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  • n  high-speed rail technology; train is suspended on a magnetic cushion above a magnetized track and so travels free of friction

  • The Yamanashi test maglev set a world speed record for trains in 2003 at 361 mph, and it cruises at 310 mph.
  • Concerns over cost have slowed the addition of more maglev lines, but conventional high-speed lines are being built in China at a frenetic pace.
  • That's the elegant principle behind some kinds of magnetically levitated (maglev) trains.

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