Browsing: Engineering

There is perhaps no greater joy in life than the feeling you get from building things with your own hands, be it making simple airplane models, or completely redoing your secret torture basement. But as with all things, there are people out there whose inventiveness and hard work can make even your greatest Do-It-Yourself projects look…

When you think of maps, you don’t usually think of them as fluid objects. However, since the fall of the Berlin Wall, it seems all kinds of mergers and separations have been cluttering up atlases on a near-yearly basis.  And that doesn’t include all of the wars and disputed territories. But this article is specific to…

They say sailing is a “rich man’s sport,” and they are totally right.  In this age of steam ships, flying machines and matter transporters, sailboats have become simultaneously the slowest and most expensive way to get anywhere – which is, we guess, something of an impressive feat. Still, the sport continues, because it’s awesome.  Some…

Non-lethal weapons are what you get when the ideas of “not-killing” and “wanting to shoot people in the face” get into yet another screaming match and end up totally doing it on the kitchen counter.  The following morning, no words are said and eye contact is avoided, but out of such a hateful union eventually…

If you want to live big, you have to pay big.  Some of the greatest, largest, most exquisite, most expensive homes in the world are on the market, but before you write out that initial deposit, remember your place in the world.  If you go to the store and buy an extra can of Chef…

Ever since the first caveman figured out that wood floats, the sea has been a part of human history. From hollowed out logs to Roman Triremes, and from ships driven by the wind to the nuclear powered super carriers of today, man has had an impenetrable bond with ships. In fact, until the age of…

How to determine who the greatest inventors in history were is often a passionate and, at times, even a heated debate. Many men can lay claim to having invented or, at very least, perfecting someone else’s obscure invention, making such a listing problematic at best. Fortunately, I don’t maintain any personal favorites, which will hopefully…

There can be no doubt that the twentieth century is one of the most remarkable in human history for its previously unparalleled rate of technological advances and scientific discoveries, a rate that continues to this day. In fact, there were so many new gadgets invented and discoveries made in the last century that it’s difficult…