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10 Cool Engineering Tricks the Romans Taught Us

When it came to building or improving things, the ancient Romans really knew their stuff. Which cool engineering tricks did they pass along to us?

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  • How was the construction of the World Trade Center unique?

    How was the construction of the World Trade Center unique?

    The World Trade Center employed several new approaches to skyscraper construction. From slurry walls to sky lobbies to "tube within a tube" design features, what made this project distinctive from an architectural engineering standpoint? See more »

  • How Water Slides Work

    How Water Slides Work

    It's a leap of faith onto a curvy steep wet chute... Discover how water slides work and what draws thrill-seekers to them. See more »

  • How Wave Pools Work

    How Wave Pools Work

    When the heat sets in, there's nothing like a day at the water park to cool things down -- water parks and their massive wave pools are a huge weekend attraction. Ever wonder what kind of machinery it takes to produce a wave? Learn exactly how an oce See more »

  • Is steel still the best material for building?

    Is steel still the best material for building?

    Steel is getting more expensive because the prices of iron and coal are rising. Are there alternatives to steel that can do the same job -- or better -- for less? See more »

  • Lego Physics Quiz

    Lego Physics Quiz

    Some of the world's most innovative engineers credit Legos for sparking their interest in physics and experimentation. Lego blocks may remind you of childhood, but the lessons they teach can last a lifetime. Channel your inner Lego geek with this quiz. See more »

  • Never Fear the Sphere: The Ultimate Geodesic Dome Quiz

    Never Fear the Sphere: The Ultimate Geodesic Dome Quiz

    We promise they aren't the manifestation of some depraved high school math teacher. Geodesic domes are certainly geared toward the mathematically minded, but they also have a lot of practical uses. How much do you know about these domes? See more »

  • Quiz: What Jenga Teaches Us About Structural Engineering

    Quiz: What Jenga Teaches Us About Structural Engineering

    Jenga is a simple game of wooden blocks and gravity, until you play against a structural engineer. Test your knowledge of the game and of the engineering principles that win it. See more »

  • The 10 Heaviest Buildings Ever Moved

    The 10 Heaviest Buildings Ever Moved

    Hefting a sofa up a flight of stairs can take a lot of logistics. So what does moving thousand-ton buildings across cities -- or even oceans -- entail? See more »

  • The World Trade Center

    The World Trade Center

    The twin towers of the World Trade Center were true originals -- their history is one of innovation, persistence and grand ideas. See more »

  • Top 10 Structurally Amazing Bridges

    Top 10 Structurally Amazing Bridges

    Bridges move cars, trains, bikes and people, among other things. These 10 may even move your soul with their engineering ingenuity and beauty. So which 10 make the cut? See more »

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