Device harvests energy from train tracks

There are more than 140,000 miles of train track in the U.S., many of them laid across lonely stretches of land with nary a power line in sight. Thankfully, there’s a new gadget to harvest energy from vibrations generated in the track by passing trains to power signal lights and other track-side devices.

Read the full article at http://www.nbcnews.com/technology/futureoftech/device-harvests-energy-train-tracks-1C7333667.

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Public Hearings This Week Ask: What Rapid Transit is Right for Woodward?

Come to a public meeting to share your thoughts, concerns, and ideas!!

Monday, Dec. 3, 5pm-7pm at the Berkley Community Center
Tuesday, Dec. 4, 11am-1pm at SEMCOG in downtown Detroit
Tuesday, Dec. 4, 4pm-6pm at the Detroit Police Central District Station
Thursday, Dec. 6, 5pm-7pm at the Baldwin Public Library in Birmingham
Tuesday, Dec. 11, 4pm-6pm at the Detroit Palmer Park Police Station
Wednesday, Dec. 12, 6pm-8 pm at the Ferndale Library
Saturday, Dec. 15, 11am-1pm at Bowen Senior Citizens Center in Pontiac

See http://www.woodwardanalysis.com/get_involved_stay_informed/public_meetings.aspx for more information.

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Metro rail row evokes mixed response

Author: Greeshma Gopal Giri

Amid controversies over Delhi Metro Rail Corporation’s (DMRC) role in implementing the Kochi metro project, city residents want the state government to execute the project without further delays. Many would like DMRC and E Sreedharan to finish the work they have begun, while some expressed their dissatisfaction over the shoddy state of affairs. TOI caught up with a few prominent personalities in Kochi for their opinion on the issue.

While district collector and Kochi Metro Rail Limited (KMRL) director board member P I Sheik Pareeth supported DMRC’s role saying that the agency can complete the project in a time bound manner, the chairman of Greater Cochin Development Authority (GCDA) N Venugopal urged the government to take the global tender route to ensure transparency.

Elaborating his views, the collector said: “If Delhi Metro Rail Corporation is executing the Kochi Metro project and E Sreedharan is there to oversee the work, then we will be able to complete the metro project in three years. If not, I don’t have an answer.”

Read the full article at http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2012-10-22/kochi/34652451_1_kochi-metro-project-e-sreedharan-global-tender.

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Moving Platforms

Moving Platforms from Priestmangoode on Vimeo.

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Life at the speed of rail – call for design ideas

How will high-speed rail change American life in the coming decades?

At this critical moment for American infrastructure, Van Alen Institute calls on the international design community to envision the cultural, environmental and economic impact of a new rail network.

For more information: http://www.vanalen.org/lasr/callfordesignideas

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Mad Men Make Online Pitch for High Speed Rail

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