This 1,000 Horsepower Big-Block Backhoe Just Set A Speed Record

For anyone who's ever stared at a toy Tonka truck and a nitro R/C car, just wishing there was some way the two could be combined into one smoke-billowing whip-cracking maniacal machine... your fantasies have been realized in life-size as the JCB GT; "the world's fastest backhoe." » 11/20/14 4:05pm Thursday 4:05pm

Michelin Finally Commits To Mass-Producing The 'Tweel' Airless Tire

Today Michelin dedicated a new South Carolina factory to making the Tweel; a "tire/wheel" that uses flexible spindles where a conventional tire holds air. The Tweel can never go flat and never be punctured, and after talking about it for a decade Michelin is finally going to start making it in quantities. » 11/20/14 1:17pm 11/20/14 1:17pm

China Accidentally Built a Housing Complex in the Middle of a Highway

There's no denying that China doesn't have the best record when it comes to urban planning and development, particularly in regards to real estate—and their most recent blunder is a doozy. Thanks to some poor planning and (presumably poor) communication, China accidentally built a brand new set of modern apartments… » 10/09/13 2:00pm 10/09/13 2:00pm

New York City's New Subway Tunnel Looks Like a Level from Half-Life

New York City's Metro Transit Authority is still plugging away on its giant project to bring the 7 train into far west Manhattan, and the scope of the construction is just as awe-inspiring as ever. The MTA just put out a crop of new pictures on Flickr, and we just can't help but see a slight comparison to a certain,… » 6/24/13 3:28pm 6/24/13 3:28pm

15 Photographs of the Superstructures That Put Us in Space

“It is easy to invent a flying machine,” said the 19th century aviation engineer Otto Lilienthal, “[and] more difficult to build one; to make it fly is everything.” The challenge of air (and later, space) travel began not with building aircraft, but with building a realistic simulation machine in which to test those… » 5/28/13 10:49am 5/28/13 10:49am

Electronic Road Sign Hacked With Racist Trayvon Martin Message

The killing of black Florida teenager Trayvon Martin has sparked a weird kind of racial spasm that's resulted in terrible articles, Spike Lee scaring old people, and made Facebook almost unvisitable for the past week. Now Metro Detroit's getting in on the bile after someone in Dearborn — the suburb of Detroit home to… » 4/09/12 12:30pm 4/09/12 12:30pm