Nine-year time-lapse video shows how to make a nuclear fusion reactor

This time-lapse video shows the assembly of the most modern nuclear rector of its kind by the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics in Germany. Work on the Wendelstein 7-X fusion device has taken nearly ten years so far—here it is condensed down to just three minutes. » 6/13/14 12:50pm 6/13/14 12:50pm

Frozen Ant Rafts Could Teach Us How to Make Self-Assembling Robots

A writhing mass of fire ants floating across the water is thing of horror and a marvel of engineering. But how do you study the architecture of ever-squirming ants? By flash-freezing them and coating in glue, as scientists did for a recent study. Ant rafts, it turns out, are more complicated than you might think, and… » 6/12/14 10:00am 6/12/14 10:00am

The Tallest Elevators On Earth Are Being Tested In an Old Mineshaft

Jeddah's Kingdom Tower will be taller than any other structure ever built. At more than one kilometer high, this supertall will require feats of engineering that, until now, have been the stuff of science fiction. Like the world's tallest, longest, and fastest elevators—which are being developed in a mine shaft in… » 6/09/14 3:02pm 6/09/14 3:02pm

New Method for Spray-On Graphene Makes the Supermaterial Even Stronger

An international team of researchers just announced a simple, inexpensive way to spray graphene onto substrates at supersonic speeds. Besides sounding absolutely awesome, the method also offers a solution to a crippling weakness with the supermaterial. In effect, spray-on graphene is simply stronger. » 5/28/14 2:40pm 5/28/14 2:40pm