Have you ever wondered how the largest ships in the world are able to cross Panama as they make their way from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic? The locks system in the Panama Canal are a modern engineering marvel, and how they work is now cleverly explained through this new Lego Education set.
The timelapse gets a little hectic and sometimes you don’t know what the hell is going on (unless you’re well-versed in canal building), but it’s just crazy to see a strip of land get carved out and then built out with concrete. Like, we just really gashed the Earth and filled it up with water.
The infrastructure being built for Qatar’s World Cup is using the most cutting-edge construction technologies. Yet due to the poor treatment of migrant workers, an estimated 4,000 people could die building it. A new timeline of construction deaths shows this inconsistency throughout history: Even though construction…
A few months ago, hundreds of tourists, sightseers, and workers crowded into a deep canyon of concrete at the Panama Canal to witness another wonder of the world before it was submerged.
In 1871, the USS Nipsic went to Limon Bay to scout out an appropriate location for the north end of the then-soon-to-be-constructed Panama Canal.
Samsung might be making waves at Mobile World Congress with the new Galaxy S6, but that's nothing compared to the waves that will be produced by what the company's Heavy Industries division is working on. It recently announced that it will be building the world's largest container ship, over 1,300-feet long, for…
The new Panama Canal lock gates are now being installed and holy crap they are gigantic to the point of disbelief. Egyptian pyramids-level huge. Imperial Star Destroyer-level massive. Look at those tiny people and the size of those concrete canyons. The 3,285-ton 9-story-high gate is 33 feet (10 meters) wide.
The Panama Canal opened 100 years ago this month, one of the greatest engineering achievements in history. It was also one of the greatest sacrifices of human life in the name of construction, but tragically, it was far from the most deadly project in modern history.
I can watch this time-lapse video of the Panama Canal's ship traffic forever. Up, down, up, down—so mesmerizing.
One hundred years ago today, the SS Ancon became the first ship to officially pass through the Panama Canal. Because of the outbreak of World War I, there wasn't a big party for the grand opening. The waterway would go on change the history of transportation, and now it's time to change the canal itself.
By linking the Pacific and Atlantic oceans, the Panama Canal revolutionized global shipping when it opened nearly a century ago. However, the canal's capabilities are quickly being outpaced by the ever-growing ships that pass through it. In order to accommodate the next generation of over-sized vessels, the Panama…
The opening of the Panama Canal was a disaster for Midwestern farmers. So, in 1930 the US government set about deepening the Mississippi River to improve its cargo traffic capabilities. 79 years later, one dredger is still on the job.
The Panama Canal, a human-created waterway between the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, is the last century's greatest work of geoengineering. And it continues to evolve. Just a few months ago, workers began setting off explosives like those you see here to widen the canal and allow oil supertankers to get through. Want…