Watch A Pair Of Tank-Mounted Fighter Jet Engines Extinguish An Oil Fire

Pretty much what it says on the tin, folks. "The Big Wind" is a colossal, roving fire-extinguisher of Hungarian design that combines one part T-34 Soviet tank with two parts MiG-21 turbine engine. Bring it all together, add a trio of operators, and you've got a Mad-Maxian chimera that can gush water at a rate of 220… » 12/28/14 3:18pm 12/28/14 3:18pm

Prepare to Have Your Mind Blown by a Balloon and a Minivan

If you don't already know why a helium balloon tethered to the floor of a minivan has the power to make your jaw drop, you're going to want to see this. Seriously – set aside five minutes of your time, have a seat and watch. You won't regret it. » 11/27/14 10:37am 11/27/14 10:37am

These Traffic Patterns Caught On Camera Are Truly Wonderful

This Little Girl's Reaction To A Rocket Launch Will Make Your Week

Shaylee was busy playing with her toys on the couch when footage from one of NASA's Space Shuttle launches started playing on television. Anyone who's witnessed something as awe-inspiring as human spaceflight will surely identify with her sense of wonder. All together now: ISSAWOCKETSHIIIIIIIIP! » 8/24/14 10:02am 8/24/14 10:02am

Hero Dad Builds An Amazing Interactive Spaceship For His Son's Bedroom

MAKE Magazine's Jeff Highsmith wanted to build his 4-year-old son an interactive model of an Apollo spacecraft. The result was the surprisingly complex play area seen here – but to really appreciate the thought and effort that went into this project, you really must watch the making-of video. Seriously, this'll blow… » 8/01/14 2:26pm 8/01/14 2:26pm

Holiday Travel Would Be More Bearable If Airports Looked like Star Wars

Then again, maybe it wouldn't. After all, in a world where Frankfurt, Germany is home to an Imperial Starport, All Terrain walkers, Lambda-shuttles, TIE fighters, and even the occasional Star Destroyer might amount to little more than quotidian traffic on an airport apron. » 7/06/14 1:42pm 7/06/14 1:42pm

This meticulously crafted 777-replica is made of manila folders

This is genuinely incredible. Luca Iaconi-Stewart may just be the world's greatest paper-airplane-maker. Seriously – this guy's work makes your crease-and-fold creations look like utter child's play. » 1/18/14 2:51pm 1/18/14 2:51pm

NYC Commuters are Suspended in Time in Stainless

Artist Adam Magyar uses sophisticated software and high-speed camera rigs of his own design to capture beautifully haunting slow-motion footage of commuters, trains and passengers inside NYC's Grand Central Terminal. » 1/12/14 2:18pm 1/12/14 2:18pm

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

An interactive map that lets you hear New York in 1933

It's basically an audio time machine. Tech historian Emily Thompson, out of Princeton, has put together an interactive map of New York circa 1933, embedded with the old sounds of the city. » 12/09/13 3:55pm 12/09/13 3:55pm

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

Utterly Bitchen Car Dashboards Inspired By Spaceships

Let's be honest — when you're driving, you're pretending that you're at the helm of a starship. The digital dashboards in these cars will help keep that illusion alive. » 10/23/13 7:03am 10/23/13 7:03am

Robert Downey Jr. actually owns a life-size, flying R/C Iron Man suit

Reason #187 that Robert Downey Jr. is pretty much the real-life Tony Stark: He has a 6-foot tall Iron Man "armor" that can fly and he can control remotely. To be fair, he probably won't be putting it on to stop bad guys anytime soon, because it's actually an awesome, custom-made toy. » 9/30/13 12:06pm 9/30/13 12:06pm

Incredible Ways People Deal with Overloaded Transit Systems in Asia

Overcrowded public transit systems are a fact of daily life around the world. But in many Asian countries, dealing with them has become something of an art form. In these photos, you'll see the creative ways that people cope with crowding on buses, trains, boats, and more. » 9/04/13 12:50pm 9/04/13 12:50pm

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

These Buildings Are Made Out of Ships

It's the ultimate form of recycling — just build your house out of old ocean vessels and ships. Here are some of the most incredible ways that people have turned boats into buildings, and vice versa. » 6/15/13 9:15am 6/15/13 9:15am

This is not an error in your map app -- it is a real road

It seems too bizarre to be anything other than a screenshot from your favorite borked mapping app. But this is a real road in Norway, called the Atlantic Ocean Road. It's five miles of sheer insanity and wave-soaked driving. » 6/01/13 8:36am 6/01/13 8:36am