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Things Are Not Going Well At Russia's New Spaceport

“I will not allow sabotage, I’ll simply rip heads off” is never something you want your boss to say. Russia is in the process of building its first new cosmodrome — or rocket launch site — since the fall of the USSR. And it’s a mess.


A Compound From Plants Could Replace Bitumen To Make Roads Greener

Construction teams around the world rely on bitumen — an incredibly sticky by-product of crude oil production — as the main binding agent for asphalt. But a team of scientists reckon that a compound found within plants could help replace it, making road-building a greener, more sustainable practice.


Someone Snuck Into NYC's $US4 Billion Train Station And Took These Pics

Picture $US4 billion worth of cash stacked up in the shape of a train station. This is pretty much what the World Trade Center Transportation Hub looks like. Except more surreal. You’d also maybe need to throw in a whole bunch of screw ups and missed deadlines, because this alien cathedral of a train station is one expensive mess.


Google's Crazy New Campus Will Be Covered In Giant Canopied Domes

Apple is building a spaceship. Nvidia will work inside alien polygons. Amazon has its orbs. Soon, Google might have an crazy new headquarters of its own: A series of giant, transparent canopied buildings filled with open spaces for Googlers to congregate.


An Up-Close Look At The Monumental Task Of Building A Bridge

We take giant man-made structures for granted. Whether erected in decades long gone or constructed anew from a distance, they are just there. When Joseph Blum set out to photograph the building of the new Bay Bridge connecting San Francisco and Oakland, he wanted to get face to face with action bringing such a project to life.


It Took 25 Hours Of Continuous Concrete Pouring To Build This Aquarium

When the Miami’s Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science opens in 2016, it’s going to have an absolutely bonkers aquarium — imagine a giant camera lens, tilted on its side, that lets visitors walk below the tank and look up into it. Building it, as you might expect, entailed a feat of perfectly-timed engineering.


A New Glimpse Into The Gigantic Construction Project Hidden Below NYC

What do you want to be when you grow up? A baseball player? A doctor? A blogger (LOL)? How about a badass who carves caves through the Earth to improve the lives of millions in America’s greatest city? That sounds pretty heroic. And, right now, hundreds of hard hat-wearing workers are tackling that grand task underneath New York.


Excavators Build And Then Destroy The World's Tallest Sand Castle

So how do you top a bunch of excavators playing the world’s most massive game of Jenga? You put them to use doing what they were designed for: building stuff. Except stuff, in this case, happens to be the world’s tallest sand castle towering over 12.5m.


The World Trade Center Train Station May Cost More Than The Skyscraper

Four billion dollars. It’s almost twice as much as it cost to develop the most expensive plane in history. It’s more than the cost of the new World Trade Center, the tallest building in North America. It’s also the projected cost of NYC’s newest train station.


How To Use Satellite Imagery To Predict The Market

You can do some crazy stuff with satellite imagery. What kinds of crazy shit? Well, for one, a startup’s spying on the shadows of half-built skyscrapers in China and then selling the data to investors who want to predict what the real estate market. That’s crazy!