Ever wonder how today's technology works? Modern Marvels goes behind the world's most fascinating innovations to see how they came to be.
Whether James Bond is foiling villains in space-age flying machines or eavesdropping on enemies with ultra-sophisticated spy gear, Secret Agent 007 is always guaranteed to have the most wonderfully creative gadgets ever to grace the silver screen.
How do you stop a speeding bullet? From body armor to armored cars and trucks, we review the history of the race between the bullet and a successful way to stop it.
One man's trash is another man's treasure, and nowhere is this clearer than in today's junkyards. Look at the various forms of junk and scrap yards as well as the technology that allows for recycling of old materials.
Join cosmonauts as they undergo grueling ground training in survival courses, space orientation, and rescue training at Star City, the Gagarin Center for Training Cosmonauts.
On cold winter nights or hot summer days, who could imagine life without "man-made weather"? For centuries, fire warmed caves and primitive dwellings, yet technology for keeping cool lagged far behind. Discover the history of heating and air conditioning.
Blade tools have been around since the Paleolithic Age. We learn about their history by visiting an axe-throwing contest and meeting with a swordsmith and an experienced swordfighter who work in traditional methods from ancient sources.
Get an introduction to the machines gutsy enough to call themselves "the world's biggest." See what they do and how they operate, and go behind the scenes to see how they're designed and assembled.
Legendary drivers lead us on a record-breaking race through a century-long search for sheer acceleration that began before World War One, when hot-rodders modified Model-T Fords to see how fast they could go. Today's dragsters can cover a quarter-mile from a standing start in 4.5 seconds, hitting top speeds above 330 m.p.h. Top driver Gary Clapshaw shows us how to put together a modern dragster and revolutionary designer Bob Norwood unveils his newest car.
At 5:30 a.m., July 16, 1945, scientists and dignitaries awaited the detonation of the first atomic bomb in a desolate area of the New Mexico desert aptly known as Jornada del Muerto--Journey of Death.
Hunting technology is the backbone of a multi-billion dollar sports industry, but today's cutting-edge equipment is a far cry from prehistoric, rudimentary hunting tools.
From Ancient Greek gymnasiums where pupils pumped up their bodies as well as their minds, to today's high-tech facilities and science-based fitness regimens, find out how people have stayed in shape throughout history.
Slap on your sun block and head to the ocean for a sizzling hour that explores the beach in a whole new way—from boardwalks, surfboards and dune buggies to the world's largest indoor beach.
The Strategic Air Command was the ultimate Cold War military machine, at its height controlling thousands of nuclear weapons, planes and missiles and boasting over a quarter-million personnel. We investigate its legacy today.
Traces the history and evolution of the world's most important fossil fuel: gasoline. Americans use about 360-million gallons of gasoline every day. What do all those different octane numbers really mean? Discover the history of this "supreme" fuel.
Join us for a walk on the wild side of the history of sexual enhancement and contraception--from Cleopatra's box of buzzing bees to 17th-century condoms to Internet sex and 21st-century holographic pornography!
Sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride of your life as we review the history of chauffeured limousines, from weddings, proms, and funerals to the ultimate adult playpen and the President's "Cadillac One."
Topless and unobstructed, the convertible completely transforms the driving experience and unlike any other car, sets the driver free.
Trace digital technology back to the early 1940s, where the first high-speed computer was used to calculate cannon trajectory charts for new artillery in WWII. And see MIT's Media Lab, where tomorrow's technology is being developed today.
Concept cars were pure fantasy on wheels, machines designed to make the heart race and the mind ask...what if?