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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?

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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.


Who Rides Passenger Trains in the U.S. These Days?

Since the 1990s, Amtrak's ridership has jumped by 55 percent. Who are all those folks cramming the cars? HowStuffWorks Now investigates. See more »

A Train That Goes Nowhere Could Change How We Store Energy

How can the ARES train help store power? Learn more about the innovative ARES train power storage system in this HowStuffWorks Now article. See more »

As New Personal Transports Arrive, Let's Acknowledge What the Segway Got Right

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How Ramjets Work

Ramjets enable aircraft to whip through the air at incredible speeds. Learn more about ramjets at HowStuffWorks. See more »

How the Hyperloop Works

The Hyperloop could replace bullet trains and revolutionize transportation just as the train, plane and automobile did. Read more about the Hyperloop. See more »

8 Benefits of High-speed Trains

How much do you know about high-speed trains? Keep reading to discover 8 Benefits of High-speed Trains. See more »

How does public transportation help the environment?

How does public transportation help the environment? Keep reading to learn about public transportation and how it affects the environment. See more »

How Cement Mixers Work

How do cement mixer trucks keep their cargo from hardening while they drive? Read about cement mixers at HowStuffWorks. See more »

How Steam Shovels Work

Steam shovels were large excavating machines powered by steam. Learn about the technology behind steam shovels. See more »

How Forklifts Work

Forklifts are a necessary tool in most warehouses, shipping depots and manufacturing facilities. Learn how forklifts work. See more »