Dark Matters: Twisted But True

Saturday 10:00 PM on The Science Channel Premiered Aug 31, 2011 Between Seasons


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  • Magical Jet Propulsion, Missing Link Mystery, Typhoid Mary

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    S 3 : Ep 6 - 12/26/12

    One man combined the occult and rockets to produce the technology that underpinned Mutually Assured Destruction. A skull found in 1912 seems to solve Darwin's puzzle of where we came from. Mary Mallon infects hundreds with typhoid despite being healthy.moreless
  • Theremin, The Monster Study, 'Roid Rage

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    S 3 : Ep 5 - 12/19/12

    A musical genius is forced to create the most brilliant piece of spy technology ever. Wendell Johnson turns his own stutter into a research topic, but it takes a twist in when he experiments on orphans. Dr John Ziegler introduces steroids to athletes.moreless
  • Pavlov's Children, Raining Aliens, Glow Girls

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    S 3 : Ep 4 - 12/12/12

    A Pavlov student repeats this experiment on orphans to prove that they are nothing more than animals. In 2001 red rain falls in India; it seems to be filled with biological cells. A glow in the dark paint used during WWI contains a deadly ingredient.moreless
  • Remote Control Man, Cadavers for Sale, Einstein's Revenge

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    S 3 : Ep 3 - 12/5/12

    Jose Delgado begins to discover how to electronically control the mind. A doctor at Edinburgh University doesn't ask any questions when two men begin supplying him with fresh human cadavers. Scientist Phillip Lenard leads a vendetta against Einstein.moreless
  • Unabomber, Get the Lead Out, Salvation by Starvation

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    S 3 : Ep 2 - 11/28/12

    In an experiment, students are mocked for their beliefs as researchers profile their personalities. One goes on to become the unabomber. Leaded gasoline poisons more peole than anything else. Russian scientists protect their work from Nazis at all costs.moreless
  • Agent Orange, Ben Franklin: Fraud Slayer?, Price of Beauty

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    S 3 : Ep 1 - 11/21/12

    A chemical that speeds up the flowering process in soybeans turns into a weapon during Vietnam. Be Franklin investigates Fraz Mesmer's cure for animal magnetism, which turns out to be hypnotism. Dr Albert Geyser invents a deadly new beauty treatment.moreless
  • Tuskegee STD, Do You See What I See?, Cold War Cold Case

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    S 2 : Ep 7 - 8/25/12

    US government experiments illegally on black men with syphilis for 40 years. N-Rays will transform physics in France, if they actually exist. 9 skiers found dead with strange injuries. Was it a quarrel, a secret Soviet weapon, or a yeti?

    The US government illegally uses black people as guinea pigs. Will N-Rays change the face of physics in France? The story of the yeti?

  • Creative Evil, Curiosity Killed Dr. Katskee, Bat-Bomb

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    S 2 : Ep 6 - 8/18/12

    The story of the Stanford Prison Experiment. A doctor experiments with cocaine. Millions of bats are used to bomb Japan.

  • Positively Poisonous, Medusa's Heroin, Beauty and Brains

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    S 2 : Ep 5 - 8/11/12

    Fritz Haber plays with technology. Contaminated heroin slows down addicts, the cure is dangerous and involves the use of brain cells. Did an actress forsee cell-phones and wi-fi?

  • Amnesiac, Party Poopers, Risky Radiation

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    S 2 : Ep 4 - 8/4/12

    Brain surgery creates a very interesting type of amnesia. A scientist will do anything to prove his theory. Messing with an A-bomb can have serious consequences: Radiation.

  • Dr. Lobotomy, Voodoo Rx, Killed by Kindness

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    S 2 : Ep 3 - 7/28/12

    The efforts to cure mental illness by Neurologist Egas Moniz's and altruism research from geneticist George Price are discussed in this episode.

  • Resurrection Row, Operation Brainwash, Rabid Roulette

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    S 2 : Ep 2 - 7/21/12

    The story of Ewen Cameron, the man the CIA paid to invent brainwashing. Louis Pasteur uses a child to test his rabies vaccine. Robert Cornish's particular method for cheating death means a convicted murder could potentially walk free.

  • Lindbergh: American Nazi?, Suicide Song, Living Organ Donor

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    S 2 : Ep 1 - 7/14/12

    Charles Lindburgh believes death can be overcome. Does a particular song cause depression and lead to suicide? A living person is used by science.

  • Radio Waves of Death, How to Make a Zombie, Jekyll vs. Hyde

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    S 1 : Ep 6 - 10/5/11

    Radio Waves of Death -- Scientist Nikola Tesla, convinced electricity could be sent through the air just like radio waves, proposed using his technology as a weapon of warfare. Certainly, his claim of having tested it couldn't have caused the mysterious explosion in Tunguska, Siberia in 1908.
    How to Make a Zombie -- Scientist Wade Davis heads to Haiti to investigate the secrets truth behind zombies and meets a living man who already has his death certificate. Davis believes he can explain the truth behind the legends.
    Jekyll vs. Hyde -- In the 1840s, Horace Wells invents anesthesia using a new substance called Chloroform. He had no idea that the constant exposure would turn him into a hallucinating madman.

  • 21 Grams, Missing Cosmonauts, Sound of Death

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    S 1 : Ep 5 - 9/28/11

    21 Grams -- Dr. Duncan Macdougall wanted to use science to prove the existence of the human soul. He weighed a person the moment of their death to determine if they became lighter. If they did, that difference was the weight of the soul that has left the body.
    Missing Cosmonauts -- A pair of radio hams were recording early Russian space launches when they heard a distress signal coming from space. It raises the possibility of astronauts prior to Yuri Gagarin who were never reported because they were lost in space.
    Sound of Death
    -- French scientist Vladimir Gavreau may have invented a deadly new weapon. One day his laboratory became filled with a mysterious energy that has debilitating effects on humans.

  • It's Alive!, Tripping with Uncle Sam, My Hand is Killing Me

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    S 1 : Ep 4 - 9/21/11

    It's Alive! -- The original Dr. Frankenstein was scientist Giovanni Aldini who used electricity to reanimate dead animals and severed limbs. To the delight and horror of London scientists, he stages his biggest experiment on the just-hanged body of murderer George Foster.
    Tripping with Uncle Sam -- A researcher discovers a link between the CIA's experiments with LSD and a French village where, in 1951, 250 residents went insane in a matter of three days.
    My Hand is Killing Me -- A scientist in 1908 investigates the strange case of a woman who's being attacked by her own left hand. It has a mind of its own in a condition later named alien hand syndrome.

  • Sexy Secret Agent, Full Body Transplant, Honey I Nuked the Planet

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    S 1 : Ep 3 - 9/14/11

    Sexy Secret Agent -- Former model Candy Jones reveals under hypnosis that she had been CIA secret agent Arlene Grant. She contends that she underwent government brainwashing and was sent on dangerous missions around the world.
    Full Body Transplant -- In a gruesome 1971 experiment, Dr. Robert White transplanted the head of a rhesus monkey onto the body of another. He thought this method could be used to extend the minds and souls of humans whose bodies wore out.
    Honey I Nuked the Planet -- In 1962, scientist James van Allen was appointed to determine if exploding an atomic bomb is space was safe, but did not give him the time to do it. The 1.4 megaton H-Bomb went off, creating a radiation storm that took a decade to dissipate and destroyed satellites.

  • I Have Einstein's Brain, Unidentified Flying Nazis, Killer Thoughts

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    S 1 : Ep 2 - 9/7/11

    I Have Einstein's Brain -- Dr. Thomas Harvey, the pathologist conducting Albert Einstein's autopsy makes off with the brain to uncover the secrets of his genius.
    Unidentified Flying Nazi -- A mysterious glowing object shoots across the sky in 1955, coming to rest in Kecksburg, Pennsylvania. The military closes off the area to investigate. It may have been a UFO, a meteor, or a Nazi Germany weapon.
    Killer Thoughts -- A cold war arms race develops between the U.S. and U.S.S.R. to develop psychic spying and weapons.

  • The Philadelphia Experiment, Ape-Man Army, Zapped to Death

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    S 1 : Ep 1 - 8/31/11

    The Philadelphia Experiment -- UFO investigator Morris Jessup received a letter in 1956 claiming the Navy conducted a test in teleportation and invisibility during WWII. The experiment supposedly made the USS Eldridge temporarily disappear.
    Ape-Man Army -- Early in the 20th century, Soviet scientist Dr. Ilya Ivanov experimented in cross breeding humans with apes. His goal was an army of soldiers as smart as humans, but as strong as gorillas.
    Zapped to Death -- Thomas Edison's efforts to gain the upper hand in the electrification of America including gruesome publicity stunts like electrocuting an elephant to death and developing the electric chair.