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There are several major points that the All Aboard Florida (AAF) folks don't want to hear about. 

#1 Every successful high-speed passenger rail system in the world does not have grade crossings. 

#2 Every successful high-speed passenger rail system in the world does not share right-of-way with freight. 

#3 Existing passenger rail service between Miami and Orlando is running at well under 30% occupancy. 

#4 The combination of planned pricing, TSA inspections at the new stations, and auto/bus travel time at each end, will ensure private auto is the cheapest and fastest way between points. If someone needs it faster, there are several cheap airflights, daily.

#5 When the pie-in-the-sky projected passenger revenues fail to even cover the interest on the federal loan, the taxpayers, as usual, will be asked to bail out the railroad. There is not one passenger rail service in the United States that is showing a profit without taxpayer subsudies. 

#6 The upper-management people and politicians supporting AAF are not fools. AAF is not about passengers. It is about getting a taxpayer loan to upgrade the right-of-ways to handle increased freight. It is nothing more than a bait-and-switch scheme. 

If you want more information on the REAL costs of this scheme, I direct you to a post by a Palm Beach Post Staff Writer, Frank Cerabino.

https://www.facebook.com/floridanotallaboard/posts/252957544905910

Something else to consider... The first time a vehicle stalls at a crossing or some suicidal fool parks on the tracks and we have a 100mph collision, there will be so many deaths and injuries that most folks will not get near a passenger station. Voters will clamor for reduced speeds and this will serve to give high speed rail another black eye. 

I would love to see a REAL high speed passenger service in Florida. But it would have to be built from scratch as an elevated system with zero grade crossings and capable of withstanding the stresses associated with 150mph+ trains. Unfortunately, this would cost a lot of money and none of the US railroads are interested in new technologies. The opinion has always been that freight makes money and passengers are problems. 
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+SFRTA Correct. Only 8 run on the corridor right now.
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NASA’s Warp Drive Project: “Speeds” That Could Take a Spacecraft to Alpha Centauri in Two Weeks Even Though the System is 4.3 Light-Years Away, Video http://b4in.org/c4Hg

A  few months ago, physicist Harold White stunned the aeronautics world when he announced that he and his team at NASA had begun work on the development of a faster-than-light warp drive.

His proposed design, an ingenious re-imagining of an Alcubierre Drive, may eventually result in an engine that can transport a spacecraft to the nearest star in a matter of weeks — and all without violating 
 
 The idea came to White while he was considering a rather remarkable equation formulated by physicist Miguel Alcubierre. In his 1994 paper titled, “The Warp Drive: Hyper-Fast Travel Within General Relativity,”
 
Alcubierre suggested a mechanism by which space-time could be “warped” both in front of and behind a spacecraft.
 
Michio Kaku dubbed Alcubierre’s notion a “passport to the universe.” It takes advantage of a quirk in the cosmological code that allows for the expansion and contraction of space-time, and could allow for hyper-fast travel between interstellar destinations.

Essentially, the empty space behind a starship would be made to expand rapidly, pushing the craft in a forward direction — passengers would perceive it as movement despite the complete lack of acceleration.
 
White speculates that such a drive could result in “speeds” that could take a spacecraft to Alpha Centauri in a mere two weeks — even though the system is 4.3 light-years away.
 
In terms of the engine’s mechanics, a spheroid object would be placed between two regions of space-time (one expanding and one contracting).
 
A “warp bubble” would then be generated that moves space-time around the object, effectively repositioning it — the end result being faster-than-light travel without the spheroid (or spacecraft) having to move with respect to its local frame of reference.
 
“Remember, nothing locally exceeds the speed of light, but space can expand and contract at any speed,

More with video  and further illustrations  http://b4in.org/c4Hg
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Well said!
 
If someone says that you have to respect their opinion, their faith, their ideology, or any other idea, it's usually because they have no genuine logic or reason to back it up and are instead trying to fool you into thinking it's wrong to criticize. It's not. In fact, it's essential to healthy thinking. Don't fall for the compulsory respect of ideas!

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Here is an interesting project. Not sure how it will pan out with the establishment that makes money from keeping things too complicated for mere mortals.
http://news.slashdot.org/story/13/07/25/1814255/attorney-jim-hazard-is-working-to-open-source-law
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Watch this short video and learn something amazing. Thanks to my friend, Dennis for sharing this one.
http://youtu.be/xe-f4gokRBs
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The aquarium drawing is interesting but the real show is the comments.
 

              Dubai Aquarium. One of the largest tanks in the world!

Dubai Aquarium, one of the of the largest tanks in the world at 51m x 20m x 11m and featuring the world’s largest viewing panel at 32.8m wide and 8.3m high. Over time, Dubai Aquarium will have more than 33,000 living animals, representing more than 85 species including over 400 sharks and rays combined. Dubai Aquarium’s 270-degree glass walk-through tunnel makes for incredible close-encounter experiences.
YouTube : World largest Aquarium in Dubai
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This is a great graphic showing the relative power needed to get to any of the major bodies in our solar system. 
 
Delta-V map of the Solar System in m/s

dat low Jupiter orbit...
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When Lily Born noticed her grandfather, who suffers from Parkinson's, was spilling his drinks, she decided to design him a better cup. The young...
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I'd love to see this up close, some day.
 
What is 'Alcantara' ? Or Al-Kantara-as-Saif ?
Okay. I went to the  Spanish town of Alcantara today to get something from the pharmacy, and of course I had to cross that damn bridge over  the Tejo... the bridge is almost 2000 years old and proves the jest that all bridges in Spain were built by either the Romans or the EU ;)

So, the Romans built this bridge - the Goths later took over the Roman province, only to be  conquered by those Evil Arab Moors - who named the place 'The Sword Bridge'... there's a legend that a golden sword is hidden within the building. The Christian took it in the 13th century and massacred most of the Moors - 'Matamoros' is a Spanish family names as 'Alcantara' or 'de Alcantara' might be. Btw there are quite a few other places in Spain with the name 'Alcantara', usually near rivers.
It hurts to see trucks and other traffic go over this bridge - but then, the Romans built for eternity... the brutes hadn't yet mastered the finer points of built-in decay we 'modern'  know-it-all cats practice so very well !

The plaques set into the bridge say, "Dedicated to the Emperor Nerva Traianus, Caesar Augustus, Germanicus, Dacicus... to the curiosity of voyagers who like to learn new things, and maybe ask themselves who built this and for what reason - this bridge, destined to last forever through the centuries of the world, was built by Caius Iulius Lacer, famous for his divine art." And so it remains.  It's almost 200 meters across, 71 meters high, and solid as a rock.

As the family name of the guy was Iulius, the architect was a remote relative of that other Caius Iulius, who gave the 'Caesars" their name.

#alcantara #lacer #bridgephotography
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I'm looking forward to this class. Should be a lot of fun.
 
New online course "Learning Creative Learning" from the MIT Media Lab, starts on Feb 11. More info here: http://learn.media.mit.edu/

And there's a g+ community.
Learning Creative Learning
This is where we will be posting general updates and news for the course. Stay tuned!
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This will show up in commercial quantities very soon.
 
New nanotube fibers have unmatched combination of strength, conductivity, flexibility
[...]Scientists from Rice, the Dutch firm Teijin Aramid, the U.S. Air Force and Israel's Technion Institute this week unveiled a new carbon nanotube (CNT) fiber that looks and acts like textile thread and conducts electricity and heat like a metal wire. In this week's issue of Science, the researchers describe an industrially scalable process for making the threadlike fibers, which outperform commercially available high-performance materials in a number of ways.[...]

Full article: http://goo.gl/2quA4

#science   #technology   #nanotechnology   #nanomaterials   #carbonnanotubes  
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