Technologies

How NASA Drives The $144 Million Vehicle That Transports Rocket Ships

Before a rocket can blast off into space, it must travel 4.2 miles from the Vehicle Assembly Building to the launchpad in Cape Canaveral, Florida. That’s where NASA’s crawler-transporters come in. They’re the largest self-powered vehicles on the planet, and they’re designed to transport rockets to the launchpad. We got an inside look at how …

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How the NY Cooperage Makes Up to 100 Whiskey Barrels a Week

Adirondack Barrel Cooperage uses traditional coopering methods to build spirit barrels out of American oak. Their one-of-a-kind barrel charring and toasting process imparts complex flavors in spirits, like smoke, coconut, vanilla, caramel, and more. Adirondack (ADK) Barrel Cooperage is owned and operated by Joe & Kelly Blazosky in Remsen, New York. ADK Barrel is the …

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How America’s Largest Cast Iron Pan Factory Makes Almost Two Million Pans per Month

Source: Eater Youtube Channel On this episode of ‘Dan Does,’ host Daniel Geneen visits the Lodge factory in Tennessee to see how cast iron pans go from scrap metal to must-have cookware. Lodge Manufacturing Company is an American manufacturer of cast iron cookware based in South Pittsburg, Tennessee. Founded in 1896 by Joseph Lodge, Lodge Manufacturing is one of …

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The Machines That Built America: Harley-Davidson Transforms Motorcycles Forever

Harley-Davidson, Inc. (H-D, or simply Harley) is an American motorcycle manufacturer headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States. Founded in 1903, it is one of two major American motorcycle manufacturers to survive the Great Depression along with its historical rival, Indian Motorcycles.  The company has survived numerous ownership arrangements, subsidiary arrangements, periods of poor economic health and product quality, and intense global competition to become one …

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Big Business Season 2 Marathon: Farming

Agriculture or farming is the practice of cultivating plants and livestock. Agriculture was the key development in the rise of sedentary human civilization, whereby farming of domesticated species created food surpluses that enabled people to live in cities. The history of agriculture began thousands of years ago. After gathering wild grains beginning at least 105,000 years ago, nascent farmers began to plant them around 11,500 years ago. Pigs, sheep, …

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How Rivers Were Built In Libya Right Under The Sahara

Two-thirds of our planet is covered in water, but there isn’t nearly as much freshwater. Only 3% of the world’s water is fresh and it isn’t distributed evenly at all. Many countries have a freshwater deficit and that’s a serious problem for several of them. A problem that’s solved in different ways. The most ambitious …

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The Man Who Accidentally Killed The Most People In History

One scientist caused two environmental disasters and the deaths of millions. Thomas Midgley Jr. (May 18, 1889 – November 2, 1944) was an American mechanical and chemical engineer. He played a major role in developing leaded gasoline (tetraethyllead) and some of the first chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), better known in the United States by the brand name Freon; both products were later banned from common use due …

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What Army Snipers Go Through At Sniper School | Boot Camp

Before they become snipers, all students must graduate from the US Army Sniper Course, a seven-week program that teaches soldiers from the Army and National Guard essential skills in fieldcraft and marksmanship. Insider spent two days at the US Army Sniper Course inside the Fort Benning military installation near Columbus, Georgia, where we observed various …

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