Modern Marvels

Season 13 Episode 32


Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Sep 19, 2007 on The History Channel
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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.
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  • This show proves that DC Batteries can be a solution to our enviromental and energy problems. The Tesla sportscar and DC car conversions are examples of how we can clean the air and use less fossil fuels.moreless

    From start to finish this show gives the viewer and history of batteries, how different batteries are constructed, the future uses of batteries, and why they are invaluable to us. I think this show is a good show for everyone to view, from elementary school students to college students, to senior citzens wanting to learn more about the many applications of this product. This show is the type of show that will inspire children to learn more and the rest of us to ask how can we use this product to do more? After seeing the Tesla Sportscar and the Car that was rebuilt as an electric car from an old gas powered vehicle, I was wondering, What can I do to take an old Saturn with blown engine to convert it into an electric vehicle? Is it possible? What Parts must be removed? What parts must be added? And on and on. The biggest factor this show produced is to have the viewer critically think that I or we can do this! We as a Nation can solve energy dependence and enviromental problems, if we put our minds to it! This is possible for us, our enviroment, oue children, and our future. Thank You, for a great show!moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • The most common consumer battery sizes are D, C, AA, and AAA. B cells are still used in Europe for a few devices, including bicycle headlights.

    • In 2006, 160 AA sized Oxy Nickel Hydroxide cells provided the energy for the world's first manned flight powered by dry-cell batteries. The one-man craft flew for less than a minute and traveled about 428 yards.

    • Scientists in Singapore have developed a bio-degradable, credit card sized battery that uses human urine as the electrolyte solution. Its voltage is about the same as a AA battery.

    • Current market trends indicate that by the year 2012 South Korea will account for half of the world's lithium-ion battery production.

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Narrator: From the mammoth to the mini and by the billions, there's a driving force behind much of our modern existence. Just bundle the right metals and caustic chemicals and you've harnessed the power to go 0 to 60 in four seconds. Or explore distant worlds and maybe someday send a probe on a fantastic voyage into your bloodstream. It's time to get a charge out of Batteries, on Modern Marvels.

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