Modern Marvels

Season 15 Episode 31

Corrosion & Decomposition

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Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Oct 13, 2008 on The History Channel
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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
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      • Narrator: Our world is falling apart. Bridges collapse, pipelines explode, buildings decay, it's an all out war on rust and rot. The Navy has taken the battle indoors while robots take on pipeline intrudes and automakers dream up new torture tests for vehicles. But mountains of decaying garbage produce energy and the termite that attacks 600,000 homes each year may lead to an energy promise land. Now, Corrosion & Decomposition on Modern Marvels.

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