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Big ideas like this one start conversations and new thinking that bring by great innovations. I love this concept by Priestmangoode:

The Moving Platforms concept was designed to address the infrastructure shortcomings that inhibit the optimum functioning of high-speed rail. Local trams connect to a network of nonstop high-speed trains. When a moving tram docks with a moving train, passengers can embark and disembark, transferring passengers to and from their local destinations without forcing the high-speed training to slow. The tram, in effect, acts as a moving station.

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Smart-dust: Hitachi Develops World’s Smallest RFID Chip

“Nicknamed "Powder” or “Dust”, the surface area of the new chips is a quarter of the original 0.3 x 0.3 mm, 60µm-thick chip developed by Hitachi in 2003. This RFID chip is only one-eighth the width of the previous model. Hitachi expects this tiny size will open the way to new applications for wireless RFID chips. The RFID “powder” can be incorporated into thin paper, such as currency, creating so-called “bugged” money. The RFID Locator can identify special RFID tags from a distance of up to 183 meters (600 feet), and the RFID chips have GPS capabilities. “By taking advantage of the merits of compactness, high authenticity and wireless communication, and combining it with Internet technology, the µ-Chip may be utilized in a broad range of applications such as security, transportation, amusement, traceability and logistics.”

When will this corrupt government start requiring every person to have one of these implanted?

The Vietnamese in World War I

During World War I people from all over the world were brought from their respective countries to fight.  One of the least mentioned groups were the Vietnamese, Vietnam being a French colony at the time called Indochina.  Around 100,000 would serve in France and Greece. Most, around 50,000, were laborers.  Around 25,000 would serve in transport or logistics battalions, while 9,000 served in medical units.  5,000 were soldiers in frontline combat battalions. 30,000 Vietnamese were killed during the war.

The USS Sulaco is a Conestoga class starship, designed as a troop and logistics transport.

Sulaco masses 78,000 metric tons and can carry an additional 20,000 tons of cargo. It measures 385 meters in length. As a troop carrier, Sulaco carries two UD4L Cheyenne dropships and has sufficient life support capabilities for 90 crew and passengers to be supported indefinitely. The ship is fully automated and can sustain and defend itself with the use of an advanced Artificial Intelligence computer. An android accompanies most missions to monitor the computer and life support systems.

It is powered by a Westingland A-59 3.6 terawatt fusion reactor using high density lithium hydride for fuel. The high density of the lithium hydride provides the ship with one whole year of power with only 900 cubic meters of fuel. The reactor itself is protected by armor and in an emergency, the reactor can vent pressure and eject dangerous liquids safely into space, preventing damage of the ship itself. It has a regular acceleration of 0.5g [5 m/s²] and can go a maximum acceleration of one g, but will burn 16 times as much fuel if it operates at this speed. Sublight propulsion is provided by four GF-2400 rocket motors using industrial carbon-diamond as reaction mass. Faster-than-light propulsion is provided by a hyperdrive tachyon shunt, with a maximum speed of 0.74 light year per sidereal day. The ship is designed to operate in space only - if it enters an atmosphere with any type of gravity, it will not be able to sustain any acceleration and crash.

Norfolk Southern operates a safe, reliable, and efficient transportation network. No matter the commodity, NS has the people, equipment, and infrastructure to get your shipment to its destination. Learn more about NS shipping options: http://bit.ly/1WVtjjd

Pictured: Norfolk Southern No. 4000 leads the Erie heritage engine along with train 65T westbound over Lake Decatur, Illinois. The train is headed to Decatur to be loaded for a trip to the East Coast. The 4000 is the first AC44C6M rebuilt by NS as a DC to AC conversion. Photo credit: Steve Smedley

Why bother with auto transport brokers when you can easily get a cheap auto transport service?

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You might be wondering why you have to bother with auto transport brokers when you can easily get a cheap auto transport service directly from the shipper. Well the short answer is convenience. If you want the long answer, read on.

There are a lot of advantages if you will just go through an auto transport broker instead of going directly to the shipper for a cheap auto transport quote. Some people believe that brokers can make things more expensive because they are still going to put their profit on top of the quote from the shipper. But that is not necessarily the case, here’s why:

1.       Brokers are aware of this

The brokers are aware that if they put their profit on top of the price of the shipper, things will become too expensive for the car owner, the problem is, this is how they do business. So to solve the issue, brokers would scour for shippers who will give them special prices for bringing them customers. Things will even be cheaper if your go through a broker.

2.       They know a lot of shippers to choose from

Looking for shippers that will give them a cheaper price is easy for brokers because they know a vast network of it. With just a matter of phone calls, they can already find carriers that will give you an affordable service without sacrificing quality. This is also handy when cancellations come because all they need to do is call another shipper that will take over the place of the one that cancelled and your schedule won’t even be affected.

3.       They know the market conditions

The key to the brokers’ continued profitability is to be continually aware of the market condition. That is the reason why they constantly monitor it to give their customers the optimum price that they deserve.

4.       Shippers give special discounts to brokers

For bringing them customers, shippers in return also give brokers a special price. This is where brokers get their profit from and not from marking up the price set by the shipper. You will still get the same price if you go directly to the shipper instead o going through a broker, minus the convenience.

5.       Brokers are better with customers

This last reason is not regarding the price but rather on how your are treated as a customer. Since the brokers only have the customers to take of, they are better at it compared to the shippers who are too busy taking care of their trucks. Because of this, there are a lot of shippers who does not even advertise their existence but rather leave it to the brokers to market their services.

These are some of the reasons why if your need cheap auto transport, you should go through an auto transport broker. On top of the convenience, these reasons should convince you not to take matters into your own hands but rather to contact a broker and him handle the rest of your auto transport problems.

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Service Your Customers Right: Communication is Vital

You’ve worked hard to earn your clientele, and you’re not about to let them go. But in a crowded marketplace, how can you be sure your customers will remain loyal and not jump ship to a competitor? By providing them with extraordinary customer service via outstanding communications.

It’s been said that a key to success is imagining every person with a sign around their neck that says, “Make me feel special.” This is a fantastic practice to put into place when dealing with customers as well. From the top of an organization to the bottom, each person who works there is an integral component to that business’ success. Therefore, each person you communicate with should get the best and most accurate story from you, enabling them to do their jobs most efficiently.

This, of course, is easier said than done. Pieces of critical information may be fuzzy, or altogether missing. In the transportation and logistics industry, anticipated load arrival times - quite possibly the very information your customer needs in order to run their business properly - may be anyone’s guess. This lack of detail my unwittingly cause an entire negative trickle-down effect for your customer, causing their workflow to be disrupted. Naturally, this is not the kind of experience you want to deliver to your customers.

The fix is simple: Seek out and invest in systems or technologies that can make communicating important information to your customers as effortless as possible. By utilizing the finest in telematics, TransFUSION Network employs GPS technology and a highly detailed, real-time map to pinpoint each and every power unit and trailer in your fleet. Tracking a load, down to its exact location, can give you the information you need to best prepare your customers for either an on-time delivery or a deviated arrival time. This distinct and explicit information can save your customers frustration by helping them plan ahead.

Outstanding interactions with your customers could well be the factor that sets you apart from your competitors. Investing in TransFUSION Network to enhance your current telematics systems can aid in keeping your customers happy and loyal - which can certainly lead to repeat business and referrals down the road.

#Indiana Transportation Museum’s “Nickel Plate Road” F7 number 83-A leads the afternoon “Hoosierland” excursion train south down 8th Street in Noblesville, Indiana. Visit http://itm.org/ for more information about the Museum and excursion train schedules. Did you know that we operate 1,491 miles of track and have 2,645 employees in the state of Indiana?

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10 Awesome Things

Marine Transportation and Naval Defense.

Marine transportation has been with Man, helping him discover and conquer new lands and meet newer people even before the aerospace industry came up. Naval Defense on the other hand has protected civilizations from turning prey under attack and maintain security.

This makes all marine things, awesome.

A bigger, better Suez Canal

AS A feat of brawn it is impressive. In just one year, a third of the time engineers wanted, Egypt has shifted enough sand to allow more and bigger ships to pass more swiftly through a crucial artery of global trade. As a political stunt it is big, too.  Small wonder the government declared a holiday for the lavish opening on August 6th of the New Suez Canal, as it dubs its project; to bolster pride in the achievement