Jealous of New Zealand, Australia Commissions Construction of Orthanc, Promises to Use Power For the Side of Light

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The above words belong to Erin, who uttered them when seeing the artist conception (shown right) of a proposed one-kilometre-tall tower somewhere in the Australian Outback. At almost twice the size of the CN Tower, it would probably be a more utilitarian power station design (the whole plant is supposed to generate 200 megawatts of solar power), but like Hoover Dam, I doubt this would keep the tourists away.

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Still with Australia, the country has opened its second transcontinental railroad. For a while, passengers could travel east and west across this continent, from Sydney to Perth, but now it's possible to go north and south, from Adelaide to Alice Springs to Darwin.

I doubt that there's much local traffic to support the railroad; Australia seems to be building it to foster inter-state connections. Still, the trip alone does sound like a good reason to visit Australia in its own right.

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