From professional sports to the playground, balls have been a way of life for generations. We'll explore the research, development, technology and performance of balls as they spin through our sporting lives.
New "green" technologies such as carbon sequestration and bioremediation take on our most daunting environmental crises, from global warming and deforestation to nuclear waste and resource depletion.
Canning, a method of preserving and packaging food, has allowed civilization to venture beyond local food supply. Today, we have self-heating cans, microwaveable cans, ozone-safe aerosol cans, & cans that store nuclear waste. What's next?
Since 200 BC, when Greek philosopher Archimedes created a device for lifting water, the pump has been synonymous with transporting Earth's most precious resource. That principle still holds true today.
We'll explore how Earth's ice originated and recount how ice age glaciers sculpted North America—and still offer us a window into the past. And we’ll learn about the dynamics and dangers of icebergs.
It's clear from the bow that nearly brought down Rome, the suspension system that revolutionized the chariot and the axe that named a country that Barbarians and technology aren't such a contradiction after all.
Look at the construction and demolition of dams as well as their impact on the environment. Explore embankment and Hydroelectric dams such as Three Gorges, Hoover, and Grand Coulee are explored. Features the positive impact beavers have on nature.
Soldiers, machines and supplies are only effective if they arrive at the battlefield in time. Explore the history and the technology behind the machines that do the heavy moving in times of war.
It was a science first conjured amid the ovens of ancient blacksmiths; now more than 50% of all U.S. products require some form of welding. From the Las Vegas strip to oil platforms below the sea, discover how welders forge the backbone of civilization.
Discover how essential space travel technologies have journeyed back to Earth with surprising and indispensable commercial applications.
To err is human, but when the error results in the loss of life, it's a disaster. Learn about the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald, the Buffalo Creek Dam disaster, and the explosion of a tanker in Los Angeles harbor.
The 1970s were a decade of excess. Dust off your mirror ball, put on your leisure suit and rediscover the technology and gadgets of the era, from PONG to Polaroid to the Concorde.
Catering to more than twenty million truckers a year, truck stops are bigger and better than ever. These mega-pit stops are essential to the trucks that haul eight billion tons of freight annually. We'll tour some of the world's biggest and best.
Fertilizer: without it, two thirds of the world would starve. It makes our lawns grow greener and our crops grow taller. Take a tour of the places where the essential nutrients that feed the soil are harnessed.
From cheddar to brie, Parmesan to blue, take a look at both ancient techniques and new technologies behind some of the world's most popular cheeses. And yes, we'll answer that eternal question, "Why does Swiss cheese have holes?"
Sink your teeth into the razor sharp world of saws. Cut across the centuries to discover how this essential tool has been used for construction, destruction, surgery, torture and more.
From Velcro hooks to Gecko feet, making things that stick is no easy task. Come revel in the history and technology of electrostatics, sticky rubber and even a roll of tape so strong it sticks together skyscrapers.
Americans eat over three and a half billion pounds of chocolate each year—that's 12 pounds per person per year with annual sales topping $13 billion! Take a tour through the wide world of chocolate harvesting and production.
Gotcha! Traps are a device designed to capture and kill, but they don't always harm their prey. Check out some high-tech versions straight out of action movies.
Batteries make our tech, tools and toys surge with energy. Visit the world's most powerful battery in Fairbanks, Alaska, then see how the Energizer facility churns out one million D-cells every day.
More extreme aircrafts are profiled. Among them the F-35 Lightning II stealth fighter, the B-1B Lancer (a supersonic bomber), the DC-10 Supertanker, drones and personal aircraft vehicles.
Take a look at the technology of keeping things cold. From your home refrigerator to Arctic vaults that store millions of different seeds and even places where cadavers are kept on ice.
What's the world's sharpest blade? Discover all the possibilities, from the Katana blade of the Samurai to industrial wood chippers to disposable razors found in any corner store.
Discover innovations designed to thwart a global warming meltdown. Visit giant solar energy towers in Spain, install a rooftop wind turbine, & ride in a car that runs on air. See how everyone can go green with the flick of a switch!
Corn is not only a vegetable and grain; it's a commodity as well. Visit Lakeside Foods in Wisconsin and see how tons of corn are harvested and canned within hours. Then it's off to VeraSun Energy in Iowa to discover how corn is converted into fuel.
It is said that the pig is as smart as a three-year-old human—yet its primary use is for food. Watch the pig transform into bacon, ham, ribs and sausage.
From the Stone Age to the Space Age, our world has been built from rocks. Visit the Johnson Space Center in Houston to examine moon rocks and see how marble and granite are extracted, cut and polished.
It strikes without warning and kills in an instant. We fear its might even as we use it to save a life. Explore the electric shock in its numerous forms, from fences to eels to the electric chair.