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The World's 18 Strangest Airports

Wed, 17 Feb 2010 00:00:00 -0400

A survey of airports around the world turns up a mixed bag, ranging from dangerous and rugged landing strips to mega-size facilities that operate like small cities. Here, PM explores the world's most remarkable airports and why they stand out.

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Is Bigger Better? 'Monster' Trains vs Freight Trains

Tue, 16 Feb 2010 00:00:00 -0400

In January, Union Pacific tested a 3.5-mile long "monster" train, using extra locomotives to distribute power efficiently. Just what are monster trains, and how are they different from conventional long-haul freight trains?

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The Panama Canal Gets a New Lane (With Gallery!)

Mon, 01 Feb 2010 00:00:00 -0400

With supersized ships plying the oceans, the undersized Panama Canal risked becoming a backwater. A massive upgrade will provide the canal with a new third lane to handle the world's biggest ships, ensuring that it remains a global crossroads.

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The World's 18 Strangest Tunnels: Gallery

Tue, 26 Jan 2010 00:00:00 -0400

Tunnels, whether bored through imposing mountains or laid hundreds of feet under water, are inspiring feats of engineering. Here, PM presents a collection of the world's most interesting and impressive tunnels.

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Bike Commuter's Christmas: Gadget Gift Guide

Fri, 18 Dec 2009 00:00:00 -0400

Every commuter has a complaint-from sweat-inducing courier bags to bikes that take up too much room. This holiday season, remedy these complaints with these, the year's top gadgets, clothing and bike accessories for the commuter in your home.

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$8 Billion in High-Speed Rail Funds to Be Allocated Soon

Tue, 15 Dec 2009 00:00:00 -0400

Congress set aside $8 billion for high-speed rail as part of the $787 billion stimulus bill, but the money hasn't been spent yet-or even allocated. Today, U.S. transportation secretary Ray LaHood said that recipients of the funds will be announced in January.

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The World's 18 Strangest Roadways: Gallery

Wed, 02 Dec 2009 00:00:00 -0400

The most direct path between two points is a straight line, but roads are rarely straight. Engineers must calculate the most efficient routes over mountains, through cities and around water, all while accounting for the ecological and financial cost of such projects.

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Airbus A380 Completes First Commercial Europe-U.S. Flight

Mon, 23 Nov 2009 00:00:00 -0400

Air France on Friday became the first European airline to operate the double-decker Airbus A380 in commercial service, completing its inaugural transatlantic flight from Paris to New York.

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Oasis of the Seas Cruises Home to Ft. Lauderdale: Gallery

Tue, 10 Nov 2009 00:00:00 -0400

The 1,187-ft long Oasis of the Seas, the world's largest cruise ship, towers 213 feet above the water and carries four 7,500 horsepower bow thrusters. Here are pictures of the construction, test run and maiden voyage of the Oasis.

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The World's 18 Strangest Bridges: Gallery

Tue, 03 Nov 2009 00:00:00 -0400

Some bridges are engineered with nothing but utility in mind-for these, aesthetic design is secondary to safety and longevity. But advances in design software and construction materials have given bridge architects opportunities to focus on designs that impress, while keeping function in mind.

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Bay Bridge Closed After Repair Falls Apart

Wed, 28 Oct 2009 00:00:00 -0400

Three pieces of an emergency repair to the Bay Bridge made over Labor Day weekend snapped and crashed onto the upper deck of the span late Tuesday afternoon, striking three vehicles and forcing the indefinite closure of the region's busiest bridge.

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Bay Bridge Crack Repaired in a Weekend

Tue, 08 Sep 2009 00:00:00 -0400

Crews worked nonstop for nearly 70 hours to repair a crack in an eyebar on the eastern span of the San Francisco Bay Bridge.

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The World's 5 Fastest Trains You Can Ride RIght Now

Thu, 27 Aug 2009 00:00:00 -0400

The applications for rail stimulus are in and now the states that applied are waiting on the Federal Railroad Administration's picks for approved projects. We look at the world's five fastest trains-inspirations for the future of high speed in the U.S.

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12 Current and Future Fixes for Transportation Woes

Thu, 13 Aug 2009 00:00:00 -0400

Recently, the Texas Transportation Institute's Urban Mobility Report found that Americans waste a total of 4.16 billion hours stuck in traffic every year, the equivalent of one full work week per person. Here's a look at what they're working on now, for the future.

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In Tour de France Season, Cycling Innovations Abound

Mon, 06 Jul 2009 00:00:00 -0400

Professional bike race teams turn high-tech to mod their rides for the Tour de France, but they're not the only ones who benefit from the bike manufacturers' R&D, as new technologies become available for high-end consumer bicycles as well.

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