The World's Smallest Electric Motor Is Made From a Single Molecule

How silly of us all to never realize that the butyl methyl sulfide molecule is not a liquid, but a motor. Thankfully, some clearheaded chemists at Tufts University were able to make us see this compound's true nature. » 9/06/11 9:10am 9/06/11 9:10am

The 1.3 Million-Pound Rockets That Shot Endeavour Into Space

Endeavour was launched into space today for the last time ever. Prayers don't shoot shuttles into space, though: Hurtling Endeavour and its crew 28 miles straight up were a pair of 1.3-million-pound reusable solid rockets. » 5/16/11 6:00pm 5/16/11 6:00pm

Cross-Country Skiing Is Better With a Propeller Attached To Your Back

With a 200cc lawnmower engine, a handmade propeller, and some spare paraglider parts (that he just happened to have kicking around?), Russian tinkerer Sergei Khvalin created a cross-country skiing rig that can send him zipping across the snow at speeds of 25MPH. It weighs 34 pounds, and thus, he explains, can also… » 2/18/11 10:00am 2/18/11 10:00am

This Bike Takes You Uphill Without Any Pedaling

However much fun it is to barrel down a mountainside on two wheels, it's equally painful to pedal those heights in the first place. Unless you've got this 1200-watt motor kit handy. Then it's pure joyride. » 1/11/11 7:20pm 1/11/11 7:20pm

Matchbook-Sized Motor Sets 1 Million RPM Record

Researchers from ETH Zurich's Department of Power Electronics have developed a matchbook-sized motor that can spin faster than any other machine in the world—over 1,000,000 rpm. In order to keep it from falling apart at such high speeds, the researchers employed a titanium shell, ultra-thin copper wire for the… » 11/14/08 6:30pm 11/14/08 6:30pm

Mr. T-Wannabe Halves Car with Angle-Grinder to Hack Off Police

A British man who had his car clamped outside his home used an angle-grinder to cut it in two. Ian Taylor's car, which he had bought for $100 for his stepson to use (guess he doesn't like his stepson much) and had yet to tax, was parked on his front drive, but was protruding by two inches onto the pavement. Although… » 5/12/08 8:30am 5/12/08 8:30am

Futuba Robot Hooked on Speed

Although they may freak us out from time to time, we're generally not afraid of robots. But show us a bot that moves faster than we can think and we may change our minds (even if he's only 10-inches tall). The Futuba has 11 high-torque motors that make it look like he's on speed. It can kick, punch, and lift itself… » 10/30/06 9:40am 10/30/06 9:40am

Cell Phone Cameras to get an Autofocus Upgrade

Shicoh Engineering has designed the world's tiniest compact linear motor. What does a compact linear motor do? It regulates the autofocus function of cell phone cameras. A better focused nude celebrity spy photo is always a good thing, right? » 4/03/06 3:46pm 4/03/06 3:46pm