Modern Marvels

Modern Marvels

1994 - 2015, History, Other
Celebrating technological breakthroughs and man-made wonders.
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Episode Guide

  • Modern Marvels - Panama Canal (Season 19 Episode 11)
    Season 19 Episode 11:

    Panama Canal

    The Panama Canal is thought to be the 7th wonder of the modern world, but now to fit the worlds' growing fleet of super ships, the Panama Canal is getting a completely revamped; a look inside the billion dollar Panama Canal Expansion Project.

  • Modern Marvels - Amazing Gadgets Countdown (Season 19 Episode 10)
    Season 19 Episode 10:

    Amazing Gadgets Countdown

    A countdown of the top gizmos and gadgets featured on "Modern Marvels."

  • Modern Marvels - Hottest Rides Countdown (Season 19 Episode 9)
    Season 19 Episode 9:

    Hottest Rides Countdown

    A countdown of the hottest vehicles featured on "Modern Marvels."

  • Modern Marvels - Strangest Countdown (Season 19 Episode 8)
    Season 19 Episode 8:

    Strangest Countdown

    A gooey slime that could be a terrorist's worst nightmare; an exacting art form requiring the help of millions of ravenous beetles; a devise so strange and destructive that its inventor allegedly destroyed it to avert a catastrophe.

  • Modern Marvels - Extrañas Creaciones (Season 19 Episode 8)
    Season 19 Episode 8:

    Extrañas Creaciones

    A gooey slime that could be a terrorist's worst nightmare; an exacting art form requiring the help of millions of ravenous beetles; a devise so strange and destructive that its inventor allegedly destroyed it to avert a catastrophe.

  • Modern Marvels - Amazing Job Countdown (Season 19 Episode 7)
    Season 19 Episode 7:

    Amazing Job Countdown

    A countdown of the ten most fascinating occupations.

  • Modern Marvels - Super Strong Countdown (Season 19 Episode 6)
    Season 19 Episode 6:

    Super Strong Countdown

    Counting down the top ten machines that lift, pull, hold and haul.

  • Modern Marvels - Mega Snack Countdown (Season 19 Episode 5)
    Season 19 Episode 5:

    Mega Snack Countdown

    Counting down the top ten treats Americans love the most.

  • Modern Marvels - Megamaravillas: Comida (Season 19 Episode 4)
    Season 19 Episode 4:

    Megamaravillas: Comida

    America's favorite foods are profiled.

  • Modern Marvels - Mega Food Countdown (Season 19 Episode 4)
    Season 19 Episode 4:

    Mega Food Countdown

    America's favorite foods are profiled.

  • Modern Marvels - Mega Weapon Countdown (Season 19 Episode 3)
    Season 19 Episode 3:

    Mega Weapon Countdown

    Top 10 amazing weapons.

  • Modern Marvels - Mega Maravillas: Armas (Season 19 Episode 3)
    Season 19 Episode 3:

    Mega Maravillas: Armas

    Top 10 amazing weapons.

  • Modern Marvels - Mega Machine Countdown (Season 19 Episode 2)
    Season 19 Episode 2:

    Mega Machine Countdown

    Top ten machines are counted down.

  • Modern Marvels - Mega Maravillas: Máquinas (Season 19 Episode 2)
    Season 19 Episode 2:

    Mega Maravillas: Máquinas

    Top ten machines are counted down.

  • Modern Marvels - Mega Speed Countdown (Season 19 Episode 1)
    Season 19 Episode 1:

    Mega Speed Countdown

    Racing the top 10 fastest marvels featured.

  • Modern Marvels - Alaska (Season 18 Episode 17)
    Season 18 Episode 17:

    Alaska

    Technological innovations to aid survival in Alaska.

  • Modern Marvels - Going Medieval (Season 18 Episode 16)
    Season 18 Episode 16:

    Going Medieval

  • Modern Marvels - Shoes (Season 18 Episode 15)
    Season 18 Episode 15:

    Shoes

    The humble beginnings of shoes. From leather moccasins to footwear that can withstand all the elements.

  • Modern Marvels - Under Pressure (Season 18 Episode 14)
    Season 18 Episode 14:

    Under Pressure

    Pressure in every aspect of life.

  • Modern Marvels - Stink (Season 18 Episode 13)
    Season 18 Episode 13:

    Stink

    Horrific odors can cause any number of terrible reactions.

  • Modern Marvels - Tiny Weapons (Season 18 Episode 12)
    Season 18 Episode 12:

    Tiny Weapons

    Small weapons can have a big impact on the battlefield.

  • Modern Marvels - Waterproof (Season 18 Episode 11)
    Season 18 Episode 11:

    Waterproof

    Technology to keep water away.

  • Modern Marvels - Battle Ready (Season 18 Episode 10)
    Season 18 Episode 10:

    Battle Ready

    Challenges faced by modern U.S. soldiers.

  • Modern Marvels - Convenience Stores (Season 18 Episode 9)
    Season 18 Episode 9:

    Convenience Stores

    The science of convenience stores gets customers in and out quickly by design.

  • Modern Marvels - Wood (Season 18 Episode 8)
    Season 18 Episode 8:

    Wood

    Hundreds of years before steel and plastic, wood was the building block of America.

  • Modern Marvels - More Candy (Season 18 Episode 7)
    Season 18 Episode 7:

    More Candy

    Chocolate-covered bacon; red and white Starlight Mints; the key ingredient that gives Lemonheads their sour punch; the surprising substance that puts the polish on Mike and Ikes; the amount of sugar in cotton candy.

  • Modern Marvels - Weird Machines (Season 18 Episode 6)
    Season 18 Episode 6:

    Weird Machines

    Some machines built for sheer spectacle.

  • Modern Marvels - Food Trucks (Season 18 Episode 5)
    Season 18 Episode 5:

    Food Trucks

    Mobile eateries with surprising innovations.

  • Modern Marvels - Pocket Tools (Season 18 Episode 4)
    Season 18 Episode 4:

    Pocket Tools

    Items carried in people's pockets.

  • Modern Marvels - Swamp Tech (Season 18 Episode 3)
    Season 18 Episode 3:

    Swamp Tech

    The assembly and surprising history behind the airboat; a wild ride on a big-tired swamp buggy; local delicacies that bring new meaning to acquired taste; a massive engineering project to divert the mighty Mississippi River; pythons and alligators.

  • Modern Marvels - Built by Hand (Season 18 Episode 2)
    Season 18 Episode 2:

    Built by Hand

    A pilot who builds his own jet-powered glider; canoe makers in Montana; a knife maker in Washington; craftsmen keep alive the ancient art of weapon making; Skulls International in Oklahoma City; handmade special effects.

  • Modern Marvels - Inside Your Walls (Season 18 Episode 1)
    Season 18 Episode 1:

    Inside Your Walls

    A computer-managed home in Colorado showcases the high tech gadgetry destined to inhabit every wall in the future; a network of walls with cutouts and Plexiglas windows reveal how pests and creepy crawlies of all kinds can congregate.

  • Modern Marvels - American Trucking (Season 17 Episode 14)
    Season 17 Episode 14:

    American Trucking

    Brad Paisley and his crew of truckers on the road between Little Rock and Tulsa; the Ford F-150 tackles a devilish test course; the world's most nimble tow truck extracts a car from the tightest parking spot imaginable; Mack truck fanatic.

  • Modern Marvels - Ropes & Chains (Season 17 Episode 13)
    Season 17 Episode 13:

    Ropes & Chains

    High-flying workers who depend on rope to do their jobs safely; how window washers, rock climbers and bungee jumpers safely use ropes; dockworkers who rely on ropes around the clock; industrial chain links.

  • Modern Marvels - Grease (Season 17 Episode 12)
    Season 17 Episode 12:

    Grease

    The hidden uses of grease inside giant machines; how grease is made in a New York factory; new advances some are working towards for grease.

  • Modern Marvels - Packaging (Season 17 Episode 11)
    Season 17 Episode 11:

    Packaging

    A Michigan company designs water bottles; the makers of bubble wrap share their secrets; workers conquer the challenge of packaging the world's largest crane; America's military goods and supplies are packaged.

  • Modern Marvels - Rice (Season 17 Episode 10)
    Season 17 Episode 10:

    Rice

    Find out everything there is to know about growing, harvesting and milling rice.

  • Modern Marvels - Driver's Seat (Season 17 Episode 9)
    Season 17 Episode 9:

    Driver's Seat

    Behind the wheel of some of the largest, fastest and most powerful machines on the planet.

  • Modern Marvels - Made in the USA (Season 17 Episode 8)
    Season 17 Episode 8:

    Made in the USA

    The world's biggest and oldest flag manufacturer; inside the last US athletic shoe factory; the strangest form of alternate transportation; a hot toy company that believes it's imperative to keep their work here at home.

  • Modern Marvels - Secret Underground (Season 17 Episode 7)
    Season 17 Episode 7:

    Secret Underground

    A look under the feet of Americans, from secret military installations and experimental farms to tunnel networks and neutron lasers.

  • Modern Marvels - Built to Last (Season 17 Episode 6)
    Season 17 Episode 6:

    Built to Last

    Amazing, ingenious and ultrasturdy shelters, machines, containers, and materials help to ensure the continuation of society.

  • Modern Marvels - Dogs (Season 17 Episode 5)
    Season 17 Episode 5:

    Dogs

    From natural instincts to using complex training, dogs are perfectly engineered marvels.

  • Modern Marvels - Engineering Disasters 22 (Season 17 Episode 4)
    Season 17 Episode 4:

    Engineering Disasters 22

    From a massive oil spill to refinery blaze to a downed plane, find out what went wrong and how to prevent the next engineering disaster.

  • Modern Marvels - Coin Operated II (Season 17 Episode 3)
    Season 17 Episode 3:

    Coin Operated II

    The historic one-armed bandits; cutting edge, computerized slot machines; some of the wackiest vending machines; binoculars at popular tourist sites; a unique company that collects and cleans the coins thrown into fountains.

  • Modern Marvels - Supersized Food (Season 17 Episode 2)
    Season 17 Episode 2:

    Supersized Food

    The biggest stacked burger in the world at almost 250 pounds; a plus-sized Sicilian pizza that feeds almost 75 people; a 72-ounce steak that no real cowboy can resist; the seven-pound hot dog that's too big for a bun; a giant cupcake.

  • Modern Marvels - Mega Stores (Season 17 Episode 1)
    Season 17 Episode 1:

    Mega Stores

    Supersized stores try to meet their greatest challenge -- keeping up with demand on a massive scale.

  • Modern Marvels - Top Ten (Season 16 Episode 19)
    Season 16 Episode 19:

    Top Ten

    The top 10 technological innovations of the last generation.

  • Modern Marvels - The Real National Treasure (Season 16 Episode 18)
    Season 16 Episode 18:

    The Real National Treasure

    Visiting the U.S. Library of Congress to explore the contents of secret vaults and see how the staff of 4,000 catalogs and preserves treasures.

  • Modern Marvels - Doors (Season 16 Episode 17)
    Season 16 Episode 17:

    Doors

    Entries and exits; world's tallest doors at the Vehicle Assembly Building at Kennedy Space Center; a company that makes blast doors and bulletproof doors; fabricating doors for homes.

  • Modern Marvels - Super Steam (Season 16 Episode 16)
    Season 16 Episode 16:

    Super Steam

    Steam power; Jay Leno fires up two steam cars and an 11-ton steam tractor built in 1860; coal-burning boiler; century-old steam locomotive; paddlewheel steamboat.

  • Modern Marvels - Keep Out (Season 16 Episode 15)
    Season 16 Episode 15:

    Keep Out

    How padlocks and combination locks are made; biometric locks; cracking open a bank vault; how the government plans to keep people away from a nuclear waste site for the next 10,000 years.

  • Modern Marvels - Breaking Point (Season 16 Episode 14)
    Season 16 Episode 14:

    Breaking Point

    Testing the breaking points of vehicles and crash test dummies; firing rounds at bulletproof glass; breaching a safe; the breaking points of steel and concrete.

  • Modern Marvels - Big & Small (Season 16 Episode 13)
    Season 16 Episode 13:

    Big & Small

    The biggest machines and their smallest counterparts; Airbus A380 and microjet; Boss Hoss 425-horsepower bike and 18-inch tall pocket bike; world's smallest production car.

  • Modern Marvels - Super Ships (Season 16 Episode 12)
    Season 16 Episode 12:

    Super Ships

    The largest, strongest and most unique ships; an oceanography research vessel that can flip a full 90 degrees; one of the world's largest cruise ships; the U.S. Navy's newest and most advanced transport ship; green tugboat; fastest car ferry.

  • Modern Marvels - Helicopters II (Season 16 Episode 11)
    Season 16 Episode 11:

    Helicopters II

    The versatility and the sophistication of helicopters.

  • Modern Marvels - Deliver It (Season 16 Episode 10)
    Season 16 Episode 10:

    Deliver It

    Delivering everything from pizza to packages; how UPS transported China's ancient terra cotta warriors to a museum in Los Angeles; a submersible carrier ship delivers yachts; racehorses ride a special jet; New York City bicycle messengers.

  • Modern Marvels - Hot & Spicy (Season 16 Episode 9)
    Season 16 Episode 9:

    Hot & Spicy

    Hot and spicy items; Tabasco sauce made by McIlhenny Co. in Louisiana; McCormick & Co. spices from Baltimore; chili cook-off; capsaicin gives peppers tongue-burning heat; Michael Jordan's SolToro Tequila Grill in Connecticut.

  • Modern Marvels - Beans (Season 16 Episode 8)
    Season 16 Episode 8:

    Beans

    Beans; converting soybeans into vegetable oils, flour and soy meal; Nebraska's Kelley Bean Co. cleans 80,000 pounds of dry beans daily; New England baked beans made by B&M; Italian chef Cesare Casella uses heirloom beans; hummus.

  • Modern Marvels - Start to Finish (Season 16 Episode 7)
    Season 16 Episode 7:

    Start to Finish

    Vehicle assembly; building a home in a week; high-tech golf clubs; building demolition.

  • Modern Marvels - Chrome (Season 16 Episode 6)
    Season 16 Episode 6:

    Chrome

    Chrome hot rod; the Chrome Shop Mafia adds "bling" to truckers' big rigs in Missouri; Illinois' Arlington Plating Co. adds luster to auto parts; how Harley-Davidson puts chrome to work as both a decorative and protective feature of motorcycles.

  • Modern Marvels - Winter Tech (Season 16 Episode 5)
    Season 16 Episode 5:

    Winter Tech

    The technology behind the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games, including the bobsled run, ski jump and speedskating.

  • Modern Marvels - Tuna (Season 16 Episode 4)
    Season 16 Episode 4:

    Tuna

    The story of tuna, the most popular fish in the American diet; fishing and canning operations; a single tuna can net as much as $100,000 in the world's largest fish market in Tokyo; efforts to save the giant bluefin tuna tuna from overfishing.

  • Modern Marvels - The Potato (Season 16 Episode 3)
    Season 16 Episode 3:

    The Potato

    The versatile and nutritious potato; the potato's mysterious origins in South America's Andes; potato knishes in New York City; farming exotic potatoes in Maine; large-scale potato production in Iowa and Pennsylvania.

  • Modern Marvels - Eggs (Season 16 Episode 2)
    Season 16 Episode 2:

    Eggs

    Each year in the U.S., 280 million hens lay 80 billion eggs, one of the world's most affordable sources of protein; charting an egg's journey from the henhouse to the breakfast table; how powdered eggs are manufactured.

  • Modern Marvels - Dirt (Season 16 Episode 1)
    Season 16 Episode 1:

    Dirt

    Thousands of tons of dirt transform a stadium into a Supercross course in Las Vegas; special mud helps pros grip baseballs; mud wrestling in Hawaii; adobe and rammed-earth homes; potting soil facility in California.

  • Modern Marvels - Mega Meals (Season 15 Episode 43)
    Season 15 Episode 43:

    Mega Meals

    The complex logistics behind creating feasts for huge crowds; dining aboard a U.S. Navy sub packed with enough food for a 120-day mission; cooks prepare a "Victory Meal" for 1,000 Marines; feeding 69,000 NFL fans during a Philadelphia Eagles game.

  • Modern Marvels - Fry It (Season 15 Episode 42)
    Season 15 Episode 42:

    Fry It

    Fairgrounds fried classics such as funnel cakes and churros; frog legs; Twinkies and Coke; forging a cast iron frying pan; Kentucky's World Chicken Festival.

  • Modern Marvels - Night (Season 15 Episode 41)
    Season 15 Episode 41:

    Night

    Some activities occur only when the world is dark; fishermen use lights to lure squid to their nets; finding night crawlers in Toronto; military night-vision gear; police helicopter's Spectrolab spotlight; baseball stadium.

  • Modern Marvels - Measure It (Season 15 Episode 40)
    Season 15 Episode 40:

    Measure It

    How distance, time, speed, weight and temperature are measured; weighing a whale; how a speedometer works; the National Institute of Standards and Technology; measuring tapes made by Stanley Tools.

  • Modern Marvels - Super Human (Season 15 Episode 39)
    Season 15 Episode 39:

    Super Human

    Whether humans have the ability to possess superpowers; a man can strap on an exoskeleton and lift hundreds of pounds with little effort; Mr. Cyborg can control machines with his thoughts; flying like Superman.

  • Modern Marvels - Retro Tech (Season 15 Episode 38)
    Season 15 Episode 38:

    Retro Tech

    The evolution of technology; how things now considered obsolete worked such as the typewriter, VCR, analog TV, vinyl record, film camera and brick-sized mobile phone, as well as products that superseded them.

  • Modern Marvels - Car Wash (Season 15 Episode 37)
    Season 15 Episode 37:

    Car Wash

    Americans visit car washes 2 million times per day at an annual cost of $25 billion; how car washes are built to clean, ranging from tunnel systems to in-bay automatics; visiting the biggest car wash facility in the United States.

  • Modern Marvels - Salt (Season 15 Episode 36)
    Season 15 Episode 36:

    Salt

    Salt is a versatile substance with 14,000 known uses; visiting a salt mine under Lake Erie; an evaporation facility harvests ocean salt near San Francisco; a Florida restaurant offers 40 varieties of salt.

  • Modern Marvels - The Turkey (Season 15 Episode 35)
    Season 15 Episode 35:

    The Turkey

    The turkey is the centerpiece of Thanksgiving dinners and one of the dumbest birds in the animal kingdom, but it has managed to survive since the dinosaurs; Butterball factory; turkey hunting; dining on turkey testicles and eggs.

  • Modern Marvels - The Horse (Season 15 Episode 34)
    Season 15 Episode 34:

    The Horse

    A celebration of the horse, the animal that helped mankind change the world; the thoroughbred racing industry in Kentucky; how a Minnesota logging company uses real horsepower; a Colorado program pairs horses and prison inmates.

  • Modern Marvels - Halloween Tech (Season 15 Episode 33)
    Season 15 Episode 33:

    Halloween Tech

    The celebration of Halloween has become a $6 billion economic powerhouse; the annual Halloween Haunt at Knott's Berry Farm; the production of monster makeup, masks and costumes; carving pumpkins; making fake blood; haunted house.

  • Modern Marvels - Bulls-Eye (Season 15 Episode 32)
    Season 15 Episode 32:

    Bulls-Eye

    Examining how frequently experts in various disciplines can hit their targets, including archers, sharpshooters and even a billiards player; the ancient world's ballista and trebuchet weapons; knife thrower; Cirque du Soleil's daring artists.

  • Modern Marvels - Corrosion & Decomposition (Season 15 Episode 31)
    Season 15 Episode 31:

    Corrosion & Decomposition

    America's aging infrastructure is in danger of collapse due to corrosion, according to engineers; technology for battling corrosion; harnessing the destructive power of decomposition.

  • Modern Marvels - Soft Drinks (Season 15 Episode 30)
    Season 15 Episode 30:

    Soft Drinks

    The history of soft drinks; the production process at Dr. Pepper, the world's third-largest soft-drink supplier; the Gatorade sports drink; energy drinks; the roots of ginger ale and root beer.

  • Modern Marvels - Mold & Fungus (Season 15 Episode 29)
    Season 15 Episode 29:

    Mold & Fungus

    Learning about various fungal organisms that live in the human body, grow from the ground, float in the air, and help create some foods and beverages; professional remediators battle millions of green invaders in a moldy home.

  • Modern Marvels - Dangerous Roads (Season 15 Episode 28)
    Season 15 Episode 28:

    Dangerous Roads

    Traveling some of the world's most dangerous roads, including Bolivia's "Death Road," California's fog-shrouded Highway 99, the road to Baghdad's airport and Colorado's Million Dollar Highway; highway safety; off-road drivers.

  • Modern Marvels - Wheat (Season 15 Episode 27)
    Season 15 Episode 27:

    Wheat

    How wheat feeds the world; wheat becomes everything from bread to beer; a custom harvester follows ripening wheat fields from Texas to North Dakota; exporting wheat; grinding grain into flour; Widmer Brothers Brewery; Wheatware.

  • Modern Marvels - Iron (Season 15 Episode 26)
    Season 15 Episode 26:

    Iron

    How iron mined in Minnesota is made into steel; iron weapons revolutionize warfare; military metallurgists customize weapons and demonstrate their firepower; iron magnets.

  • Modern Marvels - Secrets of Oil (Season 15 Episode 25)
    Season 15 Episode 25:

    Secrets of Oil

    The secrets of oil and the many products it has spawned; oil refinery in California; chemical weapons suits; making asphalt; blending jet fuel; Vaseline.

  • Modern Marvels - Coin Operated (Season 15 Episode 24)
    Season 15 Episode 24:

    Coin Operated

    Americans insert more than 3.5 million coins into vending machines every 15 minutes; how vending machines work; visiting a factory that produces high-tech vending machines; giant gumball machine.

  • Modern Marvels - Batman Tech (Season 15 Episode 23)
    Season 15 Episode 23:

    Batman Tech

    Batman dazzles readers with an amazing array of gadgets since his DC Comics debut in 1939; going inside the Batcave, experts compare the Dark Knight's gadgets to actual technology.

  • Modern Marvels - Underwear (Season 15 Episode 22)
    Season 15 Episode 22:

    Underwear

    Brief history of undergarments; the evolution from itchy woolen union suits to comfortable briefs and boxers; socks with special threads to prevent odor; fire retardant underwear; the bra industry.

  • Modern Marvels - Crashes (Season 15 Episode 21)
    Season 15 Episode 21:

    Crashes

    World-shaking crashes; efforts to make auto racing safer; the latest in motorcycle crash survival equipment; a sky diver survives falling 11,000 feet without a parachute; NASA's asteroid-tracking team; colliding subatomic particles.

  • Modern Marvels - Bathroom Tech II (Season 15 Episode 20)
    Season 15 Episode 20:

    Bathroom Tech II

    Bathroom technology; Kohler makes a digitally controlled shower complete with steam, music and LED chromatherapy; manufacturing sinks; "uncloggable" toilet; the engineering behind low-flow showers and toilets.

  • Modern Marvels - Ice Cream (Season 15 Episode 19)
    Season 15 Episode 19:

    Ice Cream

    The history of ice cream ranging from the gelato of Italy and a 19th-century French process to today's frozen desserts; visiting Dreyer's, TCBY and Joy Cone Co. factories; Ben & Jerry's flavor innovations.

  • Modern Marvels - Corpse Tech (Season 15 Episode 18)
    Season 15 Episode 18:

    Corpse Tech

    The human body is host to a multitude of hidden secrets even after death; coroner; funeral home director; forensic anthropologist; engineers.

  • Modern Marvels - Lead (Season 15 Episode 17)
    Season 15 Episode 17:

    Lead

    Mankind makes use of lead, a versatile but toxic metal, for 6,000 years; mining; car battery factory; specialists remove harmful lead objects from homes and businesses; lead makes crystal sparkle.

  • Modern Marvels - Super Hot (Season 15 Episode 16)
    Season 15 Episode 16:

    Super Hot

    Pyroman the life-size mannequin is exposed to more than 1,000 degrees F; steel workers suit up to beat refinery heat; coffee makers and hair dryers malfunction at Underwriters Laboratories; a friction lab tests aircraft and race-car brakes.

  • Modern Marvels - Most Dangerous (Season 15 Episode 15)
    Season 15 Episode 15:

    Most Dangerous

    The most dangerous snakes, sports, weather events; America's most dangerous volcano; tornado hazards; base jumping.

  • Modern Marvels - Axes (Season 15 Episode 14)
    Season 15 Episode 14:

    Axes

    The history and technology behind the ax as a weapon and tool; lumberjack competition; battle-axes; Indian tomahawks; factory; collector.

  • Modern Marvels - Mad Electricity (Season 15 Episode 13)
    Season 15 Episode 13:

    Mad Electricity

    Each flip of an electric-light switch attests to the genius of Nikola Tesla, creator of the alternating current (AC) system; the Tesla coil; energy-efficient bulbs.

  • Modern Marvels - Rats (Season 15 Episode 12)
    Season 15 Episode 12:

    Rats

    Rats are dangerous, destructive but useful animals.

  • Modern Marvels - Locomotives (Season 15 Episode 11)
    Season 15 Episode 11:

    Locomotives

    The history of locomotives; the oldest diesel; the fastest locomotive that travels the French countryside.

  • Modern Marvels - Gadgets 3 (Season 15 Episode 10)
    Season 15 Episode 10:

    Gadgets 3

    The evolution of gadgets; the latest trends for the future.

  • Modern Marvels - Bread (Season 15 Episode 9)
    Season 15 Episode 9:

    Bread

    Different cultures' history, production and consumption of bread reveal its variety of forms, ranging from baguettes to pita, corn bread, and flour tortillas.

  • Modern Marvels - Alaskan Fishing (Season 15 Episode 8)
    Season 15 Episode 8:

    Alaskan Fishing

    A fishing boat pursues Alaskan pollock in the Bering Sea during the last voyage of a grueling season.

  • Modern Marvels - Whiskey (Season 15 Episode 7)
    Season 15 Episode 7:

    Whiskey

    Tours of some of the world's finest whiskey distilleries demonstrate how different countries put their unique stamps on an ancient drink called the "water of life"; Jack Daniels; Jim Beam; Canadian Club; Jameson's; Glenlivet.

  • Modern Marvels - Strange Weapons (Season 15 Episode 6)
    Season 15 Episode 6:

    Strange Weapons

    Strange weapons of the past and present include Japanese ninja claws, microwavelike rays, lasers, robots, the "pukelight," and a superslippery substance.

  • Modern Marvels - World's Strongest III (Season 15 Episode 5)
    Season 15 Episode 5:

    World's Strongest III

    Mechanical feats of strength by the world's most-powerful elevators, a monster mine machine, the world's strongest mountain bike, a space vehicle transporter and an unbeatable blender.

  • Modern Marvels - Superhighways (Season 15 Episode 4)
    Season 15 Episode 4:

    Superhighways

    How superhighways move millions of people every year; 20-lane project in Houston; China's 28,000-mile National Trunk Highway System; High-Five interchange in Dallas; the anatomy of a traffic jam.

  • Modern Marvels - '90s Tech (Season 15 Episode 3)
    Season 15 Episode 3:

    '90s Tech

    Technologies of the 1990s: the information superhighway; DVDs; TiVo; GPS; Google; Amazon distribution center; virtual pets; George Foreman's grill.

  • Modern Marvels - Carbon (Season 15 Episode 2)
    Season 15 Episode 2:

    Carbon

    All life-forms and modern technology are built on a foundation of carbon; the steel industry; coal-fired power plants; graphite pencils; a charcoal water filter; diamonds.

  • Modern Marvels - Milk (Season 15 Episode 1)
    Season 15 Episode 1:

    Milk

    Around the world, people consume billions of gallons of milk every day; a cow-milking parlor; pasteurization; a three-story milk evaporator; milking a yak; the world's largest butter churn; yogurt.

  • Modern Marvels - Fast Food Tech (Season 14 Episode 44)
    Season 14 Episode 44:

    Fast Food Tech

    Vendors grow, process, freeze, ship, track and cook fast-food across the U.S.; the history of fast-food chains.

  • Modern Marvels - Cold Cuts (Season 14 Episode 43)
    Season 14 Episode 43:

    Cold Cuts

    The history and production of cold cuts.

  • Modern Marvels - Most Shocking (Season 14 Episode 42)
    Season 14 Episode 42:

    Most Shocking

    The electric shock comes in many forms, including lightning, stun guns, eels and the electric chair.

  • Modern Marvels - Rocks (Season 14 Episode 41)
    Season 14 Episode 41:

    Rocks

    Geological history from the Stone Age to the Space Age; moon rocks provide clues to how planets were formed; quarrying marble and granite; blasting at a sand-and-gravel pit.

  • Modern Marvels - The Pig (Season 14 Episode 40)
    Season 14 Episode 40:

    The Pig

    Some say pigs are as smart as 3-year-old humans; turning pigs into bacon, ham, ribs and sausage; boar semen collection; the use of pig organs in medicine.

  • Modern Marvels - Corn (Season 14 Episode 39)
    Season 14 Episode 39:

    Corn

    Corn is the largest agricultural crop in the world, and it is used in more than 3,000 diverse items, ranging from food to the plastic wrap for packaging it.

  • Modern Marvels - Environmental Tech II (Season 14 Episode 38)
    Season 14 Episode 38:

    Environmental Tech II

    Inventions for holding off a global warming meltdown include giant solar energy towers, a rooftop wind turbine, a car that runs on air and a kite that tows a cargo ship.

  • Modern Marvels - Engineering Disasters 21 (Season 14 Episode 37)
    Season 14 Episode 37:

    Engineering Disasters 21

    A steam-pipe explosion in Manhattan; Boston's Big Dig highway project; a Mannheim, Germany, air show.

  • Modern Marvels - World's Sharpest (Season 14 Episode 36)
    Season 14 Episode 36:

    World's Sharpest

    Tools and weapons that cut; razors; swords; lasers; plasma.

  • Modern Marvels - Acid (Season 14 Episode 35)
    Season 14 Episode 35:

    Acid

    Dangerous acid; explosives; a sulfuric acid plant; acid etching; vinegar.

  • Modern Marvels - Deep Freeze (Season 14 Episode 34)
    Season 14 Episode 34:

    Deep Freeze

    Freezer unit filled with 135 million pounds of ice cream; Alcor, where researchers keep cadavers on ice in hopes of future revival.

  • Modern Marvels - Extreme Aircraft II (Season 14 Episode 33)
    Season 14 Episode 33:

    Extreme Aircraft II

    U.S. military fighter jets.

  • Modern Marvels - Star Wars Tech (Season 14 Episode 32)
    Season 14 Episode 32:

    Star Wars Tech

    The six "Star Wars" films exhibit technological advances.

  • Modern Marvels - Nature Tech: Volcanoes (Season 14 Episode 31)
    Season 14 Episode 31:

    Nature Tech: Volcanoes

    Scientists test volcanoes for signs of impending activity; seemingly tranquil mountain peaks can erupt without warning.

  • Modern Marvels - Traps (Season 14 Episode 30)
    Season 14 Episode 30:

    Traps

    Trapping black bears with West Virginia Division of Natural Resources biologists; trapping and releasing feral cats left stranded in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.

  • Modern Marvels - Vacuums (Season 14 Episode 29)
    Season 14 Episode 29:

    Vacuums

    Giant-sized vacuums used in the Sept. 11th and Hurricane Katrina cleanup.

  • Modern Marvels - Bedroom Tech (Season 14 Episode 28)
    Season 14 Episode 28:

    Bedroom Tech

    Technology that offers sleepers a good night's sleep.

  • Modern Marvels - Chocolate (Season 14 Episode 27)
    Season 14 Episode 27:

    Chocolate

    The chocolate making process.

  • Modern Marvels - Sticky Stuff (Season 14 Episode 26)
    Season 14 Episode 26:

    Sticky Stuff

    Duct tape; transparent tape; flypaper; denture adhesive.

  • Modern Marvels - Aluminum (Season 14 Episode 25)
    Season 14 Episode 25:

    Aluminum

    Rolling mills; the creation of aluminum foil; aluminum bats.

  • Modern Marvels - Saws (Season 14 Episode 24)
    Season 14 Episode 24:

    Saws

    The history and evolution of the saw.

  • Modern Marvels - Cheese (Season 14 Episode 23)
    Season 14 Episode 23:

    Cheese

    The ancient techniques, cutting-edge technologies and history of cheese.

  • Modern Marvels - Fertilizer (Season 14 Episode 22)
    Season 14 Episode 22:

    Fertilizer

    Using fertilizer to make crops and grass grow.

  • Modern Marvels - Truck Stops (Season 14 Episode 21)
    Season 14 Episode 21:

    Truck Stops

    Exploring the world's largest truck stops.

  • Modern Marvels - '70s Tech (Season 14 Episode 20)
    Season 14 Episode 20:

    '70s Tech

    PONG; microprocessors; Texas Instruments; Mr. Coffee; the microwave oven; Polaroid.

  • Modern Marvels - Engineering Disasters of the '70s (Season 14 Episode 19)
    Season 14 Episode 19:

    Engineering Disasters of the '70s

    The sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald; the Buffalo Creek Dam disaster; the explosion of a supertanker in Los Angeles Harbor.

  • Modern Marvels - World's Strongest 2 (Season 14 Episode 18)
    Season 14 Episode 18:

    World's Strongest 2

    The MegaFly, a giant ram-air parachute; boron carbide body-armor; the monster truck Bigfoot.

  • Modern Marvels - It Came From Outer Space (Season 14 Episode 17)
    Season 14 Episode 17:

    It Came From Outer Space

    Space travel technologies.

  • Modern Marvels - '60s Tech (Season 14 Episode 16)
    Season 14 Episode 16:

    '60s Tech

    Color TV; satellite broadcasting; transistor radios; the Ford Mustang.

  • Modern Marvels - Welding (Season 14 Episode 15)
    Season 14 Episode 15:

    Welding

    The history of welding and its modern applications.

  • Modern Marvels - Deep Sea Salvage (Season 14 Episode 14)
    Season 14 Episode 14:

    Deep Sea Salvage

    The U.S. Navy's diving and salvage programs; the USS Salvor's underwater remote-operated robots; bomb-locating minisub Alvin.

  • Modern Marvels - More Military Movers (Season 14 Episode 13)
    Season 14 Episode 13:

    More Military Movers

    CV-22 Osprey; Boeing CH-47 Chinook helicopter; the U.S. Military Sealift Command's large, medium-speed, roll-on/roll-off ship, or LMSR.

  • Modern Marvels - Yard Tech (Season 14 Episode 12)
    Season 14 Episode 12:

    Yard Tech

    The Arizona Cardinals' dome stadium and its movable lawn; Scotts Company; Toro Company; sprinkler systems developed by the Rain Bird Company.

  • Modern Marvels - Dams (Season 14 Episode 11)
    Season 14 Episode 11:

    Dams

    Hoover Dam; Utah State University Water Research Laboratory hydraulics lab in Logan, Utah.

  • Modern Marvels - Barbarian Battle Tech (Season 14 Episode 10)
    Season 14 Episode 10:

    Barbarian Battle Tech

    The forts, weapons and technology of barbarians.

  • Modern Marvels - Weapons of Mass Destruction (Season 14 Episode 9)
    Season 14 Episode 9:

    Weapons of Mass Destruction

    Nuclear bombs and microscopic anthrax spores can be weapons of mass destruction.

  • Modern Marvels - Star Trek Tech (Season 14 Episode 8)
    Season 14 Episode 8:

    Star Trek Tech

    The technology and gadgets used while filming the series.

  • Modern Marvels - The Destroyer (Season 14 Episode 7)
    Season 14 Episode 7:

    The Destroyer

    Fletcher-class destroyers take on the full ferocity of the Japanese and win.

  • Modern Marvels - More Ice (Season 14 Episode 6)
    Season 14 Episode 6:

    More Ice

    Ice traps a treasure of energy on the ocean floor and confounds scientists still trying to solve why it's so slippery.

  • Modern Marvels - Ice (Season 14 Episode 5)
    Season 14 Episode 5:

    Ice

    Ice plays a key role in shaping history and makes its mark as an unusual tool of technology; how glaciers sculpted North America.

  • Modern Marvels - Pumps (Season 14 Episode 4)
    Season 14 Episode 4:

    Pumps

    The history and uses of the pump.

  • Modern Marvels - Canning (Season 14 Episode 3)
    Season 14 Episode 3:

    Canning

    Packing and preserving food.

  • Modern Marvels - Environmental Tech (Season 14 Episode 2)
    Season 14 Episode 2:

    Environmental Tech

    New technologies such as carbon sequestration and bioremediation combat environmental crises.

  • Modern Marvels - Balls (Season 14 Episode 1)
    Season 14 Episode 1:

    Balls

    The Wilson Sporting Goods football factory; Rawlings' Costa Rica baseball factory; the National Soccer Hall of Fame; the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

  • Modern Marvels - Christmas Tech (Season 13 Episode 59)
    Season 13 Episode 59:

    Christmas Tech

    Tree preparation at Rockefeller Center; holiday window decorations at Macy's and Herald Square; Yule Tree Farms.

  • Modern Marvels - Tea (Season 13 Episode 58)
    Season 13 Episode 58:

    Tea

    The Lipton tea plant; the 127-acre Charleston Tea Plantation in South Carolina; the history of tea.

  • Modern Marvels - Combat Garage (Season 13 Episode 58)
    Season 13 Episode 58:

    Combat Garage

  • Modern Marvels - Snow (Season 13 Episode 57)
    Season 13 Episode 57:

    Snow

    The benefits and perils of snow.

  • Modern Marvels - Engineering Disasters 20 (Season 13 Episode 56)
    Season 13 Episode 56:

    Engineering Disasters 20

    BP's Texas City oil refinery's 2005 explosion; the 2001 crash of American Airlines flight 587; NASA's Skylab.

  • Modern Marvels - Harvesting 2 (Season 13 Episode 55)
    Season 13 Episode 55:

    Harvesting 2

    High-tech harvesting.

  • Modern Marvels - Wine (Season 13 Episode 54)
    Season 13 Episode 54:

    Wine

    France's Moet vineyards and La Tour d'Argent.

  • Modern Marvels - Breakfast Tech (Season 13 Episode 53)
    Season 13 Episode 53:

    Breakfast Tech

    Making breakfast on the USS John C. Stennis.

  • Modern Marvels - The Supermarket (Season 13 Episode 52)
    Season 13 Episode 52:

    The Supermarket

    Safeway's distribution center; supermarket pioneers and the chains they created.

  • Modern Marvels - Tobacco (Season 13 Episode 51)
    Season 13 Episode 51:

    Tobacco

    The harvesting and cultivation of tobacco.

  • Modern Marvels - Tomcat Sunset (Season 13 Episode 50)
    Season 13 Episode 50:

    Tomcat Sunset

    The F-14 Tomcat Sunset; host Terry Deitz.

  • Modern Marvels - Distilleries 2 (Season 13 Episode 48)
    Season 13 Episode 48:

    Distilleries 2

    The Christian Brothers distillery; working moonshine still; Jade absinthe distillery.

  • Modern Marvels - Ink (Season 13 Episode 47)
    Season 13 Episode 47:

    Ink

    The history and uses of ink.

  • Modern Marvels - Stealth & Beyond: Sea Stealth (Season 13 Episode 46)
    Season 13 Episode 46:

    Stealth & Beyond: Sea Stealth

  • Modern Marvels - Stealth and Beyond: Air Stealth (Season 13 Episode 45)
    Season 13 Episode 45:

    Stealth and Beyond: Air Stealth

    Stealth aircraft, ships and soldiers of the past, present and future; advances in stealth military aircraft.

  • Modern Marvels - Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (Season 13 Episode 44)
    Season 13 Episode 44:

    Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway

    The Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway stretches from Boston to Florida.

  • Modern Marvels - The Atlantic Intercoastal Highway (Season 13 Episode 44)
    Season 13 Episode 44:

    The Atlantic Intercoastal Highway

    The Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway stretches from Boston to Florida.

  • Modern Marvels - Cities of the Underworld (Season 13 Episode 43)
    Season 13 Episode 43:

    Cities of the Underworld

    Archeologists reveal a hidden history that hasn't seen the light of day for ages.

  • Modern Marvels - Freight Trains (Season 13 Episode 42)
    Season 13 Episode 42:

    Freight Trains

    The history and development of freight trains.

  • Modern Marvels - Renewable Energy (Season 13 Episode 41)
    Season 13 Episode 41:

    Renewable Energy

    Renewable energy sources.

  • Modern Marvels - Building in the Name of God (Season 13 Episode 39)
    Season 13 Episode 39:

    Building in the Name of God

  • Modern Marvels - Shotguns (Season 13 Episode 38)
    Season 13 Episode 38:

    Shotguns

    The shotgun takes on a variety of roles.

  • Modern Marvels - B-25 Bomber (Season 13 Episode 38)
    Season 13 Episode 38:

    B-25 Bomber

    Twin-engine bomber, the B-25 Mitchell.

  • Modern Marvels - Copper (Season 13 Episode 37)
    Season 13 Episode 37:

    Copper

    The history and uses of copper.

  • Modern Marvels - The Cola Wars (Season 13 Episode 36)
    Season 13 Episode 36:

    The Cola Wars

    Research suggests Americans consume more gallons of soft drink per year than tap water.

  • Modern Marvels - Water (Season 13 Episode 35)
    Season 13 Episode 35:

    Water

    The transfer, consumption and search for water.

  • Modern Marvels - Levees (Season 13 Episode 34)
    Season 13 Episode 34:

    Levees

    Breached levees.

  • Modern Marvels - Hurricane Tech (Season 13 Episode 34)
    Season 13 Episode 34:

    Hurricane Tech

  • Modern Marvels - Mummy Tech (Season 13 Episode 33)
    Season 13 Episode 33:

    Mummy Tech

    Egyptian mummies.

  • Modern Marvels - Batteries (Season 13 Episode 32)
    Season 13 Episode 32:

    Batteries

    How batteries are made, what they power and what uses they may have in the future.

  • Modern Marvels - Radio Codes (Season 13 Episode 32)
    Season 13 Episode 32:

    Radio Codes

  • Modern Marvels - Rube Goldberg (Season 13 Episode 31)
    Season 13 Episode 31:

    Rube Goldberg

  • Modern Marvels - Making Medieval Armor (Season 13 Episode 30)
    Season 13 Episode 30:

    Making Medieval Armor

  • Modern Marvels - Classic Cars (Season 13 Episode 29)
    Season 13 Episode 29:

    Classic Cars

  • Modern Marvels - Nuts (Season 13 Episode 28)
    Season 13 Episode 28:

    Nuts

    The agri-tech and genetic engineering behind nuts.

  • Modern Marvels - The AK-47 (Season 13 Episode 27)
    Season 13 Episode 27:

    The AK-47

    The former Soviet Union develops the Avtomat Kalashnikova 1947 rifle, better known as the AK-47.

  • Modern Marvels - Super Tools: Skyscraper (Season 13 Episode 26)
    Season 13 Episode 26:

    Super Tools: Skyscraper

    The construction of the Palms Casino in Las Vegas, the new headquarters of the New York Times in Manhattan, and the Trump International Hotel and Tower in Chicago.

  • Modern Marvels - World's Biggest Machines 5 (Season 13 Episode 25)
    Season 13 Episode 25:

    World's Biggest Machines 5

    Wind tunnel; flight simulators; mining machine; IMAX technology.

  • Modern Marvels - Boneyard: Where Machines End Their Lives (Season 13 Episode 24)
    Season 13 Episode 24:

    Boneyard: Where Machines End Their Lives

    The rebirth of machines, planes and other remnants when they have reached their life span.

  • Modern Marvels - Pirate Tech (Season 13 Episode 23)
    Season 13 Episode 23:

    Pirate Tech

    Pirates use firearms, swords and navigational equipment.

  • Modern Marvels - High Explosives (Season 13 Episode 22)
    Season 13 Episode 22:

    High Explosives

    The history of explosives.

  • Modern Marvels - American Eats Special (Season 13 Episode 21)
    Season 13 Episode 21:

    American Eats Special

  • Modern Marvels - BBQ Tech (Season 13 Episode 20)
    Season 13 Episode 20:

    BBQ Tech

    Famous barbecue cook-offs; long-established barbecue restaurants.

  • Modern Marvels - Money (Season 13 Episode 19)
    Season 13 Episode 19:

    Money

    The U.S. Mint; the Bureau of Engraving and Printing.

  • Modern Marvels - Heavy Metals (Season 13 Episode 18)
    Season 13 Episode 18:

    Heavy Metals

    Copper, uranium, chromium, lead, nickel and zinc.

  • Modern Marvels - Copper Kings (Season 13 Episode 17)
    Season 13 Episode 17:

    Copper Kings

    William Clark and Marcus Daly control 19th-century U.S. copper production.

  • Modern Marvels - Ben Franklin Tech (Season 13 Episode 16)
    Season 13 Episode 16:

    Ben Franklin Tech

    The inventions of Ben Franklin.

  • Modern Marvels - '80s Tech (Season 13 Episode 15)
    Season 13 Episode 15:

    '80s Tech

    New and exciting gadgets of the 1980s.

  • Modern Marvels - Drilling (Season 13 Episode 14)
    Season 13 Episode 14:

    Drilling

    Tunnel-boring machines; robotic drills; hand-held power drills.

  • Modern Marvels - Shovels (Season 13 Episode 13)
    Season 13 Episode 13:

    Shovels

    California's borax mines; steam shovel; the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

  • Modern Marvels - Hi-Tech Hitler (Season 13 Episode 12)
    Season 13 Episode 12:

    Hi-Tech Hitler

    Scientific advances of the Nazi period continue to have an impact today.

  • Modern Marvels - Insulation (Season 13 Episode 11)
    Season 13 Episode 11:

    Insulation

    The past, present and future of insulation technology.

  • Modern Marvels - Engineering Disasters 19 (Season 13 Episode 10)
    Season 13 Episode 10:

    Engineering Disasters 19

    The Edmund Fitzgerald; Boeing 737 crashes; nuclear disasters; oil storage facility.

  • Modern Marvels - Leather (Season 13 Episode 9)
    Season 13 Episode 9:

    Leather

    Modern tanneries and exotic leathers.

  • Modern Marvels - Engineering Disasters: New Orleans (Season 13 Episode 8)
    Season 13 Episode 8:

    Engineering Disasters: New Orleans

    The levees and water-pumping system of New Orleans.

  • Modern Marvels - Nature Tech: Avalanches (Season 13 Episode 7)
    Season 13 Episode 7:

    Nature Tech: Avalanches

    An avalanche can stretch a mile wide and weigh more than a million tons.

  • Modern Marvels - Weird Weapons: The Axis (Season 13 Episode 6)
    Season 13 Episode 6:

    Weird Weapons: The Axis

    Extraordinary armaments of the Axis during World War II; vortex cannon; army in space; death rays.

  • Modern Marvels - Candy (Season 13 Episode 5)
    Season 13 Episode 5:

    Candy

    Boxed chocolates as See's Candy; Schimpff's Confectionery; Jelly Belly; salt-water taffy pullers.

  • Modern Marvels - Engineering Disasters 18 (Season 13 Episode 4)
    Season 13 Episode 4:

    Engineering Disasters 18

    Debris causes workers to plunge 200 feet; Salton Sea; China's Sunjiawan coal mine.

  • Modern Marvels - Cotton (Season 13 Episode 3)
    Season 13 Episode 3:

    Cotton

    Cotton's journey from dirt to shirt; cotton's ancient origins.

  • Modern Marvels - Fire (Season 13 Episode 2)
    Season 13 Episode 2:

    Fire

    Fire-breathing boilers make steam heat for downtown Philadelphia; creating electricity at a biomass plant; coal-fired locomotives; rocket engines.

  • Modern Marvels - Containers (Season 13 Episode 1)
    Season 13 Episode 1:

    Containers

    Steel freight containers; Georgia-Pacific plant; Strategic Petroleum Reserve.

  • Modern Marvels - Nature Tech: Hurricanes (Season 12 Episode 67)
    Season 12 Episode 67:

    Nature Tech: Hurricanes

    Hurricane chaser planes; building construction; modern skyscrapers.

  • Modern Marvels - Walt Disney World (Season 12 Episode 66)
    Season 12 Episode 66:

    Walt Disney World

    Behind the scenes at the Magic Kingdom; its original designs; what makes each park function.

  • Modern Marvels - More Snackfood Tech (Season 12 Episode 65)
    Season 12 Episode 65:

    More Snackfood Tech

    Coca-Cola; Cadbury Schweppes; Krispy Kreme plant; the production of jerky and pork rinds at Oberto and Rudolph Foods.

  • Modern Marvels - Weird Weapons: The Allies (Season 12 Episode 64)
    Season 12 Episode 64:

    Weird Weapons: The Allies

    The Allied secrets of World War II.

  • Modern Marvels - More Hardware (Season 12 Episode 63)
    Season 12 Episode 63:

    More Hardware

    Wrenches; measuring tools; demolition tools; the development of rope; sandpaper.

  • Modern Marvels - Custom Cars (Season 12 Episode 62)
    Season 12 Episode 62:

    Custom Cars

    History, technology and culture connect successive generations who create art from automobiles.

  • Modern Marvels - Da Vinci Tech (Season 12 Episode 61)
    Season 12 Episode 61:

    Da Vinci Tech

    The inventions of Leonardo da Vinci.

  • Modern Marvels - The Lumberyard (Season 12 Episode 60)
    Season 12 Episode 60:

    The Lumberyard

    Plywood and pressed wood; exotic woods; recycled and antique wood.

  • Modern Marvels - Brewing (Season 12 Episode 59)
    Season 12 Episode 59:

    Brewing

    The earliest known traces of brewing; brewers attempt to concoct a beer based on DNA found in a 2,700-year-old drinking vessel.

  • Modern Marvels - Engineering Disasters 17 (Season 12 Episode 58)
    Season 12 Episode 58:

    Engineering Disasters 17

    The 1931 Fokker F-10 passenger airplane crash; Marine Electric coal ship; Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles.

  • Modern Marvels - Secret Allied Aircraft of WWII (Season 12 Episode 57)
    Season 12 Episode 57:

    Secret Allied Aircraft of WWII

    U.S. and U.K. military aircraft.

  • Modern Marvels - The Auto Store (Season 12 Episode 56)
    Season 12 Episode 56:

    The Auto Store

    Car parts and accessories stores.

  • Modern Marvels - German Small Arms of WWII (Season 12 Episode 55)
    Season 12 Episode 55:

    German Small Arms of WWII

    German small arms evolve from World War I to the end of the Second World War.

  • Modern Marvels - F-117: Nighthawk Stealth (Season 12 Episode 54)
    Season 12 Episode 54:

    F-117: Nighthawk Stealth

    Lockheed's covert development arm creates the F-117 Stealth aircraft in 1977.

  • Modern Marvels - Cereal: History in a Bowl (Season 12 Episode 53)
    Season 12 Episode 53:

    Cereal: History in a Bowl

    Huge fields of golden grains produce the cereals that are a $10 billion global industry.

  • Modern Marvels - Sugar (Season 12 Episode 52)
    Season 12 Episode 52:

    Sugar

    The history of sugar; a sugar plantation on Maui; the technology used to create the sweetener.

  • Modern Marvels - Coffee (Season 12 Episode 51)
    Season 12 Episode 51:

    Coffee

    The beverage coffee originates in Ethiopia more than 1,000 years ago.

  • Modern Marvels - Modern Marvels (Season 12 Episode 50)
    Season 12 Episode 50:

    Modern Marvels

    Advances in work clothing allow people to do jobs they otherwise would be unable to do.

  • Modern Marvels - HMS Victory (Season 12 Episode 49)
    Season 12 Episode 49:

    HMS Victory

  • Modern Marvels - Nature Tech: Lightning (Season 12 Episode 48)
    Season 12 Episode 48:

    Nature Tech: Lightning

    Unlocking the secrets behind lightning, which annually kills nearly 100 people and injures hundreds in the United States.

  • Modern Marvels - Wiring America (Season 12 Episode 47)
    Season 12 Episode 47:

    Wiring America

    Technicians risk their lives in order to provide electric power and 21st-century communications.

  • Modern Marvels - High Risk: Helicopter Linemen (Season 12 Episode 46)
    Season 12 Episode 46:

    High Risk: Helicopter Linemen

    Pilots and linemen maintain and repair live high-voltage power-lines.

  • Modern Marvels - B-2 Bomber (Season 12 Episode 45)
    Season 12 Episode 45:

    B-2 Bomber

    The B-2 stealth bomber can fly more than 6,000 miles without refueling and deliver 40,000 pounds of bombs to a target without being detected.

  • Modern Marvels - The World's Fastest (Season 12 Episode 44)
    Season 12 Episode 44:

    The World's Fastest

    The Koenigsegg CCR automobile; the Shanghai Maglev train; motorboat racer Ken Warby and the Spirit of Australia; the Kingda Ka roller coaster; the Holloman High Speed Test Track.

  • Modern Marvels - Route 66 (Season 12 Episode 43)
    Season 12 Episode 43:

    Route 66

    Route 66 remains a destination for nostalgic travelers wishing to recapture a simpler, more adventurous era.

  • Modern Marvels - Secret Luftwaffe Aircraft of WWII (Season 12 Episode 42)
    Season 12 Episode 42:

    Secret Luftwaffe Aircraft of WWII

    German military aircraft designs were decades ahead of their Allied counterparts during World War II.

  • Modern Marvels - Lube Job (Season 12 Episode 41)
    Season 12 Episode 41:

    Lube Job

    Examining how lubricants have greased the skids for the advance of technology throughout history and keep the wheels of progress turning.

  • Modern Marvels - Dredging (Season 12 Episode 40)
    Season 12 Episode 40:

    Dredging

    Dredgers clear and deepen ports for vessels that carry megacontainers.

  • Modern Marvels - World's Biggest Machines 4 (Season 12 Episode 39)
    Season 12 Episode 39:

    World's Biggest Machines 4

    A machine-press stamps out an entire car body; a chain-saw cuts through rock; a telescope glimpses the ends of the known universe; a rock crusher; Keck Observatory.

  • Modern Marvels - Challenger Tank (Season 12 Episode 38)
    Season 12 Episode 38:

    Challenger Tank

    The Challenger tank boats one of the world's most effective computerized weapons-systems.

  • Modern Marvels - Sewers (Season 12 Episode 37)
    Season 12 Episode 37:

    Sewers

    The sewer is a network of underground pipes and tunnels.

  • Modern Marvels - Big Rigs of Combat: Tanks; Jeeps (Season 12 Episode 37)
    Season 12 Episode 37:

    Big Rigs of Combat: Tanks; Jeeps

    History of the tank; jeeps serve as combat cars, snowplows and ambulances.

  • Modern Marvels - Cowboy Tech (Season 12 Episode 36)
    Season 12 Episode 36:

    Cowboy Tech

    Cattle industry technology developed by cowboys ranges from the 19th century's saddles and spurs to today's computers, retinal scans and ATVs.

  • Modern Marvels - Mountain Roads (Season 12 Episode 35)
    Season 12 Episode 35:

    Mountain Roads

    Roads pass through mountain ranges.

  • Modern Marvels - Secrets of Soviet Space Disasters (Season 12 Episode 34)
    Season 12 Episode 34:

    Secrets of Soviet Space Disasters

    The problems in the space program lead to more than 150 recorded deaths.

  • Modern Marvels - Edison Tech (Season 12 Episode 33)
    Season 12 Episode 33:

    Edison Tech

    Thomas Alva Edison successfully files more than 1,000 patents.

  • Modern Marvels - Future Tech (Season 12 Episode 32)
    Season 12 Episode 32:

    Future Tech

    Paper-thin television; hydrogen-fueled vehicle; brain-computer interface; robotic soldiers; commercialization of space; Mars base-station.

  • Modern Marvels - Private Collections (Season 12 Episode 31)
    Season 12 Episode 31:

    Private Collections

    Collectors spend entire lives perfecting their compilations.

  • Modern Marvels - Secret Japanese Aircraft of WWII (Season 12 Episode 30)
    Season 12 Episode 30:

    Secret Japanese Aircraft of WWII

    Japanese designers create a wide range of warplanes during World War II.

  • Modern Marvels - The Cape Cod Canal (Season 12 Episode 29)
    Season 12 Episode 29:

    The Cape Cod Canal

    The construction and maintenance of the 17.4-mile Cape Cod Canal, which is navigated by an average of 20,000 vessels per year.

  • Modern Marvels - The John Hancock Center (Season 12 Episode 28)
    Season 12 Episode 28:

    The John Hancock Center

    The John Hancock Center rises 100 stories above the heart of Chicago, housing office, retail and residential facilities.

  • Modern Marvels - Machines of D-Day (Season 12 Episode 27)
    Season 12 Episode 27:

    Machines of D-Day

    The World War II Allies produced an astonishing array of specialized equipment to stage the 1944 D-Day landings in France.

  • Modern Marvels - Civil War Tech (Season 12 Episode 26)
    Season 12 Episode 26:

    Civil War Tech

    Civil War technology revolutionizes the way war is waged.

  • Modern Marvels - F/A-22 Raptor (Season 12 Episode 25)
    Season 12 Episode 25:

    F/A-22 Raptor

    The F/A 22 Raptor fighter-jet is deadly and undetectable at long range.

  • Modern Marvels - Glue (Season 12 Episode 24)
    Season 12 Episode 24:

    Glue

    Glues keep the material world together.

  • Modern Marvels - Bricks (Season 12 Episode 23)
    Season 12 Episode 23:

    Bricks

    Fallen civilizations' brick-and-mortar structures defiantly stand against time and the elements.

  • Modern Marvels - Punishment (Season 12 Episode 22)
    Season 12 Episode 22:

    Punishment

    Criminal punishment changes dramatically over the course of human history.

  • Modern Marvels - Mega Movers (Season 12 Episode 21)
    Season 12 Episode 21:

    Mega Movers

    Two structural-moving families struggle to relocate historic homes.

  • Modern Marvels - Paint (Season 12 Episode 20)
    Season 12 Episode 20:

    Paint

    Paint has quietly been one of humankind's most ingenious methods of defeating the elements.

  • Modern Marvels - The Basement (Season 12 Episode 19)
    Season 12 Episode 19:

    The Basement

    Subterranean rooms help human beings to live comfortably.

  • Modern Marvels - The Doomsday Clock (Season 12 Episode 18)
    Season 12 Episode 18:

    The Doomsday Clock

    Scientists develop the Doomsday Clock as an image to symbolize urgency in the Cold War and the threat of nuclear disaster.

  • Modern Marvels - Deadliest Weapons (Season 12 Episode 17)
    Season 12 Episode 17:

    Deadliest Weapons

    Gladius; siegecraft; artillery; crossbows; gunpowder; firearms; cannons; poison gas; shrapnel shells; machine guns; firebombs; nuclear and hydrogen bombs; ICBMs; vehicles of transportation; biological and chemical agents; dirty bombs.

  • Modern Marvels - SWAT (Season 12 Episode 16)
    Season 12 Episode 16:

    SWAT

    Mid-1960s criminal-sniping incidents engender SWAT teams.

  • Modern Marvels - Taxidermy (Season 12 Episode 15)
    Season 12 Episode 15:

    Taxidermy

    Ancient and modern humans share a fascination with the preservation of the living form.

  • Modern Marvels - Edwards Air Force Base (Season 12 Episode 14)
    Season 12 Episode 14:

    Edwards Air Force Base

    Edwards Air Force Base in California becomes the world's foremost center for aviation research.

  • Modern Marvels - Howard Hughes Tech (Season 12 Episode 13)
    Season 12 Episode 13:

    Howard Hughes Tech

    Billionaire Howard Hughes breaks speed records, develops war machines, spy aircraft and commercial airliners.

  • Modern Marvels - Boys' Toys: Howard Hughes Tech (Season 12 Episode 13)
    Season 12 Episode 13:

    Boys' Toys: Howard Hughes Tech

    Billionaire Howard Hughes breaks speed records, develops war machines, spy aircraft and commercial airliners.

  • Modern Marvels - The Great Bridge: 8 Miles of Steel (Season 12 Episode 12)
    Season 12 Episode 12:

    The Great Bridge: 8 Miles of Steel

    Oakland Bay Bridge.

  • Modern Marvels - Sub Zero (Season 12 Episode 11)
    Season 12 Episode 11:

    Sub Zero

    U.S. South Pole Station; Polartec Clothing; snowmobiles and Sno-Cats; ice-breaking ships; LC-130 transport plane; robot explorer; glycoproteins.

  • Modern Marvels - Desert Tech (Season 12 Episode 10)
    Season 12 Episode 10:

    Desert Tech

    Hydroelectric power, refrigeration and air-conditioning technologies make life in desert communities comfortable.

  • Modern Marvels - George Washington Carver Tech (Season 12 Episode 8)
    Season 12 Episode 8:

    George Washington Carver Tech

    Visionary George Washington Carver shares his knowledge with the world.

  • Modern Marvels - Blackbird Stealth! (Season 12 Episode 7)
    Season 12 Episode 7:

    Blackbird Stealth!

    The SR-71 Blackbird sees action on hot and cold war fronts.

  • Modern Marvels - The Butcher (Season 12 Episode 6)
    Season 12 Episode 6:

    The Butcher

    Butchers take carcasses of unsavory flesh and carve them into mouth-watering cuts.

  • Modern Marvels - World's Biggest Machines 3 (Season 12 Episode 5)
    Season 12 Episode 5:

    World's Biggest Machines 3

    Giant, flame-breathing robots; floating fortress; diesel engine with 108,000 horsepower.

  • Modern Marvels - Nature's Engineers 2 (Season 12 Episode 4)
    Season 12 Episode 4:

    Nature's Engineers 2

    Earth's non-human inhabitants use tools, build intricate structures and perform complex procedures.

  • Modern Marvels - The Arch (Season 12 Episode 3)
    Season 12 Episode 3:

    The Arch

    The arch is one of the strongest and most versatile structures made by humans.

  • Modern Marvels - Car Tech of the Future (Season 12 Episode 2)
    Season 12 Episode 2:

    Car Tech of the Future

    Concept cars of the past; futuristic designs; progressive autos.

  • Modern Marvels - Poison (Season 12 Episode 1)
    Season 12 Episode 1:

    Poison

    Humans try to control deadly substances; some lethal compounds possess life-giving properties.

  • Modern Marvels - More Doomsday Tech (Season 11 Episode 75)
    Season 11 Episode 75:

    More Doomsday Tech

    Asteroids; bioterrorism; cyberterrorist attacks; genetic engineering.

  • Modern Marvels - Boys' Toys: Private Jets 2 (Season 11 Episode 74)
    Season 11 Episode 74:

    Boys' Toys: Private Jets 2

    Buying a previously-owned jet; the Associated Air Center; kit jets; personal jets the size of commercial airliners.

  • Modern Marvels - Doomsday Tech 1 (Season 11 Episode 74)
    Season 11 Episode 74:

    Doomsday Tech 1

    Potential for accidental nuclear-weapons launch; global warming; futuristic threats.

  • Modern Marvels - Engineering Disasters 16 (Season 11 Episode 73)
    Season 11 Episode 73:

    Engineering Disasters 16

    Underground explosion; dam collapse; school collapse; giant oil spill.

  • Modern Marvels - Boys' Toys: Private Jets 1 (Season 11 Episode 73)
    Season 11 Episode 73:

    Boys' Toys: Private Jets 1

    Bill Lear, Clyde Cessna and his nephews, and Walter and Olive Beech pioneer corporate jets.

  • Modern Marvels - Ancient Discoveries: Galen, Doctor to the Gladiators (Season 11 Episode 72)
    Season 11 Episode 72:

    Ancient Discoveries: Galen, Doctor to the Gladiators

    Doctoring gladiators, Galen performed brain surgery 2,000 years ahead of his time.

  • Modern Marvels - Boys' Toys: Limos (Season 11 Episode 71)
    Season 11 Episode 71:

    Boys' Toys: Limos

    Limousines have been stretched to greater and greater lengths.

  • Modern Marvels - Ancient Discoveries: Heron of Alexandria (Season 11 Episode 71)
    Season 11 Episode 71:

    Ancient Discoveries: Heron of Alexandria

    Heron's strange inventions are famed throughout the ancient world.

  • Modern Marvels - Ancient Discoveries: Ancient Computer? (Season 11 Episode 70)
    Season 11 Episode 70:

    Ancient Discoveries: Ancient Computer?

    Divers found the clock-like Antikythera mechanism deep in the Aegean Sea in 1901.

  • Modern Marvels - More Dangerous Cargo (Season 11 Episode 69)
    Season 11 Episode 69:

    More Dangerous Cargo

    Transporting dynamite; movement and destruction of illegal drugs; transport of powerful fuel.

  • Modern Marvels - Boys' Toys: Motorcycles (Season 11 Episode 69)
    Season 11 Episode 69:

    Boys' Toys: Motorcycles

    To many, motorcycles symbolize freedom.

  • Modern Marvels - Commercial Fishing (Season 11 Episode 68)
    Season 11 Episode 68:

    Commercial Fishing

    Old fishing community; monstrous factory trawler; deep-sea fish farms.

  • Modern Marvels - Boys' Toys: Private Collections (Season 11 Episode 68)
    Season 11 Episode 68:

    Boys' Toys: Private Collections

    Individuals collect a wide variety of items; famous collectors.

  • Modern Marvels - Snackfood Tech (Season 11 Episode 67)
    Season 11 Episode 67:

    Snackfood Tech

    Potato chips; candy bars; Twinkies; chocolates; pretzels; lollipops; cupcakes.

  • Modern Marvels - Engineering Disasters 15 (Season 11 Episode 66)
    Season 11 Episode 66:

    Engineering Disasters 15

    Chicago flood; Alpine tunnel fires; riverboat boiler explosion; building collapse; plane crash.

  • Modern Marvels - Washington Monument (Season 11 Episode 65)
    Season 11 Episode 65:

    Washington Monument

    One hundred years from concept to completion, the Washington Monument stands over 55 stories high.

  • Modern Marvels - Movie Theaters (Season 11 Episode 64)
    Season 11 Episode 64:

    Movie Theaters

    Movie palaces; drive-ins; megaplexes.

  • Modern Marvels - Engineering Disasters 14 (Season 11 Episode 63)
    Season 11 Episode 63:

    Engineering Disasters 14

    Oil-tanker explosion; subway tunnel cave-in; freighter-plane crash; molasses flash-flood; freeway-ramp collapse.

  • Modern Marvels - Sub Disasters (Season 11 Episode 62)
    Season 11 Episode 62:

    Sub Disasters

    Engineers learn from disaster to make modifications to increase the chances of survival aboard submarines.

  • Modern Marvels - Engineering Disasters 13 (Season 11 Episode 61)
    Season 11 Episode 61:

    Engineering Disasters 13

    Love Canal; flaws in Patriot Missile systems; collapse of the World Trade Center; Cocoanut Grove fire; failed building demolition.

  • Modern Marvels - Surveillance Tech (Season 11 Episode 60)
    Season 11 Episode 60:

    Surveillance Tech

    Big Brother tracks every aspect of our lives.

  • Modern Marvels - Engineering Disasters 12 (Season 11 Episode 59)
    Season 11 Episode 59:

    Engineering Disasters 12

    Denver International Airport baggage disaster; Texas A&M bonfire; M-4 Sherman tank; Milwaukee Water Treatment disaster of 1993; Skyline Plaza collapse.

  • Modern Marvels - M1 Abrams Supertank! (Season 11 Episode 58)
    Season 11 Episode 58:

    M1 Abrams Supertank!

    The United States builds a supertank to combat Soviet tank supremacy during the Cold War.

  • Modern Marvels - Japanese Sub at Pearl Harbor (Season 11 Episode 57)
    Season 11 Episode 57:

    Japanese Sub at Pearl Harbor

    The Japanese midget sub that started World War II in the Pacific rests 1,200 feet under the waters outside Pearl Harbor.

  • Modern Marvels - The World's Longest Bridge (Season 11 Episode 56)
    Season 11 Episode 56:

    The World's Longest Bridge

    The Akashi Kaikyo Bridge's main span is 50 percent longer than that of the Golden Gate.

  • Modern Marvels - Engineering Disasters 11 (Season 11 Episode 55)
    Season 11 Episode 55:

    Engineering Disasters 11

    Sinkholes; use of asbestos; Chang River flood; liquid natural-gas explosions; Hyatt Hotel walkway collapses.

  • Modern Marvels - Gas Tech (Season 11 Episode 54)
    Season 11 Episode 54:

    Gas Tech

    Hydrogen use may one day replace the use of fossil fuels.

  • Modern Marvels - Presidential Movers (Season 11 Episode 53)
    Season 11 Episode 53:

    Presidential Movers

    Presidential planes, trains and automobiles become high-tech cocoons.

  • Modern Marvels - Engineering Disasters 10 (Season 11 Episode 52)
    Season 11 Episode 52:

    Engineering Disasters 10

    Tropicana Casino Garage collapse; Transvaal Aqua Park roof collapse; gas-storage explosion; Bhopal chemical plant disaster.

  • Modern Marvels - Guns of the Civil War (Season 11 Episode 51)
    Season 11 Episode 51:

    Guns of the Civil War

    The first truly modern weapons begin to be used in the Civil War.

  • Modern Marvels - Engineering Disasters 9 (Season 11 Episode 50)
    Season 11 Episode 50:

    Engineering Disasters 9

    Grain-elevator explosion; freighter crashes into mall; collapse of Rosemont Horizon; Schoharie Bridge collapse; airship crash.

  • Modern Marvels - Harvesting (Season 11 Episode 49)
    Season 11 Episode 49:

    Harvesting

    Custom machines harvest each type of crop.

  • Modern Marvels - Engineering Disasters 8 (Season 11 Episode 48)
    Season 11 Episode 48:

    Engineering Disasters 8

    Sinking of Ocean Ranger offshore oil rig; plane carrying golfer Payne Stewart malfunctions; Connecticut Turnpike collapse; South Fork Dam failure; PEPCON jet fuel plant explosion.

  • Modern Marvels - Guns of Israel (Season 11 Episode 47)
    Season 11 Episode 47:

    Guns of Israel

    The Uzi; the Negev machine gun; the Galil assault rifle; the Tavor 21.

  • Modern Marvels - Firefighting!: The Arson Detectives (Season 11 Episode 46)
    Season 11 Episode 46:

    Firefighting!: The Arson Detectives

    Using investigative techniques to determine the cause of suspicious blazes in Texas, California and the South.

  • Modern Marvels - More of the World's Biggest Machines (Season 11 Episode 45)
    Season 11 Episode 45:

    More of the World's Biggest Machines

    Biggest aircraft; largest and most powerful jet engine; Sikorsky helicopter; biggest steam-locomotive; largest oil-drilling ship; "heavy lift" ships.

  • Modern Marvels - St. Lawrence Tech (Season 11 Episode 44)
    Season 11 Episode 44:

    St. Lawrence Tech

  • Modern Marvels - Guns of WWII (Season 11 Episode 43)
    Season 11 Episode 43:

    Guns of WWII

  • Modern Marvels - St. Lawrence Seaway (Season 11 Episode 42)
    Season 11 Episode 42:

    St. Lawrence Seaway

    The St. Lawrence Seaway is the longest inland waterway in the world.

  • Modern Marvels - Police Pursuit (Season 11 Episode 41)
    Season 11 Episode 41:

    Police Pursuit

    Technology gives law enforcement the upper hand in modern pursuits.

  • Modern Marvels - SOS Tech (Season 11 Episode 40)
    Season 11 Episode 40:

    SOS Tech

    The Coast Guard's Motor Lifeguard School; VHF radio; Emergency Position Indication Radio Beacon.

  • Modern Marvels - Sears Tower (Season 11 Episode 39)
    Season 11 Episode 39:

    Sears Tower

    Chicago's Sears Tower becomes the largest building in the world.

  • Modern Marvels - Building a Skyscraper: The Arteries (Season 11 Episode 38)
    Season 11 Episode 38:

    Building a Skyscraper: The Arteries

    Data lines; power; plumbing; photovoltaics; conserving energy; painting; carpeting; moving furniture; lights.

  • Modern Marvels - Building a Skyscraper: The Human Environment (Season 11 Episode 37)
    Season 11 Episode 37:

    Building a Skyscraper: The Human Environment

    Elevators; air-conditioning systems; heating; ventilation.

  • Modern Marvels - Building a Skyscraper: The Exterior (Season 11 Episode 36)
    Season 11 Episode 36:

    Building a Skyscraper: The Exterior

    Construction problems of mega-skyscrapers; exterior wall system; energy-conserving glass; safety issues; aesthetics.

  • Modern Marvels - Building a Skyscraper: The Skeleton (Season 11 Episode 35)
    Season 11 Episode 35:

    Building a Skyscraper: The Skeleton

    Construction of the California Department of Transportation Headquarters; design; excavation; skeleton; hurricane- and earthquake-proofing; structural systems.

  • Modern Marvels - George Washington Bridge (Season 11 Episode 34)
    Season 11 Episode 34:

    George Washington Bridge

    The George Washington Bridge stands as the main traffic artery between Manhattan and New Jersey.

  • Modern Marvels - Extreme Aircraft (Season 11 Episode 33)
    Season 11 Episode 33:

    Extreme Aircraft

    The X-1 jet breaks the sound barrier; the X-43 Scramjet flies at Mach 7; U-2 and SR-71 Cold War spy planes; flying Wing bombers; the new F/A Raptor.

  • Modern Marvels - Athens Subway (Season 11 Episode 32)
    Season 11 Episode 32:

    Athens Subway

    Athens builds a new underground subway system to meet the needs of the 2004 Olympics.

  • Modern Marvels - Engineering Disasters 7 (Season 11 Episode 31)
    Season 11 Episode 31:

    Engineering Disasters 7

    The Baldwin Hills dam collapse in Los Angeles; a wing separates from a passenger plane; a freighter slams into a Florida bridge; the Northridge earthquake of 1994.

  • Modern Marvels - Oil Tankers (Season 11 Episode 30)
    Season 11 Episode 30:

    Oil Tankers

    Oil tankers are the largest moving objects built by humans.

  • Modern Marvels - World War I Tech (Season 11 Episode 29)
    Season 11 Episode 29:

    World War I Tech

    World War I is the first lethal combination of Industrial Age technology and war on a large scale.

  • Modern Marvels - Apollo 11 (Season 11 Episode 28)
    Season 11 Episode 28:

    Apollo 11

    The space race accelerates technology and gets humans to the moon and back.

  • Modern Marvels - Distilleries (Season 11 Episode 27)
    Season 11 Episode 27:

    Distilleries

    History of alcohol distillery; how each liquor is produced; spirits-tasting event.

  • Modern Marvels - Nuclear Tech (Season 11 Episode 26)
    Season 11 Episode 26:

    Nuclear Tech

    Nuclear technology has uses in medicine, food preparation and radiation detection.

  • Modern Marvels - Robots (Season 11 Episode 25)
    Season 11 Episode 25:

    Robots

    The history of robotics is traced over 2,000 years; archival interview with Isaac Asimov.

  • Modern Marvels - Greatest Movie Gadgets (Season 11 Episode 24)
    Season 11 Episode 24:

    Greatest Movie Gadgets

    On-screen tools of the superspy trade; how Hollywood comes up with its creations.

  • Modern Marvels - City Water (Season 11 Episode 23)
    Season 11 Episode 23:

    City Water

    Public water-supply systems supply 99 percent of the U.S. population.

  • Modern Marvels - Rubber (Season 11 Episode 22)
    Season 11 Episode 22:

    Rubber

    Rubber shapes modern industrial society.

  • Modern Marvels - A-10 Tankbuster (Season 11 Episode 21)
    Season 11 Episode 21:

    A-10 Tankbuster

    The A-10 Tankbuster is designed for close air support, working with ground troops to take out enemy positions and tanks.

  • Modern Marvels - D-Day Tech (Season 11 Episode 20)
    Season 11 Episode 20:

    D-Day Tech

    The Allies devise scientific and mechanical breakthroughs to thwart Hitler's Atlantic Wall and to make the D-Day invasion successful.

  • Modern Marvels - Plane Crashes (Season 11 Episode 19)
    Season 11 Episode 19:

    Plane Crashes

    Plane crashes plague the aviation industry and terrorize the public.

  • Modern Marvels - The Subs of WWII (Season 11 Episode 18)
    Season 11 Episode 18:

    The Subs of WWII

    U.S. Navy submariners of World War II live in cramped and claustrophobic quarters as they stalk their victims.

  • Modern Marvels - Hydraulics (Season 11 Episode 17)
    Season 11 Episode 17:

    Hydraulics

    The transmission of forces from point to point through fluid opens the door for the Industrial Revolution.

  • Modern Marvels - F-18 Hornet (Season 11 Episode 16)
    Season 11 Episode 16:

    F-18 Hornet

    Using sophisticated computerized technology, the F-18 Hornet becomes one of the foremost fighters of the 21st century.

  • Modern Marvels - Engineering Disasters 6 (Season 11 Episode 15)
    Season 11 Episode 15:

    Engineering Disasters 6

    AV-8-Harrier jump jet; Ford Explorer-Firestone tire rollovers; offshore oil-rig fire; derailment of a high-speed train; computer errors almost set off nuclear war.

  • Modern Marvels - Modern Marvels (Season 11 Episode 14)
    Season 11 Episode 14:

    Modern Marvels

    The history of bathing and showering; how modern plumbing systems work; history of oral hygiene.

  • Modern Marvels - Bathroom Tech (Season 11 Episode 14)
    Season 11 Episode 14:

    Bathroom Tech

    The history of bathing and showering; how modern plumbing systems work; history of oral hygiene.

  • Modern Marvels - The Power Grid (Season 11 Episode 13)
    Season 11 Episode 13:

    The Power Grid

    The electronic power grid is comprised of a huge complex of power plants, sub-stations and transmission lines.

  • Modern Marvels - Bible Tech (Season 11 Episode 12)
    Season 11 Episode 12:

    Bible Tech

    The use of technology is ever-present in the Bible.

  • Modern Marvels - Nature's Engineers (Season 11 Episode 11)
    Season 11 Episode 11:

    Nature's Engineers

    Beavers, honeybees, birds, termites and spiders build their homes.

  • Modern Marvels - Frontline Reporting (Season 11 Episode 10)
    Season 11 Episode 10:

    Frontline Reporting

    Modern civilian correspondents dispatch the news of war with speed, range and clarity; evolution of war reporting.

  • Modern Marvels - Command Central (Season 11 Episode 9)
    Season 11 Episode 9:

    Command Central

    Centcom in Doha, Qatar, represents everything a modern military command post can be.

  • Modern Marvels - Central Command (Season 11 Episode 9)
    Season 11 Episode 9:

    Central Command

    Centcom in Doha, Qatar, represents everything a modern military command post can be.

  • Modern Marvels - Oil Firefighting (Season 11 Episode 8)
    Season 11 Episode 8:

    Oil Firefighting

    Risk takers fight fire with fire.

  • Modern Marvels - Racetrack Tech (Season 11 Episode 7)
    Season 11 Episode 7:

    Racetrack Tech

    The science behind NASCAR that enables cars to race at 200 mph, including vehicle and track design, safety walls and other innovations.

  • Modern Marvels - Ship of Gold (Season 11 Episode 6)
    Season 11 Episode 6:

    Ship of Gold

    A steamship vanishes with 400 passengers and 21 tons of gold bullion.

  • Modern Marvels - Gangster Guns (Season 11 Episode 5)
    Season 11 Episode 5:

    Gangster Guns

    Colt.45s and.38s; Tommy guns; Whippets; Browning automatic rifles.

  • Modern Marvels - Pacific Coast Highway (Season 11 Episode 4)
    Season 11 Episode 4:

    Pacific Coast Highway

    The Pacific Coast Highway winds from exclusive retreats in Malibu, Calif., to the wilds of Washington state.

  • Modern Marvels - The Submarines (Season 11 Episode 3)
    Season 11 Episode 3:

    The Submarines

    Submarines revolutionize marine warfare.

  • Modern Marvels - Guns of the Russian Military (Season 11 Episode 1)
    Season 11 Episode 1:

    Guns of the Russian Military

    Russian small arms emphasize robustness and simplicity of design.

  • Modern Marvels - Engineering Disasters 5 (Season 10 Episode 87)
    Season 10 Episode 87:

    Engineering Disasters 5

    A misplaced oil rig spells disaster in Louisiana; West Virginia flood; Exxon Valdez oil spill; collapsing radio and TV antenna towers; freeways and earthquakes.

  • Modern Marvels - Toys (Season 10 Episode 86)
    Season 10 Episode 86:

    Toys

    Super Soaker water gun; Lionel electric train; Erector Set; cap gun; Lincoln Logs; Matchbox Cars; G.I. Joe; LEGO bricks.

  • Modern Marvels - The Berlin Wall (Season 10 Episode 85)
    Season 10 Episode 85:

    The Berlin Wall

    Communists erect a 103-mile-long wall through and around Berlin in order to stop the flow of refugees to the West.

  • Modern Marvels - Egyptian Pyramids (Season 10 Episode 84)
    Season 10 Episode 84:

    Egyptian Pyramids

    More than 100 pyramids built as tombs for pharaohs still stand in Egypt, but many things about the ancient monuments remain obscure.

  • Modern Marvels - The Technology of Kitty Hawk (Season 10 Episode 83)
    Season 10 Episode 83:

    The Technology of Kitty Hawk

    The Wright brothers methodically break down the problem of flight and change the world forever.

  • Modern Marvels - Sports Cars (Season 10 Episode 82)
    Season 10 Episode 82:

    Sports Cars

    A review of fast, high-octane vehicles shows the evolution of the sports car.

  • Modern Marvels - Wheel Estate (Season 10 Episode 81)
    Season 10 Episode 81:

    Wheel Estate

    Travel trailers and recreational vehicles become the 20th century's covered wagons.

  • Modern Marvels - Tailgating (Season 10 Episode 80)
    Season 10 Episode 80:

    Tailgating

    Football fans arrive early to participate in pre-game revelry.

  • Modern Marvels - Rolls-Royce (Season 10 Episode 79)
    Season 10 Episode 79:

    Rolls-Royce

    The same company that makes Bentley owns Rolls-Royce.

  • Modern Marvels - Extreme Gadgets (Season 10 Episode 78)
    Season 10 Episode 78:

    Extreme Gadgets

    Technology of sports captures the public's imagination and revolutionizes the sporting industry.

  • Modern Marvels - Avalanches: White Walls of Death (Season 10 Episode 78)
    Season 10 Episode 78:

    Avalanches: White Walls of Death

    In 1910 an avalanche sweeps two trains off the tracks in the Cascade Mountains.

  • Modern Marvels - B-52 (Season 10 Episode 77)
    Season 10 Episode 77:

    B-52

    The B-52 dominates the skies with a maximum speed of 650 miles per hour and the ability to drop 70,000 pounds of bombs.

  • Modern Marvels - The Technology of Lewis and Clark (Season 10 Episode 76)
    Season 10 Episode 76:

    The Technology of Lewis and Clark

    Planning, craftsmanship, improvisation and sheer determination contribute to the success of the Lewis and Clark expedition.

  • Modern Marvels - Million Dollar Cars (Season 10 Episode 75)
    Season 10 Episode 75:

    Million Dollar Cars

    Elite luxury cars become objects of desire.

  • Modern Marvels - ET Tech (Season 10 Episode 74)
    Season 10 Episode 74:

    ET Tech

    Scientists use life-seeking planetary landers to search for extraterrestrial life on Mars.

  • Modern Marvels - Guns of Infamy (Season 10 Episode 73)
    Season 10 Episode 73:

    Guns of Infamy

    Guns used in assassinations; guns of the American Revolution; guns of Wild West outlaws.

  • Modern Marvels - Extreme Trucks (Season 10 Episode 72)
    Season 10 Episode 72:

    Extreme Trucks

    Jet truck; mobile command truck; building specialty trucks.

  • Modern Marvels - Guns of the Sky (Season 10 Episode 71)
    Season 10 Episode 71:

    Guns of the Sky

    Aircraft weaponry.

  • Modern Marvels - Shipyards (Season 10 Episode 70)
    Season 10 Episode 70:

    Shipyards

    Shipyards are waterside construction sites where some of the largest tools ever built help create the biggest machines on earth.

  • Modern Marvels - Inviting Disaster 4 (Season 10 Episode 69)
    Season 10 Episode 69:

    Inviting Disaster 4

    Technological breakdowns; the battle between man and machine; links between past and present tragedies.

  • Modern Marvels - Inviting Disaster 4: Building Failures (Season 10 Episode 69)
    Season 10 Episode 69:

    Inviting Disaster 4: Building Failures

    Technological breakdowns; the battle between man and machine; links between past and present tragedies.

  • Modern Marvels - Inviting Disaster 3: Challenger and Columbia (Season 10 Episode 68)
    Season 10 Episode 68:

    Inviting Disaster 3: Challenger and Columbia

    Technological breakdowns; the battle between man and machine; links between past and present tragedies.

  • Modern Marvels - Inviting Disaster 3 (Season 10 Episode 68)
    Season 10 Episode 68:

    Inviting Disaster 3

    Technological breakdowns; the battle between man and machine; links between past and present tragedies.

  • Modern Marvels - FBI's Crime Lab (Season 10 Episode 67)
    Season 10 Episode 67:

    FBI's Crime Lab

    Scientists and technicians use cutting-edge forensic technology to unearth identities of perpetrators at the FBI's crime lab at Quantico.

  • Modern Marvels - Inviting Disaster: The Kursk (Season 10 Episode 66)
    Season 10 Episode 66:

    Inviting Disaster: The Kursk

    Technological breakdowns; the battle between man and machine; links between past and present tragedies.

  • Modern Marvels - Inviting Disaster 2 (Season 10 Episode 66)
    Season 10 Episode 66:

    Inviting Disaster 2

    Technological breakdowns; the battle between man and machine; links between past and present tragedies.

  • Modern Marvels - U-Boats (Season 10 Episode 65)
    Season 10 Episode 65:

    U-Boats

    Germany's submarine corps comes within days of single-handedly winning both World War I and World War II.

  • Modern Marvels - Panzers (Season 10 Episode 64)
    Season 10 Episode 64:

    Panzers

    The speed and tactical usage of German tanks, backed up by the Luftwaffe, revolutionized military doctrine.

  • Modern Marvels - The Luftwaffe (Season 10 Episode 63)
    Season 10 Episode 63:

    The Luftwaffe

    Veterans and historians reveal how England's poorly equipped Royal Air Force defeated the Luftwaffe.

  • Modern Marvels - Inviting Disaster: Three Mile Island (Season 10 Episode 62)
    Season 10 Episode 62:

    Inviting Disaster: Three Mile Island

    Technological breakdowns; the battle between man and machine; links between past and present tragedies.

  • Modern Marvels - Inviting Disaster 1 (Season 10 Episode 62)
    Season 10 Episode 62:

    Inviting Disaster 1

    Technological breakdowns; the battle between man and machine; links between past and present tragedies.

  • Modern Marvels - Lake Pontchartrain Causeway (Season 10 Episode 61)
    Season 10 Episode 61:

    Lake Pontchartrain Causeway

    Two ribbons of concrete span the largest inland body of water in Louisiana, forming the world's longest automobile bridge.

  • Modern Marvels - Smart Bombs (Season 10 Episode 60)
    Season 10 Episode 60:

    Smart Bombs

    Precision-guided weapons become a flashpoint for war critics.

  • Modern Marvels - Early Machine Guns (Season 10 Episode 59)
    Season 10 Episode 59:

    Early Machine Guns

    At the end of World War I, the machine gun is responsible for mowing down nearly 60,000 men in one terrible day.

  • Modern Marvels - The Battleships (Season 10 Episode 58)
    Season 10 Episode 58:

    The Battleships

    Battleships of World War II carry large, powerful guns.

  • Modern Marvels - The PT Boats (Season 10 Episode 57)
    Season 10 Episode 57:

    The PT Boats

    Small, wooden patrol-torpedo boats of World War II are fast, maneuverable and versatile.

  • Modern Marvels - Machu Picchu (Season 10 Episode 56)
    Season 10 Episode 56:

    Machu Picchu

    Perched on a ridge in the Peruvian Andes is the engineering marvel Machu Picchu, originally built by the Incas.

  • Modern Marvels - Terror Tech 3 (Season 10 Episode 55)
    Season 10 Episode 55:

    Terror Tech 3

    Examining new technology conceived to counter terrorism and past attempts to thwart agents of destruction, including airport x-ray machines and World War I gas masks.

  • Modern Marvels - Overseas Highway (Season 10 Episode 54)
    Season 10 Episode 54:

    Overseas Highway

    The Overseas Highway contains 51 bridges, linking mainland Florida with the Florida Keys.

  • Modern Marvels - Space Shuttle Columbia (Season 10 Episode 53)
    Season 10 Episode 53:

    Space Shuttle Columbia

    The history of the Columbia, the first space shuttle to fly outer space, ranging from its inception to its deadly destruction in January 2003.

  • Modern Marvels - Landmines (Season 10 Episode 52)
    Season 10 Episode 52:

    Landmines

    Land mines are littered throughout 64 nations, making life a game of Russian roulette for two-thirds of the world's poorest nations.

  • Modern Marvels - Metal (Season 10 Episode 51)
    Season 10 Episode 51:

    Metal

    Metal has helped shape human progress since man first thrust copper into a fire and forged a tool.

  • Modern Marvels - The Gunboats of Vietnam (Season 10 Episode 50)
    Season 10 Episode 50:

    The Gunboats of Vietnam

    Armored gunboats prowl rivers of Vietnam and Southeast Asia.

  • Modern Marvels - Aircraft Carrier (Season 10 Episode 49)
    Season 10 Episode 49:

    Aircraft Carrier

    U.S. aircraft carriers did not sink under the barrage of kamikaze assaults.

  • Modern Marvels - Bullets (Season 10 Episode 48)
    Season 10 Episode 48:

    Bullets

    Targeting the historical trajectory of bullets, ranging from their origins in the 1300s as stones and lead balls to the "safe" and "smart" bullets of today.

  • Modern Marvels - Terror Tech 2 (Season 10 Episode 47)
    Season 10 Episode 47:

    Terror Tech 2

    Examining technology under development to counter the threat of terrorism, including portable polygraph machines, chemical and biological detectors, and ground-penetrating radar and voice identification software.

  • Modern Marvels - Police Guns (Season 10 Episode 46)
    Season 10 Episode 46:

    Police Guns

    Police are a thin blue line between the law-abiding populace and criminal activity.

  • Modern Marvels - Military Movers (Season 10 Episode 45)
    Season 10 Episode 45:

    Military Movers

    Military planners move millions of soldiers and tons of cargo halfway around the world and into the thick of action.

  • Modern Marvels - Nature Tech: Tornadoes (Season 10 Episode 44)
    Season 10 Episode 44:

    Nature Tech: Tornadoes

    Tornado technology.

  • Modern Marvels - Terror Tech: Military (Season 10 Episode 43)
    Season 10 Episode 43:

    Terror Tech: Military

    New technology is in the works to foil terrorism, including portable polygraph machines for airlines and ultrasensitive chemical and biological detectors.

  • Modern Marvels - Terror Tech: Defending the Highrise (Season 10 Episode 43)
    Season 10 Episode 43:

    Terror Tech: Defending the Highrise

    New technology is in the works to foil terrorism, including portable polygraph machines for airlines and ultrasensitive chemical and biological detectors.

  • Modern Marvels - Loading Docks (Season 10 Episode 42)
    Season 10 Episode 42:

    Loading Docks

    Loading docks serve as the connecting point between products coming from the factory to reaching store shelves.

  • Modern Marvels - MiG 15 (Season 10 Episode 41)
    Season 10 Episode 41:

    MiG 15

    Soviet MiGs meet their match in American F-86 Sabre jets, beginning a new era in air warfare.

  • Modern Marvels - Convertibles (Season 10 Episode 41)
    Season 10 Episode 41:

    Convertibles

    The convertible transforms the driving experience.

  • Modern Marvels - Sandhogs (Season 10 Episode 40)
    Season 10 Episode 40:

    Sandhogs

    Reviewing the impressive achievements and history of sandhogs, who challenge nature's awesome forces by driving tunnels through solid rock and sinking mud.

  • Modern Marvels - Car Crashes (Season 10 Episode 39)
    Season 10 Episode 39:

    Car Crashes

    Technological advancements may eliminate the need for human drivers, possibly reducing the frequency of car accidents.

  • Modern Marvels - 4x4 (Season 10 Episode 38)
    Season 10 Episode 38:

    4x4

    The four-wheel drive vehicle.

  • Modern Marvels - Breaking the Sound Barrier (Season 10 Episode 37)
    Season 10 Episode 37:

    Breaking the Sound Barrier

    The development of jet technology and rocket fuel during World War II culminates in test pilot Chuck Yeager breaking the sound barrier on Oct. 10, 1947.

  • Modern Marvels - Logging Tech (Season 10 Episode 36)
    Season 10 Episode 36:

    Logging Tech

    The controversial logging industry topples 4 billion trees annually in a world striving to protect nature while devouring it.

  • Modern Marvels - Nature Tech: Tsunamis (Season 10 Episode 35)
    Season 10 Episode 35:

    Nature Tech: Tsunamis

    Large-scale displacement of seabed sediment causes giant water walls.

  • Modern Marvels - The Great Wall of China (Season 10 Episode 35)
    Season 10 Episode 35:

    The Great Wall of China

    Historians and engineers explore the Great Wall of China.

  • Modern Marvels - Engineering Disasters 4 (Season 10 Episode 34)
    Season 10 Episode 34:

    Engineering Disasters 4

    Buried within the wreckage of engineering disasters lie lessons which point the way to a safer future.

  • Modern Marvels - More Engineering Disasters (Season 10 Episode 33)
    Season 10 Episode 33:

    More Engineering Disasters

    Attempts to create modern marvels collapse.

  • Modern Marvels - Gunslingers (Season 10 Episode 32)
    Season 10 Episode 32:

    Gunslingers

    Wild Bill Hickok; Jesse James; Wyatt Earp.

  • Modern Marvels - Dangerous Cargo (Season 10 Episode 31)
    Season 10 Episode 31:

    Dangerous Cargo

    Hazardous-material shipment; trucks carrying classified government materials; Con-Air flight moves dangerous felons.

  • Modern Marvels - High Voltage (Season 10 Episode 30)
    Season 10 Episode 30:

    High Voltage

    Linemen string and repair 250-foot-high electrical transmission wires.

  • Modern Marvels - Million Dollar Guns (Season 10 Episode 29)
    Season 10 Episode 29:

    Million Dollar Guns

    Rare firearms; weapons owned by famous people.

  • Modern Marvels - The Exterminator (Season 10 Episode 28)
    Season 10 Episode 28:

    The Exterminator

    Termites, mosquitos, rats, mice, ants and cockroaches have spread damage, disease and death for millions of years.

  • Modern Marvels - Cosmodrome (Season 10 Episode 27)
    Season 10 Episode 27:

    Cosmodrome

    Russia's rocket engines find their way into American rockets.

  • Modern Marvels - Torture Devices (Season 10 Episode 26)
    Season 10 Episode 26:

    Torture Devices

    A survey of torture devices employed throughout history, ranging from the ancient Greeks' Brazen Bull to the Spanish Inquisition's elaborate mechanisms.

  • Modern Marvels - Harley-Davidson (Season 10 Episode 25)
    Season 10 Episode 25:

    Harley-Davidson

    The Harley-Davidson motor company rebounds from the brink of bankruptcy.

  • Modern Marvels - Tank Crews (Season 10 Episode 24)
    Season 10 Episode 24:

    Tank Crews

    The M-4 Sherman tank is the mainstay of the American tank fleet during World War II.

  • Modern Marvels - T-34: Russian Victory (Season 10 Episode 23)
    Season 10 Episode 23:

    T-34: Russian Victory

    Stalin enlists the ideas of an American engineer to develop one of the most formidable tanks in history.

  • Modern Marvels - Snipers: Stalk and Kill (Season 10 Episode 22)
    Season 10 Episode 22:

    Snipers: Stalk and Kill

    U.S. snipers are ultimate hunters in a deadly game in which the quarry shoots back.

  • Modern Marvels - MiG 15 (Season 10 Episode 21)
    Season 10 Episode 21:

    MiG 15

    Soviet MiGs meet their match in American F-86 Sabre jets, beginning a new era in air warfare.

  • Modern Marvels - U.S. Guns of World War II (Season 10 Episode 20)
    Season 10 Episode 20:

    U.S. Guns of World War II

    The weapons of American troops withstand surf, snow, dense jungle and choking dust.

  • Modern Marvels - Ball Turret Gunners (Season 10 Episode 19)
    Season 10 Episode 19:

    Ball Turret Gunners

    Airmen man the B-17's belly guns.

  • Modern Marvels - Machine Guns (Season 10 Episode 18)
    Season 10 Episode 18:

    Machine Guns

    The machine gun originates in the Civil War.

  • Modern Marvels - Secrets of the Acropolis (Season 10 Episode 17)
    Season 10 Episode 17:

    Secrets of the Acropolis

    Pagan rituals make the Acropolis the heart of ancient Athenian life.

  • Modern Marvels - Coal Mines (Season 10 Episode 16)
    Season 10 Episode 16:

    Coal Mines

    Coal provides more than half of the electricity used on a daily basis.

  • Modern Marvels - Titanic Tech (Season 10 Episode 15)
    Season 10 Episode 15:

    Titanic Tech

    Watertight compartments and a steel-plated hull convince all that HMS Titanic would be unsinkable, but a collision with an iceberg proves the belief wrong.

  • Modern Marvels - Japanese Guns of WWII (Season 10 Episode 14)
    Season 10 Episode 14:

    Japanese Guns of WWII

    Japan's outdated weapons contribute to defeat.

  • Modern Marvels - Black Hawk: Night Stalker (Season 10 Episode 13)
    Season 10 Episode 13:

    Black Hawk: Night Stalker

    The Black Hawk remains the world's most advanced twin-turbine military helicopter.

  • Modern Marvels - Army Corps of Engineers (Season 10 Episode 12)
    Season 10 Episode 12:

    Army Corps of Engineers

    Congressional mandate creates the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to respond to the nation's engineering needs.

  • Modern Marvels - Space Stations (Season 10 Episode 11)
    Season 10 Episode 11:

    Space Stations

    Engineers and astronauts overcome monumental obstacles to allow humans to live in space.

  • Modern Marvels - Non-Lethal Weapons (Season 10 Episode 10)
    Season 10 Episode 10:

    Non-Lethal Weapons

    High-tech, non-lethal weapons help disperse angry crowds and take down criminals without harming innocent bystanders.

  • Modern Marvels - Bullet Trains (Season 10 Episode 9)
    Season 10 Episode 9:

    Bullet Trains

    Trains capable of speeds of up to 190 miles per hour can be found throughout the world.

  • Modern Marvels - Mackinac Bridge (Season 10 Episode 8)
    Season 10 Episode 8:

    Mackinac Bridge

    One of the longest suspension bridges in the world connects the upper and lower peninsulas of Michigan.

  • Modern Marvels - Twin Towers of the East (Season 10 Episode 7)
    Season 10 Episode 7:

    Twin Towers of the East

    The Petronas Twin Towers in Malaysia is the tallest structure in the world.

  • Modern Marvels - The Alcan Highway (Season 10 Episode 6)
    Season 10 Episode 6:

    The Alcan Highway

    The 1,522-mile-long Alaskan Highway takes 11,000 soldiers to build.

  • Modern Marvels - Booby Traps (Season 10 Episode 5)
    Season 10 Episode 5:

    Booby Traps

    Booby traps continue to worry law enforcement.

  • Modern Marvels - Winter Warriors (Season 10 Episode 4)
    Season 10 Episode 4:

    Winter Warriors

    Napoleon's attack on Moscow; the Battle of the Bulge; Korea's Chosin Reservoir.

  • Modern Marvels - Ice Road Truckers (Season 10 Episode 3)
    Season 10 Episode 3:

    Ice Road Truckers

    Long-haul truckers risk their lives crossing frozen bodies of water to bring supplies to remote Canadian villages.

  • Modern Marvels - Castles & Dungeons (Season 10 Episode 2)
    Season 10 Episode 2:

    Castles & Dungeons

    Medieval castles withstand both bloody assaults and the test of time.

  • Modern Marvels - Trans-Siberian Railroad (Season 10 Episode 1)
    Season 10 Episode 1:

    Trans-Siberian Railroad

    The Trans-Siberian railroad provokes a war, crosses treacherous terrain, and encounters huge obstacles.

  • Modern Marvels - Big Rigs of Combat: Tanks (Season 9 Episode 110)
    Season 9 Episode 110:

    Big Rigs of Combat: Tanks

    Tanks first appear in World War I.

  • Modern Marvels - War Planes of World War II (Season 9 Episode 64)
    Season 9 Episode 64:

    War Planes of World War II

    World War II sees more planes built in a single year than had been built in the previous 40.

  • Modern Marvels - Runways (Season 9 Episode 63)
    Season 9 Episode 63:

    Runways

    Airport runways play a vital role as the backbone of aviation.

  • Modern Marvels - Concept Cars (Season 9 Episode 62)
    Season 9 Episode 62:

    Concept Cars

    The world of 1950s concept cars.

  • Modern Marvels - Salt Mines (Season 9 Episode 61)
    Season 9 Episode 61:

    Salt Mines

    Most life depends upon salt.

  • Modern Marvels - Digi-Tech (Season 9 Episode 60)
    Season 9 Episode 60:

    Digi-Tech

    DVD; CD; PDA; HDTV; PVR.

  • Modern Marvels - Limos (Season 9 Episode 59)
    Season 9 Episode 59:

    Limos

    Limousines have been stretched to greater and greater lengths.

  • Modern Marvels - More Bond Gadgets (Season 9 Episode 58)
    Season 9 Episode 58:

    More Bond Gadgets

    The best in James Bond-style gadgetry.

  • Modern Marvels - James Bond Gadgets (Season 9 Episode 57)
    Season 9 Episode 57:

    James Bond Gadgets

    Secret Agent 007 has outrageous and creative gadgets.

  • Modern Marvels - The Winchester (Season 9 Episode 56)
    Season 9 Episode 56:

    The Winchester

    The Winchester is the first reliable repeating rifle and settlers bring it along as they move west.

  • Modern Marvels - Tunnels of Vietnam (Season 9 Episode 55)
    Season 9 Episode 55:

    Tunnels of Vietnam

    A daring band of infantry soldiers uncovers secret enemy arms and intelligence caches.

  • Modern Marvels - Garbage (Season 9 Episode 54)
    Season 9 Episode 54:

    Garbage

    Evolving technology helps in disposing of unwanted material.

  • Modern Marvels - The Spitfire (Season 9 Episode 53)
    Season 9 Episode 53:

    The Spitfire

    The Supermarine Spitfire is a revolutionary fighter plane.

  • Modern Marvels - High Tech Sex (Season 9 Episode 52)
    Season 9 Episode 52:

    High Tech Sex

    Aphrodisiacs; cybersex; contraception devices; erotic devices.

  • Modern Marvels - Secret Life of the Crash Test Dummy (Season 9 Episode 51)
    Season 9 Episode 51:

    Secret Life of the Crash Test Dummy

    The humanoid mechanical figure has a bizarre and gruesome history.

  • Modern Marvels - Train Wrecks (Season 9 Episode 50)
    Season 9 Episode 50:

    Train Wrecks

    The record accidents/fatalities when profit ruled contrast with the safety-first goal of today's railroads.

  • Modern Marvels - Sherman Tanks (Season 9 Episode 49)
    Season 9 Episode 49:

    Sherman Tanks

    The U.S. M-4 Sherman tank fights in some of the bloodiest battles of World War II.

  • Modern Marvels - The Internet: Behind the Web (Season 9 Episode 48)
    Season 9 Episode 48:

    The Internet: Behind the Web

    No one owns or controls the Internet.

  • Modern Marvels - More Earthmovers (Season 9 Episode 47)
    Season 9 Episode 47:

    More Earthmovers

    Big earth-moving machines are used on, under and off Earth.

  • Modern Marvels - Cranes (Season 9 Episode 46)
    Season 9 Episode 46:

    Cranes

    The history of the construction crane, a simple combination of the pulley and the lever, ranging from ancient Egyptian pyramids to the International Space Station.

  • Modern Marvels - Home Tech (Season 9 Episode 45)
    Season 9 Episode 45:

    Home Tech

    From outhouse to smart house, life improves drastically in the last 150 years.

  • Modern Marvels - Muscle Cars (Season 9 Episode 44)
    Season 9 Episode 44:

    Muscle Cars

    During the 1960s and 1970s, auto-manufacturers compete to create high-performance cars.

  • Modern Marvels - Pickup Trucks (Season 9 Episode 43)
    Season 9 Episode 43:

    Pickup Trucks

    Growing in popularity, the pickup truck moves from back roads to main streets.

  • Modern Marvels - The Autobahn (Season 9 Episode 42)
    Season 9 Episode 42:

    The Autobahn

    Germany's Autobahn has no speed limit, yet is one of the safest roads in the world.

  • Modern Marvels - The Chrysler Building (Season 9 Episode 41)
    Season 9 Episode 41:

    The Chrysler Building

    The art deco Chrysler Building stands out in the New York skyline.

  • Modern Marvels - Breweries (Season 9 Episode 40)
    Season 9 Episode 40:

    Breweries

    The history of American beer, ranging from the Pilgrims to today's giant corporations and microbreweries.

  • Modern Marvels - Magnets (Season 9 Episode 39)
    Season 9 Episode 39:

    Magnets

    Magnets serve as the underpinning for much of modern technology.

  • Modern Marvels - The Magnum (Season 9 Episode 38)
    Season 9 Episode 38:

    The Magnum

    The Magnum is known as the most powerful handgun in the world.

  • Modern Marvels - Liberty Ships of WWII (Season 9 Episode 37)
    Season 9 Episode 37:

    Liberty Ships of WWII

    Industrialists transform U.S. shipyards into mass-production facilities in a matter of months in the 1940s.

  • Modern Marvels - War Trains (Season 9 Episode 36)
    Season 9 Episode 36:

    War Trains

    Trains increase the speed, scale, scope and horror of warfare.

  • Modern Marvels - Nordhausen (Season 9 Episode 35)
    Season 9 Episode 35:

    Nordhausen

    Underground factory Nordhausen employs thousands of concentration-camp workers to manufacture Hitler's secret weapons.

  • Modern Marvels - Jet Engines (Season 9 Episode 34)
    Season 9 Episode 34:

    Jet Engines

    Development of jet-powered aircraft.

  • Modern Marvels - Towing (Season 9 Episode 33)
    Season 9 Episode 33:

    Towing

    Tugboats; roller-coasters; funicular railroads; flat-bed truck; 747.

  • Modern Marvels - Engines (Season 9 Episode 32)
    Season 9 Episode 32:

    Engines

    Electronic motors make appliances run.

  • Modern Marvels - Gasoline (Season 9 Episode 31)
    Season 9 Episode 31:

    Gasoline

    Without gasoline, modern life would grind to a halt.

  • Modern Marvels - Strategic Air Command (Season 9 Episode 30)
    Season 9 Episode 30:

    Strategic Air Command

    At the height of the Cold War, the Strategic Air Command controls thousands of nuclear weapons, planes and missiles.

  • Modern Marvels - Super Guns (Season 9 Episode 29)
    Season 9 Episode 29:

    Super Guns

    Guns that push the limits of firearms technology and whether these weapons will make the world safer or more dangerous.

  • Modern Marvels - The Big Dig (Season 9 Episode 28)
    Season 9 Episode 28:

    The Big Dig

    New underground highways replace Boston's deteriorating roads.

  • Modern Marvels - Beach Technology (Season 9 Episode 27)
    Season 9 Episode 27:

    Beach Technology

    Sun-screens; surfboards; the boardwalk; coolers; hibachis; dune buggies; wave runners.

  • Modern Marvels - Hangars (Season 9 Episode 26)
    Season 9 Episode 26:

    Hangars

    Stark, massive structures house and protect aircraft.

  • Modern Marvels - Models (Season 9 Episode 25)
    Season 9 Episode 25:

    Models

  • Modern Marvels - Camouflage (Season 9 Episode 24)
    Season 9 Episode 24:

    Camouflage

    Elaborate disguises can make soldiers and equipment, forts and cities become "invisible."

  • Modern Marvels - Hunting Gear (Season 9 Episode 23)
    Season 9 Episode 23:

    Hunting Gear

    Hunting technology evolves from the primitive to the digital.

  • Modern Marvels - The Tackle Box (Season 9 Episode 22)
    Season 9 Episode 22:

    The Tackle Box

    People try to lure creatures out of their watery world and into the frying pan.

  • Modern Marvels - The Manhattan Project (Season 9 Episode 21)
    Season 9 Episode 21:

    The Manhattan Project

    Los Alamos scientists and engineers build the ultimate weapon of war in the interest of peace.

  • Modern Marvels - Big Rigs of Combat: Jeeps (Season 9 Episode 20)
    Season 9 Episode 20:

    Big Rigs of Combat: Jeeps

    History of the tank; jeeps serve as combat cars, snowplows and ambulances.

  • Modern Marvels - Big Rigs of Combat (Season 9 Episode 20)
    Season 9 Episode 20:

    Big Rigs of Combat

    History of the tank; jeeps serve as combat cars, snowplows and ambulances.

  • Modern Marvels - Drag Racing (Season 9 Episode 19)
    Season 9 Episode 19:

    Drag Racing

    Dragsters hit top speeds above 330 mph racing down straightaways.

  • Modern Marvels - The World's Biggest Machines (Season 9 Episode 18)
    Season 9 Episode 18:

    The World's Biggest Machines

    Excavators; machines lug NASA rockets to the launch pad; cruise ship; machine to create a fusion reaction.

  • Modern Marvels - Fire and Ice (Season 9 Episode 16)
    Season 9 Episode 16:

    Fire and Ice

    Technology for keeping cool lags far behind that of keeping warm.

  • Modern Marvels - Icebreakers (Season 9 Episode 15)
    Season 9 Episode 15:

    Icebreakers

    Icebreaker ships plow headlong into one of nature's most formidable barriers.

  • Modern Marvels - Star City, Moscow (Season 9 Episode 14)
    Season 9 Episode 14:

    Star City, Moscow

  • Modern Marvels - The Wheel (Season 9 Episode 13)
    Season 9 Episode 13:

    The Wheel

    The invention of the wheel impacts science, society, technology and commerce.

  • Modern Marvels - Motors (Season 9 Episode 12)
    Season 9 Episode 12:

    Motors

  • Modern Marvels - The F-14 (Season 9 Episode 11)
    Season 9 Episode 11:

    The F-14

    The U.S. Navy's most lethal fighter, the F-14, soars at supersonic speeds.

  • Modern Marvels - The Junkyard (Season 9 Episode 10)
    Season 9 Episode 10:

    The Junkyard

    One man's trash can become another man's treasure.

  • Modern Marvels - Siege Machines (Season 9 Episode 9)
    Season 9 Episode 9:

    Siege Machines

    Siege machines convert energy into mechanical force to breach barriers.

  • Modern Marvels - Bulletproof (Season 9 Episode 8)
    Season 9 Episode 8:

    Bulletproof

    Experts design materials that can catch gunfire.

  • Modern Marvels - Pleasure Boats (Season 9 Episode 7)
    Season 9 Episode 7:

    Pleasure Boats

    People devote their lives to pleasure boating.

  • Modern Marvels - Million Dollar Tech (Season 9 Episode 6)
    Season 9 Episode 6:

    Million Dollar Tech

    Luxury toys function as status symbols.

  • Modern Marvels - Remote Control (Season 9 Episode 5)
    Season 9 Episode 5:

    Remote Control

    Nicola Tesla invents the first remote control in 1898.

  • Modern Marvels - Private Jets (Season 9 Episode 4)
    Season 9 Episode 4:

    Private Jets

    Buying a previously owned jet; Associated Air Center; kit jets; personal jets the size of commercial airliners.

  • Modern Marvels - Private Jets (Season 9 Episode 3)
    Season 9 Episode 3:

    Private Jets

    Bill Lear, Clyde Cessna and his nephews, and Walter and Olive Beech pioneer America's corporate jets.

  • Modern Marvels - Private Jets (Season 9 Episode 3)
    Season 9 Episode 3:

    Private Jets

    Diverse people fly a wide variety of private planes.

  • Modern Marvels - Helicopters (Season 9 Episode 2)
    Season 9 Episode 2:

    Helicopters

    Helicopters, first theorized by Leonardo da Vinci and Thomas Edison, have proven their worth in a wide array of uses.

  • Modern Marvels - Failed Inventions (Season 9 Episode 1)
    Season 9 Episode 1:

    Failed Inventions

    Dreamers and schemers try an odd assortment of flawed ideas for inventions.

  • Modern Marvels - The St. Louis Arch (Season 8 Episode 41)
    Season 8 Episode 41:

    The St. Louis Arch

    The arch's simple and elegant form rises boldly over the Mississippi River.

  • Modern Marvels - Firing Ranges (Season 8 Episode 40)
    Season 8 Episode 40:

    Firing Ranges

    Military and law-enforcement personnel hone their shooting skills.

  • Modern Marvels - Glass (Season 8 Episode 39)
    Season 8 Episode 39:

    Glass

  • Modern Marvels - Times Square (Season 8 Episode 38)
    Season 8 Episode 38:

    Times Square

    New York City's Times Square is the city's most vibrant area.

  • Modern Marvels - Los Angeles (Season 8 Episode 37)
    Season 8 Episode 37:

    Los Angeles

  • Modern Marvels - Drive-Thru (Season 8 Episode 36)
    Season 8 Episode 36:

    Drive-Thru

    A history of car-culture commerce.

  • Modern Marvels - War Games (Season 8 Episode 35)
    Season 8 Episode 35:

    War Games

    To achieve an extremely high level of combat readiness, equipment and personnel must be maintained at peak performance.

  • Modern Marvels - Cemeteries (Season 8 Episode 34)
    Season 8 Episode 34:

    Cemeteries

    More than 2 million people die in the United States each year.

  • Modern Marvels - Bunkers (Season 8 Episode 33)
    Season 8 Episode 33:

    Bunkers

    In the constant struggle to hold off ever more potent forms of attack, bunkers function in a variety of forms.

  • Modern Marvels - Work Clothes (Season 8 Episode 32)
    Season 8 Episode 32:

    Work Clothes

  • Modern Marvels - The House - Part Two (Season 8 Episode 31)
    Season 8 Episode 31:

    The House - Part Two

  • Modern Marvels - The House - Part One (Season 8 Episode 30)
    Season 8 Episode 30:

    The House - Part One

  • Modern Marvels - Diamond Mines (Season 8 Episode 29)
    Season 8 Episode 29:

    Diamond Mines

    Miners dig for rough diamonds half a mile deep.

  • Modern Marvels - Quarries (Season 8 Episode 28)
    Season 8 Episode 28:

    Quarries

    Without rock, modern society wouldn't exist.

  • Modern Marvels - West Point (Season 8 Episode 27)
    Season 8 Episode 27:

    West Point

    The U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., trains students in the art of war.

  • Modern Marvels - Air Shows (Season 8 Episode 26)
    Season 8 Episode 26:

    Air Shows

    Aerobatic events advance aviation.

  • Modern Marvels - Nuclear Subs (Season 8 Episode 25)
    Season 8 Episode 25:

    Nuclear Subs

    Some nuclear submarines carry more firepower than all of the bombs dropped in history.

  • Modern Marvels - Cannons (Season 8 Episode 24)
    Season 8 Episode 24:

    Cannons

    The self-propelled Crusader launches artillery shells farther than 33 miles.

  • Modern Marvels - Saloons (Season 8 Episode 23)
    Season 8 Episode 23:

    Saloons

    Saloons; speakeasies; modern bars.

  • Modern Marvels - Cattle Ranches (Season 8 Episode 22)
    Season 8 Episode 22:

    Cattle Ranches

    Legendary cattle drives; future ranching may involve cloning.

  • Modern Marvels - More Gadgets (Season 8 Episode 21)
    Season 8 Episode 21:

    More Gadgets

    Some tools and toys have stood the test of time.