Between the two huge chunks of concrete in the moody dusk photo above is the world largest jet engine, which was recently assembled by General Electric engineers. It’s the first working prototype of the GE9X turbofan engine, which GE is putting through the paces at the company’s test range near Peebles, Ohio. You…
Now this is a gadget. Just look at the 6-megawatt direct-drive generator, equipped with a huge permanent magnet rotor: it was designed by General Electric’s engineers and it is one of the largest of its kind that ever built.
So just how heat-resistant are the highly-engineered materials developed for use in things like jet engines, nuclear reactors, and gas turbines? Tough enough to change the meaning of the old saying, “a snowball’s chance in hell.” Apparently, its odds are quite good of surviving—when dressed appropriately.
GE just announced that it no longer make or sell compact fluorescent lamp (CFL) lightbulbs in the US. The company will wind down the manufacturing of CFL bulbs by the end of 2016, and it will begin to shift its focus on making the newest and most energy-efficient lightbulbs, LEDs.
Christmas lights are a uniquely American tradition. That’s not just because the first electric Christmas lights appeared in America. The tradition embodies a certain American-ness, an ingenuity and hunger for innovation, that’s easily overlooked. America doesn’t just make things. America makes things spectacular.
The larger you can build a wind turbine, the more power it can generate. But you can only build them so large before they’re impossible to transport across the country. So GE’s engineers have found a better way to improve their efficiency: a giant 20,000 pound dome strapped to the front of the blades.
General Electric’s development team just completed a year of field-testing for the new Evolution Series Tier 4 locomotive. Some of the tests took place at the Federal Railroad Administration’s high-altitude testing circuit near Pueblo, Colorado at an elevation of 5,000 feet. These photographs capture the train’s…
Kudos to General Electric for hiring actor Jeff Goldblum and directors Tim and Eric to make this hilarious commercial to promote their new LED lightbulbs. I'm a fan of Philips' LEDs but, after this, I will be checking GE again. Because I'm that easy to convince and it's Jeff fucking Goldblum, ok?
DJ Matthew Dear teamed up with General Electric acoustics engineer Andrew Gorton to sample the tones created by the churn of "thousands" of different GE machines, from turbines to medical equipment. The sounds were then chopped up and reassembled into "Drop Science," a frantic, meticulous music experiment.
The heat of an active volcano. A 5,000 pound weight dropped from above. A sandstorm that lasts ten years. These are just some of the ways GE torture-tests the super-strong materials that go into jet engines, wind turbines, and more. And thanks to the company's fascinating YouTube channel, we get an up-close view of…
"The biggest thing of all in research is the mental effect," Willis Whitney wrote in 1921, "the projecting of a beam of light into the infinite and the growth of man's appreciation."
The Boston Dynamics Big Dog is only the latest in a long line of semi-autonomous cargo carriers developed for the US military. Back in the late 1960's, GE unveiled the Big Dog's spiritual predecessor: a mammoth mechanical pack mule strong enough to push Jeeps around like Matchbox cars.
When "invention machine" Quirky launched in 2009, it made a name for itself hocking plastic utensils and cord organizers—designed by you, for you. But over the past year, it's made a play to move into turning your home into a Jetsons-worthy utopia. And it's got the means—and brains—to do it.
Think of the Chrysler Building. Now picture it at night. It's even more beautiful when its jeweled top is illuminated with glowing yellow lights. But before the 1930s, lighting wasn't exactly used artfully. In fact, the term "architecture of the night" was coined by architect Raymond Hood in this 1930 pamphlet …
Fifty years ago today, Nick Holonyak, Jr. proudly demonstrated the world's first visible light-emitting diode (LED) at General Electric. In the process, he changed the world of lighting forever.
Ah the good old days—when men were men, women were women, and backyard charcoal barbecues could burn, bake or fry just about anything. No wonder it was President Eisenhower's favorite grilling implement.
Before our Christmas tree lighting needs were taken care of with $25 and a trip to Target, creating the atmosphere meant placing candles—wax towers topped with fire—onto seasonal kindling. Think it's frightening now when your dog tugs a branch? Just imagine your living room bursting into flames for the sake of…
We all know the drill with airport security: Pockets empty, laptop out, shoes and dignity off. Degrading, but anything for safety, right? Next-gen Explosive Trace Detectors promise that we'll at least get to keep our shoes on.
The fins of an engine turbine usually take days to finish. GE's new Blue Arc machining gear does it in hours. How? Instead of just drilling away metal with a harder material, it's scorched off with an electric blast.
General Electric's new halogen-compact fluorescent (CFL) light bulb solves the main complain people have about CFL: It takes too much time to achieve full brightness level. I don't care too much about that, but it's really neat looking.