What's the connection between a water pistol and a gigantic crane? On the face of it, no connection at all. But think about the science behind them and you'll reach a surprising conclusion: water pistols and cranes use the power of moving liquids in a very similar way. This technology is called hydraulics and it's used to power everything from car brakes and garbage trucks to motorboat steering and garage jacks. Let's take a closer look at how it works!