The Port of LA's Big Tech Upgrade Worked So Well It's Hitting Its 2023 Emissions Goals

If you live in the US, most of the imported goods in your possession have traveled through the Port of Los Angeles, one of the largest ports in the world, and now, one of the biggest environmental success stories on the planet. A new study shows that due to major upgrades started a decade ago, the port is almost 10… »10/05/15 7:00pmMonday 7:00pm

The mesmerizing ballet of container ships moving around a shipping dock

What's great about this time lapse that shows a container ship moving around a dock is that it's not doing anything special and yet, the carefully orchestrated ballet of dropping off shipping containers is almost hypnotizing to watch. You get to follow the ship from dock to dock and see other boats move around it too. »3/26/15 9:30pm3/26/15 9:30pm

Thousands of Lego Pieces Have Been Washing Up On This Beach Since 1997

On the quaint coast of Cornwall, near the town of Perranporth, there's a beach that's constantly covered in Lego. Tiny flippers, little plastic dragons, a brick here and there—these pieces have been washing ashore since a shipping accident in 1997 sent 4.8 million pieces into the sea nearby. And one-by-one, out they… »7/21/14 10:48am7/21/14 10:48am

Shipping Container Tailgate Party Is the Pinnacle of Pop-Up Design

Football season may be months away, but that doesn't mean we can't daydream about tailgating. Forget about the rickety old camp grill and cooler in the back of your van: the future of tailgating is boxGATE, a brilliantly overkill pop-up party that unfolds from a shipping container. It's the Transformers of tailgating! »4/05/14 1:00pm4/05/14 1:00pm

Shipping Containers Lost at Sea and the Search for Flight 370

Just how many large mysterious objects can there be floating at sea? That's what many of us have wondered after the search for debris from Malaysia Airlines 370 turned up piece after piece of ocean trash. The search for flight 370 has focused our attention on empty patches of ocean and, in the process, shed light on… »4/02/14 1:40pm4/02/14 1:40pm

The Simple Metal Mechanism That Changed the Global Economy Forever

Have you ever heard of a twistlock? Unless you're a stevedore, probably not. Yet this little mechanism is what makes it possible to stack shipping containers onto cargo ships larger than city blocks—enabling a global trade network that brought most of your belongings to your doorstep. And we have a relatively… »2/26/14 10:00am2/26/14 10:00am