samzenpus from the everyone-needs-a-hobby dept.
jerryjamesstone writes "Everybody is into rail these days; it is the greenest way to get around next to a bike. Leonid Mulyanchik has been into it for years since before the Berlin Wall fell, since before the first Macintosh, building his own private underground Metro railway system. English-Russia says that he has been doing it with his pension, that it is all legal and approved and that he is still at it. Gizmodo calls it 'Partly the traditional, inspiring, one man against all odds type of persistence, but more the obsessive, borderline insane persistence.'"Update: 06/02 07:33 GMT by T: And if you're the type to visit Burning Man, you can actually ride a home-made monorail this summer, too.
I think you're wrong in comparing the two. That case involves something that was manufactured, not discovered. Chakrabarty developed a new bacterium, capable of breaking down crude oil for use in oil spills. He didn't just discover it, he engineered it. There's a big difference.