The Great Mobility Revolution – Planes, Trains and Automobiles

For most of human history, our mode of mobility was feet — our own feet, or those of some domesticated animal. Whenever we wanted to go somewhere, we walked or used horses. These quadrupeds remained the dominant mode of inter-city and intra-city transport for over two thousand years. Then in the mid-nineteenth century, the mode of inter-city transport changed over from horses to railways. Another half a century later the horse also disappeared from cities and towns as intra-city transport was taken over by automobiles. In the mid-twentieth century airplanes became the dominant mode of inter-city travel in North America, with railways continuing in addition to airplanes in Europe and Asia.

And that’s where we are today — stuck with trains, planes and automobiles for nearly a century. But not for long. Continue reading

This Week’s Top 5 Engineering Technology Articles

This week’s Top 5 engineering technology articles help to push today’s world further into a future that was previously only available in theoretical glimpses in the movies.

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This Week’s Top 5 Engineering Technology Articles

This week’s Top 5 engineering technology articles focus on a few new supercharged methods of transportation, improving one original method of transportation and prolonging the lives of those being transported.

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