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How a kingfisher, an owl, & a penguin helped redesign Japan’s Shinkansen

How is Japan’s Shinkansen, a long-nosed bullet train that travels up to 240–320 km/h (150–200 mph), like a kingfisher? Or an owl? Or an Adélie penguin? In this video from Vox and 99% Invisible, we see how these three ...

The Archaeology of Crossrail and the history of London

The construction of London’s newest railway, which will be known as the Elizabeth line when services begin in 2018, has given archaeologists a unique chance to explore some of the city’s most historically important si...

Electromagnetic Levitation Quadcopter

On a visit to Hyperloop One, a Los Angeles-based team working to create a near-vacuum tube-based transportation system, Veratasium's Derek Muller got to check out this Electromagnetic Levitation Quadcopter demo. In th...

How are streets, roads, and avenues different?

A road, a street, an avenue, a boulevard, a drive, a parkway, a beltway... and that just gets us started! What's the difference between each of these thoroughfares? This Vox video by Phil Edwards and Gina Barton helps...

The world’s largest ship elevator opens at China’s Three Gorges Dam

There is a massive elevator for ships built into the Three Gorges Dam on the Yangtze River in Yichang City, central China's Hubei Province. The mostly silent CCTV+ footage above shows it in action. A feat of engin...

From Dibrugarh to Kanyakumari, a time lapse of India’s longest train

Ride the longest train in India via this time lapse video from a photo essay by musician and photographer Ed Hanley. An excerpt: Indian Railways train #15906, the Dibrugarh-Kanyakumari Vivek Express, travels 4,273...

Explore the Miniatur Wunderland model railway with Google Maps

In the miniature train game, Hamburg’s Miniatur Wunderland is a big deal. It is the largest model railway in the world, all HO scale, and it continues to grow. By 2020, ten new sections will be added to the already im...

How New York City’s subway technologies are being modernized

"People know that the system is old, but I don't think they realize just how old it is... in our system, it's not just the architecture that's 100 years old. It's a lot of the basic technology, as well. The infrastruc...

An Animated History of Transportation Through the Centuries

From the invention of the canoe in 8,000 B.C. to the recent rise of self-driving cars, enjoy this animated review of how humans have traveled from here to there through the centuries: An Animated History of Transporta...

The Globe: Exploring the world’s largest container ship

Chase the world's largest container ship, The Globe, as it arrives at England's Port of Felixstowe for the first time. At more than 400m (1,312ft) long by 56.8m (186ft) wide, and carrying 19,100 containers, this China...

Time lapse at the Port of Long Beach: The Art of Stevedore

Trucks, trains, huge ships, cranes, machines, containers, and more cranes! Filmmaker Alex Hallajian recorded operations at the Port of Long Beach, the second-busiest container port in the United States, 24/7 for seven...

Northlandz: One of the world’s largest model railroads

This four and a half minute lens commercial gives us the perfect excuse to visit Northlandz, home to one* of the world’s largest model railroads. Some background from Makezine:  Bruc...

Go Beyond Oil (Greenpeace UK Campaign)

We’ve watched this video quite a few times in the last few weeks… it’s surfaced as a kiddo-favorite. Not only is it a beautiful animation (by Toronto-based Smart Bubble Society, “a not-for-pro...

The Dynasphere – British Pathé

Oh, British Pathé! You and this Dynasphere are both awesome. The kid should definitely see how crazy this vehicle is! From wikipedia:  The Dynasphere was a monowheel electric vehicle invent...

Metropolis II at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

Metropolis II, a kinetic sculpture created by Chris Burden, is currently showing at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA).  Steel beams form an eclectic grid interwoven with an elaborate system of 18 roadw...


 
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