This mind-bending machine completes one turn every 2.3 trillion years

This machine by Arthur Ganson just blew my mind: its engine runs at 200 revolutions per minute but the last gear of its 12-gear mechanism is locked to a block of concrete. It looks still but, in reality, it is moving. You just can't see it because it completes one revolution every two trillion years. How the hell is… » 11/03/13 12:07am 11/03/13 12:07am

5 Creatures That Have Evolved Into Badass Biological Machines

The natural world might be awe-inspiring, but that’s not to say that it doesn’t share similarities with the technological world that we inhabit. In fact, as biologists have come to look at creatures in closer detail, they've discovered that some of them have been using basics of engineering—that we now take for… » 10/07/13 12:00pm 10/07/13 12:00pm

It's Amazing These Perfectly Synced Gears Don't Shred Each Other

If you've ever shuddered at the sound of the gears grinding on your car's manual transmission, you might have a hard time watching this video. But don't dismay, as these three gears spinning at 4,500 RPM come in and out of sync with each other, at no point do they ever interfere or grind against each other. » 10/03/13 9:39am 10/03/13 9:39am

This Insect Grows Its Own Microscopic Gears to Move Absurdly Fast

When you think of the fastest accelerators in the animal kingdom, large, muscular mammals will probably be the first that come to mind. But steady among them is the inconspicuous adolescent issus, who can hit an acceleration of 400 gs in 2 milliseconds flat (humans lose consciousness over 5 gs)—all thanks to what… » 9/12/13 4:20pm 9/12/13 4:20pm

Hand-Cranked Machine Plays Catch with Itself

There's something that's oddly hypnotic about watching this hand-cranked machine slice, drop and catch these small spherical rare earth magnets one at a time. The little 5mm ball magnets start out as a connected string, and are continuously fed through the contraption in a loop. As the video goes on, you get to see… » 5/06/11 7:30am 5/06/11 7:30am

Gear Clock Tells Time, Lies About Everything Else

You'd think that this $78 Jumbo Gear Clock sleeps alright knowing that, unlike its digital counterparts, it features 50 exposed moving gears that show off the otherwise hidden complexity of clockwork. But the Jumbo Gear Clock does not sleep well at all. The Jumbo Gear Clock lays awake at night because the Jumbo Gear… » 10/27/08 11:00am 10/27/08 11:00am

Bicycle With Unlimited Gears Inspired By Leonardo

This DaVinci inspired gadget won't help you find a secret religious conspiracy and seduce a French lady, but it will help you get up and down mountains slightly easier. It's called "The Ride," and it's a bike that has a "NuVinci" transmission with ball bearings and metal disc systems to allow you to set the gear ratio… » 12/13/07 3:30pm 12/13/07 3:30pm

Yet Another Gear Clock For You To Drool Over

Gear clocks are nothing new, but each new design offers a little something different. You can watch in awe as the gears turn and display the hour, minutes, and seconds. It is almost hypnotic. And the best part is that it costs $20 —can you say cheap holiday gift? I sure can. [Product Page via GeekAlerts via BookofJoe] » 12/06/07 8:50pm 12/06/07 8:50pm