February 4, 2016 | Mary Cav

I've never been a big fan of flying and would love to have an alternative way to travel. So I'm excited to hear that we're one step closer to travelling by Hyperloop - a system of huge tubes carrying pods under a partial vacuum. There would be much less air resistance, so pods could travel at up to 1220 km/h - faster than a plane.

Students at MIT have won a competition to design the pods. We're a long way from seeing them replace other ways of getting from A to B, but if they'll allow us to spend less time travelling and more time on holiday, I can't wait to try them.

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The students will test their pod inside a 1.5 km Hyperloop tube near San Francisco to see if it really works.

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