A splendidly insightful editorial in the Battleboro, Vt. Reformer newspaper offers a dismal assessment of railroad passenger service in the U.S. — a subject that high on the lists of both presidential candidates (John McCain has never been a good friend of Amtrak’s). The editorial decries that fact that the trains are slower and less frequent compared to the 1938 schedule even through railroad technology has dramatically improved. We’ve gutted Amtrak for years and now we need expanded rail service more than ever.
In a line of ultra-futuristic projects, DARPA is developing a brain microchip that will help heal the bodies and minds of soldiers. A final product is far off, but preliminary chips are already being tested.
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