The vehicles that transport the United States President are no ordinary planes, trains, & automobiles--they're top secret. And for your Average Joe, there are only two ways to find out what they're like inside: get elected or watch this.
Nuclear research can range from bombs and reactors to little-known uses in food and medicine. In this explosive hour, explore how nuclear power generation is used in war and peace.
When a burning gusher shoots flames into the air, only a handful know how to snuff out the monster. In this scorching hour, fight fire with fire as we look at heat-resistant clothing, new technology, and regulations protecting oil firefighters.
Located in the heart of the Middle East, "Centcom" in Doha, Qatar represents everything a modern military command post can be with the most sophisticated information systems available—from video-conferencing to real-time frontline satellite communication.
Discover the amazing ingenuity of common animals uniquely equipped to remake their world by producing towering structures, intricate tunnels and mighty dams. This is construction, animal-style!
Arguably the most influential book ever written, the Bible provides a glimpse into the origins of ancient technology. What is the plausibility of the architectural and technological achievements described in the bible?
From the first home baths in ancient India to modern luxurious bathroom suites, we trace the history of bathing, showering, and oral hygiene—revealing the messy truth about what was used before toilet paper and why astronauts wear diapers.
From the beginning of manned flight, plane crashes have terrorized the public. But the truth is, passengers have never been safer. Using famous crashes like TWA Flight 800, we examine aviation safety improvements and what still needs to be done.
The story of rubber is more than tires, toys, gloves and gum—it's embedded in all aspects of modern life. We trace rubber's history and future.
U.S. public water-supply systems serve nearly 99% of the population, yet few users know how the process works. Learn the colorful history of the water systems in Chicago, New York City and Los Angeles when we scour the past and look to the future.
Experience the flight of Apollo 11 through the eyes of the astronauts, mission controllers, engineers and designers who made it happen.
See how technological achievements that streamlined 19th-century production, improved transportation, and expanded science were used to efficiently decimate a generation of soldiers in the early 20th century.
Distilling alcoholic spirits is a big business and a near-sacred religion. Trace its history from the one-man/one-still tradition to the Voldstead Act of 1920 that devastated American distilleries to the mega-sales and high-volume distilleries of today.
The biggest moving objects ever built, oil tankers dominate the world's waterways, both in size and numbers. We'll dig into the history of oil transport—from Civil War days to the critical WWII years and invention of the supertanker in the 1950s.
Join us for a high-speed look at police pursuits in an adrenaline-filled hour focused on the history and evolution of the technologies that give law enforcement the upper hand.
Whatever the crop, there's a machine to harvest it. From the debut of the sickle in Egypt to McCormick's famous Reaper to the field of ergonomics, we'll dig into the past and future of the harvest.
In hour three of a crash course on mega-skyscraper construction, take a closer look at the human element involved in the development of systems like air conditioning and pressurized elevators.
For two years, we've followed the construction of the new California Department of Transportation headquarters in LA to learn the architectural, structural, and mechanical challenges of building mega-skyscrapers.
Death seeps out of the ground into a neighborhood sitting on a toxic waste dump; soldiers die due to software flaws during Desert Storm; the science of demolition is put to the test - and fails.
Watch these machines make delicious treats for your mouth! Visit Snyder's of Hanover (pretzels), Utz Quality Foods (chips), and Dreyer's Bakersfield (ice cream), as well as Masterfoods USA, which makes Milky Way, Snickers, Mars, and M&Ms.
A deadly accident traps hundreds in a smoke-filled Alpine tunnel; three boilers explode on a Mississippi riverboat; a cockpit warning system malfunctions, causing a crash before the jetliner ever takes off.
Dangerous cargo comes in all shapes and sizes--requiring meticulously planned procedures to ship potentially deadly loads. Special trucks and containers are as vital for the movement of dynamite as they are for storage of hazardous chemical materials.
Seafood is a popular dish, no matter how you serve it, and Americans consume more than 5-billion pounds yearly--an order that takes more than a fishing rod to fill and worries conservationists.
For 25 years, construction crews dug, blasted, tunneled, and bridged their way up America's West Coast along the California, Oregon, and Washington shoreline to build the magnificent Pacific Coast Highway. Explore its history and upkeep.
Explore the tech developed to create and respond to doomsday threats ranging from very real (nuclear arsenals) to controversial (global warming) to futuristic (nanotechnology, cyborgs, and robots).