Magnets are fun to play with, but their potential extends far beyond that. Magnetic levitation (maglev), for example, continues to set records for high-speed travel. The first maglev train began operation in 2004 in Shanghai, and moves up to 267 miles per hour (431 kilometers per hour). For comparison, Amtrak's highest-speed commuter rail only hits 150 mph (241.4 kph).
Shanghai's Transrapid Maglev Guideway
The first fully operational maglev trains.
Key Facts In This Video
The Shanghai Transrapid train literally floats thanks to magnetic levitation. 01:26
The maglev train in Shanghai in engineless. 02:34
The wheel was likely invented around the year 6,500 B.C.E. 02:49
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