Out of a bleak, vast desert arose a city built on indulgence and wish fulfillment. Las Vegas has taken tourists to the height of their imaginations while reaching into their pockets. Visit 11 of the world's largest hotels in America's biggest playground.
Plumbing: it's the arteries of civilization, surging with life-giving water and tons of waste. It feeds the fixtures that spoil us and flushes us with pride. It's potential is explosive and it's history overflows with innovation.
In 1941, penicillin was first used to save human life. But now, bacteria has emerged resistant to every known antibiotic, and scientists have begun to fear that the era of the wonder drugs is near to its end.
From simple observations made by early humans, to early instruments such as thermometers and barometers, to Doppler radar and satellite imaging, we'll see how man has tried to harness weather.
Through rain & snow, we expect mail to be delivered. The U.S. Post Office handles over 603-million pieces of mail daily—43% of the world's mail. From ancient Sumerians to Pony Express, airmail to E-mail, follow the long journey of mail.
A symbol of the American Century—the skyscraper is a triumph of engineering and capitalism. Climb atop the Empire State Building, Sears Tower, and World Trade Center to see how money, tech & ego built the tallest of man-made structures.
From the Colossus of Rhodes and Egypt's pyramids to the Hoover Dam and the Space Shuttle, mankind has celebrated the work of engineers. But what happens when their calculations prove wrong? From Hammurabi, who passed the first building laws, to today's potential disasters that can wipe out a whole city, we review engineering mistakes.