Tagged: engineering

How engines work

Did you know that your car will take in 566 cubic meter of air to burn 76 liters of fuel? That’s the equivalent of a 232 square meter house! If your only experience with a car engine’s...

NASA releases free software catalog

NASA has released its 2017-2018 software catalog, which offers an extensive portfolio of software products for a wide variety of technical applications, all free of charge to the public, without any royalty or copyright...

Introducing Handle

Handle is a research robot that stands 2 m tall, travels at 14 kmh and jumps 120 cm vertically. ​It uses electric power to operate both electric and hydraulic actuators, with a range of about 24...

Automatic vs manual transmission

Which is better: Manual or Automatic transmission? This debate has been present for the last seven decades. Manual and automatic transmissions are completely different technologies, which use different configurations and principles. One is based...

Aluminum can engineering

Bill Hammack details the engineering choices underlying the design of a beverage can. He explains why it is cylindrical, outlines the manufacturing steps needed to created the can, notes why the can narrows near...

Japanese wood joinery

Japanese wood joinery dates back to the seventh century and is a craftsmanship technique that involves complicated, interlocking wooden joints that form bonds without the use of nails, screws or adhesives. Even until recent...

Handle

The latest robotic offering from Boston Dynamics is quick, agile and looks like it may just keep you awake at night, as well as potentially putting many factory workers out of a job. Video...

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Atlantic Wall

The Atlantic Wall represents one of Europe’s largest fortification efforts in recent history. Hitler ordered the construction of these immense fortifications in December 1941 to deter the Allies from invading Nazi-occupied Europe, but with...

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Ancient underground city of Derinkuyu

Long ago, in the region surrounding Nevsehir and Kayseri, in central Turkey, an ancient people built, or rather dug, over 200 underground cities. The deepest of these, under the present day town of Derinkuyu,...

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Brazen bull

History is replete with brutally imaginative torture and execution techniques. The list of cruelties includes crucifixion, where victims were left to die on the cross; the rack, where torturers would place the victim on...