Modern Marvels

Season 9 Episode 29


Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Jul 24, 2002 on The History Channel
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Electronic motors make appliances run. They are the machines that drive the world, literally. From cars to can-openers, ENGINES are everywhere. MODERN MARVELS stokes the fires and sets off on a whirlwind tour of the world of power, throwing open hoods, peering into the cowlings of jets, and ignoring signs of "no user serviceable parts inside" to expose the secrets of a host of different motors. From the steam engines of the Industrial Revolution to the rockets that propelled man into space, ENGINES concentrates on the power plants that have had a profound effect on the way we live, but that doesn't mean it overlooks the little ones--in fact, the coming micro-technology motors promise to add a jolt of power to a whole new range of devices.moreless
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    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (5)

      • In 2001, the U.S. government launched the National Nanotechnology Initiative, with an annual budget of nearly $500,000,000.

      • Today's auto engines are twice as efficient as engines of thirty years ago. They get twice the power out of the same amount of fuel - and put out half the amount of exhaust fumes.

      • The first electric motor driven appliance produced in the United States was an electric pen invented by Thomas Edison. It punched through the paper as it wrote, creating a stencil from which copies could be made.

      • In the early 1800's, a good hand weaver could produce 48 yards of cloth in a week. A weaver working at a steam loom could produce seven times as much.

      • Refering to the regenerative braking on the Toyota Prius the narrator states that it "creates energy". Energy of course cannot be created (nor destroyed).

    • QUOTES (1)

      • Narrator: They power our lives. From cars to lawn mowers, from ships to steam trains, they've transformed our world and taken us to the moon. Now: Engines on Modern Marvels.

    • NOTES (2)

      • Prof. Paul D. Ronney
        University of Southern California

        Prof. Merritt Roe Smith
        Massachusetts Institute of Technology

        Rod Groenwold
        Director, Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum

        David Garchow
        VP Technical Support, PSE&G Nuclear

        Brent Van Arsdell
        President, American Stirling Company

        Prof. John Heywood
        Massachusetts Institute of Technology

        Bob Palmback
        Vogel Electric

        Frederick DeSanti
        Vice President, PSE&G

        Dave Hermance
        Executive Engineer, Toyota Technical Center

        Takaharu "Koby" Kobayakawa
        Consultant, Mazda Motor Company

        Prof. Martin Schmidt
        Massachusetts Institute of Technology

        Prof. T. Ross Kelly
        Boston College

      • Executive Producer: Don Cambou
        Writer: Fred Peabody
        Producer: Fred Peabody
        Associate Producer: Kristina Djokic
        Line Producer: Paul Dzilvelis
        Consulting Producer: Henry Schipper
        Narrator: Max Raphael
        Editor: Arthur Springer
        Producer: Bruce Nash
        Creator: Bruce Nash
        Music: Alan Ett
        Production Manager: Kathlene Exner
        Post Producer: Scott Berkson
        Clearance Supervisor: Katie Del Core
        Director of Research: Hildie Katibah
        Archivist: Nilda Pergola-Jensen
        Researcher: Mark Savage
        Researcher: Diane Wai
        Clearance Assistant: Gabe Martinez
        Footage Consultant: Ted Troll
        Camera: Giles Baker
        Camera: Peter Krajewski
        Camera: mark Morris
        Field Audio: Rob Maerz
        Post Production Supervisor: Jason Steinberg
        Post Production Coordinator: Gary Reid
        Voice Over Coordinator: Dawn Irwin
        Post Production Assistant: Montgomery Jesselton Kingsley
        Online Editor: David Rex
        Sound Mixer: Paul Ray
        Animation: Song Designs, INC
        Animation: Rick Orner
        Graphics: Barry Hill
        Production Auditor: Dani Eslin
        Assistant Production Accountant: Linda Scribner
        Production Coordinator: Michael Z Davis
        Production Assistant: Maryalice R. Aragon
        Production Assistant: Rasi Delgado

        Special Thanks:
        California Institute of Technology
        Massachusetts Institute of Technology
        Mazda Motor Company
        Stirling Machine World
        Brent Van Arsdell

        Executive Producer: Beth Dietrich-Segarra
        Produced by Actuality Productions, INC

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