Ghana's coffin art lets people bury their loved ones in style

In European cultures, we cremate our dead or bury them in a simple pine box. But coffins are a lot fancier in Ghana, where the Ga people believe that life continues in another world after death, and they want it to carry on in style. Here are some stunning examples of Ghana's famous coffin art. » 1/08/14 7:40am 1/08/14 7:40am

A map of 19th Century shipping routes and nothing else

Nautical trade routes stretch like so many lengths of string in this arresting visualization of intercontinental commerce in the 1800s. The map that emerges highlights not only several continents and their busiest ports, but the various trade winds that cycle through the lower reaches of Earth's atmosphere. » 1/05/14 3:29pm 1/05/14 3:29pm

Watch this man fly around Mt. Fuji in a homemade jetpack

Looking to reclaim a little sense of wonder? Check out this breathtaking new footage of Swiss pilot Yves "Jetman" Rossy zooming around Japan's iconic Mount Fuji with an eight-foot-wide, rocket-powered, carbon-fiber wing of his own invention strapped to his back. » 11/06/13 3:56pm 11/06/13 3:56pm

Is there anything cooler than a car with a giant propeller?

If so, we're not even sure we could handle it. Throughout the twentieth century, some of the finest automotive engineers have experimented with putting propellers on the front of cars, and the results look brilliant. Here's our gallery of the coolest propeller cars in history. » 8/29/13 9:33pm 8/29/13 9:33pm

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

Amazing Before-and-After Photos of Starfleet Shuttlecraft Restoration

The Gallileo-7 shuttlecraft was a proud vessel, that served the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise well on several episodes of Star Trek — most notably the episode that bears its name. But sadly, this amazing piece of space engineering had fallen into disrepair, until it was finally restored to spaceworthiness. » 6/26/13 4:16pm 6/26/13 4:16pm

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

This Concept Art From The Shuttle Program's Early Days Is Gorgeous,…

The arrival of Endeavour in Los Angeles last week has been described by many as the final note in the coda to NASA's shuttle program. To commemorate its end, we turned to the program's beginnings, where we discovered a stunning assortment of high resolution concept art. (If you've been hunting for a new background… » 9/25/12 11:40am 9/25/12 11:40am