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Colleges take on the hyperloop with car batteries, magnets, carbon fiber and plenty of spirit

Colleges take on the hyperloop with car batteries, magnets, carbon fiber and plenty of spirit

UC Berkeley junior Ray Chen took a look around at dozens of other student projects. He scratched his head and let out a revelation of dejection. 

“We seem to have underplayed a bit here,” Chen said.

UC Berkeley was among 30 universities and one high school that spent more than a year designing and developing railcars for a hyperloop — a high-tech transportation system popularized by billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk. The idea is to transport people or goods at high speeds by shooting levitating pods through low-pressure tubes.

Over the weekend, students had their first chance to zip their creations through a nearly mile-long test tube Musk had...

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