A twenty year old European high-speed rail project has finally begun, but protests are so severe that the Italian army has been called in.
As if it wasn't already hard enough to find open power outlets in coffee shops or airports, Sony is now developing the next generation of "smart" outlets that will withhold electricity until you authenticate yourself or pay some money. Yay for progress.
Before the days of faxes and email, the fastest and most efficient way to get stuff from one place to another within a building was to send it through a pneumatic tube. The Internet has rendered most of these systems obsolete, but there are some things you just can't digitize, and a company called Foodtubes wants to replace big trucks with a series of tubes to deliver groceries.