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Germany’s First Hydrogen-Powered Passenger Train Set To Run In 2017.

An environment-friendly passenger train is finally here!

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The earliest trains dating back to Ancient Greece were rope-hauled, gravity powered and pulled by horse. Steam trains, on the other hand, were introduced in early 1800s and dominated until the early 19th century.

As technology advanced, modern trains emerged providing passengers faster and more comfortable travels. Its thriving industry also paved the way for other industries such as tourism, trade and investment.

And now Germany is set to kickoff its biggest technological breakthrough in rail travel by the end of 2017.

Alstom recently unveiled what might be the world’s first hydrogen-powered passenger train.

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Source: Alstom

Coradia iLint is a CO2-emission-free passenger train that can speed up to 87 miles per hour and a hydrogen capacity for a 497-mile journey. Aptly called a silent train, it operates with a low level of noise and only emits steam and condensed water.

“Alstom is proud to launch a breakthrough innovation in the field of clean transportation,” Alstom chairman and CEO Henri Poupart-Lafarge said.

iLint is Germany’s alternative to the growing number of heavily polluting diesel-powered trains–4000 of which operates in the country alone.

It was announced at InnoTrans, the biggest annual trade show in Berlin earlier this year.

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Source: Alstom

According to the French transit company, the passenger train will begin its service by the end of 2017. It will run on the Buxtehude-Bremervörde-Bremerhaven-Cuxhaven line in Lower Saxony as reported by German newspaper, Die Welt.

“It shows our ability to work in close collaboration with our customers and develop a train in only two years.”

Countries like Netherlands, Denmark and Norway are showing interest about iLint too. Meanwhile, testing and approval by the German Federal Railway Authority Eisenbahn-Bundesamt are expected to be completed by the end of 2017.

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Source: Alstom

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The 117-year-old Emma Morano is the world’s oldest living person and she credits raw eggs as one of the secrets to her long life.

An Italian woman named Emma Moano currently has the honor of being called the world's oldest living person. Morano — who was born in Verbania, Italy in 1899 — marked her 117th birthday on November 29. That said, she is now also the last living person on Earth to be born in the 1800s.

Emma Morano was the eldest of 8 kids.

Emma Morano, born 1899, was the eldest of 8 kids.

Morano has been asked about what she thinks may have helped her live such a long life by news agencies from all over the world. Speaking Italian, she revealed to Agence France-Presse:

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A revered revolutionary, a despised communist, and certainly a polarizing figure all over the world, Fidel Castro lived a long and eventful life.

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Fidel Castro during his prime in 1988.

Fidel Castro during his prime in 1988.

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China’s Stunning Artificial Islands in West Philippine Sea, a Modern Engineering Marvel

Time to say “construction complete” for China?

In photos recently circulating online, we can all confirm that China has indeed made great structural progress on their man-made islands found at the South China Sea (West Philippine Sea).

This is, of course, despite the fact that Spratly Islands remains to be disputed among several countries and that the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) has given the Philippines an international legal victory many months ago – a tribunal ruling that has not been well-received by Beijing.

The new aerial photographs that surfaced on social media show us the advances China has made so far – and it’s really stunning.

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