Modern Marvels

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Wednesday 10:00 PM on The History Channel Premiered Jan 01, 1995 In Season

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  • Super Ships

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    S 16 : Ep 12 - 4/29/10

    Take a journey into the world of super sized, super strong, super unique ships. The Scripps Institution of Oceanography takes viewers out to sea to see how their FLIP research vessel flips a full 90 degrees, sinking over three quarters of its 355-foot length. In Miami, go behind the scenes of one of the largest cruise ships in the world. In California, step onboard the Navy's newest, most advanced transport ship and take a spin in one of America's strongest and greenest tugboats. In Boston, venture into the frigid world of an LNG carrier, transporting enough natural gas to power a million homes for an entire week. In Maine, hop on "the Cat," the fastest car ferry in North America--it's a huge twin-hulled catamaran. Finally, learn how a ship that looks like an enormous spider on water may someday save livesmoreless
  • Helicopters

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    S 16 : Ep 11 - 4/22/10

    In Alabama, fly with the Apache Longbow, the deadliest helicopter in world, and learn how to fly the Blackhawk, one of the most sophisticated and versatile helicopters in world. Then climb aboard a Coast Guard helicopter as a team trains for water rescues in the Gulf. In California, see how the immensely popular Robinson helicopters are hand-made and how the police use them to catch fleeing criminals. In Tennessee, learn how million dollar Bell helicopters are customized with everything from bars and entertainment systems to state of the art navigation. Then it's off to Arizona to see how anyone can build their own affordable helicopter in their garage. Finally, learn how drone helicopters that can shoot a movie or take out an enemymoreless
  • Deliver It

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    S 16 : Ep 10 - 4/15/10

    Got something strange to deliver? From pizza to packages, we'll show you how it's packed, labeled and shipped. Head down the highway carrying gigantic wind turbine blades. See how UPS got China's invaluable terra cotta warriors to a Los Angeles art museum. Deliver luxury yachts aboard a submersible carrier ship. Ride to the track with prized thoroughbreds on their own special jet. Want dinner and a movie? Sounds like a visit to Netflix headquarters and Papa John's Pizza. Ride radical with bike messengers in New York City, and deliver a donor kidney to a waiting hospital. Take a tour of the UPS Worldport hub in Louisville, Kentucky, a mammoth center with delivery docks for 100 jets, and handles 1.2 million packages a day.moreless
  • Start to Finish

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    S 16 : Ep 7 - 3/4/10

    What does it take to turn twenty tons of steel into top-notch vehicles in less than a day? How does a pile of lumber become a million dollar home in a mere week? Every process, from beginning to end, is a unique and incredible adventure. From the fiery birth of high tech golf clubs to the cataclysmic end of old buildings... get ready to race from Start to Finish.moreless
  • Winter Tech

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    S 16 : Ep 5 - 2/11/10

    From building cutting-edge competition venues to the latest sports science training, winter sports use more technology than ever.
  • Corrosion & Decomposition

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    S 15 : Ep 31 - 10/13/08

    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
  • Soft Drinks

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    S 15 : Ep 30 - 9/29/08

    They account for nearly 30% of all beverages consumed in the U.S. and have been quenching thirst for over a century
  • Secrets of Oil

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    S 15 : Ep 25 - 7/31/08

    Rubber, plastic, nylon, aerosols, resins, solvents, & lubricants; none can exist without oil. If we stopped driving our cars tomorrow, America would still need 5 million barrels of oil a day.
  • Super Hot

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    S 15 : Ep 16 - 6/9/08

    Explore the world of extreme temperatures.
  • Locomotives

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    S 15 : Ep 11 - 4/7/08

    Race through the French countryside at nearly 300 MPH on the fastest locomotive in the world. Ride on the little engines that could as they guide giant ships through the Panama Canal. Watch two locomotives crash head-on as the federal government monitors safety. Descend 700 feet below the earth's surface where mining locomotives move miners through a maze of tunnels. Then, it's a "jiffy lube" for locomotives inside America's largest maintenance shop. Finally, glide into the future with a locomotive that levitates on a cushion of air.moreless
  • Gadgets 3

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    S 15 : Ep 10 - 4/4/08

    Explore the hottest trends in gadgets, how they've evolved and where they're going.
  • Bread

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    S 15 : Ep 9 - 3/24/08

    It's the basic source of nourishment for half the world. Bake it, roast it, slice it, or toast it, it's a wonder with three simple ingredients.
  • Strange Weapons

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    S 15 : Ep 6 - 3/10/08

    Discover microwave-like rays that make the enemy flee,laser weapons mounted on trucks & planes that can blow missiles out of the sky, non-lethal weapons include a B.B. machine gun and a flashing device nicknamed that may make you lose your lunch.moreless
  • World's Strongest III

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    S 15 : Ep 5 - 3/6/08

    Witness some mind-blowing feats of strength starting with the world's most powerful elevators. Discover the world's strongest tire, the strongest mountain bike, the world's strongest land transport vehicle that carries the Space Shuttle & strongest home blender.moreless
  • Superhighways

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    S 15 : Ep 4 - 2/28/08

    Millions of drivers travel the world's superhighways each year. See a multi-billion dollar expansion project in Houston where a stretch of superhighway is being widened to 20 lanes & Take a ride atop the High-Five, a 12-story, five-level interchange that's become the latest Dallas tourist attraction. Then it's off to China's 28,000-mile National Trunk Highway System.moreless
  • 90's Tech

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    S 15 : Ep 3 - 5/23/08

    The dot com decade opened up the information superhighway and for the first time, people could shop, search, and surf online with the click of a mouse. Take a trip back to the end of the 20th century and the beginning of today's trendy technologies and see how the gadgets we can't live without all started in the 90s. Learn about the science of creating an Internet search engine and explore how virtual pet toys were born.moreless
  • Carbon

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    S 15 : Ep 2 - 1/14/08

    Carbon is the chemical basis of all known life and yet this simple element is also the foundation of modern technology. Carbon burns hotter, cuts deeper, insulates more thoroughly and absorbs more fully than any other material. See why carbon is the key both in heavy-duty industries, as well as in tools like the graphite pencil, the charcoal water filter, and the diamond saw blade.moreless
  • Milk

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    S 15 : Ep 1 - 1/7/08

    Got milk? Billions of pounds of milk are consumed worldwide on a daily basis. Milk is the basis for its own food group, and has been around since the dawn of mammals. Visit a farm with a milking parlor that looks more like a cow merry-go-round. Learn what pasteurization is really all about, and even milk a yak. Find out what those active cultures in yogurt are and discover if milk truly makes the body good. Wait until you discover just how many types of cows there truly are.moreless
  • Fast Food Tech

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    S 14 : Ep 44 - 12/26/07

    Can fast food get any faster? Fast food joints in the US pull in $150 billion dollars in annual sales. Their mantra is "fast, consistent, and inexpensive." Learn how they grow it, process it, freeze it, ship it, track it, fry it, flip it and pack it.moreless
  • Cold Cuts

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    S 14 : Ep 43 - 12/17/07

    They're the meat in our sandwiches and slices of American pop culture. Take a look behind the deli counter to reveal the secret ingredients in boloney.
  • Most Shocking

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    S 14 : Ep 42 - 12/10/07

    It strikes without warning and kills in an instant. We fear its might even as we use it to save a life. Explore the electric shock in its numerous forms.
  • Rocks

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    S 14 : Ep 41 - 12/3/07

    From the Stone Age to the Space Age, our world has been built from rocks.
  • The Pig

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    S 14 : Ep 40 - 11/27/07

    It's said that the pig is as smart as a 3 year-old human. The pancreas, heart valve and intestines of the pig have been transplanted into human bodies, yet the primary use of the pig is for food. Watch the pig transform into bacon, ham, ribs and sausage, using a high tech water knife, at Burger's Smokehouse in Missouri.moreless
  • Corn

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    S 14 : Ep 39 - 11/19/07

    Why is corn the largest agricultural crop in the world? Corn has fed the masses from ancient times to this day. Corn is not only a vegetable and a cereal grain; it is a commodity as well.moreless
  • Engineering Disasters 21

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    S 14 : Ep 37 - 10/25/07

    A steam pipe explosion rocks New Yorkers one summer day in midtown Manhattan. Boston's Big Dig highway project receives a major setback when sections of a tunnel ceiling fall onto the roadway. An air show in Mannheim, Germany comes to a tragic end when a Chinook helicopter crashes along the Autobahn. A tanker truck explodes on an Oakland freeway overpass, causing the structure to collapse. And oil workers hit a real gusher: a mud volcano, which has left some villages buried 16 feet deep, and may continue to spew mud for years, or even centuries.moreless
  • World's Sharpest

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    S 14 : Ep 36 - 10/11/07

    It's time to slice and dice! Take a cutting-edge look at the most amazing blades in the world.
  • Acid

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    S 14 : Ep 35 - 10/1/07

    It is the most widely produced chemical in the world and possibly the most dangerous. Take a look at the many uses of acid.
  • Deep Freeze

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    S 14 : Ep 34 - 9/25/07

    Take a look at the technology of cold.
  • Extreme Aircraft II

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    S 14 : Ep 33 - 9/20/07

    Take a supersonic flight through a world of flying machines that are redefining our skies.
  • Traps

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    S 14 : Ep 30 - 8/27/07

    Traps are a device designed to capture and kill, but they don't always harm their prey.
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