From the outhouse to the smart house, our lives have improved drastically in the last 150 years. Convenience and comfort have always been considerations in home design.
The Apollo 13 mission was intended to be a "routine" trip to the moon. But when an oxygen tank exploded, the spacecraft was crippled. With limited resources, could its three-man crew survive?
Test man's adaptation to killer environments! Travel to the desert, the Arctic, the jungle, sea and space as we chart the body's physiological responses to extreme weather conditions, such as frostbite, heatstroke, and hypothermia.
Named one of the seven engineering wonders of the modern age, the Chesapeake Bay Bridge & Tunnel connects Virginia proper with its easternmost landmass. Stretching 17 miles across the Chesapeake Bay, its man-made boundary divides the Bay and the Atlantic.
From the earliest known lighthouses, such as the Pharos of Alexandria, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, to modern-day automated buoys and solar-powered lantern rooms, the history of lighthouses is rich with ingenious optical discoveries.
The Pentagon... The name alone conjures up an imposing image of American power and prestige. As the largest office building in the world, it serves as the headquarters of the nation’s armed forces.
A daring band of infantry soldiers uncovers secret enemy arms and intelligence caches. Armed with only a flashlight, valor, and a .45, they faced a determined foe and overcame lethal odds on this terrifying suicide mission.
From a ladle and tin cup in an 1850s mining camp to Prohibition-era speakeasies, we investigate the history of the American saloon, and go behind-the-scenes at some of today's bars.
Cannons have fired balls of iron and atomic bombs, changed the way wars are fought and now come equipped with smart weapons. Explore their history and use today.
For some 200 years, the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, has trained students in the art of war. Join us as we explore how its kept pace with America's expanding world responsibilities.
A cornerstone of U.S. defense policy, some nuclear submarines carry more firepower than all the bombs dropped in history. See how the Cold War race for technological supremacy gave rise to these miracles of engineering.
Stone is the #1 non-fuel mineral resource in the world. The challenge of wrestling stone from the Earth remains much the same as it was thousands of years ago, but modern technology has allowed for more powerful and effective mining tools and equipment.
Brilliant when cut and polished, diamonds are marketed as the most precious gem in the world. From the early mines of the 4th century B.C. to today's technological wonders in South Africa, explore the history & technology of diamond mines.
In the constant struggle to hold off evermore potent forms of attack, bunkers function in many of forms of defense. Visit Churchill's Cabinet War Room, Hitler's Berlin bunker, backyard Cold War bunkers and those protecting nuclear weapons.