belgian solar train tunnel

it’s two miles long and helps power the train between amsterdam and paris. check out the extended aerial fly over shot below. (but first hit mute because the music is so bad it might make you think this is a really bad idea.)

as the article says

“For train operators, it is the perfect way to cut their carbon footprints because you can use spaces that have no other economic value and the projects can be delivered within a year because they don’t attract the protests that wind power does,” said Bart Van Renterghem, UK head of Belgian renewable energy company Enfinity, which installed the panels.

from via the guardian

the ‘room for the river’ program

while the mississippi continues to flood across america, we are learning more and more how ‘engineered’ this body of water really is. by ‘activating the floodway’ the us army corps of engineers can control flow to move water away from larger population areas. yet we still have cities flooding and people being relocated and lots of damage done. in other words, maybe there’s a better way…

the room for the river program is a dutch initiative being implemented in key locations around the netherlands to keep overflowing rivers away from cities. by understanding that rivers do and will expand, the project looks are ways to allow for this water to overflow by removing barriers that create block ups, widening the open areas around rivers, adding additional dikes to contain overflow, and even moving the dikes and increasing river depths in some areas.

there is an interesting video about this project online at the Washington Post which i cannot get to properly embed on this blog but you can watch it here

or at

for more information there is also a Room for the River website

for sale: chitty chitty bang bang

the original car from the 1968 movie Chitty Chitty Bang Bang will soon be placed on the auction block. the motor car is fully functional, and has clocked a whopping 44 miles. the projected final cost of the auto is somewhere between 1 and 2 million bucks, quite the steal assuming all the magic hasn’t worn off yet.

the most fantastigorical musical entertainment in the history of everything…

a magical car
a craft that sails the seas
a flying machine that speeds through the air