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  • Corrosion & Decomposition

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    S 15 : Ep 31 - 10/13/08

    According to the American Society of Civil Engineers, the aging U.S. infrastructure is in danger of collapse. Learn about a company in Missouri that uses a trench-less technology to rebuild corroded sewer pipes from the inside out while engineers at General Motors Proving Grounds lead the battle against corrosive road de-icing salts. See how a bioreactor in Florida turns mountains of garbage methane gas. Finally, discover how the tiny termite is teaching us how to turn agricultural waste into ethanol at a fraction of the current cost.moreless
  • Wheat

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    S 15 : Ep 27 - 8/21/08

    It feeds the world. See how harvesting crews brave months on the road, cutting thousands of acres, tour a pasta plant to see how special kinds of wheat becomes everything from spaghetti to rigatoni. Watch as grain is mashed into a thirst-quenching brew and finally visit a company that transforms wheat into plastic-like products.moreless
  • Crashes

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    S 15 : Ep 21 - 7/10/08

    Explore collisions that shake our world from the astronomic to the subatomic.
  • Axes

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    S 15 : Ep 14 - 5/30/08

    The axe is one of the world's oldest, most dangerous and efficient cutting tools. Visit one of the nation's largest axe manufacturers, take a swing with a Vikings' battleaxe, then see which would win in a fight of sword vs axe. Learn why the tomahawk is making a comeback as a tactical weapon & see how the fireman's axe has evolved into a trailer full of high tech rescue tools.moreless
  • Locomotives

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    S 15 : Ep 11 - 4/7/08

    Race through the French countryside at nearly 300 MPH on 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.moreless
  • Bread

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    S 15 : Ep 9 - 3/24/08

    It's the basic source of nourishment for half the world. Bake it, roast it, slice it, or toast it, it's a wonder with three simple ingredients.
  • Strange Weapons

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    S 15 : Ep 6 - 3/10/08

    Discover microwave-like rays that make the enemy flee,laser weapons mounted on trucks & planes that can blow missiles out of the sky, non-lethal weapons include a B.B. machine gun and a flashing device nicknamed that may make you lose your lunch.moreless
  • World's Strongest III

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    S 15 : Ep 5 - 3/6/08

    Witness some mind-blowing feats of strength starting with the world's most powerful elevators. Discover the world's strongest tire, the strongest mountain bike, the world's strongest land transport vehicle that carries the Space Shuttle & strongest home blender.moreless
  • Carbon

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    S 15 : Ep 2 - 1/14/08

    Carbon is the chemical basis of all known life and yet this simple element is also the foundation of modern technology. Carbon burns hotter, cuts deeper, insulates more thoroughly and absorbs more fully than any other material. See why carbon is the key both in heavy-duty industries, as well as in tools like the graphite pencil, the charcoal water filter, and the diamond saw blade.moreless
  • Milk

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    S 15 : Ep 1 - 1/7/08

    Got milk? Billions of pounds of milk are consumed worldwide on a daily basis. Milk is the basis for its own food group, and has been around since the dawn of mammals. Visit a farm with a milking parlor that looks more like a cow merry-go-round. Learn what pasteurization is really all about, and even milk a yak. Find out what those active cultures in yogurt are and discover if milk truly makes the body good. Wait until you discover just how many types of cows there truly are.moreless
  • Fast Food Tech

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    S 14 : Ep 44 - 12/26/07

    Can fast food get any faster? Fast food joints in the US pull in $150 billion dollars in annual sales. Their mantra is "fast, consistent, and inexpensive." Learn how they grow it, process it, freeze it, ship it, track it, fry it, flip it and pack it.moreless
  • Cold Cuts

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    S 14 : Ep 43 - 12/17/07

    They're the meat in our sandwiches and slices of American pop culture. Take a look behind the deli counter to reveal the secret ingredients in boloney.
  • Most Shocking

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    S 14 : Ep 42 - 12/10/07

    It strikes without warning and kills in an instant. We fear its might even as we use it to save a life. Explore the electric shock in its numerous forms.
  • Rocks

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    S 14 : Ep 41 - 12/3/07

    From the Stone Age to the Space Age, our world has been built from rocks.
  • The Pig

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    S 14 : Ep 40 - 11/27/07

    It's said that the pig is as smart as a 3 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.moreless
  • Corn

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    S 14 : Ep 39 - 11/19/07

    Why is corn the largest agricultural crop in the world? Corn has fed the masses from ancient times to this day. Corn is not only a vegetable and a cereal grain; it is a commodity as well.moreless
  • Engineering Disasters 21

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    S 14 : Ep 37 - 10/25/07

    A steam pipe explosion rocks New Yorkers one summer day in midtown Manhattan. Boston's Big Dig highway project receives a major setback when sections of a tunnel ceiling fall onto the roadway. An air show in Mannheim, Germany comes to a tragic end when a Chinook helicopter crashes along the Autobahn. A tanker truck explodes on an Oakland freeway overpass, causing the structure to collapse. And oil workers hit a real gusher: a mud volcano, which has left some villages buried 16 feet deep, and may continue to spew mud for years, or even centuries.moreless
  • World's Sharpest

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    S 14 : Ep 36 - 10/11/07

    It's time to slice and dice! Take a cutting-edge look at the most amazing blades in the world.
  • Acid

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    S 14 : Ep 35 - 10/1/07

    It is the most widely produced chemical in the world and possibly the most dangerous. Take a look at the many uses of acid.
  • Batteries

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    S 13 : Ep 32 - 9/19/07

    They keep going and going and going, from the smallest to the biggest, see how they're made, what they power and where they're headed.
  • Traps

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    S 14 : Ep 30 - 8/27/07

    Traps are a device designed to capture and kill, but they don't always harm their prey.
  • Vacuums

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    S 14 : Ep 29 - 8/23/07

    Vacuums aren't just for cleaning floors
  • Chocolate

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    S 14 : Ep 27 - 8/6/07

    Take a tour through the entire chocolate making process and learn how chocolate has been thought of as an energizer, an aphrodisiac and a cure-all.
  • Aluminum

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    S 14 : Ep 25 - 7/25/07

    This useful metal was once considered more valuable than gold. Watch as aluminum is stretched, pounded, melted and turned into foam.
  • Saws

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    S 14 : Ep 24 - 7/18/07

    Sink your teeth into the razor sharp world of saws.
  • Cheese

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    S 14 : Ep 23 - 6/27/07

    Travel through history from the Roman Empire's diversity of cheeses to the 19th Century birth of industrial cheese.
  • Fertilizer

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    S 14 : Ep 22 - 6/20/07

    Fertilizer--without it two thirds of the world would starve. It makes our lawns grow greener and our crops grow taller. Take a tour of the places where the essential nutrients that feed the soil are harnessed.moreless
  • Truck Stops

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    S 14 : Ep 21 - 6/13/07

    Catering to more than twenty million truckers, truck stops are bigger and better than ever. These mega-pit stops are essential to the trucks and truckers that haul eight billion tons of freight annually.moreless
  • World's Strongest II

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    S 14 : Ep 18 - 5/23/07

    What does it take to rate as "the world's strongest"? Watch as life-saving boron carbide body armor is put to the test. Visit the world of monster trucks. Head 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. The Super-Shredder is a metal recycling monster that can gobble up 6 junked cars a minute.moreless
  • Welding

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    S 14 : Ep 15 - 5/9/07

    It was a science first conjured amid the fiery ovens of ancient blacksmiths; today more than 50% of all U.S. products require some form of welding. 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.moreless
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