is 153 meters long and can carry 574 passengers. What distinguishes it from the others is the fact that it does not run on tracks, but rises above the “track” due to the action of a repulsive magnetic field. Superconducting electromagnets are built into not only the train but also the track itself. The German company Siemens participated in its production.

The main problem with this new mode of transport is cost. Because for safety reasons, the tracks must be routed over bridges or in tunnels. On the other hand, their speed is not limited by anything. That is why, in 2015, the test track managed to break the record when the train reached an incredible speed of 603 km / h. In practice, the speed is limited by energy consumption and aerodynamic drag. The advantage of magnetic cushions is also that while driving, no harmful exhaust gases or noise caused by the operation of the engine or wheels are produced. Moreover, energy consumption is lower than that of airplanes or cars.

The abbreviated name “maglev” began to be used in the 1960s by physicist Howard T. Coffey. In English, the word is not only used for technology transport systems, but also to describe the physical phenomenon – magnetic levitation.

Fuxing Hao – The Chinese railway also ranks second

Fuxing Hao - CR400AF-2011 - At Shanghai Station - Shanghai, China

Fuxing Hao - CR400AF-2016 - Departs from Shanghai Station - Shanghai, China

Fuxing Hao - CR400AF-2053 - At Dongxiao Signal Base, China

Fuxing Hao - CR400AF-2053 - In Jinhua, China

Fuxing Hao - CR400AF-2157 - At Yichangdong Station, China

CR400AF-A-2110 as G1731 - Enters into Hangzhoudong Station, China

CR400AF-A as G1305 - Enters into Jinhua Station, China

G1305 - Approaches to Dongxiao Signal Base, China

Fuxing Hao – The Chinese railway also ranks second

  • Speed: 400 km/h
  • Location: China
  • Route: Beijing – Shanghai
  • Number of seats: 1280
  • Commencement of exploitation: August 15, 2016

Fuxing Hao – Chinese rail transport, the Fuxing Hao model, also ranks second. A high-speed train that connects important Chinese cities such as Beijing and Shanghai. The constructor and sole carrier are the state railways China Railway Bejiing Group. Multiple units are constantly being improved and modified. Therefore, in 2019, the train was expanded from eight carriages to 17. At present, they can carry over 1,280 passengers.

Improved technology

During construction, Chinese engineers created new ones technologies, which increase sound insulation and reduce vibrations. Although the train can reach a speed of 400 km / h, it was lowered to 350 km / h due to the speed limit. The aerodynamic body is made of an aluminum alloy. The train is even adapted to difficult conditions and temperatures. Which in some regions of China reach minus 40 degrees Celsius in winter.

The train is equipped with 2,500 sensors that help to steer the train automatically. Including window control, air conditioning or lighting.

Sokol – Only for Intra-vehicular activity

Space suit - Expedition 49 - Crew members of Soyuz TMA spacecraftSpace suit - Expedition 63Expedition 50 - After landing of Soyuz MS-02 - KazakhstanExpedition 63 - Official crew portrait - Cassidy, Ivanishin, Vagner

Sokol – Only for Intra-vehicular activity

 

  • In use over the years: 1973 – to present.
  • Space ships: Soyuz, Shenzhou.
  • Mass: 10 kg.

 
Sokol – In 1973, soft survival suits were produced that are only intended for in-vehicle (IVA) activity. The currently used version of the KW-2 was introduced in 1980 for the Soyuz T-2 flight. It is the most modern model of the Falcon suit and currently the only one used not only by the Russians (the Chinese National Space Administration purchased many suits of this type from Roscosmos for the Shenzhou program. One of the Chinese manned Falcon missions was the flight Shenzhou 5). These suits are used by space agencies of various countries to this day.

Orlan – For ships Soyuz & stations Salyut, Mir & ISS

Space suit - Expedition-26 - Russian cosmonaut Dmitry Kondratyev wearing Orlan-MKSpace suit - Russian cosmonaut - Gennady Padalka and OrlanISS-22 - Russian cosmonaut - Maxim Suraew and 2 Orlan-MKISS-22 - Russian cosmonaut - Oleg Kotov and 2 Orlan

Orlan – For ships Soyuz and stations Salyut, Mir and ISS

 

  • In use over the years: 1972 – to present.
  • Space ships: Soyuz, used on stations Salyut, Mir and ISS.
  • Mass: 59 kg to 120 kg.

 
Orlan – The stiff torso and flexible sleeves of the suit made it easy to put on. The first solution is the ability to work as a cosmonaut in the open space (EVA). There was a combination of the suit with the so-called ship. umbilical cord. The modern ones are autonomous. In 1984, cosmonaut Svetlana Savitskaya (born 1948) was the first woman to go out into the open space.

Later, other Orlans modifications were made, which were also used at the Mir station. Even until the end of their shelf life. Since 2017, the newest Orlan MKS model has been used at the ISS station. As a copy of the Orlans, suits for Chinese cosmonauts were also created.

Thermonuclear energy – Obtained by fusion

Thermonuclear energy - JET - Aerial view

Thermonuclear energy - JET - Telemanipulator

Thermonuclear energy - JET - Interior view

Thermonuclear energy - JET - Vessel internal view - Plasma blend

Thermonuclear energy - ITER - Aerial view

ITER - Tokamak complex

ITER - Aerial view - (26-03-2018)

ITER - Tokamak and Plant Systems

Thermonuclear energy – Obtained by fusion

Thermonuclear energy – Obtained by fusion – combining the nuclei of light elements. Under earthly conditions, it is possible to use isotopes, i.e. heavier forms of hydrogen: deuterium and tritium. The former has a proton and a neutron in its nucleus, and it is quite common in water. The second one, made of a proton and two neutrons, does not occur naturally. But it can be easily obtained from another light element – lithium.

JET (Joint European Torus)

Tritium is used in experiments at JET (Joint European Torus). Which is near Oxford, UK. It is a tokamak reactor – a bagel-shaped chamber in which the hot gas, i.e. plasma, will be trapped by the magnetic field. It must reach enormous temperatures, on the order of 100 million degrees Celsius, for the thermonuclear reactions to begin. – We have come to the point where we can try out in practice what we have been preparing for years. – explains Dr. Joelle Mailloux, co-leader of the JET science team.

This is the first major experiment with tritium since 1997. Because the use of this isotope as a fuel, along with deuterium, increases the level of radiation in the reactor. All the equipment had to be adapted to the new working conditions. It took two years. – Once the research begins, the inside of the reactor will be too dangerous for humans to enter. Everything must work or be repairable remotely, as on an unmanned spacecraft – says Prof. Ian Chapman, head of JET.

If successful in the UK trials, they will open the way to efficient and relatively clean energy production. One gram of hydrogen “burned” in a fusion reactor can yield as much as 8 tons of crude oil or 11 tons of coal. A few hundred kilograms of deuterium and tritium per year would be enough to meet the energy needs of the whole world. Relatively little radioactive waste is also expected to be generated in fusion reactors.

ITER (International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor)

The results of the JET experiments will be used in the development of ITER (International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor). This is a huge reactor under construction in Cadarache, France. Funded by the European Union, China, India, Japan, South Korea, Russia and the USA at a cost of $ 22 billion. The first launch of ITER is scheduled for 2025, 10 years later the reactor is to run on a mixture of deuterium and tritium. If all goes to plan, it will be the first plant to get more energy from fusion than was needed to initiate it.

Ceylon cinnamon tree – Cinnamomum verum

Ceylon cinnamon tree - Ezhupunna, India

Ceylon cinnamon tree - Cinnamomum verum

Ceylon cinnamon tree - Cinnamon

Ceylon cinnamon tree - Boltz Conservatory Madison, Wisconsin

Ceylon cinnamon tree - Cinnamomum verum - Young leaves

Cinnamomum verum - Sacred grove in India

Cinnamon - spice - (13-10-2017)

Cinnamon quill maker - Seychelles

Ceylon cinnamon tree – Cinnamomum verum

Ceylon cinnamon tree – Is an extremely valued spice obtained from the dried bark of the cinnamon tree. This is one of the oldest spices known in China as early as 3000 BC. Today we usually associate cinnamon with the scent of the Christmas season.

It is most often added to sweet products, including cakes and cookies, mulled beer and wine, various sauces and desserts. Before the spice reaches our homes, the cinnamon bark is crushed into small pieces. Then it is roasted in a pan without fat and only finely ground. Of course, you can buy whole cinnamon sticks.

Statue of Unity – Tallest monument in the world

Statue of Unity - Gujarat, India - (07-07-2018)

Statue of Unity - Sadhu, Gujarat, India - (07-07-2018)

Statue of Unity - Biggest foot thumb in the world

Statue of Unity - Seen across the lawns

Statue of Unity - Gujarat, India

View from the other bank of Narmada, Gujarat, India

Monument of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel - Gujarat, India

Monument - Under construction - Sadhu, Gujarat, India - (22-08-2016)

Statue of Unity – Tallest monument in the world

Statue of Unity – 182 meters high, it stands on Sadhu Island in the state of Gujarat, India. The monument, unveiled in 2018, erected in honor of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel (1875-1950). Deputy Prime Minister of India, one of the leaders of the Indian national movement and supporter of Mahatma Gandhi.

Construction work began in 2013 – 250 engineers and nearly 3,500 workers involved in it. During the five years of creating the structure, 70 thousand. tons of cement, 18.5 thousand. tons of steel reinforcing bars, 6 thousand. tons of structural steel and 1.7 thousand. bronze tone. In total, the investment cost $ 437 million. More than half of this amount covered by the Government of Gujarat, and the rest funded by federal funds and private sponsors.

The height of the monument is not accidental – 182 is the number of seats in the Gujarat legislative assembly. The state he came from and in which Patel was active. The statue of the Deputy Prime Minister of India is 54 meters higher than the previous record holder. That is, from the Great Buddha of Lushan, built in the Chinese province of Henan. Together with the 58-meter plinth, Patel’s image rises to a height of 240 meters.

Monument in honor of the Deputy Prime Minister of India is designed to withstand storms blowing up to 180 km per hour. And seismic tremors with a strength of 6.5 on the Richter scale.

Goji berries – These fruits are very low in calories

Goji berries - (27-12-2008)

Hulled hemp seeds and Goji - (19-12-2015)

Goji berries - Dried wolfberry

Goji berries - Lycium-barbarum

Lycium-barbarum - (06-06-2017)

Goji berries - Lycium barbarum

Lycium_barbarum - (27-10-2017)

Wolfberries - Zhongning-County-Ningxia-China

Goji berries – These fruits are very low in calories

Goji berries – These fruits are very low in calories. Their main advantage is the large amount of vitamin C and fiber. Goji or wolfberry fruits come from China. Where they have been used for many years because of their healing effects. They have a bright red color and a pointed shape, resembling larger raisins. They taste like something between cranberry, cherry and wild rose. These berries are a very valuable source of nutrients, contain a lot of amino acids, dozens of minerals and vitamins. Thanks to these substances, wolfberries have a significant antioxidant effect.

Wolfberries are a natural source of iron and vitamin A. They acquire a red color due to their high beta-carotene content. These foods have a beneficial effect on the liver and lower blood sugar levels as well. It has also been shown to increase sexual appetite. Also used in the production of natural cosmetics.

Hashima – Kyushu, Japan – Island is hell

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Hashima – Kyushu, Japan – Island is hell

Hashima – Kyushu, Japan – Five kilometers from the coast of Japan in the Kyushu region. An island emerges from the water that resembles, a rather powerful ship. No wonder Hashima is called Battleship by local residents. Or Ghost Island – because hundreds of people were killed cruelly. From the end of the 19th century, there were Mitsubishi concern mines. In which underwater coal seams were exploited.

During World War II:

Chinese and Korean forced laborers came to this Japanese island. As a result of inhuman living conditions and over-work. Almost 1,300 prisoners died here.
Later, workers came voluntarily, and the island itself expanded.
Reaching a length of 480 meters and a width of 160 meters. At its peak, this allowed over five thousand people to live there. With the cessation of mining in 1974, the inhabitants hurriedly left the island.

Despite the ideas of transforming island into a tourist attraction. Severe weather conditions and high costs of reconstruction, mean that only gloomy ruins threaten there – and the secrets hidden in them…

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