From Kingfishers to . . . Bullet Trains

by Wil Mara

Part of a Series: Innovations from Nature.

Can biology teach us how to improve rail travel? This book covers an interesting episode in the bullet trains’ development for Japan’s Shinkansen line. In their earlier stages, these trains’ electrical contacts were too noisy, and the trains produced sonic booms when they went through tunnels. To solve the problem, engineer Eiji Nakatsu turned to a surprising source of inspiration: birds! An opening chapter on the history of rail travel provides context, and the final chapter, about other train-improving innovators, provides a starting point for further exploration. The back matter includes a glossary, additional resources, and an index.

ISBN: 9781610804981

JLG Release: June 2013

JLG Member Price

Out of Stock

Series Nonfiction: Science 3-5

Grades 3-5


12 books / $20.25 a book

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    Print Book


    Library edition


    Cherry Lake

    Page Count


    Trim Size

    7 1/2" x 9 1/2"

    Dewey Classification


    Accelerated Reader

    Level: 7, Points: 1


    Level: NC1110L

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