The Ingenious Way the Ancient Egyptians Should Have Built the Pyramids

Thousands of years ago, a minority of ancient Egyptians set a majority to work building some of the oldest human-made structures in the world. It seems like we've been debating about how they did it ever since: Water? Animal labor? Magic? A team of researchers thinks they've found the best explanation yet. » 8/27/14 3:47pm 8/27/14 3:47pm

7 New Materials That Could Change How Our Buildings Act

The gap between material science and actual construction is very far and very wide. It can take decades to move a breakthrough in engineering from a lab to a building site. But as architects and engineers face bigger challenges—from earthquakes to dwindling resources to sheer cost—a new generation of smart materials… » 8/25/14 9:00am 8/25/14 9:00am

These Enormous Caverns Below NYC Are Starting To Look Like Train Tunnels

It's been several months since we last checked in with New York City's perennially delayed, incredibly expensive infrastructural wonder: The East Side Access project, a plan to build a new station beneath Grand Central station that will connect Manhattan and Queens. Deep below the city, work continues—and now, the MTA… » 8/12/14 9:37am 8/12/14 9:37am

Fun guy spins his head like a metal rock star while doing construction

It doesn't get any more metal than this. This headbanger filmed a video of himself spinning his head and making his hair whip in dizzying circles while working construction jobs. It's so hardcore badass but also incredibly goofy and fun all at the same time. He rocks out with his caulk out. » 7/02/14 11:09pm 7/02/14 11:09pm

These Tiny Robots Are Designed To 3D Print Whole Buildings

By now, large-scale 3D printing has been around for a few years. (Crazy, right?) But there's always been one big problem with existing technology: The printers need to be larger than the structures themselves. That's a problem that a team of researchers say they can solve with swarms of tiny robots. » 6/19/14 5:20pm 6/19/14 5:20pm

China Is Literally Moving Mountains to Build New Cities

China is on a giant building spree and nothing is going to stop it—not even mountains. Entire mountaintops are being razed to fill in valleys, paving the way for future cities. The problem is that no one really knows what they're doing. "[E]arth-moving on this scale without scientific support is folly," warn three… » 6/05/14 2:00pm 6/05/14 2:00pm

A Bleak Look at the Life of Migrant Workers Building Qatar's World Cup

Workers sleeping 12 to a room without access to clean water. Young men dying from heart attacks due to the extreme heat. One man who has been trying to leave for five years, except his passport was taken by his boss, who has disappeared. It's the latest and most heartbreaking news on the highly controversial World Cup… » 6/02/14 2:45pm 6/02/14 2:45pm

Flying 3D Printers Could Help Seal Off Nuclear Waste

A quadcopter outfitted with an on-board 3D printer could be used to seal off and transport nuclear waste, or even to build structures in the middle of nowhere, according to its inventor, Mirko Kovac of Imperial College London. "In effect, it's the world's first flying 3D printer," New Scientist writes. "One day such… » 5/07/14 9:50am 5/07/14 9:50am

Scientists Make Bricks With Sludge Filtered From Arsenic-Laced Water

Arsenic-contaminated water is a massive problem in the developing world. But, even when you filter it out, the toxic sludge that the process produces often gets dumped right back into the water supply. It's tough to dream up a use for arsenic soup, but one research team finally has: They're making bricks out of it. » 3/31/14 4:00pm 3/31/14 4:00pm

They Moved Mountains (And People) To Build L.A.’s Freeways

Carmageddon—it was the nightmare scenario L.A.'s transportation authorities warned of when a construction project shut down a critical stretch of freeway for an entire weekend in July 2011. Gridlock. The glow of brake lights. The overwhelming angst of a city denied its full and unimpeded access to its freeways. In the… » 3/17/14 6:09pm 3/17/14 6:09pm

Watch construction cranes come to life and dance in a fun light show

There are 42 tower cranes working together to build a brand new city district for more than 20,000 people in Vienna, Austria. It's the biggest construction site in Europe right now. But it's not always work work work for the cranes, they get to dance in a fun light show on their off day. Watch them get down and light… » 3/07/14 9:59pm 3/07/14 9:59pm