#Transport

Spirit of Innovation plane is the world’s fastest all-electric aircraft

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The Spirit of Innovation - an electric aircraft demonstrator developed by Rolls-Royce - has clinched the record for the world's fastest all-electric aircraft. The Derby-based firm has claimed that the craft hit a speed of 387.4 mph during a test run at Boscombe Down in Amesbury on...

River Tyne swing bridge won’t swing

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This week a £1m scheme to save the 1876 River Tyne swing bridge ended in failure. The machine room, showing one of Armstrong's original three-cylinder oscillating hydraulic motors First used for road traffic on 15 June 1876 and opened for river traffic on 17 July 1876 the bridge,...

SpaceX to build floating spaceports

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SpaceX is looking to build floating spaceports to use for both hypersonic Earth travel and missions to Moon and Mars. A job advert this week revealed the US private space company is looking to take onboard more staff at its Offshore Operations in Brownsville. The new hires...

Will Electric planes solve flying’s CO₂ problem?

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The UK government plans to ban the sale of new conventional petrol and diesel cars by 2040. Clearly the plan is for all citizens to be driving electric or hybrid-electric cars, or – better still – riding bicycles. But can electrification help cut emissions from that other carbon-intensive...

Infographic — What Are The 10 Longest Tunnels in the World?

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Often overlooked, tunnels are modern day engineering marvels. While today the longest and most impressive tunnels are concentrated in parts of Europe and Asia (due to their mountainous topographies) there might be a revolution in boring technology that could lead to tunnels of unprecedented lengths all over the...

Boring Company gets go ahead to start digging in Washington, DC

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The Boring Company - Elon Musk’s tunnel project - has received government approval to start building underground in Washington DC. Washington, DC’s Department of Transportation issued a preliminary permit that would allow the company to start digging in the northeast of the US capital. However, both the permit...