Incredible Feats of Engineering in Formula 1 Racing

Wanna see something cool? Check out the moves on this pit crew. I don't care if you're not a Formula 1 person, a car person, or even a transportation person – if this video comparing F1 crews past and present doesn't blow you away your spark plugs may need changing. » 4/17/14 5:05pm Yesterday 5:05pm

If These Proposed Skyscrapers Are Ever Built, Cities Will Be Insane

The super-skyscraper has been a dream of city planners for over a century. And these plans for mega-structures, if they ever come to fruition, would be some of the most awe-inspiring buildings the world has ever seen. Take a glimpse at the future of architecture in this gallery. » 4/15/14 3:41pm Tuesday 3:41pm

Somebody Built a Kangaroo Robot Because Why the Hell Not?

That somebody is German engineering firm Festo. The company, which has a history of turning to nature for inspiration, is also responsible for this mechanical seagull and these claw-tipped Doc Ock arms (which were modeled after an elephant's trunk). » 4/06/14 8:30am 4/06/14 8:30am

Two Technologies that Los Angeles Needs for the Coming Rise in Quakes

In the wake of yesterday's 4.4 earthquake in the Los Angeles area, some seismologists are suggesting that this could be the first of many quakes in the region. As the city looks to a shaky future, there are two cutting-edge technologies that might keep their buildings, bridges and transit systems from crumbling. » 3/18/14 12:14pm 3/18/14 12:14pm

Holy crap, these bionic arms look just like Doc Ock's

Designed by German engineering firm Festo, these claw-tipped, artificially intelligent arms were designed to mimic the utility and movement of an elephant's trunk – but the resemblance to Dock Ock's writhing limbs is just uncanny. » 3/15/14 5:00pm 3/15/14 5:00pm

A sobering reminder of the risks inherent to space exploration

Via YouTuber Fabio Baccaglioni comes a solemn compilation of rocket launch failures, from the early days of space exploration to present. That it's just shy of 32 minutes long is a testament to something that can't be overemphasized: getting to space is hard. It's grueling, it's dangerous, and, as we all know too… » 3/15/14 2:00pm 3/15/14 2:00pm

Get excited – spider silk finally looks ready for commercialization

Materials scientists have been eyeing spider silk as a potential supermaterial for years, but the stuff is notoriously difficult to produce in quantities. Now, recent breakthroughs in the production of synthetic spider silk could see this remarkable substance commercialized, and publicly available, sooner than… » 3/09/14 9:25am 3/09/14 9:25am