Before Cranes, Ancient Greeks May Have Used This Ingenious Lifting Machine to Move Heavy Stones

Cranes first appeared in ancient Greece over 2,500 years ago, but new research suggests a primitive lifting machine – a kind of forerunner to the crane – was in use around 150 years earlier. Read More >>

Bristol Crane Opens for B&B

A listed former cargo crane in a dock in Bristol is the latest "glamping" pod for rich people to sit in on the Wi-Fi all day, with the crane-based treehouse now available for rent. Read More >>

Fully Functional Mobile Crane Shames Everything You’ve Ever Built From Lego

Do you remember how proud you were the first time you built something with Lego — without instructions — that other people could recognise? We’re sorry to say it was probably complete crap compared to ShineYu’s fully functional, remote-controlled Liebherr LTM 1350 all-terrain crane model. Read More >>

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Watch a Crane Collapse After Trying to Move a Water Tank

It's a bad idea to try and use a crane to lift a water tank before checking if it’s empty or not. You can see the crane’s arm begin to buckle under the weight of the tank, before collapsing and dropping the tank onto the side of the building, then flipping itself off the ground. Read More >>

Seven Machines That are Meta as Hell 

What’s better than a monster machine? A meta machine, that's what. Here is an array of machines that really took the advice “Just do you!” to heart. Read More >>

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The World’s Largest Tunnelling Machine is Finally Getting Rescued 

Bertha, the world’s largest tunnelling machine, has been stuck under downtown Seattle since it broke in December 2013. Engineers have had to concoct a massive and expensive rescue plan—essentially a whole construction project in itself. And yesterday, the Bertha’s broken cutter head was finally hoisted out of the Earth. Read More >>

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A Trip on the Hybrid Crane-Boats That Pull Wreckage From the Hudson River

The US Army Corps of Engineers is responsible for keeping debris out of the Hudson River in New York, whether it's dead whales, helicopters, driftwood, or floating docks. Without the Corps the Hudson and the outlying beaches of the Rockaways and the Jersey Shore would be filled with massive pieces of debris and ships would risk being critically damaged. Using specially equipped boats the Corps pulls flotsam and jetsam out of the water with cranes and nets. Read More >>

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The World’s Biggest Hammerhead Crane Can Lift an Entire 747

Many of today's seafaring megastructures would be nigh on impossible to build without the lifting assistance provided by dockside cranes. And as we continue to build ever-bigger systems we'll need ever bigger cranes, like the gigantic hammerhead from Kone. Read More >>

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This 3,600-Tonne Goliath Crane Has Laser Vision and a Robot Brain

Ships today—even the massive likes of the Emma Maersk and Marco Polo—just aren't big enough to handle the demands of globalised trade. So to quickly and safely build the next generation of super-sized LNG tankers and container vessels, China's Dalian shipyard relies on GE's staggeringly-huge, laser-guided Goliath gantry crane. Read More >>

Are You Impressed By This Publicity Stunt?

A German heavy equipment manufacturer decided they'd impress potential buyers—or maybe just people with a fetish for construction equipment—by using a series of massive cranes to lift each other. Read More >>

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New Amazing Videos Show Birds Like You’ve Never Seen Them Before

Birds have always fascinated humans. Their flight has inspired writers, artists and engineers to create poems, legends, novels, airplanes and superheroes. The new BBC documentary Earthflight captures this fascination in a way that nobody has before. It's awesome. Read More >>