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Suggested Articles for 22nd April 2015

These are Suggested Articles for 22nd April 2015 from Hindu and Indian Express and I am also adding an article on Maglev trains posted by Sri Ram sir.

What are maglev trains? Mention the most recent success in this field.

Maglev (magnetic levitation) is a transport method that uses magnetic levitation to move vehicles without touching the ground. With maglev, a vehicle travels along a guideway using magnets to create both lift and propulsion, thereby reducing friction and allowing higher speeds.Maglev trains move more smoothly and more quietly than wheeled mass transit systems. They are relatively unaffected by weather. The power needed for levitation is typically not a large percentage of its overall energy consumption; most goes to overcome air resistance (drag), as with other high-speed transport. Maglev trains hold the speed record for rail transportation.

A Japanese magnetic levitation train has broken its own world speed record, hitting 603km/h (374mph) in a test run near Mount Fuji.The train beat the 590km/h speed it had set last week in another test.However, passengers will not get to experience the maglev’s record-breaking speeds because the company said its trains will operate at a maximum of 505km/h. In comparison, the fastest operating speed of a Japanese shinkansen, or “bullet train” is 320km/h.

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