How a Mass Whale Graveyard Ended Up Beneath a South American Highway

Connecting Alaska to Argentina, the Pan-American Highway runs some 30,000 miles north to south. Construction to widen the highway briefly stopped, however, to make way for dead whales back in 2010, when workers digging through a remote stretch of the Chilean desert found a huge trove of bones millions of years old.… » 2/27/14 12:40pm 2/27/14 12:40pm

John Hodgman explains the end of the world to you

John Hodgman is the world's foremost expert on all things canny and uncanny, and everything in between. And today marks the release of Ragnarok, his one-hour comedy special about the apocalypse, via Netflix. To celebrate, we talked to him about the meaning of apocalyptic stories, and why he doesn't love zombies. » 6/20/13 3:51pm 6/20/13 3:51pm

Japan fixed this quake-damaged road in just six days

Japan's world-class transportation infrastructure couldn't withstand this month's 9.0-magnitutde quake, but their construction teams are still amazing. This stretch of highway was repaired in just six days by a Herculean road crew. This is the triumph of Japanese engineering. [Jalopnik] » 3/24/11 3:18pm 3/24/11 3:18pm

Dragon Power Station Harnesses Kinetic Energy From Passing Vehicles to …

Terry Kenney's Dragon Power Station prototype works by harnessing the kinetic energy of trucks passing over plates buried in the road and turning that energy into electricity. The system he's got set up now in the Port of Oakland, with 2,500 trucks passing over it in a day, is enough to power 1,750 homes. It's a very… » 5/01/08 2:00pm 5/01/08 2:00pm

ROAD S101 Linux Smartphone Has It All: Nokia Killer?


A few days ago, we wrote about a Linux based platform for phones. The ROAD S101 series phones are the sexy fruits of that open-souced nerd news. And surprisingly, they have enough nice hardware and software to give the similar Nokia Communicator 9500 a run for its money. The ROAD, which stands for Remote Office Access … » 8/18/06 2:22pm 8/18/06 2:22pm