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Breakneck Speed

July 24, 2011

Geoff and I rode the new bullet train from Shanghai to Beijing, hitting at speeds upwards of 175 miles per hour, feeling weightless. It was a window into the future of mobility—one that the United States may never get to know. Our train covered 820 miles from Shanghai to Beijing, about the same distance as New York City to Chicago, in less than five hours.

Then, this morning, we woke up today to this news: Chinese bullet train crashes into another high-speed train; 35 dead, 191 injured.