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  • Holocaust Escape Tunnel

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    S 44 : Ep 7 - 4/19/17

    An archeological excavation in the Lithuanian city of Vilnius, which was an important Jewish center until the Nazis began a "Holocaust by bullets" in 1941, unearths a 100-foot escape tunnel used by 12 shackled Jews on the last night of Passover in 1944. Descendants of those survivors are interviewed, as are Holocaust survivors who lived in Vilnius. The excavation also explores the mass burial pits at the Ponar execution camp and the destroyed Great Synagogue, which dated to the 16th century.moreless
  • Why Trains Crash

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    S 44 : Ep 6 - 2/22/17

    An examination of train accidents. Included: investigators probe the wreckage of infamous accidents; and safety experts test crash-prevention designs.
  • The Origami Revolution

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    S 44 : Ep 5 - 2/15/17

    How the art of origami, or paper folding, is influencing scientific advances, drug development and future NASA space missions.
  • Ultimate Cruise Ship

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    S 44 : Ep 4 - 2/8/17

    The building of the Seven Seas Explorer cruise ship, which weighs some 54,000 gross tons and is longer than two football fields, is chronicled.
  • Search for the Super Battery

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    S 44 : Ep 3 - 2/1/17

    How batteries work. Also: what the future of batteries means for gadgets, lives and the planet.
  • The Nuclear Option

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    S 44 : Ep 2 - 1/11/17

    A look at the future of nuclear power, which was called into question by the Fukushima disaster. Included: new nuclear technologies that could prevent meltdowns.
  • School of the Future

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    S 44 : Ep 2 - 9/14/16

    How the science of learning may change education for all children.
  • Secrets of the Sky Tombs

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    S 44 : Ep 1 - 1/4/17

    The Season 44 premiere focuses on the Himalayas, which were among the last places on Earth settled by humans. Scientists scale sheer cliffs; and discover rock-cut tombs filled with human bones and such intriguing artifacts as gold masks and Chinese silk.moreless
  • 15 Years of Terror

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    S 44 : Ep 1 - 9/7/16

    Examining the psychology of a terrorist. Also: the use of modern propaganda and social media tools by radical organizations to cultivate self-radicalized killers.
  • Bombing Hitler's Supergun

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    S 43 : Ep 22 - 5/11/16

    A Nazi plan in 1943 to shell London using "superguns" housed in an underground complex in northern France is recalled. Also: the Allied raids that destroyed the seemingly impregnable complex, one of which was led by Joseph Kennedy Jr. (1915-44).moreless
  • Treasures of the Earth: Power

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    S 43 : Ep 20 - 11/16/16

    An examination of fossil fuels. Included: modern-day oil prospecting in California; and a utility company that struggles to keep the lights on during hot summer days. Also: the efforts of a Chinese engineer to overcome one of the biggest hurdles in the adoption of solar power.moreless
  • Wild Ways

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    S 43 : Ep 20 - 4/20/16

  • Treasures of the Earth: Metals

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    S 43 : Ep 19 - 11/9/16

    The science of metals is examined. Included: chemists and engineers test the mettle of metals; and investigate how they helped usher humanity from the Stone Age to the stars.
  • Vikings Unearthed

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    S 43 : Ep 19 - 4/6/16

    Archaeologist Sarah Parcak unearths new clues about the Vikings and their expeditions and settlements.
  • Treasures of the Earth: Gems

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    S 43 : Ep 18 - 11/2/16

    An examination of gems, including the secrets to their sparkle, color and strength; and the clues they may hold to one of the most enduring mysteries in the field of geology.
  • Super Tunnel

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    S 43 : Ep 18 - 10/12/16

    The construction of a new subterranean railway in London is examined. Included: the challenges faced by the engineers and designers.
  • Can Alzheimer's Be Stopped?

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    S 43 : Ep 18 - 4/13/16

    The work of scientists to determine the cause of Alzheimer's disease is detailed. Included: major drug trials aimed at discovering therapies to slow and even prevent the disease.
  • Great Human Odyssey

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    S 43 : Ep 17 - 10/5/16

    How early humans migrated out of Africa and populated the world. Included: insights from historians, anthropologists, archaeologists and geneticists.
  • Rise of the Robots

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    S 43 : Ep 17 - 2/24/16

    An examination of advancements in robotics. Included: a DARPA challenge to design a robot that can take the place of humans in disaster relief situations; and whether humanoid robots are on the horizon.moreless
  • Iceman Reborn

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    S 43 : Ep 16 - 2/17/16

  • Memory Hackers

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    S 43 : Ep 15 - 2/10/16

    An examination of how memory works. Included: research being done by neuroscientists, who've studied everyone from an 11 year old with extraordinary recall to a woman who had false memories implanted in her mind.moreless
  • Creatures of Light

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    S 43 : Ep 14 - 2/3/16

    An examination of oceanic creatures that light up, whether to scare predators, lure prey or attract mates. Also: efforts to harness nature's light to track cancer cells, detect pollution, illuminate cities and map the inner workings of the brain.moreless
  • Himalayan Megaquake

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    S 43 : Ep 13 - 1/27/16

    The earthquake that rocked Nepal in April 2015 is examined. Included: why it was so devastating; how the victims are rebuilding; and whether another earthquake is in the offing.
  • Mystery Beneath the Ice

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    S 43 : Ep 12 - 1/20/16

    A research mission to the Antarctica explores what may be behind the plummeting population of the krill, a transparent, shrimp-like creature that's an important cog in the Antarctic ecosystem. Since the 1970s, the krill numbers have declined, though no one knows why. One theory: the krill's life cycle is linked to the seasonal increase and decline of the Antarctic ice pack, which has been altered by climate change.moreless
  • Life's Rocky Start

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    S 43 : Ep 11 - 1/13/16

    Mineralogist Robert Hazen explores the role that rocks may have played in the creation of life on Earth.
  • Secret Tunnel Warfare

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    S 43 : Ep 10 - 1/6/16

    Recalling an Allied tunneling operation beneath German lines in France during World War I, when some 600 tons of explosives were placed in the secret tunnels and simultaneously triggered. The resulting explosion was heard 150 miles away in London; and killed 10,000 German soldiers. Archaeologists and bomb disposal experts clear topsoil packed with shrapnel and unexploded shells; and probe a tunnel connected to a 22-ton bomb that didn't detonate after the chamber was flooded by German engineers.moreless
  • Inside Einstein's Mind

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    S 43 : Ep 9 - 11/25/15

    An examination of how Albert Einstein developed the theory of general relativity, which reshaped the understanding of gravity, space and time.
  • Cyberwar Threat

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    S 43 : Ep 4 - 10/14/15

    An examination of the dangers of cyber warfare, including the damage that cyber weapons can inflict on factories, power plants and pipelines.
  • Secret's of Noah's Ark

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    S 43 : Ep 3 - 10/7/15

    The discovery of a 3700-year-old clay tablet that calls for a virtuous man to build an ark is detailed. The tablet also includes directions on how to build the ark; and the instructions are followed here in order to see if, indeed, the vessel can float.moreless
  • Arctic Ghost Ship

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    S 43 : Ep 2 - 9/23/15

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