Watch a Giant Tunnel Boring Machine Blast a Hole Through New York City

Watching a 642-ton, 300-foot-long Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) bust a hole from Manhattan to Long Island City reminds me of the tunnel cleaners in Labrinyth. Except, instead of David Bowie singing, it's Long Island City commuters. » 1/24/12 6:10pm 1/24/12 6:10pm

The World's Largest Tunnel Boring Machine: A 400-Foot, 9.5-Million…

We've been thinking a lot today about moving earth to make pathways. Tunnels. What if you're not talking about thin, dirt tubes to move humans, though, but holes so big entire industries can flow through them? This is the world's largest tunnel boring machine: an Earth Pressure Balance (EPB) Shield developed by… » 4/25/11 5:18pm 4/25/11 5:18pm

180mph Car Treadmill Great for Designers, Dangerous for Pilots

Check this full size Nascar sitting on top of a steel belt sliding at 180mph. While wind tunnels have been used to design cars for years, the results can be affected by the fact that the ground is still. This machine solves that problem, in truly dramatic and dangerous fashion. Just like NASCAR itself. The image after… » 7/26/07 6:32am 7/26/07 6:32am