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General Electric's development team just completed a year of field-testing for the new Evolution Series Tier 4 locomotive. Some of the tests took place at the Federal Railroad Administration's high-altitude testing circuit near Pueblo, Colorado at an elevation of 5000 feet above sea level. These photographs capture the train's gruelling journey.

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Ever wondered what machinery smartphone firms use to test out those shiny handsets they keep shifting by the truckload? I have. Well, they spend a full six months of the phone's now-year-long pre-release life just checking if they're fit for purpose, so that's got to be some pretty interesting, exhaustive probing and pummelling.

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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.

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Deathgrip. It sounds like a Harry Potter villain or a Darth Vader finishing-move. No matter what it sounds like, it's still the arch-nemesis of cellular networks. When Apple addressed the iPhone 4's deathgrip issue — dubbed Antennagate — it dragged other manufacturers down with it by saying that the same thing happens to all phones when you hold them wrong. Those manufacturers quickly rebuked the claims of Steve Jobs, but inside a sealed, top-secret Australian facility, behind a thick, steel door, Telstra was testing all of its handsets for deathgrip symptoms. The results: deathgrip affects every handset ever made.

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You know what they say: give a mouse a Zoloft and he'll ask for a Prozac. Give a mouse a Prozac and he'll ask for a Lexapro. But how do researchers determine if the anti-depressant being developed is actually effective before giving it to people?

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I've long suspected that the best job ever would be to work in product stress testing—because you basically get paid to break shit all day. Nokia sent over a bunch of info detailing how their test centres operate, leaving me fully convinced this would indeed be my dream gig. Not only do they run over 200 mechanical tests on these things, but where else could you play with a bunch of machines that bend, bake, humidify, spray, poke and drop phones? (And yeah, that phone in the picture above just got poked a million times...literally.) galleryPost('nokiatestlabs3', 4, '');