Watch GE Torture-Test Supermaterials In The Most Vicious Ways

The heat of an active volcano. A 2200kg weight dropped from above. A sandstorm that lasts ten years. These are just some of the ways GE torture-tests the super-strong materials that go into jet engines, wind turbines and more. And thanks to the company’s fascinating YouTube channel, we get an up-close view of the process. No safety goggles required.

How Baseball's First Major League Night Got Its Lights

You probably don’t think too much about the massive array of lights that illuminate Baseball. But that blinding artificial sunlight was once a technological phenomenon that stunned fans and had the police threatening to shut it down.

General Electric's 'Walking Truck' Was A Cold War AT-AT

The Boston Dynamics Big Dog is only the latest in a long line of semi-autonomous cargo carriers developed for the US military. Back in the late 1960s, GE unveiled the Big Dog’s spiritual predecessor: a mammoth mechanical pack mule strong enough to push Jeeps around like Matchbox cars.

GE Has Found A Way To Cool A Fridge With Magnets

At one time giant blocks of ice were the best solution we could come up with for keeping food cold. That primitive approach was eventually replaced by electric refrigerators using compressors and chemical coolants. Now, almost 100 years later, GE thinks it’s found a better way to cool a fridge using a water-based fluid and magnets.

Pipe Crawling Underwater X-Ray Machines Find Leaks Before They Happen

They say an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, but when it comes to an underwater pipeline carrying oil or natural gas, staying ahead of leaks can actually help prevent a billion dollar cleanup. So researchers at GE are developing an underwater submersible that uses X-rays to check pipelines for signs of corrosion and deterioration before something catastrophic happens.

Monsters Machines: This 1960s Jet Train Is Still America's Fastest Locomotive

In the mid-1960s, New York Central Railroad engineer Don Wetzel was exploring ways to make trains run safer, cheaper, but most importantly faster. And, clearly, the most logical means of accomplishing all three of these objectives was to strap a pair of US Air Force surplus jet engines to the roof of a prototype high-speed locomotive, creating the world’s fastest self-propelled train. Wait, what?

The Eye-Popping Science Fiction Of Freight Yards At Night

The CSX Northwest Ohio Intermodal Terminal is not a film set from the next Star Trek, but a logistics hub through which nearly 50 million tonnes of freight passes every year. GE’s Evolution Series locomotives control the overall flow of the containers, which are then moved, stacked, rotated, tracked and taken out again in a semi-automated nightly ballet as everyone else remains asleep.

Monster Machines: The World's Biggest Hammerhead Crane Can Lift An Entire 747

Many of today’s seafaring megastructures would be nigh on impossible to build without the lifting assistance provided by dockside cranes. As we continue to build ever-bigger systems we’ll need ever bigger cranes, like the gigantic hammerhead from Kone.

Jet Engines Endure Trial By Ice

Today’s shot of the day is from GE’s engine testing site in Winnipeg, Canada, where new engines endure trial by ice — a simulated winter gale that batters them with 1270kg of cold air per second and thousands of gallons of freezing water, all at minus eight degrees fahrenheit. [GE; Gizmodo]

These Are Some Of The Best Microscopic Images Of The Year

Every year, GE Healthcare runs a competition to find the best microscopic cell images of the year — and here are some of our favourites from the shortlist.