Inside "The Domes," Where NASA Drives the Spacecraft of the Future

Deep in the belly of the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, lie "The Domes." Step into one of them and suddenly you're standing on the surface of Mars, or you're flying high above the Earth, looking out from the International Space Station. This is the Systems Engineering Simulator, where we learned to fly,… » 11/19/14 12:16pm Wednesday 12:16pm

Just Try and Stop Playing With This Browser-Based Fluid Simulator

If you had any hope you'd actually be productive this Tuesday, you'll want to avoid George Corney's magical browser-based particle fluid simulator at all costs. If you thought hard drugs or Nutella was addictive, just one click in the middle of this simulator's sea of particles and bam!—your workday is over. » 11/18/14 4:23pm Tuesday 4:23pm

Amazing Arcade Flight Simulator Spins Players Completely Upside-Down

The arcades that dominated the 1980s and 1990s slowly died off as home video game consoles became more and more capable, but there are apparently still some good reasons to keep a pocket full of quarters handy. Namely this arcade simulator for a game called War Thunder that puts Afterburner to shame. » 4/15/14 8:30am 4/15/14 8:30am

The Insane 1950s Flight Sim That Taught Airmen to Refuel in Midair

Performing a midair fuel transfer between aircraft is among the most technically challenging maneuvers in aviation, especially when flying a prop-driven, WWII-era C-97 Stratotanker. That's why neophyte pilots spent hours at the controls of this life-size simulator before they ever set foot in the real thing. » 2/06/14 6:40pm 2/06/14 6:40pm

A High School Student Built This Surprisingly Capable Flight Simulator

Do you remember how you spent your high school years? Odds are you were more concerned with your social status than actually doing something useful with your life. Not Dominick Lee. Instead of parties and homecomings he designed, built, and programmed an impressive low-budget flight simulator that's going to all but… » 10/23/13 10:00am 10/23/13 10:00am

Costco UK Will Happily Sell You This Awesome $115,000 F1 Simulator

What do you rely on your local Costco for? Gigantic boxes of diapers? Bulk packs of chicken fingers? In the UK, when you're stocking up on bangers and mash, you can also go home with a full-size $115,000 Formula One simulator. Although, sadly, they're not sold in bulk packs for bigger savings. » 5/14/13 12:00pm 5/14/13 12:00pm

Grip Simulator Could Revolutionize the Feeling of Weapons in Games

When it comes to making video games feel more realistic, Nintendo seems to be one of the industry's leading innovators. First it introduced a vibrating rumble controller accessory for the N64, and then of course it made a buttload of money from the motion-controlled Wii. But a company called Tactical Haptics wants to… » 4/12/13 12:20pm 4/12/13 12:20pm

This Complex 3D Heart Simulator Can Run on Just a Laptop

Supercomputers let us simulate everything from the weather, to a chess match against a master, to how the human body operates. But researchers at Japan's National Cerebral and Cardiovascular Center have created a detailed 3D simulation of a beating human heart that can run on a laptop, allowing even small hospitals… » 11/05/12 10:00am 11/05/12 10:00am

The Big Bad Wolf Ain't Got Nothing on the World's Only Category 5…

When Hurricane Andrew rolled ashore in South Florida back in 1992, it destroyed $27 billion worth of property. The storm was the third most destructive to ever hit the US, an outcome due in part to the insufficient building codes of the time. Structures simply weren't built to withstand the storm's fury. These days,… » 9/12/12 11:30am 9/12/12 11:30am

Skillet Simulator: Perfect Your Sear Without the Smoke Alarm

If preparing a bowl of Ramen Noodles maxes out your culinary capabilities, you might want to consider a trip to the Tokyo Institute of Technology to enhance your skillset in the kitchen. Researchers there have developed a cooking simulator complete with virtual vegetables that can actually burn, and a force feedback… » 8/27/12 8:44am 8/27/12 8:44am

Doctors Can Practice Brain Surgery Without Actual Brains Now

Learning to do brain surgery isn't easy, as the procedures are often difficult even for experienced surgeons. So researchers in Japan have developed the Cybram 001—or Cybernetic Brain Artery Model—which simulates the functions of blood vessels in the brain, letting surgeons hone their skills without risking a… » 4/18/12 11:00am 4/18/12 11:00am