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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?


Does private transport have a future?

Private transport is a concept that has been featured in science-fiction movies. Learn about private transport in this article from HowStuffWorks. See more »

How Oil Tankers Work

Oil tankers are large ships that transport oil all over the world. Learn about oil tankers in this article from HowStuffWorks. See more »

How Trains Work

Trains act as a major form of transportation worldwide. Learn how trains evolved from horse-drawn carts to the high-speed sleek railways of today. See more »

How does a water cannon work?

A water cannon can squelch a roaring apartment fire or even stop a prison riot. Find out how a water cannon can generate such extraordinary force. See more »

How Jet Packs Work

Thanks to several technological advancements, are jet packs closer than ever to becoming a reality for the average person? Find out how jet packs work. See more »

Segway Inc. announced on Thursday that it's recalling all of the scooters it has sold since the Segway went on the market in 2002. See more »

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 »

How Radial Engines Work

A radial engine has a unique setup that makes it ideal for certain applications. Find out what makes radial engines different, how they operate and where they're used. See more »

How Elevators Work

In action movies, elevators regularly plummet to the basement, landing in a spectacular ball of fire. Is this possible? Find out what keeps elevators riding smoothly. See more »

How Escalators Work

You probably ride escalators all the time, but do you know how they move, and flatten, and keep the handrail in synch with the steps? Find out exactly what is going on inside an escalator. See more »