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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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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.

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  • How Two-stroke Engines Work

    How Two-stroke Engines Work

    A car engine uses a four-stroke cycle -- how can two strokes accomplish the same tasks? Learn all about the two-stroke engine, where it's used and how it compares to a four-stroke. See more »

  • How Van de Graaff Generators Work

    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. See more »

  • Inside a Competition Tractor

    Inside a Competition Tractor

    Tractor pulls are popular displays of raw horsepower.The trucks used in these competitions use engines that are capable of producing thousands of horsepower. See more »

  • Oops! The Great Mechanical Recalls Quiz

    Oops! The Great Mechanical Recalls Quiz

    Some of the most notorious product recalls have involved medicines, such as Tylenol and Vioxx. But the makers of cars, coffee makers and computers sometimes have to offer mea culpas, too. How total is your recall on these factory flaws? See more »

  • Quiz: Robots That Move Us

    Quiz: Robots That Move Us

    Whether they're helping out on an assembly line, steering cars down the highway or trundling around a combat zone, robots that move us are everywhere. Now we challenge you to move us with your vast knowledge. Hey, no help from the artificial intelligence in the corner! See more »

  • Rolling Reactions: The Car Chem Quiz

    Rolling Reactions: The Car Chem Quiz

    Cars reveal a thing or two about chemistry, and we have the quiz to prove it. So hop in, buckle up and let's see if your car chem knowledge leaves you looking like Greased Lightning or blows up in your face. See more »

  • The Ultimate Hydraulic Machines Quiz

    The Ultimate Hydraulic Machines Quiz

    Hydraulic equipment is amazing in its strength and agility. From common backyard machines to the huge machines you see on construction sites, hydraulics make quick work of even the most difficult tasks. How much do you know about hydraulic machines? See more »

  • What is a punkin chunkin?

    What is a punkin chunkin?

    Right around the fall months you may have heard the phrase 'punkin chunkin.' Have you ever wondered what exactly that is, or how the machines that launch pumpkins work? See more »

  • What is a tank engine, as in Thomas the Tank Engine?

    What is a tank engine, as in Thomas the Tank Engine?

    Thomas the Tank Engine is a merchandising phenomenon that includes small wooden train sets, video tapes, books, clothing, an official Web site and tons of fan sites. But wait, what exactly is a "tank engine" anyway? See more »

  • How are people able to breathe inside a submarine?

    How are people able to breathe inside a submarine?

    How are people able to breathe inside a submarine? What do they do to keep the air breathable? See more »

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