Amazing Video of a Crane Lifting a Car Using Two Phonebooks

You probably knew that it's impossible to pull apart two phonebooks put together with interleaving pages. But did you know that the bond—caused by the mechanical friction of the interleaving pages—is so strong that it can lift an entire car? This video demonstrates exactly that. The best part, however, may be to… » 11/30/12 4:40pm 11/30/12 4:40pm

Clever 1-Minute Video Shows How Airplane Wings Really Work

You probably think that a wing lifts an airplane because the airflow moving over the top has a longer distance to travel and "needs to go faster to have the same transit time as the air travelling along the lower, flat surface." Well, you are wrong. » 1/24/12 10:00am 1/24/12 10:00am

New Elevators Installed In Japan Can Take 80 People Sky-High

It could be the world's largest elevator. Measuring about the size of my living room, an office in Osaka, Japan, has installed five of Mitsubishi Electric's largest elevators—capable of squeezing in 80 people each. » 5/19/10 5:06am 5/19/10 5:06am

Boeing Working on Real-Life Colonial Marines Dropship

The US Air Force wants a new cargo aircraft, a pressurized airplane capable of carrying 65,000 pounds for 1,500 nautical miles without refueling. They call it the Speed Agile Concept Demonstrator—it's supposed to travel at a minimum Mach .8 at 30,000-feet—but they may as well have called it the UD-4L Dropship, because… » 6/12/08 10:30am 6/12/08 10:30am

Bicycle Lift: A Video

In case that gallery we posted yesterday » 4/24/07 12:30pm 4/24/07 12:30pm about the bicycle lift in Trondheim Norway wasn't enough to give you the idea, here's a video of it. The lift actually moves a lot faster than we thought it would, carrying passengers up this pretty damn steep hill since 1993. So the lift's more out of necessity than out of…

Norwegian Bicycle Lift Proves Europeans are Just as Lazy

This bicycle lift from some Norway may be old hat for them, but totally blew our minds when we saw it earlier today. Picture a guided train track railing that you stick your foot on while you ride your bike that will guide you up a hill. » 4/23/07 9:00pm 4/23/07 9:00pm

Plasma Cabinet Lifts, Separates

Despite not really saving space—you can't put anything either on top of this cabinet or inside of it if it's hidden—this Plasma Lift should be a hit with the ladies. Why? Because they really hate electronics being out in the open. » 4/20/07 6:00pm 4/20/07 6:00pm

Harding Steel Car Lift: Automobile Elevator For The Home

Remember that Robotic Garage that went haywire? Well now you can have your own, ready to disobey your every command. Harding Steel's 110-volt residential garage lift needs only 9-feet of vertical clearance, hauls 12,000 pounds, and comes in different sizes for rides ranging from Civics to Cadillacs. » 8/08/06 7:18pm 8/08/06 7:18pm