By making a very precise measurement of the muon g-2 value
the results to its predicted value, researchers at Fermilab hope to uncover evidence of new, undiscovered particles and forces. This continues work done at Brookhaven National Laboratory
a decade ago. To do so, Fermilab needs their 50-ft ring magnet
and its fragile, precisely assembled
superconducting coils. After six months of planning, the magnet was slowly hauled
on an eight-axle trailer
through the streets of Long Island, loaded onto a barge, and tugged down the Atlantic coast and into the Gulf of Mexico, where it will go
up the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway to the Mississippi and then through Illinois waterways before it's trucked again through suburban Chicago. Fermilab has a photo and video gallery
and is posting updates
. [more inside]
posted by hydrophonic
on Jul 12, 2013 -
He was methodical, he rode the highways, and he preyed on teenage girls. Girls who'd run away. Girls no one would miss. In the summer of 1985, the author was such a girl. One night on I-95, she hitched a ride from a stranger and endured the most terrifying moments of her life. Now, years later, she returns to the scenes of her fugitive youth looking for clues to that terror—and the girls who lost their lives to it
- The Truck Stop Killer
posted by Artw
on Oct 28, 2012 -
Recommended procedures in the event of being propelled through the windshield of your truck, exhibit A
posted by Anything
on Sep 27, 2012 -
These days, the term Movable Type
is more likely to make people think of a blogging platform than anything involving paper, but it used to refer to the letters, words, and graphics typically cast in an alloy of lead, tin and antimony or carved from wood, that could be rearranged by a letterpress printer for each individual job. In an environment where toner serves most of our current printing needs, the endangered art of letterpress printing now has a roving champion. Her name is Kyle Durrie, and she is the proprietor of Power and Light Press
in Portland, Oregon. Back in March she bought herself a 1982 Chevy step van
, gutted it, and then installed a work area and a couple of printing presses in the back. She stocked it with a variety of type and ornaments and she is now driving it all over the U.S. teaching folks about the joys of printing with pressure. Maybe if you ask nicely, she'll stop by your neighborhood and show you how to print
, just like Bi Sheng
first did over a thousand years ago.
posted by Toekneesan
on Jul 26, 2011 -
How does a director follow up the highest-grossing R-rated film of all time*? (*adjusted for inflation)
He remakes a French classic - taking an international cast to a Caribbean nation ruled by a military dictatorship, where hurricanes, irascibility, other difficulties take him far over a budget already large enough to be shared by two studios. The result
is his personal favorite
among his films. But deceptive marketing and cute robots
contribute to its making back less than half of its costs. (previously)
posted by Joe Beese
on Sep 7, 2009 -
who died last year at the grand age of 101, was regarded by some as the father of industrial design. Every adult in America has ridden in, ridden on, drunk out of, stored their things in, eaten off of, been costumed in, etc… and there is no going past his gorgeous pedal cars
. Some of his work can also be seen online at The Cleveland Museum of Art
posted by tellurian
on Apr 28, 2008 -
(some photos NSFWish) - a collection of, you guessed it, pictures (most with backstory) of lost loads of freight. Picture set links open in new window.
posted by Burhanistan
on Mar 28, 2008 -
What do you get when you cross a pinhole camera
with a truck? You get the world's largest mobile camera, and perhaps the only camera that is its own darkroom (at least on wheels!). The cameratruck is currently travelling Spain in a trip that will culminate in an exhibit at PHotoEspaña
posted by Robot Johnny
on Apr 24, 2006 -
, Road Trains
, and more. Where the continental U. S. has nurtured the "18-wheeler" as an iconic form, commercial trucks in other countries (or within certain states) have flourished in a wide variety of forms, adapting to regional industry, terrain, population, and laws. A 7-axle cement mixer
in Nevada. Twin-steer
short trucks in Europe. 42-wheelers
in Michigan. More at Hank's Truck Pictures
lists about 144,000 of them).
posted by kurumi
on Apr 9, 2006 -
What separates GM from Honda? The development process.
An interesting read about Honda's lean and mean development process, as compared to the bureaucratic nightmare that exists at General Motors. A fascinating read and good insight into one of the many reasons why the domestic automakers are getting spanked these days.
posted by tgrundke
on Apr 5, 2006 -
"The Virtual Truck Route
offers many stops along the way. This site has been developed as a tribute to the drivers of the big rigs, to the artists of truck drivin' music, to the DJ's of the truck drivin' radio networks, and to those who love them. Happy motoring!"
posted by soundofsuburbia
on Oct 3, 2003 -
Own a piece of History!
At least it is for a good cause. Though, I don't know who would want to buy it. I am sure there are a few people out there who will.
posted by da5id
on Dec 7, 2000 -