A shot from the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix earlier this month. GE scientists are working with the Caterham F1 Team on big data analytics, fiber-optic sensing, composites manufacturing, and heat management to help Caterham’s cars get around the track faster. Photo by @emilgh.
Elihu Thomson, chief engineer of General Electric in the 1890s, looks through a telescope at his observatory in Swampscott, Mass.
In 1892 Thomson merged his company, the Thomson-Houston Electric Company, with General Electric. He was an early pioneer of electrical engineering but made contributions to many other fields including the design of x-ray tubes. In the 1920s he served as acting president of MIT, where he was remembered by his successor as “one of the first in America to recognize the importance of research, both fundamental and practical, to our industrial progress.”
h/t to SciNerds for bringing this photo to our attention.
Early morning views of the CSX Northwest Intermodal Terminal show the five 1-million pound cranes, each as long as a football field, that live at the hub. The cranes lift containers that arrive on CSX trains, many of which are pulled by GE Evolution Series locomotives.
Thomas Edison, along with W. K. L. Dickson, is credited with developing the technology that would eventually allow large audiences to view motion pictures. Edison and Dickson developed the kinetographic camera, which was used to make the earliest motion pictures, and the kinetoscope, a device that allowed just one person to view a silent film through a peephole.
Given the limitations of the technology in the late 1800s, how would Edison have reacted to experiencing 3-D in a modern day movie theater? We had web cartoonist Maki Naro give us his best guess. You can see previous comics in this series here.
Quirky, a design shop that makes crowdsourced inventions real, and GE partnered to create a new line of products called Wink: Instantly Connected, which launched today. Click through the photos to learn more about the new inventions.
In the 1960s, railroad engineer Don Wetzel and his colleagues with the now defunct New York Central Railroad decided to build a high-speed train with jet engines they salvaged from an Air Force bomber. They attached the GE J-47-19 engines to the roof of a stock commuter car and dubbed the train the M-497. On July 23, 1966, they set a rail speed record that still stands. GE Reports talked to Wetzel recently about the project.
LEGO virtuoso Aleksander Stein recreated the vehicle with the toy bricks, and we have set it in motion.