Modern Marvels


Modern Marvels
Celebrating ingenuity, invention and imagination brought to life on a grand scale, Modern Marvels tells the fascinating stories of the doers, dreamers and sometime-schemers who created everyday items, technological breakthroughs and man-made wonders.

Genre: Documentary, Special Interest

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  • Watch Modern Marvels Season 12

    • Episode 68

      Walt Disney World

      aired: Sat, Dec 24, 2005

      Journey underground and backstage at the technological marvel that is Walt Disney World. Enter a make-believe world spanning some 27,000 acres, brought to life by cutting-edge technology. What was once Florida swampland now boasts the world's largest theme park. The ride technology ranges from space-age centrifuges to enhanced motion vehicles powered by 3,000 PSI of hydraulic pressure. And hundreds of audio animatronics brought to life through the power of pneumatics, hydraulics, and electrical systems. Walt Disney World is made up of four separate theme parks, each with its own innovations: the 107-acre Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney-MGM Studios, and Disney's Animal Kingdom. The four parks are all part of a megaplex of a resort. Twice the size of Manhattan, it was the final vision and crowning achievement of a man who spent more than 40 years pushing the limits of technology to create entertainment magic: Walt Disney.

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    • Episode 3

      China's Great Dam

      aired: Thu, Sep 25, 2008

      When it is finally completed, China's Three Gorges Dam will tower 607 feet in the air and weigh more than forty Great Pyramids. Other than China's Great Wall, it will be the only man-made object visible from the moon. Supporters of the dam see the structure as key to a new China, controlling floods and bringing hydroelectric power to one of the country's least-developed areas, while critics voice a litany of concerns, including potential environmental issues, such as possible flooding of the spectacular area for which the dam is named. From ancient flood control to current controversies, The History Channel traces the captivating story behind the Three Gorges Dam.

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    • Episode 7

      Locomotives

      aired: Tue, Apr 3, 2012

      Zip through the French countryside at nearly 300 MPH on the TGV--the fastest locomotive in the world. Ride on the little engines that could as they guide giant ships through the Panama Canal. Watch two locomotives crash head-on as the federal government monitors safety. Descend 700 feet below the earth's surface where mining locomotives move miners through a maze of tunnels. Then, it's a "jiffy lube" for locomotives inside America's largest maintenance shop. Finally, glide into the future with a locomotive that levitates on a cushion of air.

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    • Episode 8

      8. Modern Marvels: Mega Food Countdown

      aired: Mon, Aug 27, 2012

      Modern Marvels is going big, and counting down. We take the "best of" Modern Marvels and give you the MEGA Top 10 countdown. On this edition, the top ten guilty pleasures you just can't resist... America's Favorite Foods.

    • Episode 7

      7. Mega Weapon Countdown

      aired: Mon, Jul 30, 2012

      Modern Marvels is going big, and counting down. We take the "best of" Modern Marvels and give you the MEGA Top 10 countdown.

    • Episode 6

      6. Mega Machine Countdown

      aired: Tue, Jul 24, 2012

      Modern Marvels is going big, and counting down. We take the "best of" Modern Marvels and give you the MEGA Top 10 countdown.

    • Episode 5

      5. Mega Speed Countdown

      aired: Mon, Jul 16, 2012

      Modern Marvels is going big, and counting down. We take the "best of" Modern Marvels and give you the MEGA Top 10 countdown. On this edition: Speed.

    • Episode 4

      4. American Trucking

      aired: Fri, Feb 4, 2011

      America would come to a standstill without trucks. Trucks transport a staggering 70 percent of all the nation's goods. Explore the amazingly diverse world of American trucks and the colorful men and women who drive them. Join country superstar Brad Paisley and his crew of truckers on the road between Little Rock and Tulsa--racing the clock to be on time for Brad's next concert.

    • Episode 3

      3. Ropes & Chains

      aired: Fri, Jan 28, 2011

      From hauling our heaviest gear to mastering the tallest mountains, they have been around for centuries, but we constantly improve upon them. Get an inside look at factories where every kind and style of Ropes & Chains are made. We'll get some lessons from a company that trains high-flying workers who depend on rope to do their jobs safely.

    • Episode 2

      2. Grease

      aired: Fri, Jan 21, 2011

      GREASE It makes the whole world go around...and up and down...and side to side. Without it, the wheels of industry and our modern existence would grind to a halt, along with everything else. In this episode of Modern Marvels, we take a close up look - at GREASE.

    • Episode 1

      1. Packaging

      aired: Fri, Jan 14, 2011

      It's all around us--so much a part of our lives that we forget it's there. But try to survive a single day without packaging. This episode reveals the astounding technology and ingenuity required to create our packaged world. At a Michigan company that designs water bottles, we'll show you how engineers find their inspiration from a bell pepper.

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    • Episode 16

      16. Truck Stops

      aired: Fri, Jun 27, 2008

      Dotting the Interstates, they're overlooked by some and longed for by others. They're truck stops, and today they're bigger and better than ever. Modern Marvels: Truck Stops explores how these mega pit stops have catered to heavy haulers since the "Mom and Pop" stops of the 1920s all the way to today's high-tech travel centers.

    • Episode 15

      15. Saws

      aired: Fri, Jun 27, 2008

      They have the sharpest teeth known to man, but only bite on command. They brought down the forests and built up the pyramids. Some have used them to torture, others to cure. They're a cut above for construction, salvage, demolition - and they even make music.

    • Episode 14

      14. Aluminum

      aired: Fri, Jun 27, 2008

      At one time, it was more valuable than gold, but now it helps define modern life. In Modern Marvels: Aluminum we'll stretch it, pound it, melt it, and even make a foam from it. We'll see how aluminum is made from a powder and molted into massive 30,000 pounds ingots.

    • Episode 12

      12. Vacuums

      aired: Fri, Jun 27, 2008

      Think vacuums are just for sweeping floors? Think again. On this episode of Modern Marvels we'll see giant-sized vacuums that clean up after disasters like 9-11 and Hurricane Katrina. Beneath the blue Hawaiian sea we'll meet The Super Sucker, an underwater vacuum that saves coral reefs by suctioning up invasive alien algae.

    • Episode 11

      11. Traps

      aired: Fri, Jun 27, 2008

      They're designed to capture...and often kill. But they don't always harm their prey; traps are often necessary to the survival of a species. Modern Marvels: Traps is the exploration of a device as old as humanity itself. We'll trap 400 lbs. Black Bears with West Virginia Division of Natural Resources biologists.

    • Episode 10

      10. Extreme Aircraft II

      aired: Fri, Jun 27, 2008

      Extreme flying machines are redefining our skies. We'll pull serious G's in the U.S. military's latest fighter jet: the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. And we'll see what its pilot sees through the visor of the futuristic Helmet Mounted Display. Riding shotgun in the Air Force's lethal B-1B Lancer we learn why it's a bomber that thinks it's a fighter.

    • Episode 9

      9. Welding

      aired: Fri, Jun 27, 2008

      Since its discovery in the 19th Century, modern welding has allowed us to `dream big.' Whether via electricity, flammable gases, sonic waves, or sometimes just raw explosive power, welding creates powerful bonds between metal unmatched by any other joining process.

    • Episode 8

      8. Batteries

      aired: Fri, Jun 27, 2008

      Batteries. Mixtures of metals and caustic chemicals that make our tech, tools and toys surge with energy.

    • Episode 7

      7. Cheese

      aired: Fri, Jun 27, 2008

      From the giant cheese factories of Wisconsin to the goat farms of Northern California, Modern Marvels: Cheese reveals how this amazing commodity (whether sliced from a pungent, moldy block, or sprayed from a can) is made.

    • Episode 6

      6. Fertilizer

      aired: Fri, Jun 27, 2008

      Humans flush it, cows dump it, and two million ton machines scoop it from the ground. Without it one third of us would starve. Modern Marvels: Fertilizer tours the places that harness the vital nutrients that enrich the soil...that grow the crops...that feed us.

    • Episode 5

      Thinking Machines: The Creation of the Computer

      aired: Sat, Nov 23, 1996

      Forget everything you thought you knew about the cold because Modern Marvels: Deep Freeze is taking the technology of cold to the extreme. Think your home freezer is "cool"? How about a 12-story unit filled with 135 million pounds of ice cream? We'll see arctic vaults that store the millions of different seeds and learn how scientists have mastered temperatures of -200? F... and below.

    • Episode 4

      Television: Window to the World

      aired: Sat, Oct 19, 1996

      What does it take to rate as "the world's strongest"? You'll find out on this episode of Modern Marvels. We'll be in the line of fire with life-saving boron carbide body armor, strong enough to stop high caliber rifle bullets at close range. We'll go airborne with MegaFly, a giant ram air parachute with the strength to deliver record-shattering payloads with pinpoint accuracy.

    • Episode 3

      3. Acid

      aired: Fri, Jun 27, 2008

      It feeds on metal, dissolves skin and bone, and packs a punch in nearly every military explosive. It's perhaps the most dangerous substance known to man. Yet it's the most widely produced chemical in the world. Modern Marvels: Acid gets a rare peak at how the military harnesses acid to make the explosive `Comp B-4'.

    • Episode 2

      2. World's Sharpest

      aired: Fri, Jun 27, 2008

      What is the world's sharpest? For severing through an enemy warrior, it's the Katana blade of the Samurai. We'll craft one of these swords from scratch to reveal the secret of its legendary cutting ability. Then we'll put it to the test. We'll also visit Cutco Cutlery, where professionals there hone steel to an edge they claim is the sharpest for chopping food in your kitchen.

    • Episode 1

      1. Fast Food Tech

      aired: Fri, Jun 27, 2008

      Fast food joints dominate the American landscape to the tune of $150 billion dollars in annual sales. They churn out meals for the masses with the mantra "fast, consistent, inexpensive". We'll watch as hundreds of burgers, fries and shakes fly across counters and drive-thru windows at Carl's Jr., Jack in the Box, Wendy's...and of course, the Mac Daddy of fast food...McDonald's.

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    • Episode 17

      17. Rocks

      aired: Fri, May 23, 2008

      From the Stone Age, to the Space Age, we've built our world from rocks. Modern Marvels travels to America's horde of moon rocks located at NASA's Johnson Space Center. These rocks give us clues as to how the planets were formed, and how old the solar system is.

    • Episode 16

      16. Most Shocking

      aired: Fri, May 23, 2008

      Be Afraid. The dangers associated with Electric Shock are 100% real. It kills and injures thousands each year. Yet in the last 100 years we've corralled its power to create marvelous devices. In this episode we'll explore the stunning ways that electric shocks occur - from lethal prison fences to the slippery shock of an Electric Eel.

    • Episode 15

      15. Environmental Tech

      aired: Fri, May 23, 2008

      From the prairies of Saskatchewan to a Manhattan skyscraper we'll see the 21st Century's cutting-edge "green" technologies in action. New technologies such as carbon sequestration and bioremediation take on our most daunting environmental crises, from global warming and deforestation to nuclear waste and resource scarcity.

    • Episode 14

      14. Cold Cuts

      aired: Fri, May 23, 2008

      They're the meat in our sandwiches and slices of American pop culture. Modern Marvels: Cold Cuts will take you behind the deli counter to reveal the secret ingredients in boloney. Watch a master sausage maker craft salami, and pile it on at Carnegie Deli with their famous mile-high pastrami sandwich.

    • Episode 13

      13. The Pig

      aired: Fri, May 23, 2008

      It is said that the pig is as smart as a three-year-old human. The pancreas, heart valve and intestines of the pig have been transplanted into human bodies, yet the primary use of the pig is for food. Watch the pig transform into bacon, ham, ribs and sausage, using a high tech water knife, at Burger's Smokehouse in Missouri.

    • Episode 12

      12. Engineering Disasters 21

      aired: Fri, May 23, 2008

      A steam pipe explosion rocks New Yorkers on a summer day in Midtown Manhattan. Boston's Big Dig highway project suffers a major setback when sections of a tunnel ceiling fall onto the roadway. Rush hour in Minnesota turns deadly, as a bridge plunges into the Mississippi River.

    • Episode 11

      11. Corn

      aired: Fri, May 23, 2008

      CORN is a chameleon that has found its way into over 3,000 different items. Discover how hundreds of tons of sweet corn make it from the field to a sealed can within mere hours at Lakeside Foods in Wisconsin...how corn is transformed into clear plastic packaging (ironically to hold food) at NatureWorks in Nebraska ..

    • Episode 10

      10. Carbon

      aired: Fri, May 23, 2008

      All life forms, including us, are built upon atoms of carbon. But modern technology is also built on a foundation of carbon. On Modern Marvels: Carbon, you'll find out just how versatile this simple element can be.

    • Episode 9

      9. Milk

      aired: Fri, May 23, 2008

      On Modern Marvels: Milk, we'll visit a farm with a milking parlor for 80 cows that looks more like a bovine merry-go-round. At the Driftwood Dairy processing plant, we'll find out what's so hot about pasteurization.

    • Episode 8

      8. 90's Tech

      aired: Fri, May 23, 2008

      The dot com decade opened up the information superhighway and for the first time, people could shop, search, and surf online with the click of a mouse. Take a trip back to the end of the 20th century and the beginning of today's trendy technologies and see how the gadgets we can't live without all started in the 90s.

    • Episode 7

      7. World's Strongest III

      aired: Fri, May 23, 2008

      Witness some mind-blowing feats of strength starting with the world's most powerful elevators--one lifts fighter jets, the other lifts a giant stage filled with acrobats. Discover the world's strongest tire and the monster mine machine it rolls with. Take a 35-foot drop on the world's strongest mountain bike. See the world's strongest land transport vehicle that carries the Space Shuttle.

    • Episode 6

      6. Strange Weapons

      aired: Fri, May 23, 2008

      Modern arsenals have become much more sophisticated than bullets and bombs. Discover microwave-like rays that make the enemy flee when they feel the heat and laser weapons, mounted on trucks and airplanes that can blow missiles out of the sky.

    • Episode 5

      5. Bread

      aired: Fri, May 23, 2008

      It's the basic source of nourishment for half the world--bread. Bake it, roast it, slice it, toast it--it's a wonder that three simple ingredients, flour, water and salt, can be transformed into so many different shapes and tastes. From baguettes to pita, from corn bread to flour tortillas, every culture finds a way to make it and bake it.

    • Episode 4

      4. Locomotives

      aired: Fri, May 23, 2008

      Zip through the French countryside at nearly 300 MPH on the TGV--the fastest locomotive in the world. Ride on the little engines that could as they guide giant ships through the Panama Canal. Watch two locomotives crash head-on as the federal government monitors safety.

    • Episode 3

      3. Gadgets 3

      aired: Fri, May 23, 2008

      Explore the hottest trends in gadgets, how they've evolved and where they're going. See how the latest miniaturized, mobile gadgetry can fit all the technology that once filled an entire office into a single briefcase. Visit Brookstone, the ultimate gadget store. We'll meet a gadget collector who's turned his home into a gadget museum.

    • Episode 2

      2. Superhighways

      aired: Fri, May 23, 2008

      On this episode of Modern Marvels we'll construct, and deconstruct, the roundabout ribbons that comprise the world's Superhighways. Our road trip starts in Houston, Texas where a multi-billion dollar expansion project is widening a stretch of superhighway to a spacious 20 lanes. Then we're off to China's 28,000-mile National Trunk Highway System.

    • Episode 1

      1. Walt Disney World

      aired: Fri, May 23, 2008

      Journey underground and backstage at the technological marvel that is Walt Disney World. Enter a make-believe world spanning some 27,000 acres, brought to life by cutting-edge technology. What was once Florida swampland now boasts the world's largest theme park. The ride technology ranges from space-age centrifuges to enhanced motion vehicles powered by 3,000 PSI of hydraulic pressure.

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    • Episode 30

      90's Tech

      aired: Thu, Feb 7, 2008

      The dot com decade opened up the information superhighway and for the first time, people could shop, search, and surf online with the click of a mouse. Take a trip back to the end of the 20th century and the beginning of today's trendy technologies and see how the gadgets we can't live without all started in the 90s. Learn about the science of creating an Internet search engine and explore how virtual pet toys were born.

    • Episode 16

      The Pig

      aired: Tue, Nov 27, 2007

      It is said that the pig is as smart as a three-year-old human. The pancreas, heart valve and intestines of the pig have been transplanted into human bodies, yet the primary use of the pig is for food. Watch the pig transform into bacon, ham, ribs and sausage, using a high tech water knife, at Burger's Smokehouse in Missouri. Then Chef Chris Cosentino re-creates old world dishes from pig parts and culinary artisans attempt to duplicate long-vanished pork specialties like prosciutto and acorn-fed pigs.

    • Episode 14

      Rice

      aired: Wed, Aug 2, 2006

      How do motion pictures work? Who invented the telephone? Can computers think? This series satisfies our incredible curiosity about how things work.

    • Episode 8

      Dogs

      aired: Wed, Oct 30, 2013

      Man's best friend--fearless, faithful, determined and swift. From natural instincts to complex training, see what makes dogs a perfectly engineered Modern Marvel.

    • Episode 5

      Corn

      aired: Tue, Apr 3, 2012

      Corn is a chameleon that has found its way into over 3,000 different items. Discover how hundreds of tons of sweet corn make it from the field to a sealed can within mere hours at Lakeside Foods in Wisconsin...how corn is transformed into clear plastic packaging (ironically to hold food) at NatureWorks in Nebraska ...how corn is converted into a fuel of the future at VeraSun Energy in Iowa ... Find out exactly what High Fructose Corn Syrup is and why it gets such a bad wrap. Corn sustained ancient civilizations and today is the largest agricultural crop in the world. Next time you bite into some corn on the cob stop a minute and remember how amazing Maize really is.

    • Episode 2

      The Autobahn

      aired: Thu, Aug 29, 2013

      What does it take to turn twenty tons of steel into top-notch vehicles in less than a day? How does a pile of lumber become a million dollar home in a mere week?

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    • Episode 17

      Modern Marvels: Rocks

      aired: Tue, Apr 3, 2012

      From the Stone Age, to the Space Age, we've built our world from rocks. Modern Marvels travels to America's horde of moon rocks located at NASA's Johnson Space Center. These rocks give us clues as to how the planets were formed, and how old the solar system is. Then it's off to see how marble and granite are extracted, cut, polished, and readied for use. We will learn how color, pattern, and surface finish are major considerations in the selection of any stone. We'll do some blasting at a sand and gravel pit, then see how sizes are graded. We'll mine iron ore, and watch it turned into steel. Finally we visit The Geysers in Northern California and see how they harness heat from rocks deep in the earth to create energy for nearly 850,000 homes.

    • Episode 16

      Modern Marvels: Most Shocking

      aired: Tue, Apr 3, 2012

      Be Afraid. The dangers associated with Electric Shock are 100% real. It kills and injures thousands each year. Yet in the last 100 years we've corralled its power to create marvelous devices. In this episode we'll explore the stunning ways that electric shocks occur - from lethal prison fences to the slippery shock of an Electric Eel. We'll watch as daring electric linesmen climb onto 500,000 volt power lines 200 feet above the air; then a lightning survivor recounts what it's like to take a million volt blast; while the CEO of Taser International actually volunteers to take a hit to demo the latest wave in crime-fighting technology.

    • Episode 15

      Modern Marvels: Environmental Tech

      aired: Mon, Apr 2, 2012

      From the prairies of Saskatchewan to a Manhattan skyscraper we'll see the 21st Century's cutting-edge "green" technologies in action. New technologies such as carbon sequestration and bioremediation take on our most daunting environmental crises, from global warming and deforestation to nuclear waste and resource scarcity. See how blue-green algae are converted into automotive biofuel and methane from decomposing garbage is turned into clean-burning natural gas. Finally, we'll see how trees and other natural environments can be used as engineering materials to control flooding and rejuvenate dying rivers.

    • Episode 14

      Modern Marvels: Cold Cuts

      aired: Mon, Apr 2, 2012

      They're the meat in our sandwiches and slices of American pop culture. Modern Marvels: Cold Cuts will take you behind the deli counter to reveal the secret ingredients in boloney. Watch a master sausage maker craft salami, and pile it on at Carnegie Deli with their famous mile-high pastrami sandwich. We'll construct exotic cold cuts made of pig head parts and livers, make the cut with the best meat slicers, past and present and see how to make turkey out of tofu. And don't forget that olive loaf for the holidays. Served cold and cut with precision. Pureed, pounded, and poured, it's time for a taste of cold cuts.

    • Episode 13

      Modern Marvels: Pyramids

      aired: Mon, Apr 2, 2012

      In Hollywood, they are the home to killer mummies and booby traps. In this exciting program, journey with The History Channel on a quest to separate fact from fantasy on an exciting tour of the Egyptian Pyramids. Built during a span of well over 1,000 years, these pyramids, designed as tombs for the Egyptian pharoahs, stand as cultural and engineering marvels of staggering proportions. And yet, many facts about these monuments - including the exact methods used to construct them - remain tantalizingly obscure. Join Modern Marvels for an exploration of these elusive facts, and discover the captivating history behind one of the most mystifying accomplishments of the ancient world.

    • Episode 12

      Modern Marvels: Engineering Disasters 21

      aired: Mon, Apr 2, 2012

      A steam pipe explosion rocks New Yorkers on a summer day in Midtown Manhattan. Boston's Big Dig highway project suffers a major setback when sections of a tunnel ceiling fall onto the roadway. Rush hour in Minnesota turns deadly, as a bridge plunges into the Mississippi River. An air show in Mannheim, Germany comes to a tragic end when a Chinook helicopter crashes along the Autobahn killing 46 people. A tanker truck explodes on an Oakland freeway overpass, causing the structure to collapse. And a mud volcano near a natural gas drilling site erupts in Indonesia, leaving villages buried 16 feet deep. We'll explore what caused these catastrophes--in this latest installment of "Engineering Disasters" on Modern Marvels.

    • Episode 10

      Modern Marvels: Carbon

      aired: Mon, Apr 2, 2012

      All life forms, including us, are built upon atoms of carbon. But modern technology is also built on a foundation of carbon. On Modern Marvels: Carbon, you'll find out just how versatile this simple element can be. We'll see why carbon is the key both in heavy-duty industries, like Pennsylvania's steel mills and North Dakota's coal-fired power plants, and in amazingly useful tools like the graphite pencil, the charcoal water filter, and the diamond saw blade. We'll also watch how carbon fiber, a material stronger than steel and lighter than fiberglass, is made into the chassis of a California racecar and the fuselage of Boeing's new 787 Dreamliner. Carbon burns hotter, cuts deeper, dies harder, insulates more thoroughly, and absorbs more fully than any other material. You'll see how one powerful hydrocarbon fuel, cellulose-based ethanol, is replacing another petroleum. You'll learn why "activated charcoal" is the material of choice for absorbing everything from toxic heavy metals in your drinking water to funky odors in your shoes. And you'll see how NASA will launch into space a collector made of carbon aerogel, the lightest, most insulating substance in the world, to search for clues about, you guessed it, carbon-based life forms.

    • Episode 9

      Modern Marvels: Milk

      aired: Mon, Apr 2, 2012

      On Modern Marvels: Milk, we'll visit a farm with a milking parlor for 80 cows that looks more like a bovine merry-go-round. At the Driftwood Dairy processing plant, we'll find out what's so hot about pasteurization. Later, we'll see how a specialty foods manufacturer in Wisconsin converts thousands of gallons of raw milk into tanker loads of sweetened condensed milk, by boiling off about 85% of its water in an enormous three-story evaporator. At Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo, we'll tip a glass with one of the top dairy tasting teams in the country, as they sip, swish, and spit out various milks. We'll peek inside one of the world's largest butter churns, located at the Darigold Creamery in Issaquah, Washington, and we'll visit one of Dannon's busy plants to see what's so active about yogurt. We'll even milk a yak with an artisan cheese-maker outside of Seattle, Washington. Get ready to meet more breeds of dairy cows than you knew existed, and to find out if milk really does the body good.

    • Episode 8

      Modern Marvels: Ocean Liners

      aired: Mon, Apr 2, 2012

      Since the dawn of time, humankind has made journeys across the seas. But during the Industrial Revolution, a new era of great steamships was born, uniting the continents and creating moveable monuments to luxury and gentility. In this captivating program, Ocean Liners takes a look at some of the very first cruise vessels, including the HMS Titanic, the Andrea Doria, and the Morro Castle. With the tragic history behind some of these inaugural liners came new technology and increased safety precautions as nations vied to build the fastest, largest, and most luxurious ships to ever ride the waves. Join Modern Marvels for an unforgettable historical tour of the greatest ocean liners ever built, and witness the process by which these mammoth ships of steel have been adapted to serve a modern world.

    • Episode 7

      Modern Marvels: World's Strongest III

      aired: Mon, Apr 2, 2012

      Witness some mind-blowing feats of strength starting with the world's most powerful elevators--one lifts fighter jets, the other lifts a giant stage filled with acrobats. Discover the world's strongest tire and the monster mine machine it rolls with. Take a 35-foot drop on the world's strongest mountain bike. See the world's strongest land transport vehicle that carries the Space Shuttle. Finally mix some drinks or chop a telephone into dust with the biggest and strongest home blender you've ever seen.

    • Episode 6

      Modern Marvels: Strange Weapons

      aired: Mon, Apr 2, 2012

      Modern arsenals have become much more sophisticated than bullets and bombs. Discover microwave-like rays that make the enemy flee when they feel the heat and laser weapons, mounted on trucks and airplanes that can blow missiles out of the sky. Some of the newest non-lethal weapons include a B.B. machine gun that can fire 150 pain-causing pellets a second and a flashing device nicknamed "the pukelight" that may make you lose your lunch. Finally examine ancient weapons that include a cutlery set containing hidden pistols and Ninja hand claws that would put the X-Men's Wolverine to shame.

    • Episode 5

      Modern Marvels: Bread

      aired: Mon, Apr 2, 2012

      It's the basic source of nourishment for half the world--bread. Bake it, roast it, slice it, toast it--it's a wonder that three simple ingredients, flour, water and salt, can be transformed into so many different shapes and tastes. From baguettes to pita, from corn bread to flour tortillas, every culture finds a way to make it and bake it.

    • Episode 4

      Modern Marvels: The Subway

      aired: Mon, Apr 2, 2012

      Beneath the fierce commotion on the streets of the Big Apple lies an astonishing network of tunnels, turnstiles, and technology. Modern Marvels boldly descends into the extraordinary labyrinth of The Subway to find out what really makes the wheels of this underground empire turn. A ride aboard the mysterious "money train" divulges the financial secrets of the system, while a trip to the subterranean control tower reveals a startling mix of antique technology side-by-side with the ultra-new. Experimental cars, subway disasters, construction miracles, greedy financiers - they're all part of the brute legend of the world's largest subway system. Hop aboard!

    • Episode 3

      Modern Marvels: Gadgets 3

      aired: Mon, Apr 2, 2012

      Explore the hottest trends in gadgets, how they've evolved and where they're going. See how the latest miniaturized, mobile gadgetry can fit all the technology that once filled an entire office into a single briefcase. Visit Brookstone, the ultimate gadget store. We'll meet a gadget collector who's turned his home into a gadget museum. And we'll visit basement inventors who have developed everything from an iron you slip over your hand to smart appliances that talk back. Revisit some of the original gadgets like the corkscrew and zipper and see how some gadgets evolve into new forms. Discover which gadget inventors may hold tomorrow's hottest new trends and learn why some gadgets succeed while others crash and burn.

    • Episode 2

      Modern Marvels: Superhighways

      aired: Mon, Apr 2, 2012

      On this episode of Modern Marvels we'll construct, and deconstruct, the roundabout ribbons that comprise the world's Superhighways. Our road trip starts in Houston, Texas where a multi-billion dollar expansion project is widening a stretch of superhighway to a spacious 20 lanes. Then we're off to China's 28,000-mile National Trunk Highway System. We'll take a ride atop the High-Five, a 12 story, five level interchange that's become the latest Dallas tourist attraction. We'll go to MIT and discover how a single distracted driver can cause a major traffic jam. We'll take a ride along two of the most stunning superhighways in the world, I-70 through Glenwood Canyon and H-3 on the island of Oahu, and learn why building them was anything but paradise. Finally, we'll play a cutting edge video game that's training emergency personnel how to unclog a clogged superhighway.

    • Episode 1

      Modern Marvels: Empire State Building

      aired: Mon, Apr 2, 2012

      At a time when American dreams were in short supply, an iconic engineering marvel rose up through the New York City skyline and inspired a nation. Planned during the 1920s, construction on what would become the world's tallest man-made structure was almost grounded by the Depression. In spite of the country's economic troubles, intrepid construction workers prevailed, carefully assembling the building's magnificent steel frame at an astonishing pace of four-and-a-half stories per week. In just over a year, the miraculous structure was finished, and a monumental symbol of the indomitable American spirit was forever etched into the New York City landscape. From the first plans to the final rivet, explore this captivating and inspirational tale of the great Empire State Building.

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