Why the Biggest Obstacle for Elon Musk's Hyperloop Might Be Tunnels

It all sounds so Jetsonian. A new 600 mph "Hyperloop" method of transportation connecting Los Angeles and San Francisco? That's the buzz around the internet water cooler as people guess what Elon Musk has in store for the transportation of tomorrow. I say, sign me up! But if we take any lessons from past visions of… » 7/19/13 1:50pm 7/19/13 1:50pm

Driving through the world's longest road tunnel is a trip through…

Completed in 2000, Norway's fifteen-mile-long Lærdal Tunnel cuts through a mountain range near the village of Lærdalsøyri. To ease drivers' claustrophobia and to prevent the underground monotony from lulling motorists to sleep, the tunnel is punctuated with a series of caverns designed to resemble impending daylight —… » 7/31/12 4:30pm 7/31/12 4:30pm

Turning tunnels into musical instruments

The damp, dingy tunnels below Waterloo station in London are hardly your typical concert hall. But last weekend, as part of the Mindful exhibition, artist Oliver Beer brought a choir down to create ethereal music by turning the space into a giant musical instrument. To make the space resound, the singers needed to tap… » 10/02/11 7:30am 10/02/11 7:30am

Buy an Underground Sanctuary to Ensure Your Post-Apocalyptic Survival

If you need a secure location to ensure your survival in the coming apocalypse, or simply crave a spacious underground lair, then consider Central London's deep level shelters. Built in 1940 as air-raid shelters, the underground tunnels have since served as a war room, library, and telephone exchange for British secret … » 10/17/08 12:00pm 10/17/08 12:00pm