Come 2014, the world's tallest building — the Ghost Protocol-famous Burj Khalifa — will no longer be able to also claim that it has the world's fastest elevators. That honor will go to the Shanghai Tower in China, which will stand 2,073 feet with 128 floors, and have bullet-shaped elevators built by Mitsubishi that zip around as fast as cars.
I think we have the perfect stunt for Tom Cruise's next installment of Mission Impossible, and it involves skydiving from space. Luckily, there's already a guy out there insane enough to try it first, to make sure it works.
An X-ray laser generating pulses a billion times brighter than any x-ray source prior has heated an ultra thin sample of aluminum to a record 3.6 million degrees Fahrenheit. That's hotter than then sun's corona!
A team of engineers at the University of Southampton in the U.K. have created what's being called the world's first 3D printed airplane. While 3D printing has been eyed to make airplane components (among other things), cranking out an entire, working craft is definitely something new — and something that could be promising in the growing world of unmanned aerial vehicles.
It's still up for review by Guinness World Records, but it's a pretty safe bet that this Gillette ad, written on a space less than 100 microns short across a human hair, is the smallest yet.
How do you double the speed of a helicopter? Maybe it shouldn't be as obvious as just stapling a couple extra engines onto it, but it seems to have worked, as the Eurocopter X3 is now the fastest helicopter ever built.
Two Germans — engineer Stefan Simmerer and TV host Dirk Gion — recently set out on an epic 18-day road trip that saw them traveling over 3,000 miles across Australia. The coolest part? They did it in a vehicle powered only by a kite and wind turbine and broke three world records in the process.
Tyson Mao might have some sick Rubik's Cube skills, especially when he solves it behind his back with his eyes blindfolded, but I'd like to see him try Shapeway's ginormous 17 x 17 x 17 Rubik's Cube.
China, which already boasts the three longest bridges over land, just toppled the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway in Louisiana to take the belt for the longest bridge over water, too. The country is now home to an impressive 26.4 miles of bridge over the Jiaozhou Bay, but that's not even the craziest part.
Solar power, as cool as it is, still won't give you the same kind of charge you need to run something like an automobile continuously without tacking on an enormous number of panels. The solution? Redesign said car until it's almost only the panels, and make it run on a ridiculously low amount of energy.