The Zeppelin Train, The Aerotrain And Other Classic Streamlined Trains

Long before there were bullet trains and high-speed light rail systems, people experimented with creating super-streamlined trains that could whisk people across the country in Googie splendor. In some alternate universe, these streamlined trains of the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s are still in service. » 4/18/14 2:34pm Today 2:34pm

That Time Google Tried To Design A Space Elevator

It may be a while before space elevators become a reality, but that doesn't mean it's too early to start trying. Recently, the head of Google X's Rapid Evaluation team confirmed that its secretive R&D lab actually tried to design one — but fell short on account of one major technological hurdle. » 4/16/14 6:40am Wednesday 6:40am

Prefab Homes Take Us Back to Yesterday's Suburban Future

There's something inherently retrofuturistic about prefab houses, the kind that arrive ready-made, or only require some assembly. But their clean lines and beautiful curves look more striking and beautiful than a lot of buildings of today. Here are the most lovely prefab homes that were ever not built. » 4/14/14 3:10pm Monday 3:10pm

A Pyramid in the Middle of Nowhere Built To Track the End of the World

A huge pyramid in the middle of nowhere tracking the end of the world on radar. An abstract geometric shape beneath the sky without a human being in sight. It could be the opening scene of an apocalyptic science fiction film, but it's just the U.S. military going about its business, building vast and other-worldly… » 4/14/14 1:22am Monday 1:22am

These Awesome Area Rugs Bring Stargazing to Your Living Room

Weekends are for dreaming of interior design. This weekend, I'm gazing with covetous awe at Schönstaub's nebula area rugs. The three rug designs are photographs taken by the Hubble Space Telescope of nebulas in the small and large Magellanic Clouds. » 4/06/14 12:16pm 4/06/14 12:16pm

These Are the Most Bizarre Deadly Weapons in Human History

Weapon design is often meant to inspire fear, but occasionally it's just so goofy or strange that you wind up laughing. Such is the case with the weapons in this gallery, which include a scooter rifle, acoustic kitties, and harmonica guns. » 4/03/14 3:00pm 4/03/14 3:00pm

Imagine Living Inside These Incredible Tower Homes

In the Middle Ages, towers were used as fortified residences of the wealthy, or strategic military outposts. But these buildings still capture our imagination in the 21st century. Here are some cool tower houses, converted from historic towers, or built in the last few years as modern reinterpretations. » 4/01/14 3:23pm 4/01/14 3:23pm

The History of Prosthetics Reveals a Long Tradition of Human Cyborgs

For centuries, humans have invented ingenious devices to replace lost limbs. Here we have a gallery of some of the most cutting-edge prosthetics from years past — comparable to today's bionic arms. What's fascinating is that these historic devices weren't just about limb replacement, but also enhancement. » 3/27/14 3:41pm 3/27/14 3:41pm