World's Fastest Train Hits 500km/h, And People Aboard Look Pretty Chill

The world's fastest train – a maglev vehicle operated by the Central Japan Railway Company capable of speeds in excess of 500km/h (~311mph) – is currently undergoing eight days of public testing. Short runs began Saturday, with 100 passengers making the 42.8 km trip from Uenehora to Fuefuki in about five minutes. » 11/19/14 10:20am Wednesday 10:20am

How To Fold The World's Farthest-Flying Paper Airplane

The all-time distance record for paper airplane flight* was set in February, 2012. The paper craft was designed by John Collins (a.k.a. "The Paper Airplane Guy"), and soared a whopping 226 feet, 10 inches. Here, Collins walks us through how to fold his world-record-holding plane, which he's named "Suzanne." » 11/19/14 9:50am Wednesday 9:50am

This unnecessarily complicated pancake-making device would do Wallace…

The Happy Egg Company took their cues for their Pancake-omatic from the cracking contraptions of Wallace and Gromit. It took engineers 200 hours to construct and 100 hours to test this pancake making device, which starts when the enthroned hen lays an egg. It's pretty to look at, but the real question is: are the… » 2/10/13 8:30am 2/10/13 8:30am

Engineers light a menorah with a Rube Goldberg Machine, a robotic arm,…

The first night of Hanukkah is less than a week away, and the engineers of Technion, the Israel Institute of Technology, are getting ready with their unnecessarily complicated menorah lighting system, in which a Rube Goldberg device triggers a robotic arm, and nitroglycerin provides the fire. » 12/02/12 1:00pm 12/02/12 1:00pm

Rube Goldberg machine is the world's most complicated page-turning…


For those days when you can't be bothered to turn the newspaper page with your hands, but can be bothered to build a complicated contraption, artist Joseph Herscher has devised the ultimate page-turning Rube Goldberg machine, powered by pool balls, a chubby hamster, and fire. [via Laughing Squid] » 1/14/12 5:00pm 1/14/12 5:00pm