Just how fast is Japan’s new maglev train? See for yourself…

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RocketNews 24:

It may not be due to begin ferrying passengers between Tokyo and Osaka for another 10+ years yet, but Japan’s magnetic levitation (maglev) train is already zipping up and down a special section of test track in Yamanashi Prefecture, and it’s nothing short of spectacular.

Check out our video of this thing in motion – oh, and try not to blink because you really might miss it.

The Japanese maglev broke world records last week when its parent company, Central Japan Railway Company, announced that it had recorded speeds of 590 kilometres per hour (that’s 366 mph) on a stretch of test track in Yamanashi Prefecture, smashing a world record that has stood for over a decade.

But these are all just numbers; what does a train travelling that fast actually look like? Well, you’re about to find out…

Scheduled to start serving the public between Tokyo and Nagoya in 2027, the line is set to be extended all the way to Osaka by 2045, making it possible to travel between the two cities in just 67 minutes – roughly half the time it currently takes by bullet train. It’s going to be a long time coming, but with speeds like that, we’ll probably have clawed back our lost time after about a week of commuting.

If you’d like to check out the maglev for yourself, head over to the Yananashi Prefecture Maglev Exhibition Center website for more info.

Shaolin monk “walks on water,” smashes world record

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RocketNews 24:

No Hollywood special effects, no magician’s helper, heck, not even any mystical kung-fu powers here. All it took for this Shaolin monk in China to walk on water was practice, practice and more practice! That said, running across hundreds of meters of wooden panels placed on the surface of a lake is definitely not a feat that any layman could achieve without proper training, a high level of fitness and immense concentration.

The record-breaking challenge took place in Changsha City, Hunan, at the local Meixi Lake. The challenger, She Li Liang, already held the world record for walking 118 metres (approx. 387 ft) across another lake in 2014. However, within less than a year, he was ready to break his own record!

In order for him to sprint across the large body of water, wooden panels chained together were lined across the lake. Master She had to keep his balance while dashing over them as though they were flat ground. On his first try, he lost his balance at the 56-metre mark. However, after donning his white training robes, he eventually succeeded in traversing 120 metres over the lake’s surface.

According to the monk, the hardest part of walking on water comes after the first 100 metres – the distance we’re used to seeing Olympic athletes sprint at breakneck speeds – and things become exponentially more difficult with each step. The act, he says, is physically draining, so it’s not just about balance but physical strength too. Despite that, She’s next goal is to go a full 150 metres.

Here’s a video of Master She in 2014 when he achieved a run of 118 metres.

3-year old Vihaan Chamala sets world record for identifying 202 countries and territories on a world map 4 minutes and 42 seconds

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AsAm News:

A three-year old from New York has set a world record for identifying 202 countries and territories on a world map in just 4 minutes and 42 seconds.

The record set by Vihaan Chamala was verified by the Record Setter Organization. It all started when Vihaan’s mother showed him eight countries on a map and was surprised to see he remembered all eight the next day.

She taught him new countries each day and in two months, Vihaan had learned every country on the map.

You can watch Vihaan’s amazing feat in the video below.

18,112 people in Thrissur, India set new Guinness World Record for ‘Largest Gathering of Santa Claus’

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Laughing Squid:

18,112 people dressed as Santa and met in Thrissur, India to set a new Guinness World Record for “Largest Gathering of Santa Claus” on December 27, 2014.

The event was organized by the Thrissur Citizenry and Thrissur Archdiocese.

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Chinese Boy with Ability to See in Pitch Black Stuns Medics

Chinese Boy with Ability to See in Pitch Black Stuns Medics

A young Chinese boy who was born with beaming blue eyes has stunned medics with his ability to see in pitch black darkness. Nong Yousui from Dahua, China has eyes that reflect neon green when light is shined on them. Doctors have studied Nong’s amazing eyesight since his dad took him to hospital concerned over his bright blue eyes.

They told me he would grow out of it and that his eyes would stop glowing and turn black like most Chinese people but they never did“, his Dad said.

Nong enjoys playing outside with his schoolmates but experiences discomfort when in bright sunlight, however can see completely clearly in pure darkness. To test his abilities, a Chinese journalist prepared a set of questionnaires which he was able to finish while sitting in a pitch black room. The tests show Nong can read and write perfectly without any light and can see as clearly as most people do during the day.

According to the World Record Academy (the leading international organization which certify world records), Nong has even set the world record for the first human who can see in the dark. In animals, night vision is made possible by the existence of a thin layer of cells, called the tapetum lucidum. And like a Siamese cat, Nong’s sky-blue eyes flash neon green when illuminated by a flashlight. Nong’s night vision has sparked interest around the world by vision scientists, evolutionary biologists, and genetic engineers. And this is good news for science as we may eventually be able to use genetic technologies to deliberately create such a condition ourselves.

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Chinese Boy with Ability to See in Pitch Black Stuns Medics