The Simple Metal Mechanism That Changed the Global Economy Forever

Have you ever heard of a twistlock? Unless you're a stevedore, probably not. Yet this little mechanism is what makes it possible to stack shipping containers onto cargo ships larger than city blocks—enabling a global trade network that brought most of your belongings to your doorstep. And we have a relatively… » 2/26/14 10:38am 2/26/14 10:38am

What’s driving women away from engineering and auto?

Lauren Fix is known to most as The Car Coach. The auto industry vet went to work for her father's brake company as a teenager, engineering a disc brake system for the 1965-1967 Ford Mustang. She's been racing cars all her life (even during a pregnancy), and later owned and headed a driving school. Now she shares her… » 1/13/14 2:25pm 1/13/14 2:25pm

Beautiful footage of SpaceShipTwo's latest supersonic test flight

Virgin Galactic's space plane, SpaceShipTwo, finished its third rocket-powered test flight yesterday, breaking the sound barrier and reaching an altitude of 71,000 feet – the loftiest in a spate of recent test-runs. Here for your enjoyment is a highlight reel of yesterday's flight. » 1/11/14 5:27pm 1/11/14 5:27pm

Safe Airports Are a Myth

Shotguns are not allowed through airport security. But what does that matter if you can build one from items purchased in an airport gift shop? The break-action shotgun pictured above was made from Red Bull cans, a hair dryer, batteries and a can of Axe body spray – and it can blast a handful of pocket change through a … » 12/03/13 2:24pm 12/03/13 2:24pm

Artificial Photosynthesis: Making Cheap Hydrogen From Water and Light

Hydrogen is one of the most promising fuels of the future but right now it's expensive to produce in bulk. Enter the work of a team of Stanford researchers who believe they can make it as cheap as fossil fuels—using just some water and sunlight. » 11/19/13 1:29pm 11/19/13 1:29pm

Here's what Elon Musk's secret project might actually look like

For months, space entrepreneur Elon Musk has been teasing fans with hints about his next big project, a "hyperloop" super train that would get people from San Francisco to Los Angeles in 30 minutes. Now, Musk says that this schematic is the "closest" anyone has gotten to guessing how the hyperloop would work. » 7/16/13 11:54am 7/16/13 11:54am

6 Radical Infrastructure Schemes That Almost Changed NYC Forever

The East River? Oh, we dammed that thing up and threw a new City Hall on top. The Hudson? Filled it with traffic years ago. New Yorkers have never been shy about changing the natural landscape of their city, but if you dig into the archives, you'll find dozens of ideas so radical, they make present-day Gotham feel like … » 7/02/13 9:28am 7/02/13 9:28am

Why Drone Engineering Sucks (And How It Gets Better)

Despite our international obsession with drones—both their awesome powers and terrifying repercussions—the truth is that they're an incredibly immature technology. And, like most immature technologies, that means they’re not quite all they’re cracked up to be. » 6/26/13 10:30am 6/26/13 10:30am

Real-Life Flying Saucers Prove That the Truth Is Right Here

We introduced you some of the weirdest aircraft of the 20th century before, but now it's time to talk about Earth's fleets of flying saucers. Check out these vehicles and concepts that show how we've been building UFOs all along. » 6/19/13 7:33pm 6/19/13 7:33pm

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

Best Engineering Photography of 2012 Is Explosively Awesome

There is nothing more awe-inspiring than the sight of a city being built — or destroyed. And that's the point of the photographs in the Engineering News-Record's collection of the best photographs from last year. Check out some incredible shots of enormous machines, magnificent engineering projects, and the people who… » 3/14/13 10:04am 3/14/13 10:04am

Awesome Dyson Engineers Build Remote Control Cars From Scrap Vacuum…

Dyson recently challenged fifty of its finest engineers to a make a remote-controlled car from Dyson balls and spare parts. The engineers were divided into teams and given three weeks to build their designs before racing them at a makeshift track at the R&D facilities in Wiltshire, England. The cars had to navigate… » 12/19/12 2:00pm 12/19/12 2:00pm