In an Army Corps of Engineers press release, details on the astounding rate at which workers are draining water from New York's subway and transit tunnels: "To date, the USACE has used about 50 pumps of various sizes to remove 64 million gallons of water from the New York City mass transit system. Operations are ongoing at six sites, with pumps removing about 116,000 gallons per minute. The 696,000 gallons the pumps are draining each minute exceeds the amount of water in one Olympic-size swimming pool (660,000 gallons). There were roughly 600 million gallons in the tunnels when pumping operations began on Thursday, Nov. 1." (via Noah Shachtman).
Quint BUILDs created this exquisitely-engineered machine to throws knives with laser-guided accuracy. He explains that knife-throwing "in theory is simple. Match the knife's rotation to the distance so the tip hits the target. But in practice, it's hard." "Cutting-edge technology should do this easily, if we can keep it from destroying itself," he says. READ THE REST
I always enjoy short YouTube videos about engineering marvels, and this one is pretty incredible! The Palace Theater in New York is being preserved by raising it 30' off street level. READ THE REST
Bartosz Ciechanowski's animated tour of how a mechanical watch works is the best I've ever seen. Each component, from the spring to the second hand, is explained in plain English with clear, interactive diagrams. It really wound me up! Mechanical watches are not as accurate as digital ones. They require maintenance and are more fragile.… READ THE REST
We thank our sponsor for making this content possible; it is not written by the editorial staff nor does it necessarily reflect its views. There is no worse feeling than realizing the endless creativity you can achieve on your phone or laptop actually does have an end. That horrible moment you realize your storage drive… READ THE REST
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