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.
It’s been said that necessity is the mother of all invention—but that isn’t always the case. Take a look at downright strange machines that specialize in high functionality and low practicality, prompting two questions: What is it...and how do I get one?
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.
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.