This Machine Creates a Custom Perfectly-Sized Box For Whatever You’re Shipping

The internet’s full of stories of tiny products being shipped to customers in absurdly oversized boxes. It’s not only a waste of cardboard, it’s also a waste of cargo space as the products are being shipped. But a company called Slimbox thinks it has the solution with a machine that creates custom, perfectly-sized boxes on demand. Read More >>

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Watch What Happens When You Ship a 3D Printer While it’s Still Printing

3D printers have revolutionised the speed at which prototype parts can be created, but what if your deadline is so tight you can’t wait for the printer to finish before the part is shipped out? That’s easy, you just pack up the entire printer in a box, with a battery for power, and send it off in the mail. Read More >>

Transporting an Enormous Aircraft Carrier, Piece By Piece

BAE Systems has just published an amazing time lapse video showing how the largest section of Britain’s second Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carrier was tossed and towed to Rosyth Dockyard from the dock in Glasgow where it was built. Read More >>

Bubble Wrap’s New Design is Unpoppable and it’s All Our Fault

Our ruthless new era of super-efficient global shipping has made it irrelevant. Read More >>

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Here’s One Way to Reuse Old Oil Tankers: Turn Them Into Small Cities

Oil tankers are the skyscraper-sized neurons that power the global economy’s nervous system, so it’s not often that we imagine a future without them. But a group of architects is doing just that — and proposing a way to reuse them as infrastructure. Read More >>

This is the Future of Autonomous Shipping According to Rolls-Royce

Meet the oX. That's the name given to the concept that Rolls-Royce believes is the future of shipping, with autonomous ocean-going vessels becoming a reality by 2025. Read More >>

A Gadget’s Journey, From Inside the Mine to Under the Christmas Tree

Imagine you're in the middle of the Pacific ocean. Behind you is China, below you are thousands of tons of consumer goods destined for faraway ports, then shops, then maybe a spot beneath a Christmas tree. You are part of a vast economy that supplies the things we buy; a galaxy of cities, systems, and people that is largely unacknowledged and rarely seen. Unless you know where to look. Read More >>

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This is the World’s Biggest Cargo Ship

In order to keep up with the frenetic growth of global shipping traffic, which has quadrupled over the past two decades alone, commercial cargo ships keep getting bigger. And the newest king of the cargo ships isn't one of Maersk's EEE titans, it's the CSCL Globe. Read More >>

Ground-Based GPS Rival From WWII Comes Back Into Use

A backup form of local, ground-based GPS known as eLoran is being installed in some spots around the UK, hoping to keep some sort of shipping business continuing as usual should the satellite GPS systems get taken out by solar flares or North Korean laser satellites. Read More >>

A Map of Amazon’s Empire of Warehouses and Shipping Centres

Over the past decade Amazon has developed an incredible infrastructure of warehouses and fulfilment centres dedicated to delivering your toilet paper and books within hours. For customers, these spaces are invisible, rarely thought about or even seen. But a new map reveals exactly where they are—and how quickly they're springing up. Read More >>

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The World’s Biggest Cargo Ship Carrying Over 17,000 Crates, NBD

Maersk's Triple-E line of supersized cargo ships are already among the largest sea-faring vessels to ever set sail. Now the Danish shipping group can add another feather to its cap with the successful transport of more than 17,600 TEU containers. No other ship has ever carried that much on a single trip. Read More >>

The Panama Canal is 100 Years Old, Just in Time for its Makeover

One hundred years ago today, the SS Ancon became the first ship to officially pass through the Panama Canal. Because of the outbreak of World War I, there wasn't a big party for the grand opening. The waterway would go on change the history of transportation, and now it's time to change the canal itself. Read More >>