While the Philippines ponders bewildered, perplexed, and stumped on how to run a light rail system whose origins date back to the beginning of the 20th century where early cities realized the contribution of mass transit to progress and development. In fact, Spain’s Department of Public Works for the Philippines started construction on a steam-powered tranvia way back in 1885. Oh how far we’ve gone… BACKWARDS!!! If you really want to know, the history of rail transport began in the 6th century BC in Ancient Greece. Oh how proud we Filipinos can be of our accomplishments. No really, what have we contributed to humanity? Reducing Manila population by the tens of thousands? Through government-initiated murder? By so-called Christians? </donvy>
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Now that we’ve added motors to the ubiquitous folding scooter, and Segway transporters dot the DisneyWorld landscape, Mechanical Engineering magazine features another next step in the evolution of human mobility: the jet board.
From Go2Mac: The new Sony PCG-SR9K/G notebook ships with a cool Bluetooth bar at the top of the display. More information from their web site, but it’s in Japanese though. • From Motor Cycle News: Micro-scooters may be the latest craze in Britain, but this Australian invention looks like much more fun. To ride this four-stroke, two-wheeled vehicle created by Queensland firm Wheelman, you place one foot on a board in the centre of each hubless wheel and stand over it. You control the speed of the 50cc engine with a hand-held throttle and use your bodyweight and front foot to steer.