This Map Of A Week's Worth Of Global Shipping Traffic Is Mesmerizing

You order something, it ships, and a few days (and a few checks through package tracking) later it's at your doorstep. It's a relatively simple process — until you start looking at all the packages moving worldwide at once. And then that simple process becomes a vast, complicated, and even kind of beautiful, network. » 2/24/15 11:20am 2/24/15 11:20am

Why Are These Massive Cargo Ships Trapped at 29 U.S. Ports?

You've probably read about it, even if it didn't really register. Something about a backlog. Something about unions. Imports and exports. Now the dispute that's paralyzing 29 ports on the U.S. West Coast has the potential to affect all of us—and to empty the shelves in countless stores. » 2/19/15 5:29pm 2/19/15 5:29pm

Why Is International Shipping So Expensive?

If you've ever shipped an item across national borders, you've probably experienced a moment or two of sticker shock. But just what's included in the high price of sending something across country lines? » 8/01/14 4:20pm 8/01/14 4:20pm

This Enormous New Icebreaker Ship Is Flat-Out Incredible

This is concept art for an extraordinary new icebreaking ship currently under construction at the Arctech Helsinki Shipyard. Commissioned by the Finnish government, it will be able to smash its way through 1.2 meters of ice, creating a 25-meter wide channel. » 6/12/14 4:44pm 6/12/14 4:44pm

Comment of the Day: Futuristic Shipyard Edition

In today's comments we theorized about the inner lives of our house-pets, smiled awkwardly at the science behind nervous laughter, and came up with one unlikely candidate for most life-changing invention. » 10/07/13 4:40pm 10/07/13 4:40pm

Incredible video shows how 100 years of shipping changed the world from…

The eighteenth and nineteenth centuries are sometimes called the "age of transition" because the world was moving toward a global economy. This was in large part due to the widespread availability of intercontinental travel and warfare using massive sea vessels. It was the era when European powers took to the seas… » 4/16/12 10:27am 4/16/12 10:27am

Could You Be a Shipper? Take Our Quiz

In the science fiction world, "Shipper" stands for for "relationshipper," and it means anybody who is completely obsessed with one particular couple on their favorite show. Usually, but not always, it's a non-romantic pairing that the Shipper wishes would get hot and sexy. We all have a little shipper in us, but some… » 2/12/08 10:30am 2/12/08 10:30am