Modern Marvels

Season 16 Episode 15

Keep Out

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Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM May 20, 2010 on The History Channel
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Either someone has something to protect, or it's dangerous in there. Challenge the world's best safecracker to defeat a bank vault, and see the methods a bank uses to protect its money and tellers. Travel to New Mexico to find out how the government plans to keep people away from a nuclear waste site for the next 10,000 years. Tour Master Lock to see how padlocks and combination locks are made, as well as how facial recognition, irises, and even vein structure can "unlock" biometric locks. With Customs and Border Protection, watch how officers stop illegals and contraband from entering the U.S. Tour a company that specializes in making products like steel nets to keep out people and vehicles. Visit a command center that monitors all airspace in and around the U.S. Finally, see how cages and other deterrents tell sharks to KEEP OUT!moreless
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      • In 2007, Jeff Sitar his eighth consecutive world safecracking title by cracking two safes in 1hour 34 minutes and 10 seconds. He hasn't competed since.

      • The FBI's fingerprint database is the largest in the world. It receives 34,000 new fingerprint cards a day.

      • The Great Wall of China is a series of walls more than twice the length of the United States-Mexican border.

      • In the early 1980s the Air and Marine Operations Center used a number of radars atop all terrain vehicles to monitor sections of the U.S. border. The range of each was less than 100 miles.

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      • Narrator: It could be a 2,000 mile border, or a nuclear waste site, it could be a padlock, a biometric lock, or a bank vault. It could be a concrete barrier, a steel cage, or bulletproof Plexiglas. They're all designed with one intent, whether by land, air or sea, the perimeter is secure. Now, Keep Out, on Modern marvels.

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