We're talking about science. Why? What did you think we meant? ...oooooohhhh
Comedian Baratunde Thurston is a really smart guy -- philosophy degree from Harvard, Director's Fellow for MIT's Media Lab, best-selling author -- but as far as we know jet engine physics aren't really his field. That's why he went to GE's Global Research Center to learn about sucking, squeezing, banging, and blowing... for science.Read More
Wait... why don't they also use jets to make their trains go faster?
There was a bit of weather overnight in the Northeast that resulted in some significant snowfall in a lot of places. One of those places was New Jersey, and the state's Transit Authority tweeted two photos of how they're handling the snow. They're handling it with jet engines. Right on, New Jersey.Read More
The GE90-115B is the world's most powerful jet engine. If it's powerful enough be the driving force behind Boeing's 777 aircraft, then just imagine all the other things it could power. GE's said that their engine would turn the Titanic into a speedboat, and we say go for it! Make a Titanic speedboat. The sheer might of the GE90 has us dreaming of a better, faster, and more powerful world filled with things driven by jet power. Why limit that power to planes? We've compiled a list of 9 things we'd like to see upgraded with the GE90-115B jet engine.Read More
Planes, and their engines, go through a ton of testing prior to ever actually being in the air. How else do you figure out if, for example, it can withstand a barrage of a dozen or so geese slamming into it at high speed? Even so, jet engines are typically only tested for a specific set of conditions that it might encounter out in the wild. These are extreme, sure, but we can't help but wish they'd get a little more, shall we say, creative in their endeavors. That's why we've compiled a list of things we'd really like to be sent through a jet engine. For science, of course.Read More
China's Luoyang City fire department spent $456,000 on what is essentially a water bazooka, presumably in order to destroy buildings that are on fire, no doubt a roundabout way to extinguish a fire. After all, no more building technically means no more building on fire. The crazy thing was built using a fighter jet engine, and can shoot four tons of water per minute over 400 feet, while being able to rotate almost 360 degrees. Kind of makes your Super Soaker look a little weak.
(via Geeks Are Sexy)Read More