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
 
 


Shinkansen – One of the oldest high-speed railway

Shinkansen - N700 x 2 - At Kyoto Station, Japan

Shinkansen - N700 - Shin-Yokohama Station, Japan

Shinkansen - N700 - At Shin-Yokohama Station, Japan

Shinkansen - Okayama station, Japan

Shinkansen - JRC-TEC-N700 - Between Shin-Yokohama and Odawara Stations, Japan

JRW N700A - Series F4

N700A Series - Set Z1 - Approaching Shin-Yokohama Station, Japan

N700 Series - Arriving at Kyoto Station, Japan

Shinkansen – One of the oldest high-speed railway

  • Speed: 350 km/h
  • Location: Japan
  • Route: 2,900 km in length – around 14% of the islands rail network
  • Number of seats:
  • Commencement of exploitation: October 1, 1964

Shinkansen – It is one of the oldest high-speed trains in the world. They were built after World War II, when the Japanese railway infrastructure was in a deplorable condition. Therefore, in the 1950s, a project was created to build separate railway lines, on the basis of which the two largest Japanese cities – Tokyo and Osaka were connected. The route was opened to the public in 1964 for the Tokyo Summer Olympics. Due to this event, 66 tunnels and 96 bridges had to be built.

Safety comes first

The construction was a great success among people, already in the three years after it was put into operation, the Shinkansen carried 100 million travelers. It currently consists of eight lines. Which for safety reasons are separated from the other tracks. Together, they are 2,900 km long and account for around 14% of the islands rail network. The 15-meter front is an unusual feature of the train. Which is to minimize aerodynamic noise and eliminate vibrations when the train passes through tunnels.

Getting on and off the train is organized in an interesting way. Reserved passengers line up in lanes other than those for unbooked travelers.

ICE3 – These Intercity trains are among the fastest in Germany

ICE3 - VDE 8 Pemiere - Magdeburg, Germany

ICE3 x 3 - At Cologne main-station, Germany

ICE3 - To Frankfurt am Main, Germany

ICE3 - DB long-distance transport - Eschweiler, Germany

ICE3 - At Cologne main-station, Germany

Train DB to Frankfurt, Germany

VDE 8 Pemiere - Magdeburg, Germany

ICE-1539 - At Berlin Hauptbahnhof, Germany

ICE3 – These Intercity trains are among the fastest in Germany

  • Speed: 330 km/h
  • Location: Germany
  • Route: Mannheim – Frankfurt, Berlin – Munich
  • Number of seats:
  • Commencement of exploitation: June 2, 1991

ICE3 – Intercity trains, marked as ICE3, are one of the fastest trains that pass through Germany. The busiest route is between Mannheim and Frankfurt. But the highest speed is between Berlin and Munich. They can complete this route in less than four hours. The construction of a 107 km long section with numerous tunnels and bridges allowed for a significant acceleration. The project cost around ten billion euros.

International routes

Currently, there are 259 trains in use, which run not only in Germany. They also travel to neighboring countries, specifically Austria, Denmark, France, Belgium, Switzerland or the Netherlands. Trains do not have specially designated tracks, as is the case for example in Japanese Shinkansen, run on “normal” lines of the German railway infrastructure. Therefore, they only reach speeds of 300 km / h, but only in certain sections.

During operation, there was a fatal accident in Eschede in 1998. When the wheel rim broke while driving at 200 km / h. Out of 287 travelers, 99 people died and 88 were injured.

TGV – High-speed trains are the pride and symbol of France

TGV - The intersection of three networks

TGV - Front of 2nd locomotive

TGV - Brussel-Zuid - Brussels, Belgium

TGV - Fampoux, France

TGV - Train at Brussel-Zuid - Brussels, Belgium

Train at Brussel-Zuid station - Brussels, Belgium

Train Milan-Paris - On snow

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

TGV – High-speed trains are the pride and symbol of France

  • Speed: 300 km/h
  • Location: France
  • Route:
  • Number of seats: 989
  • Commencement of exploitation: September 5, 1981

TGV – High-speed trains are the pride and symbol of France. Their famous designation is an abbreviation of four French words: Train à Grande Vitesse, which literally means a high-speed train. They can be considered something like the Japanese system Shinkansen. Trains run on tracks with normal gauge of the rails. However, in order to achieve the necessary speed, high-speed lines are built with extremely large radii of bends. The first special line was launched in 1981 between Paris and Lyon. The then President Francois Mitterrand attended the opening ceremony.

New prototypes

From then until 2013, about 550 trains in various variants were produced. The first was powered by a gas turbine. However, due to the rise in oil prices during the 1973 oil crisis, the decision was made to electrify the train. Today’s aerodynamic shape is designed by car designer Jacques Cooper, who was inspired by sport Porsche cars. Passengers describe the TGV journey as a pleasant experience not only because of the speed but also because of the quiet running of the train. The interior is hermetically sealed, so even at higher speeds, no noise can reach it.

While the TGV runs at an average speed of around 300 km / h, its line-up reached a record speed in 2007 – an unbelievable 574.8 km / h.

THSR 700T – Taiwanese variant of Japanese Shinkansen

THSR 700T - Southbound train - Leaving Taichung-Station, Taiwan

THSR 700T - Southbound train - Taiwan

THSR 700T - Southbound train - Entering Taichung-Station, Taiwan

THSR 700T - Southbound train

THSR 700T - Southbound train - Passing in the evening

Southbound train passing

Taiwan High Speed 700T train - Taichung-Station, Taiwan

Southbound train passing - Taiwan

THSR 700T – Taiwanese variant of Japanese Shinkansen

  • Speed: 300 km/h
  • Location: Taiwan
  • Route: Taipei – Kaohsiung
  • Number of seats: 989
  • Commencement of exploitation: January 5, 2007

THSR 700T – It is a Taiwanese variant of Japanese Shinkansen. You can tell by the trains because they were produced by Japanese companies Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Nippon Sharyi and Hitachi. Although the train was launched in 2007, the train reached a record speed of 315 km / h during test runs in 2005. The train then began to run on a 345 km route between Taipei and Kaohsiung. The machine therefore cut travel time from four and a half hours to just 90 minutes.

Necessary improvement

Currently, the train consists of twelve carriages that can carry 989 passengers. The tunnels through which the train passes have been built to European specifications with a larger diameter than in Japan. There was an earthquake in 2010, in Kaohsiung, as a result of which the wheels of the train came off the track. Nobody was injured and the train, after an hour’s repair, reached the next station.

There is no restaurant or bar on the train. The wagons are equipped with vending machines where you can buy food.

European fire ant – Myrmica rubra – Worker has sting

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European fire ant – Myrmica rubra – Queen is not much bigger than worker

European fire ant – The worker bee typically reaches 4 to 5 mm and is equipped with a stinger. The queens are not much bigger and reach a maximum of 6 mm. Most often it lives in forests, meadows, fields or gardens. To live, it needs certain conditions with an appropriate degree of humidity, so they choose regions between lowlands and mountains.

It builds its nests under stones, in clumps of grass or by erecting smaller mounds on the ground. They also live in bark and tree hollows. The colonies are monogamous and polygamous. This species is quite widespread in almost all of Europe, Asia and Japan.

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.

Superfood – Products with high content healthy substances

Superfood - Dish with healthy substances

Chlorella - Unicellular algae

Superfood - Spirulina

Green Barley - Field in Thuringia

Superfood - Barley field - (22-05-2015)

Goji berries - (27-12-2008)

Superfood - Cranberry - Franklin Farm, section of Oak Hill, Fairfax County, Virginia, USA

Flax seed

Superfood - Chia seeds - Germany

Kefir - pouring into the glass

Superfood - Fermented dairy products - Buttermilk

Yoghurt in a steel vessel

Superfood - Oat Products - Oatmeal

Superfood - Red-Beetroot - before bolting

Superfood - Green tea Matcha - (06-07-2017)

Green tea Matcha - powder, leaf

Superfood – Products with high content of healthy substances

Superfood – Products with high content of healthy substances. The balanced diet, adequate physical activity, enough sleep and reduced stress all affect our health. For that reason, new foods are increasingly being sought. To support a healthy lifestyle. Nutritionists support this  kind of meal very often. These foods contain much more vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants and help the body to increase its immunity.

However, some critics say that there is no evidence that it have any “superpowers”. And even with food, a large amount does not mean a greater effect. Moreover, many of them are imported from abroad, which also entails some environmental burden. Additionally, you pay more for them.

Products list:

Green products:

Chlorella – Freshwater algae have been in the world for several billion years.

Spirulina – Blue-green cyanosis often confused with chlorella, this organism exists on Earth 3.5 billion years.

Green Barley – Cultivated as the world’s first sweet grass. Most often consumed in the form of a drink.

Dried fruits:

Goji berries – Main advantage of these fruits is the large amount of vitamin C and fiber.

Cranberry – It is especially valued for its high content of vitamins C, K and E.

Seeds:

Flax – The positive effects of eating were already known in ancient Babylon and Egypt.

Chia – Valued and liked by the ancient Aztecs and Mayans.

Others:

Fermented dairy products:

KefirEspecially important for the proper composition of the intestinal microflora.

Buttermilk – It protects the intestinal mucosa. From the formation and absorption of toxic substances.

Yogurt – It helps to strengthen the immune system and lower blood cholesterol.

Oat products:

Oat products – The pioneers in its cultivation were probably the Slavs.

Beetroots:

Beetroot – It is one of the healthiest and most versatile vegetables. It comes from the Mediterranean basin.

Matcha Green tea:

Matcha Green tea – The oldest Japanese tea that is also used in Buddhist ceremonies.

Matcha green tea – The oldest Japanese tea

Matcha green tea - Superfood

Matcha green tea - leaf tea and powder

Green tea Matcha - (22-04-2007)

Japanese tea - latte

Japanese cup of matcha during the tea ceremony - Hamarikyu-garden, Tokyo, Japan

Matcha green tea – The oldest Japanese tea

Green tea Matcha – Considered to be healthy and detoxifying. Matcha is the oldest Japanese tea. It is also used in Buddhist ceremonies. However, this special powdered green tea has other effects. It contains an amino acid called L-theanine, which is the most in matcha tea of all dishes, 100 times more than in other green teas. Thanks to the theophylline content, it stimulates our body, increases alertness and improves concentration.

Very commonly used for weight loss as it helps burn fat. Moreover, without negative side effects such as increased heart rate and high blood pressure. It also affects the activity of our brain, improving memory and concentration. It also contains other nutrients like potassium, vitamins A and C, iron, protein, and calcium. L-theanine supports the production of dopamine and serotonin hormones that improve mood.

Giant Wisteria – In California largest in the world

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Giant Wisteria – In California largest in the world

Giant Wisteria – In California largest of world. In the wild state occurs, among others in Japan and the USA. It resembles a tree, but it is actually a climbing plant of the bean family. One of the most famous specimens is found in Ashikaga Park in Japan. It is supported by special piles. It is 150 years old and is recognized as the oldest plant of this species in the whole country. Although it covers an area of nearly 2 thousand. m², it is still more than half the size of the largest in the world. Record holder is growing in Sierra Madre, California. It covers an area of nearly 4 thousand. m², which corresponds to more than half of the football field. Its weight is estimated at about 259 tons. It’s about the same as the weight of 5 trucks loaded to the brim.

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