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Video: Kurzgesagt ponders the question of whether space elevators can be built and answers it as only they can. It's fascinating to learn about the (obvious) benefits of having a space elevator — sending things to space becomes much, much cheaper! — but even if it will take forever and a half to build this mythical 36,000km structure (which we can't yet with our current technology), it might be worth it just to better investigate our options for exploring space.

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High rise buildings have used the same elevator system for decades. So why mess with a good thing? Because that good thing is one major waste of space. Friends, it's time to redesign the elevator.

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Is only going up in the lift getting you down? Not for much longer: ThyssenKrupp, the German steel and engineering company, has announced that it's building the next generation of lifts that will use magnetic levitation to travel up, down and side-to-side at speed in the buildings of the future.

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The history of the elevator, if you define it as a platform that can move people and objects up and down, is actually a rather long one. Rudimentary elevators are known to have been in use in ancient Rome as far back as 336 BC, with the first reference of one built by the talented Archimedes.

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Today, the Japanese tech giant Hitachi announced a contract to build two of the fastest lifts in the world for a forthcoming skyscraper in China. Seems innocuous enough, right? But buried within the press release are a few fascinating details that illustrate how China's skyscraper boom is affecting the global economy — including the fact that it bought a whopping 60 per cent of all lifts sold in 2013.

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If you've ever walked around in a hilly city, you've probably done your share of avoiding uphill paths. Hills have a way of carving dividing lines into a city. In Pamplona, Spain, two neighbourhoods separated by elevation could be connected by this striking new outdoor lift.

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They say necessity is the mother of invention, but this time it was actually the mother of Canadian inventor Shlomo Shwartz. When he saw her using a stool to grab something from an out-of-reach shelf, he was inspired to come up with a safer solution. And so the Shelevator — a lift for shelves — was born.

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No, you can't actually live in a lift. You know this, right? But if you're Remi Gaillard — famous for his Mario Kart pranks/stunts — you can certain mess with people who are trying to use one.