science
This Synthetic Seaweed Stops Deadly Algae Blooms Before They Start

The potent synthetic fertilisers used in modern industrial farming are a double-edged sword. Sure, they help grow more robust, higher-yielding crops, but the nutrient-rich runoff from these farms can also help incite deadly algae blooms downstream. This new nanoscale filter from GE, however, prevents effluent fertiliser from ever reaching our delicate waterways. Read More >>

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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 1960's, GE unveiled the Big Dog's spiritual predecessor: a mammoth mechanical pack mule strong enough to push Jeeps around like Matchbox cars. Read More >>

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G.E. 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, G.E. thinks it's found a better way to cool a fridge using a water-based fluid and magnets. Read More >>

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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 billions in cleanup costs. 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. Read More >>

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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. Read More >>

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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. And as we continue to build ever-bigger systems we'll need ever bigger cranes, like the gigantic hammerhead from Kone. Read More >>

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Caterham's Smart New F1 Racer Collects Data From 500 Onboard Sensors

In a sport where the difference between winning and losing is measured in thousandths of a second, squeezing every last ounce of speed out of your F1 racecar is absolutely imperative. A new collaboration between GE and Caterham aims to do just that — by leveraging the power of big data and materials science. Read More >>

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That Time GE Made a One Man, Rocket Propelled Reentry Vehicle/Body Bag

The upcoming film Gravity follows the desperate escape attempts of two astronauts from a dying space station, their peril aggravated by the sight of Earth's surface so close but entirely out of reach. Of course, had they been equipped with General Electric's Manned Orbital Operations Safety Equipment, they could have simply hopped a rocket bag down to the planet and saved themselves a whole lot of trouble. Read More >>

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A Timelapse of a Massive Turbofan's Blades Being Installed by Hand

GE's monster, GEnx turbofan is a marvel of modern tech that completely changed conventional turbofan design. But just because it creates a massive amount of pressure by actually containing burning air and fuel in the combustor itself doesn't mean its not still a labour of love. As you can see in GE's timelapse above, each massive, efficient blade is lovingly installed by hand. Read More >>

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This 3,600-Tonne Goliath Crane Has Laser Vision and a Robot Brain

Ships today—even the massive likes of the Emma Maersk and Marco Polo—just aren't big enough to handle the demands of globalised trade. So to quickly and safely build the next generation of super-sized LNG tankers and container vessels, China's Dalian shipyard relies on GE's staggeringly-huge, laser-guided Goliath gantry crane. Read More >>

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OMG These Images of the Sub-Microscopic World Are Amazing

Optical microscopes are limited by a phenomenon known as the diffraction barrier, wherein the microscope can't differentiate two objects separated by less than half the wavelength of light used—roughly 200 nm on average for the visible spectrum. But by combining powerful optics and cutting-edge rendering algorithms, GE's new DeltaVision OMX Blaze is bringing this hidden realm's drama to light. Read More >>

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GE Is Turning a Roller Coaster Into an F-35 Launcher

Superman: Escape from Krypton has been terrifying Six Flags Magic Mountain visitors since 1997 over in the US. Once the tallest roller coaster on the planet and the first to employ a linear motor system, Superman launched riders up a 415-foot vertical track at 100 MPH. Now GE is working to convert the technology behind the amusement park ride into an electric catapult capable of flinging F-35s into action. Read More >>

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London's Tower Bridge Dons an LED Gown for Queen's Diamond Jubilee

2012 marks the 60th year of our Queen Elizabeth II's reign — her diamond anniversary as monarch of the British people. Ahead of the celebration for this momentous milestone (as well as the 2012 Olympic Summer Games) crews wreathed London's 117-year-old Tower Bridge in thousands of LED lights. And last night, Boris Johnson flipped the switch. Read More >>

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