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Here’s the World’s Largest Jet Engine

Between the two huge chunks of concrete in the moody dusk photo above is the world largest jet engine, which was recently assembled by General Electric engineers. It’s the first working prototype of the GE9X turbofan engine, which GE is putting through the paces at the company’s test range near Peebles, Ohio. You might be wondering just how huge the world’s hugest engine is. According to GE, “Shaquille O’Neil would fit inside it with Kobe Bryant sitting on his shoulders.” Read More >>

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Watch a Snowball Miraculously Survive a Bath in Molten Steel

So just how heat-resistant are the highly-engineered materials developed for use in things like jet engines, nuclear reactors, and gas turbines? Tough enough to change the meaning of the old saying, “a snowball’s chance in hell.” Apparently, its odds are quite good of surviving—when dressed appropriately. Read More >>

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This Captain America-Style Shield Makes Wind Turbines More Powerful

The larger you can build a wind turbine, the more power it can generate. But you can only build them so large before they’re impossible to transport across the country. So GE’s engineers have found a better way to improve their efficiency: a giant nine-tonne dome strapped to the front of the blades. Read More >>

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The Massive Proving Ground Where Extraordinary New Trains are Tested

General Electric’s development team just completed a year of field-testing for the new Evolution Series Tier 4 locomotive. Some of the tests took place at the Federal Railroad Administration’s high-altitude testing circuit near Pueblo, Colorado at an elevation of 5,000 feet. These photographs capture the train’s gruelling journey. Read More >>

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The Surprisingly American History of Christmas Lights

Christmas lights are a historic tradition, but did you know the first electric Christmas lights appeared in America? The tradition itself embodies a certain American-ness, an ingenuity and hunger for innovation that's easily overlooked. Plus the whole process of going way over the top that we've come to recognise as a uniquely American activity. Read More >>

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Watch GE Torture-Test Supermaterials in the Most Vicious Ways

The heat of an active volcano. A 5,000 lb weight dropped from above. A sandstorm that lasts ten years. These are just some of the ways GE torture-tests the super-strong materials that go into jet engines, wind turbines, and more. And thanks to the company's fascinating YouTube channel, we get an up-close view of the process. No safety goggles required. Read More >>

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General Electric’s “Walking Truck” Was a Cold War AT-AT

The Boston Dynamics Big Dog is only the latest in a long line of semi-autonomous cargo carriers developed for the US military. Back in the late 1960's, GE unveiled the Big Dog's spiritual predecessor: a mammoth mechanical pack mule strong enough to push Jeeps around like Matchbox cars. Read More >>

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MEMS: The Microscopic Switches That Make the Modern World Possible

We use them every day without realising it. They're in our phones, our cars, our cameras, and innumerable electronic devices. They're called MEMS, and they're the microscopic switches that allow our gadgets to become smaller, lighter, and faster. Read More >>

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The LED As We Know It Is 50 Years Old Today

Fifty years ago today, Nick Holonyak, Jr. proudly demonstrated the world's first visible light-emitting diode (LED) at General Electric. In the process, he changed the world of lighting forever. Read More >>

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How Christmas Tree Lights Evolved from Major to Mild Fire Hazard

Before our Christmas tree lighting needs were taken care of with £20 and a trip to Argos, creating the atmosphere meant placing candles—wax towers topped with fire—onto seasonal kindling. Think it's frightening now when your dog tugs a branch? Just imagine your living room bursting into flames for the sake of Christmas cheer. Read More >>