Death-Defying Photos Of Skyscraper Construction Workers Goofing Around

I guess you have to make your own fun at work, even when work is 20 stories off the ground on the skeleton of a future skyscraper. But these photos of construction workers enjoying their breaks and photo-ops high in the air are simply terrifying. » 1/20/15 3:00pm 1/20/15 3:00pm

These Mirrors Are Part Of The Biggest Space Telescope

A giant robotic arm practiced hanging silver and gold mirrors on the backbone of the James Webb Space Telescope, then a human engineer carefully checked its work. Eventually, the full telescope will be launched into space, then unfold in a delicate choreography of inverse origami. » 10/11/14 3:00pm 10/11/14 3:00pm

Scientists Make Bricks With Sludge Filtered From Arsenic-Laced Water

Arsenic-contaminated water is a massive problem in the developing world. But, even when you filter it out, the toxic sludge that the process produces often gets dumped right back into the water supply. It's tough to dream up a use for arsenic soup, but one research team finally has: They're making bricks out of it. » 3/31/14 4:00pm 3/31/14 4:00pm

This Chinese house sits in the middle of a brand-new road

What happens when you refuse to sell your house to make room for a new construction project? Lacking the balloons and helium to make an Up-ward escape, 67-year-old Luo Baogen of Xiayangzhang village and his wife decided to stay put, refusing the government's offer to purchase their property. So the government simply… » 11/24/12 5:00pm 11/24/12 5:00pm

Build the ultimate paper airplane

Now you can learn to make paper airplanes from a guy who has set world records with his planes. Ken Blackburn has a website with his preferred patterns for folding paper airplanes. » 11/05/10 8:30am 11/05/10 8:30am

This is what 8,000 cubic yards of rock being blasted looks like

This once-in-a-lifetime photo captures a blast that tears through 8,000 cubic yards of rock in an old phosphate mine. It's just one of the marvels captured in the best engineering photos of 2009. » 8/04/10 7:30am 8/04/10 7:30am

3D Printer To Build Moon Bases

An Italian inventor has developed a machine that can build three-dimensional objects from sand and a binding agent. In other words, a pod you can send off-world and set to make something from nothing. » 4/21/10 8:30am 4/21/10 8:30am

Translucent Concrete Lets The Light Shine In

Get ready for windows that never break with translucent concrete. A German design firm has created load-bearing concrete containing optical fibers, allowing light and color to pass through to the other side (the shadowy hand is what you can see through the concrete in direct light). The result is that you can live… » 1/07/08 12:00pm 1/07/08 12:00pm

The Ghosts Of Tomorrow's Mega-Cities

Photographer Peter Bialobrzeski used to take bright photos of Asian mega-cities. But a few years ago, he stumbled on something more other-worldly: the ghostly look of an Asian construction site at dusk. Because Asian countries use super-fast construction techniques that aren't found in his native Western Europe,… » 1/04/08 8:00am 1/04/08 8:00am