18 Mechanical Planetary Models

Our planet recently made another fantastic journey around the sun. What better way to celebrate than to take a look at the marvelous mechanical contraptions we've created to visualize our solar system's celestial dance. » 1/07/11 2:00pm 1/07/11 2:00pm

21 National Monuments Under Construction

Lady Liberty, the Golden Gate Bridge—they didn't just appear there one day. Here's a look at what some of America's greatest monuments looked like before they became the iconic images we know today. » 12/31/10 6:00pm 12/31/10 6:00pm

Images From Bell Labs in the Sixties—It's Like Nerdy Mad Men

Beehives, flower power, and really, really large computers. Looking at these photos taken at Bell Labs in the 1960s is like traveling back in time. Was working at Bell Labs totally "groovy"? » 12/30/10 10:00pm 12/30/10 10:00pm

Mechanical Planetary Models Gallery

The 1780 Grand Orrery, designed by James Ferguson, is a complex clock. It is the zenith of the view of the world as a complex clockwork mechanism. [Oobject] » 12/30/10 7:26pm 12/30/10 7:26pm

WP7 App Marketplace Now Has 5,000 Apps—Same as Palm

Windows Phone 7 now has just over 5,000 titles (5,149 to be exact) in their 2 month old marketplace. That's the same number as Palm's 1.5 year old webOS store. » 12/30/10 12:40am 12/30/10 12:40am

Maybe We Should Be Putting Our 3D Efforts Into Food Printing

We've seen 3D food printers before, but now we know exactly what deliciousness they're capable of. Food squeezed out of a syringe never looked so tasty—or artful. » 12/28/10 11:20pm 12/28/10 11:20pm

Corsuit Tool Trains Swimmers' Core Muscles Like a Full Body Suit

The now banned polyurethane and neoprene swimsuits, while making wearers slick as a fish, also helped swimmers perform better through increased core stability. The Corsuit training concept could help swimmers build core strength—without violating regulations. » 12/28/10 1:40am 12/28/10 1:40am

10 Classic Sci-Fi Toys

If you grew up in the 60s or 70s, you grew up with the futuristic creations of Gerry Anderson on the TV. These toy replicas of his designs are screaming to be zoomed across the kitchen table and into the air. » 12/27/10 4:00pm 12/27/10 4:00pm

18 Items Used to Conquer Everest

The Everest climb is a notoriously nasty expedition. Here's an inside look at some of the gear used to climb that icy mountain fortress, from the earliest expeditions to today's tech-filled ventures. » 12/24/10 2:00pm 12/24/10 2:00pm

Classic Sci-Fi Toy Gallery

Some of the most famous designs from Anderson's series were his trucks and space trucks. The 1970s Thunderbird 2 took half an episode to launch as they beamed messages back and forth into space, lowered palm trees, cleared a runway and raised a fire-break. [Oobject] » 12/23/10 5:16pm 12/23/10 5:16pm

Air Power! 12 Pneumatic Trains from the Past Future

Remember The Jetsons? How they all traveled by pneumatic tube, sucked from one place to another? These plans, concepts, and photographs show we've been dreaming about that idea for a long time. » 12/17/10 4:00pm 12/17/10 4:00pm

@Standish: I have a pair of tickets I'm selling for $40—each ticket was $20 ($18 plus one of those lovely service/convenience charges). 7pm Metreon showing in San Francisco. » 12/17/10 3:23pm 12/17/10 3:23pm

LIVE Q & A with 4-Hour Body Author Tim Ferriss in the Comments

Tim Ferris, author of the 4-Hour Body (which we've been excerpting all week), is on hand to answer your questions in the comments! Tim will do his best to answer as many questions as possible for the next half hour. Updated » 12/16/10 3:00pm 12/16/10 3:00pm

Stop By Tomorrow at 3pm EST for a Q & A with 4-Hour Body Author Tim…

Tim Ferris, whose new book we've been excerpting from all week, is going to be on-hand tomorrow at 3pm EST for 30 minutes to answer your questions. See you in the comments! » 12/15/10 8:40pm 12/15/10 8:40pm

These Dominoes Aren't for Toppling Over—They Tell the Time

Leave the domino effect to books, people, and well, real dominoes. In Carbon Design's Domino Clock, the black dots silently switch to white dots to indicate the time, functioning similar to a digital clock (except with oversized dominoes). » 12/14/10 11:20pm 12/14/10 11:20pm