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China undersea railway to Taiwan to span 135km

China undersea railway to Taiwan to span 135km

It may be 135 kilometers “only”, but it might as well be going all the way to the moon. That is how Zhu Hehua, Tongji University head of tunneling and underground structure, described China’s most ambitious and riskiest infrastructure plan to date: to build the world’s longest undersea rail tunnel to bridge mainland China with Taiwan. Because while technical and engineering problems can be solved one way or another, bridging the political and social divide is a harder task to accomplish.

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Segway Drift W1 e-Skates pre-order: this is how much it costs

Segway Drift W1 e-Skates pre-order: this is how much it costs

Segway is perhaps most famous for “personal transportation” products like the PT but it has also become infamous for breeding the ill-fated and poorly-named “hoverboards”. But while the Segway PT and its kin were designed for more serious uses, Segway has branched out to produce a more whimsical and fun way to get from A to B. That’s the Drift W1 electric roller skates and you can pre-order them now if you have the cash to spare.

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JFK airport adds 3D CT scanners to screen luggage for small bombs

JFK airport adds 3D CT scanners to screen luggage for small bombs

TSA at JFK airport is adding multiple Analogic 3D CT scanners to its repertoire, machines it says are better capable of detecting certain types of explosives. The scanners will be used to screen travelers' bags, addressing concerns surrounding the scanning abilities of older x-ray machines. This could have a major impact on queues, as TSA suggests passengers may not have to remove large electronic items thanks to the 3D scanners.

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Mission Workshop the Radian Review: The road-warrior’s travel pack

Mission Workshop the Radian Review: The road-warrior’s travel pack

There are plenty of issues with being a frequent traveler, but finding the right bag can be one of the most frustrating - and lead to one of the biggest addictions. Packing for multiple trips, especially back-to-back, can be a challenge, especially when they can vary due to climate, the type of event you'll be attending, and factoring in specific equipment. In short, deciding what to pack is just as important as figuring out what you're going to pack it all in.

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Virgin Galactic plans Italy spaceport for future space travelers

Virgin Galactic plans Italy spaceport for future space travelers

Richard Branson's space company Virgin Galactic has announced a new deal that with bring spaceflights to Italy, where the company plans to build a spaceport for future suborbital launches. The company is keeping its headquarters in New Mexico, where it has its Spaceport America facility. ENAC, Italy's aviation authority, has already chosen a location for the future flights.

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Airline seat size rule request dismissed again by FAA

Airline seat size rule request dismissed again by FAA

The FAA has refused to force airlines to offer more legroom, rejecting calls for legal minimums and dismissing concerns that cramped seating in cabins could present an evacuation risk. The Federal Aviation Administration had been forced to reconsider regulatory requirements for airplane seating, after a judge ruled in favor of a consumer group in a lawsuit last year.

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DISH Evolve integrates Netflix with hotel room TVs

DISH Evolve integrates Netflix with hotel room TVs

DISH is bringing Netflix into hotel rooms, helping travelers get the on-demand content they want without packing in their own Chromecast. The service is being added to DISH's Evolve system for hotels that it launched last year. According to the company, this makes DISH the nation's first major television service provider to offer a Netflix integration for hotels.

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Boring Company shoots Model X through a tunnel

Boring Company shoots Model X through a tunnel

The Boring Company’s future vision is hardly boring but, at least for now, its tunnels are. Bored under LA ground, its tunnels are meant to transport not just people but also vehicles at high speeds and, more importantly, without or with less traffic jams. Not convinced its possible? The Boring Company just uploaded a short clip of a test “run” using a Tesla Model X, bringing Elon Musk’s two companies closer together.

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Airbnb Japan cancellation crisis: What you need to know

Airbnb Japan cancellation crisis: What you need to know

It's possibly every traveler's worst nightmare: that perfect, affordable Airbnb you booked gets unexpectedly cancelled. Now it's the headache facing thousands of visitors to Japan, with Airbnb forced by the government to axe upcoming reservations over a new registration process.

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Virgin Galactic VSS Unity survives second supersonic flight

Virgin Galactic VSS Unity survives second supersonic flight

Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos aren't the only head honchos with their heads in the skies, so to speak. Virgin Group's somehwat eccentric Richard Branson is also eyeing the space travel trade. Today, his Virgin Galactic company took one step closer to that dream after the VSS Unity flew its second, rocket-powered supersonic flight. And, of course, the "spaceplane" and its pilots landed on a runway safely and in one piece, paving the way for supersonic travel in the near future.

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Smart luggage-maker Raden unexpectedly shuts down: Goodbye warranty

Smart luggage-maker Raden unexpectedly shuts down: Goodbye warranty

Another smart luggage company has closed its doors, with startup Raden blaming the change in battery policies for air travel for the decision to shut up shop. The news makes Raden the second bag-maker to cease operations this month, each citing the tougher rules applied by airlines last December.

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Budget airline Spirit will offer in-flight WiFi starting next summer

Budget airline Spirit will offer in-flight WiFi starting next summer

The US is home to several ultra-low cost airlines, one of them being Spirit Airlines. The carrier has announced that it will be the first budget airline to offer in-flight WiFi, though customers won't have access to it until next summer. Once available, travelers will have access to the network on all Spirit flights via tech partner Thales Group.

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