Inside "The Domes," Where NASA Drives the Spacecraft of the Future

Deep in the belly of the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, lie "The Domes." Step into one of them and suddenly you're standing on the surface of Mars, or you're flying high above the Earth, looking out from the International Space Station. This is the Systems Engineering Simulator, where we learned to fly,… » 11/19/14 12:16pm 11/19/14 12:16pm

Flying Cars, Cloud Cities and Other Forgotten Inventions of Buckminster…

Buckminster Fuller might best be known for the molecules named after him and dome designs that inspired structures such as the Epcot center. But even more impressive is The New Yorker's rundown of Fuller's life and forgotten inventions, such as his three-wheeled, all-terrain car with a periscope, cities designed to… » 6/02/08 11:00pm 6/02/08 11:00pm

Russian Scientist Proposes Domed Cities to Protect from Nukes

Russian scientist Alexander Bolonkin has a way to protect our cities from nuclear attacks: just slap a gigantic dome over it. Of course! As an added bonus, we'll also protect ourselves from inclement weather and the annoying tourists that airplanes bring with them when they land. When can construction start?? » 4/15/08 4:10pm 4/15/08 4:10pm

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Toyota's New Driving Simulator Looks Like Fairground Attraction

This is Toyota's latest toy, a 78-ton driving simulator that recreates situations too wild for real life. Consisting of a 23-foot dome perched on top of a 15-foot-high gantry, the simulator is at Toyota's Higashifuji Technical Center in Shizuoka, and will be deployed to improve safety features on Toyota cars. » 11/26/07 7:19am 11/26/07 7:19am