A massive new DNA sequencing project on the New York City subway has been completed and the results have just been published. And as many of us would have guessed, there’s a lot of bacteria on the subway, though most of it is harmless. More importantly, is what we don’t know about it. Continue reading… “Half the DNA on the NYC Subway is of no known organism”
Hyper-Speed Vertical Train Hub
The Hyper Speed Vertical Train Hub is a radical new concept by UK based Christopher Christophi and Lucas Mazarrasa. The concept is a subway train that can climb a skyscraper vertical station.
London’s subway will be supplying green energy to warm up more homes around the borough.
A new project announced by the Islington council will redirect the heat from a Northern Line of London’s subway to vent to homes across the city, giving homeowners a new way to get through the cold season. The project will deliver cheap heating to 500 homes around the area. It will not only be saving consumers money, but also the environment from 500 tons of CO2 emissions.
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Green heating system to utilize waste heat from underground subway station to heat apartments.
Doesn’t it feel horrendously warm while waiting for a metro at the underground subway station? Well, the builders of a new housing estate in Paris have come up with a pioneering idea to utilize this waste heat to generate energy for a low-income housing building located above the metro station. The high temperature in the metro station is a result of the 100 watts of energy expelled by each passenger and heat produced by the moving trains.
Leonid Mulyanchik single-handedly builds own subway system.
Everybody is into rail these days; it is the greenest way to get around next to a bike. Leonid Mulyanchik has been into it for years since before the Berlin Wall fell, since before the first Macintosh, building “his own private underground Metro railway system.” English-Russia says that he has been doing it with his pension, that it is all legal and approved and that he is still at it. Gizmodo calls it “inspiring, one man against all odds type of persistence, but more the obsessive, borderline insane persistence.” (Pics)
The Urban Mole
It’s 2020, and cities are so overcrowded that it’s impossible to deliver packages. UPS trucks have nowhere to double-park, and obnoxious bike messengers can’t even ride on pedestrian-jammed sidewalks. How, then, can important parcels reach their destinations in a squalid megalopolis of the future?
Here’s a time-lapsed video showing the Manhattan Bridge creaking and yawing under the weight of subway cars.
Wild dog waits on the platform
The clever canines board the Tube each morning. After a hard day scavenging and begging on the streets, they hop back on the train and return to the suburbs where they spend the night. (Pics)
A digital contents vending machine that allows users to easily download movies, TV dramas and music files onto their mobile phones and laptop computers has been developed, a state-run telecommunications laboratory said Wednesday.
Young London artists looking for cheap studio space in an expensive city are turning their eyes toward subway cars – though those eyes would be looking up, not down. That’s because these retired subway cars are actually on top of a warehouse-turned-art-gallery in Shoreditch, London, where they offer a sparse, multi-purpose space for artists who pay an oh-so-cheap $30 a month. Auro Foxcroft, the mind behind Village Underground, even got a sweet deal on the cars: £800 for four of them.
A significant improvement to Dubai’s growing traffic problems,
but opening in 2009 is doubtful
The Dubai Metro will be a driverless, fully automated metro network under construction in the United Arab Emirates city of Dubai. It is aimed to be one of the most advanced urban rail systems in the world and will be the catalyst for tourism, financial and economic growth. (Pics)