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Golden Gate Bridge Modern Marvels 43:32 2005-10-05  $1.99  See Preview/Download
     At one time they said California's Golden Gate Strait could not be tamed. Four years later, the longest suspension bridge on earth was opened to the public. Details
Apollo 11 Modern Marvels 44:03 2004-07-21  $1.99  See Preview/Download
     See and experience the historic Apollo 11 flight through the eyes of the astronauts, mission controllers, engineers, and designers who made it all happen. Details
Pyramids Modern Marvels 44:45 2003-12-18  $1.99  See Preview/Download
     Travel back in time as The History Channel investigates the evolution of the pyramid, from the first primitive efforts - such as the flat-roofed tombs called "mastaba" - to such magnificent works as the Step Pyramid, Bent Pyramid, and of course, the great masterpieces of Giza. Details
The Pentagon Modern Marvels 45:51 2001-11-16  $1.99  See Preview/Download
     Updated to reflect the tragic events of September 11, 2001, Modern Marvels presents this definitive tour of the world's largest office building. Details
China's Great Dam Modern Marvels 45:40 2000-09-13  $1.99  See Preview/Download
     Will it be the concrete key to a new China, or a disaster of epic proportions? Details
Great Wall of China Modern Marvels 48:18 1997-06-22  $1.99  See Preview/Download
     Investigate the fascinating origins of the only man-made structure visible from space with a journey along the length of the breathtaking 2,000-year-old Great Wall of China. Details
Brooklyn Bridge Modern Marvels 46:53 1997-01-12  $1.99  See Preview/Download
     First-hand accounts and extensive archival footage bring the struggle to create the world's first suspension bridge to life. Details
Ocean Liners Modern Marvels 45:57 1995-06-04  $1.99  See Preview/Download
     From the great ships of the White Star Line to modern cruise liners, these incredible vessels have always been at the frontier of maritime engineering. Details
Domed Stadiums Modern Marvels 45:20 1995-02-05  $1.99  See Preview/Download
     From Houston's Astrodome to Toronto's stunning Skydome, follow the history of the revolutionary structures that have transformed sports in America. Details
Las Vegas Modern Marvels 47:39 1995-01-15  $1.99  See Preview/Download
     Tour the incredible casinos of Las Vegas's storied strip, and go behind the scenes to see the incredible feats of engineering that underlie America's neon oasis. Details
The Statue of Liberty Modern Marvels 47:49 1995-01-01  $1.99  See Preview/Download
     See why the hardest part of creating the Statue of Liberty wasn't casting the gigantic sculpture, or even shipping it from France - but actually convincing the Americans to take it! Details
The Subway Modern Marvels 46:49 1994-05-06  $1.99  See Preview/Download
     Hop aboard for a fascinating look at the history and technology behind the world's largest subway system, and go behind the scenes to see what makes it tick. Details
Mount Rushmore Modern Marvels 43:33 1994-03-13  $1.99  See Preview/Download
     This is the remarkable story of a talented young sculptor, the frenzy of American patriotism, and a fifteen-year struggle that resulted in the creation of the largest sculpture the world had ever seen. Details
Panama Canal Modern Marvels 44:45 1994-03-04  $1.99  See Preview/Download
     The Panama Canal chronicles one of the most incredible engineering feats of all time: constructing the 51-mile canal that took ten years to build and employed over 40,000 workers, 6,000 of whom died of yellow fever, malaria, and other horrors. An earlier, nine-year attempt by the French ended in failure and cost 20,000 lives. Details
Empire State Building Modern Marvels 46:25 1994-01-21  $1.99  See Preview/Download
     Join The History Channel for the remarkable story of how the landmark New York City skyscraper, which required ten million bricks and 60,000 tons of steel beams, was constructed during the depths of the Depression. Details
90's Tech Modern Marvels, Vol. 2 44:04   $1.99  See Preview/Download
     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. Details
Acid Modern Marvels, Vol. 3 44:04   $1.99  See Preview/Download
     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'. We'll turn up the heat at a sulfuric acid plant, and see how acid can take the stain out of stainless steel. We'll learn why acid is an expert etcher, and how it can be mixed to dissolve precious metal. We'll see how acid helps put the gel in gelatin, and why acid's sour taste is sweet at the Heinz vinegar plant. Then, it's time to go extreme as we learn how an acid loving bacteria may hold the key to a biological industrial revolution. All this and a mad scientist who will demonstrate how acid can hollow out a penny and turn a hot dog to sludge. Details
Aluminum Modern Marvels, Vol. 3 44:00   $1.99  See Preview/Download
     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. We'll visit the widest rolling mill in the world where skins for the largest jumbo jets are made. Everybody's kitchen has aluminum foil. How does a metal get so thin and why is it shiny on one side and dull on the other? We'll find out. We'll watch how NASA uses aluminum to make shiny reflective mirrors for its telescopes. We'll also learn how to make an aluminum baseball bat and why it's better than wood. Details
Batteries Modern Marvels, Vol. 3 44:06   $1.99  See Preview/Download
     Batteries. Mixtures of metals and caustic chemicals that make our tech, tools and toys surge with energy. Modern Marvels visits the world's most powerful battery in Fairbanks, Alaska - 13,760 hulking cells humming with 5,000 volts (Don't touch it!) ready to help the city survive power outages. Then it's off to Energizer's mammoth North Carolina production facility to see how machines churn out one million D-cells every day. 6,831 batteries are packed in the sleek Tesla Roadster, a new electric sports car that can speed from 0 to 60 in just 4 seconds. Let's take a ride. And your own car battery? We'll show you the ingredients that manufacturers pour into it - from sulfuric acid to a substance aptly called "mud". And we don't forget nanobatteries - those microscopic marvels that may some day power nanorobots. That Fantastic Voyage of a submarine in the human blood stream is suddenly a plausible reality. Details
Bread Modern Marvels, Vol. 2 44:05   $1.99  See Preview/Download
     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. Details
Carbon Modern Marvels, Vol. 2 44:06   $1.99  See Preview/Download
     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. Details
Cheese Modern Marvels, Vol. 3 44:04   $1.99  See Preview/Download
     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. We'll look at the ancient techniques, and cutting-edge technologies, behind some of the world's most legendary cheeses, including cheddar, blue, mozzarella, Parmesan, Limburger, brie, cream cheese, and American cheese. We'll taste history from the Roman Empire's use of hard cheeses to feed its soldiers, to medieval monks' cultivation of stinky cheeses and strong beer, the 20th Century's embrace of creamy-smooth "process cheese". And yes, we'll answer that eternal question, "Why does Swiss cheese have holes?" Details
Chocolate Modern Marvels, Vol. 3 43:58   $1.99  See Preview/Download
     It's America's favorite flavor. We eat over three and a half billion pounds of it each year. It satiated the ancients and built modern-day empires. From the equatorial fields, to the factories of moguls, and the kitchens of artisans. By the bar, by the vat, or by the tanker. At the heart of this giant industry is a little magic bean that's been touted as an energizer, aphrodisiac...and cure-all. Annual sales of chocolate in the U.S. top $13 billion. That's almost twice the total sales of all non-chocolate candy items. The average American consumes 12 pounds per year. But most people, who eat it, don't think about where it comes from. Modern Marvels will take the audience through the whole complicated chocolate making process - from bean to bar, from seed to sweet. Watch as candy-makers create some of our favorites...colorful M&Ms by the millions made at Mars; decadent truffles filled at Lindt; and those chocolate bunnies we all love at Easter molded by R.M. Palmer. We'll visit a working cacao bean farm in Central America for a demonstration of the hand harvesting techniques that have remained essentially unchanged for centuries. Then, we'll follow the beans to San Francisco's Guittard Chocolate, suppliers of large quantities of solid and liquid chocolate to some of America's best confectioners. They'll show us the step-by-step process that turns beans into cocoa heaven. A chocolate history lesson will reveal how the Maya and Aztecs revered the first chocolate beverage (Montezuma reportedly drank 50 goblets a day!) and we'll learn how to make it the really old-fashioned way from restaurant owner Soledad Lopez, of Aztec descent. A visit to NYC's chocolate mecca - Max Brenner's Chocolate by the Bald Man - will show how "extreme" chocoholics have created an entire culture around the little brown bean. Imagine grabbing a slice of chocolate pizza, or having a syringe full of gooey chocolate poured right into your mouth! And to the delight of those who indulge, this awesome edible is now even good for you - full of antioxidants, cholesterol-lowering polyphenols, and heart-healthy flavonols. Step aside spinach. All hail the wonder food of chocolate...on Modern Marvels! Details
Cold Cuts Modern Marvels, Vol. 2 43:02   $1.99  See Preview/Download
     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. Details
Corn Modern Marvels, Vol. 2 43:58   $1.99  See Preview/Download
     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 corn is transformed into clear plastic packaging (ironically to hold food) at NatureWorks in Nebraska 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. Details
Deep Freeze Modern Marvels, Vol. 3 44:02   $1.99  See Preview/Download
     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. We'll turn the gases we breathe into liquids. We'll explore how the cold not only preserves and chills, but shatters rubber tires, strengthens steel, and fuels the rockets that have taken us into the deep freeze of outer space. And just when you thought it couldn't get any colder, we'll take you inside Alcor where researchers keep cadavers on ice in hopes of future revival. It's time to chill out on Modern Marvels "Deep Freeze". Details
Engineering Disasters 21 Modern Marvels, Vol. 2 44:02   $1.99  See Preview/Download
     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. Details
Environmental Tech Modern Marvels, Vol. 2 42:59   $1.99  See Preview/Download
     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. Details
Extreme Aircraft II Modern Marvels, Vol. 3 44:21   $1.99  See Preview/Download
     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. Look close or you'll miss the swarm of MAV's (Micro Air Vehicles) - so small they are launched out of a backpack. For travelers tired of long waits and crowded jetliners, the "vertical takeoff and landing" capable PAV's (Personal Aerial Vehicles) may be the answer to their commuting needs. We'll even retrofit a commercial jetliner and turn it into the biggest flying fire truck the world has ever seen. We're pushing the envelope on "Extreme Aircraft II", on Modern Marvels. Details
Fast Food Tech Modern Marvels, Vol. 3 43:58   $1.99  See Preview/Download
     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. During lunch rush at a busy Chicago area McDonald's, automatic fryers and computerized drink dispensers spell "fast". A controlled assembly line process equals "consistent". Buying and shipping ingredients in mass quantities ensures "inexpensive". We'll visit a potato processing plant for the scoop on how fries are made. Taco Bell will tell us how their founder developed the fast food hard shell taco. Behind the scenes technology gets our drive-thru orders filled quickly, but that person taking your order isn't 50 feet away, she's 500 miles away! And we'll explore the future of getting our fast food even faster. See how they grow it, process it, freeze it, ship it, track it, fry it, flip it and pack it...all so we can eat it. Details
Fertilizer Modern Marvels, Vol. 3 44:20   $1.99  See Preview/Download
     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. We'll get knee high in a food-scrap dump, dig deep in a phosphate mine, sniff around a sewage treatment plant, (yes, human excrement makes excellent fertilizer) and get our hands dirty in a trough teeming with seven million hungry worms. And we'll go back in time - when fertilizer was so precious that a war was fought over the control of bird poop. Get ready for a nose-rotting whiff of fertilizer. Details
Gadgets 3 Modern Marvels, Vol. 2 43:28   $1.99  See Preview/Download
     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. Details
Locomotives Modern Marvels, Vol. 2 44:06   $1.99  See Preview/Download
     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. Details
Milk Modern Marvels, Vol. 2 44:21   $1.99  See Preview/Download
     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. Details
Most Shocking Modern Marvels, Vol. 2 43:58   $1.99  See Preview/Download
     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. Details
Rocks Modern Marvels, Vol. 2 43:24   $1.99  See Preview/Download
     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. Details
Saws Modern Marvels, Vol. 3 43:22   $1.99  See Preview/Download
     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. Modern Marvels "Saws" sinks it's teeth into the razor sharp world of saws where 800-pound blades spin at 200 miles per hour to fell huge trees in under a second. We'll cut across the centuries to reveal how the Egyptians laboriously sawed stone and compare that to modern saws that slice through limestone like butter. The contrast between East and West is equally sharp in the saws of the two cultures, and we'll reveal the keys to successful sawing on both sides of the globe. With teeth of steel, carbide or diamond, the blades on Modern Marvels "Saws" are on the cutting edge. Details
Strange Weapons Modern Marvels, Vol. 2 44:03   $1.99  See Preview/Download
     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. Details
Superhighways Modern Marvels, Vol. 2 43:53   $1.99  See Preview/Download
     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. Details
The Pig Modern Marvels, Vol. 2 43:59   $1.99  See Preview/Download
     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. Details
Traps Modern Marvels, Vol. 3 44:02   $1.99  See Preview/Download
     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. Then we'll trap, neuter, and release dangerous feral cats left stranded in New Orleans after Katrina. Mouse traps? We've got 3000 of them. We'll set massive, cast iron jaw traps from history - don't try this at home! We'll head underwater to see how giant screw traps count salmon on the Columbia River. Man traps? We'll see a high tech version that any James Bond villain would lust after. Gotcha! Details
Truck Stops Modern Marvels, Vol. 3 43:59   $1.99  See Preview/Download
     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. Step into the shoes of a trucker at the world's largest truck stop; fuel up, chow down, grab a spritz, catch a flick, and even stop by the dentist. It's a city unto itself. We'll tour the truckers' lavish rolling living quarters. We'll see how they power up their rigs with a high tech parking lot hookup called IdleAire; complete with heat, air conditioning, a telephone line, a computer with high speed internet, and of course satellite TV. We'll also see how 30,000 gallon underground diesel storage tanks are manufactured. And we'll weigh and inspect a truck while it's barely slowing down. In an interview with Willie Nelson, we'll explore one of the most unique truck stops in the United States and the revolutionary fuel it sells: biodiesel. So buckle up and hop aboard our truckin' convoy as we explore the world of truck stops. Details
Vacuums Modern Marvels, Vol. 3 44:07   $1.99  See Preview/Download
     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. We'll discover how pneumatic vacuum tubes in the 19th century functioned like an early internet, delivering mail speedily via miles of tubes - and how this lead to the creation of vacuum powered railways, including New York's first subway. A visit to The Hoover Vacuum Museum and Testing Facility reveals how the household sweeper was invented and popularized. And we can't ignore the "big vacuum" - space. A trip to the world's largest vacuum chamber at NASA's Plum Brook Research Center reveals how NASA tests vehicles and equipment. Finally, we'll meet a 12 year old vacuum collector who knows more about the ubiquitous household necessity than the pros. Details
Walt Disney World Modern Marvels, Vol. 2 1:26:59   $1.99  See Preview/Download
     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. Details
Welding Modern Marvels, Vol. 3 43:00   $1.99  See Preview/Download
     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. A science first conjured amid the fiery ovens of ancient blacksmiths; today more than 50% of all US Products require some form of it. We'll explain how sound waves create bulletproof welds for contemporary body armor; explore the technologies behind robotic welding systems; and witness the knee-rattling impact of an Explosion Weld, the most powerful method of all. From high atop emerging 60 story towers on the Las Vegas strip to oil platforms hundreds of feet below the ocean's surface, we'll reveal how Welders forge the backbone of civilization. Details
World's Sharpest Modern Marvels, Vol. 3 43:59   $1.99  See Preview/Download
     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. At Schick, the manufacturer of millions of disposable razor blades every year, we'll find the sharpest edge possible on steel. Add in an industrial chipper that can devour trees in seconds; industrial shredders so sharp, they can gobble anything from a sofa to a fridge; a precision metal cutter that's not even a solid; and a surprising revelation for what makes a sharp piranha's tooth even sharper and you've got Modern Marvels, "The World's Sharpest. Details
World's Strongest II Modern Marvels, Vol. 3 44:03   $1.99  See Preview/Download
     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. In the high-horsepower world of Monster Trucks, the strongest comes in a package called Bigfoot. We'll see it in car-crushing action. For a demonstration of lifting might, we'll be dockside with a super-strong mobile crane capable of hoisting a 600-ton mega-yacht and toting it through a boat yard without a scratch. When it comes to the strength to destroy, nothing tops the ferocious Super-Shredder, a metal recycling monster that can gobble up 200 junked cars a minute. The strongest pogo stick? That would be Vurtego, able to "boing" over cars. Details
World's Strongest III Modern Marvels, Vol. 2 44:01   $1.99  See Preview/Download
     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. Details

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