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    Elon Musk’s High-Speed Pod Travel Has First Public Demo

    Full speed ahead! Hyperloop One, the electromagnetic propulsion system envisioned by the SpaceX founder, staged its first public demonstration in the Nevada desert yesterday. The test sled’s brief acceleration along a straight track wasn’t the most thrilling sight, but it’s a milestone for the travel revolution dream of moving large numbers of people at 700 mph. Hyperloop faces more hurdles, though: The sled doesn’t have brakes yet (it stopped by plowing into sand), and it traveled on rails instead of the ultimate goal of low-pressure tubes.

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