Engines and construction equipment are all complex machines. How do some of these engines work, and how do they help us construct buildings and structures?

How Van de Graaff Generators Work

Were these things invented to make your hair stand on end? Find out how Van de Graaff generators create static electricity and why they were invented in the first place.

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    8 Benefits of High-speed Trains

    One of the key pieces of infrastructure that we could really use in the U.S. is a high speed, efficient, and effective train system. See more »

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    ATV Factory Tour

    What does it take to build an ATV? We visited the Suzuki Manufacturing of America Corporation ATV factory in Rome, Georgia, to find out. See more »

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    Does private transport have a future?

    Science-fiction movies like "Minority Report" show people taking individual public transportation to get around the city. Would people ever give up their cars for a less-convenient mode of travel? See more »

  • Everyday Science: Gear Quiz

    Everyday Science: Gear Quiz

    Whether you know it or not, you probably use gears several times each day. Gears are used in a wide variety of mechanical devices including wrist watches, bathroom scales, washing machines and, of course, automobiles. See more »

  • Fact or Fiction: Forklifts

    Fact or Fiction: Forklifts

    Forklifts are an important part of our manufacturing industries. Think you know all there is to know about them? Take the quiz and find out how these powerhouses came about, how they lift our heavy stuff and where technology is taking them. See more »

  • How a Block and Tackle Works

    How a Block and Tackle Works

    A fascinating article that describes how a block and tackle (as well as levers and gears) works! See more »

  • How Bearings Work

    How Bearings Work

    Bearings are the invisible heroes inside many mechanical devices. Learn about all different kinds of bearings, including 5-foot ball bearings that keep buildings on solid footing. See more »

  • How Caterpillar Backhoe Loaders Work

    How Caterpillar Backhoe Loaders Work

    You see backhoe-loaders on nearly every construction site around town. Learn how these amazing machines work and what they are able to do. See more »

  • How Caterpillar Skid Steer Loaders & Multi Terrain Loaders Work

    How Caterpillar Skid Steer Loaders & Multi Terrain Loaders Work

    You know those loaders used in construction and landscaping that dig up and pick up EVERYTHING? Learn how these incredible machines work! See more »

  • How Cement Mixers Work

    How Cement Mixers Work

    Few are unfamiliar with the mixer trucks that transport concrete from the factory to the construction site. How do they keep that stuff from hardening while they move? See more »

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