Architecture / Engineering

  • The Inventions of Alessandro Volta

    Have you ever wondered how a wall clock can continue to operate for over a year with only one small battery as a power source? This and other applications of storage batteries were made possible by the pioneering research of one man.
    By tronlegacy November 6, 2010 

  • Basic Concepts of Classical and Quantum Mechanics

    The main principles and differences of classical and quantum mechanics are described in this article. A series of quantum explained phenomena are also described.
    By Aggeliki K. October 22, 2010 

  • Does Salt Water Boil or Freeze Faster than Sugar Water?

    Which boils or freezes faster, salt or sugar water? Explore the answer here.
    By Vandana Singhal October 20, 2010 


  • 1919 - The Boston Molasses Tank Explosion and Flood

    The Boston Molasses flood was a disaster of epic proportions, producing a 15 foot high wave of sticky, viscous fluid moving twice as fast as a man could run. 21 people were drowned or crushed by the wave. This article discusses the disaster's causes...
    By Erik Hinrichsen October 18, 2010 

  • Who Invented Asphalt?

    Asphalt is a natural occurring substance being originally imported from places like Venezuela and Trinidad, before the oil refining industry found it to be a valuable by-product of the oil distillation process. Aggregate is mixed with the asphalt before...
    By Willie Scott October 12, 2010 

  • Crystals and How They are Formed

    Learn how crystals are formed and about processes for growing crystals. Crystallization has taken place naturally for time immemorial, forming the crystals in the earth. We can also purify solid crystalline compounds by crystallizing them out of solution...
    By Harlan Bengtson October 4, 2010 


  • The Age of the Great Pyramids

    The Pyramids are still looked on in awe by most civil engineers because the monumental work involved was done with practically none of the mechanization that we are now used to. The age of the pyramids is considered to be the period from the Fourth Dynasty...
    By Jayant R Row September 26, 2010 

  • Heavy Construction Equipment Defined

    Heavy construction equipment can include tunnel boring machines and ship-based lifting cranes used in port and bridge construction among others. Some common heavy construction equipment needs special permission to move on roads and quite often may even...
    By Jayant R Row September 19, 2010 

  • What the Romans taught us about Aqueducts

    The Romans greatly shaped the civil engineering of today. They were the first ones to realize what can be done with water. Building aqueducts to transport water was their extraordinary engineering feat that is used even today.
    By Baby Rani September 17, 2010 

  • The Hidden History of TNT

    This is a review of the poorly known story of TNT. Few people realize that TNT, though developed at the same time as dynamite, is actually a different compound entirely. The history of TNT has an interesting starting point: it was originally developed...
    By Erik Hinrichsen September 1, 2010 
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