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Links for June 27th from 10:35 to 10:35

by Mel Starrs on June 29, 2010

in News

These are my links for June 27th from 10:35 to 10:35:

  • FT.com / Reportage – High-speed trains will transform Europe – These trains are more than just amenities for spoiled travellers. Western Europe’s unique selling point has always been fast travel between cities. The region’s good luck is what the historian Norman Davies calls a “user-friendly climate”: it is mild and rainy. Because of that, the land is fertile, allowing hundreds of millions of people to inhabit a small area. That creates networks. For centuries now, the interconnected peoples of western Europe have exchanged ideas fast. The “Scientific Revolution” of the 16th and 17th centuries could happen in western Europe because its scientists were near each other, debating and networking.