Explore the astounding technology required to package everything from drinking water to robots that orbit the earth—and learn the manufacturing secrets of bubble wrap.
From hauling our heaviest gear to mastering the tallest mountains, they have been around for centuries, but we constantly improve upon them. Get an inside look at factories where every kind and style of ropes and chains are made.
Take a penetrating look inside something we consider mundane, and uncover a surprising and sometimes shocking world full of science, technology and animal life that hides within the walls around you.
We live in a highly-mechanized world in which billions of products are driven by machines—but there are some things that can only be built using the human hand.
Swamps are one of America’s most uncompromising environments. Explore the vehicles and machines that make traveling them possible, taste test some local delicacies and witness a massive engineering project to divert the mighty Mississippi River.
A look at items found in peoples' pockets all across America. Not cell phones--personal items, both valuable and cheap; simple and high-tech work aids; and food! We'll even see how some of it is made.
Candy is America's sweetest guilty pleasure. Find out the ingredient that gives Lemonheads their sour punch, the substance that puts the polish on Mike and Ikes, and more mouth-watering confectionery secrets.
From elaborate training facilities, to GPS-guided air drops, to revolutionary high-tech tents and fire-retardant uniforms, we explore the science and technology of building, operating and protecting a military base in a warzone.
From cesspools to cow farms and landfills, to bad breath, B.O and beyond, the world is full of stink—and we've spent centuries battling the funk. So how do we deal with these horrific odors?
From the beginning of time we've worked to protect ourselves against the very element that keeps us alive: Water. We explore state-of-the-art roofing, wraps, tarps, tunnels, clothing, boats and much more.
Hundreds of years before steel and plastic, wood was the building block of America. From the historical to the modern to the timeless, we explore the surprising ways we cannot live without wood.
Step inside one of the busiest 7-11's in America and find out what makes it tick. Go behind the scenes to see how favorite innovations—like slurpees, turbo ovens, and beef jerky—are made. The science of convenience will amaze you!
Every aspect of our lives involves pressure. It's what puts the bubbles in soft drinks, propels shaving cream from its can, cools the contents of your refrigerator and causes volcanoes to erupt. But when pressure suddenly changes, you better look out!
Shoes have come a long way from their humble beginnings as simple leather moccasins. Step behind the scenes with the latest advancements in the products that keep your feet covered.
Our 49th state is one tough terrain. From buildings to highways, brutal winters to bug-infested summers, this unforgiving landscape demands creative work-arounds. And then there's the constant threat of natural disasters...tsunami, anyone?