cars
Jet-Powered Hearse Could Top 200mph, Says Maker

Speed and engineering enthusiast Matt Mckeown has a new project on the go. He's modifying a 1992 Ford hearse by sticking a jet engine in it, because he has a spare jet engine or two kicking about in the garage and why on earth not? Read More >>

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360-Degree Video of NASA’s Powerful Rocket Blast Will Make Your Astronaut Dreams Come True

Before actually using them on what will be the world’s most powerful rocket, NASA has been thoroughly testing its new RS-25 engines. With 512,000 pounds of thrust, however, the best way to experience all of that power is through this 360-degree video that safely puts you right in the path of the immense blast. Read More >>

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Blue Origin Just Teased a Photo of Its Big Ass Rocket’s Engine

Phallus-shaped aerospace manufacturer Blue Origin has finally revealed its BE-4 liquid rocket engine—an engine the company has been developing for more than four years. The BE-4s will be used in Blue Origin’s New Glenn rocket, which founder Jeff Bezos hopes will one day shuttle humans to and from the moon. In true Bezos fashion, the announcement was made without notice on his personal Twitter account. Read More >>

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Seeing the Explosion Inside a Transparent Engine Shows You How Engines Work

This particular engine we’re looking at has four strokes: the intake, the compression, the combustion (or power), and the exhaust. Smarter Every Day visited the guys of 805 Road King and their see through engine to show us exactly what’s going on in an engine when we fire it up and it’s pretty fascinating stuff. Read More >>

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Super Steady Hands Built This Working V8 Engine From Paper

The real thing can weigh upwards of 250 kilos, but the V8 engine built by Aliaksei Zholner would barely register on a scale because it’s only slightly larger than a ping-pong ball and made from nothing but paper and glue. Read More >>

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Watch a Motorbike Engine Disintegrate One Millimetre At a Time

Watch as this motorbike engine gets sanded down millimetre by millimetre. This is so much cooler than seeing something poof and disappear away because we get to watch it slowly disintegrate into nothing. It’s like seeing decay of a hundred years over a few seconds. Each peeled back layer exposes something new in the engine only to get vaporised to give way to another part. Read More >>

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Tiny Electric Backup Engine for Planes Kicks in When All Else Fails

A commercial airliner with multiple engines can limp to a runway if one of them fails. But a small plane, driven by just a single propeller, is in more serious trouble when its engine stops. So researchers have created a tiny electric backup that kicks in during an emergency, ensuring the craft can safely get to the ground. Read More >>

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Internal Skin for Aeroplanes Could Lead to Quieter Flights

Researchers from North Carolina State University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology claim to have proven a new form of insulation for aeroplanes, one that could reduce jet engine rumble to the volume of a trickling, distant stream. Read More >>

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Investigators Say Virgin’s SpaceShipTwo’s Fuel Didn’t Explode

The grim destruction of Virgin's space ambitions may not have been caused by a fuel explosion as suggested by many, with investigators said to have found the fuel tanks and engine intact on the ground. Read More >>

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1960s Soviet Rocket Engine Explodes in 2014

An unmanned privately-owned rocket bringing supplies to the ISS has exploded just after launch, which isn't a huge surprise given it was using rocket engines originally manufactured in the 1960s for the aborted Soviet moonshot programme. Read More >>

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How This ISS Fireball Revealed a New Type of Cool, Invisible Flame

Did you see that flame burst recorded by an astronaut aboard the ISS? Well, it wasn't just for the fireworks. In fact, that great ball of fire led to the discovery of a previously unknown type of cool-burning flame that isn't even visible to the naked eye. Read More >>

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This is the Weirdest Engine I Have Ever Seen

According to Duke Engineering, their axial engine is the most efficient and lightest engine you can put in boats, light aircrafts, and generators—the mechanical engine of the (near) future! Maybe. I don't know if their claims are true and I don't really care. I just love watching it in action. Read More >>

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A US Senate Panel Just Set Aside £59.4 Million to Build a Putin-Free Rocket

Could the budgetary shot in the arm the US space program so desperately needs come from rising tensions between Russia and the US? In the latest development in the New Cold War™, a Senate panel has budgeted $100 million (roughly £59.4 million) to fund a state-of-the-art rocket engine designed and built in Amurica. Read More >>

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Formula E’s Futuristic Sound Puts F1 to Shame

A lot of people are not happy with the sound of the new engines in this year’s Formula One. As a result of extensive rule changes, the 2014 F1 cars are much quieter than last year’s models, with none of that ear-splitting high-pitched scream that made 2013–and earlier–cars so appealing. And now, a competitor is putting them to shame. Read More >>