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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?


How Pyramids Work

 How Pyramids Work

Pyramids are some of the most amazing structures ever created by man. Learn about pyramids and the technology used to construct the ancient pyramids. See more »

How Roller Coasters Work

 How Roller Coasters Work

Roller coasters are thrilling rides and fascinating studies in physics. Learn about the history, physics and construction of roller coasters. See more »

How Tunnels Work

How Tunnels Work

Constructing a tunnel is one of the most complex challenges in the field of civil engineering. Learn about the basics behind tunnels. See more »

What is a levee?

 What is a levee?

A levee is a critical safety feature for low-lying areas, such as New Orleans. When a levee breaks, surrounding land faces massive destruction. See more »

How the World Trade Center Worked

 How the World Trade Center Worked

The World Trade Center is explained in this article. Learn about the World Trade Center. See more »

How Water Slides Work

 How Water Slides Work

It's a leap of faith onto a curvy, steep, wet chute... Discover how the principles of physics are at work on with water slides. 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 ocean-like surf is created. See more »

 Which is the tallest building in the world?

Please settle an argument I'm having with my dad. He says the tallest building in the world is the Sears Tower in Chicago, IL. I think there's one that's taller. Is there? See more »

How Building Implosions Work

 How Building Implosions Work

Safe, professional building implosions combine mathematics, intuition and sheer explosive power. Find out how the experts bring down huge structures without damaging the buildings nearby. See more »

How Skyscrapers Work

 How Skyscrapers Work

People build skyscrapers primarily because they are convenient -- you can create a lot of real estate out of a relatively small ground area. They're also awe-inspiring. Skyscrapers capture our imagination -- how high can we build them? Learn about the architecture and design of these monumental buildings. See more »