Discover the secrets inside some of history's most successful (and unusual) gizmos and thingamajigs with our top 10 countdown of the world's most amazing gadgets.
From a sleek battery-driven roadster to a motorcycle you've got to see to believe, buckle up for this top 10 showcase of our favorite fast and furious road vehicles.
The only thing harder than resisting our favorite snacks is ranking them. But this special episode of Modern Marvels counts down the top ten lip-smacking treats Americans love most.
Modern Marvels is going big, and counting down. We take the "best of" Modern Marvels and give you the MEGA Top 10 countdown. On this edition, the top ten guilty pleasures you just can't resist... America's Favorite Foods.
Modern Marvels is going big, and counting down. We take the "best of" Modern Marvels and give you the MEGA Top 10 countdown. On this edition: Amazing Weapons. They're every arsenal's best asset and every enemy's worst nightmare and we're counting them down to the most amazing weapon of all.
Modern Marvels is going big, and counting down. We take the "best of" Modern Marvels and give you the MEGA Top 10 countdown. On this edition: Awe-Inspiring Machines--featuring the top ten mightiest, strangest, and most unique innovations from our archives.
Our 49th state is one tough terrain. In the air, on the ground--and deep beneath it--survival here requires an amazing array of technological innovations. From buildings to highways, this unforgiving landscape demands creative work-arounds.
160 million Americans visit a convenience store every day. Why? Because it's fast. But what you probably didn't know is how every detail of its design has been engineered to work that way.
Food Trucks are hitting the big time--across much of America, they're changing the way we eat. From humble beginnings as chuck wagons and hot dog carts, they've taken off as ethnic eateries, gourmet specialists, and even high-tech mega trucks that serve thousands at disaster scenes. Not surprisingly, it takes some pretty sophisticated engineering to make it all work--and turn a truck into a kitchen on wheels.
It's a great American wilderness--millions of acres of wild, primeval land with its own people, its own technology...and its own rules.
Don't look now--but there's a lot more to your walls than you'd ever imagine. Take a penetrating look inside something we consider utterly mundane, and uncover a surprising and sometimes shocking world.
America would come to a standstill without trucks. Trucks transport a staggering 70 percent of all the nation's goods. Explore the amazingly diverse world of American trucks and the colorful men and women who drive them. Join country superstar Brad Paisley and his crew of truckers on the road between Little Rock and Tulsa--racing the clock to be on time for Brad's next concert. In Dearborn, Michigan, climb aboard one of the most popular pickups--the Ford F-150--as it tackles a devilish test course. And in Virginia, see how fast the world's most nimble tow truck can extract a car from the tightest parking spot imaginable. Meet a Mack truck fanatic and his cool collection of vintage models, and ride-along with an unsung hero with a truly dirty job--operating a truck designed to empty and clean portable toilets.
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 & Chains are made. We'll get some lessons from a company that trains high-flying workers who depend on rope to do their jobs safely. Learn how window washers, rock climbers and even bungee jumpers safely use the ropes they depend on every day! See dockworkers who rely on ropes around the clock, and pay a visit to the head-spinning factory floors where some of the strongest ropes available are made. See how industrial chain links come to life from just a rusty steel coil and how they're used to anchor massive ships and unload cargo. From parachute cord to shipping lines, from fine jewelry to anchor chains--we'll discover the many uses of today's Ropes & Chains.
GREASE It makes the whole world go around...and up and down...and side to side. Without it, the wheels of industry and our modern existence would grind to a halt, along with everything else. In this episode of Modern Marvels, we take a close up look - at GREASE. In our lifelong battle to fight friction, GREASE -- in all its forms -- is the unsung hero. This Modern Marvels will take us deep into places few people ever get to see, to discover the "hidden" uses of one of our most slippery products inside giant machines. We'll also investigate how it's made in a factory in New York, as well as what new advances some are working towards for GREASE of the future. But in the meantime, we'll witness how GREASE is currently used inside a US Navy aircraft carrier, San Francisco's famous cable cars, elevators & escalators, assembly lines, huge excavators, amusement park rides, and even the Panama Canal. From pig fat to nano-particles... amazing GREASE keeps EVERYTHING rolling along - smooth and fast. It's truly one of the world's most important Modern Marvels.
It's all around us--so much a part of our lives that we forget it's there. But try to survive a single day without packaging. This episode reveals the astounding technology and ingenuity required to create our packaged world. At a Michigan company that designs water bottles, we'll show you how engineers find their inspiration from a bell pepper.
Man's best friend--fearless, faithful, determined and swift. They're our sharpest eyes, noses and ears--and among the bravest hunters, soldiers, rescuers, and protectors. From natural instincts to complex training, see what makes dogs a perfectly engineered Modern Marvel.
Harnessing solar energy has a bright future in helping the environment.
Modern Marvels makes some pit-stops and shows you three things you didn't know about truck stops.
The U.S. bobsled team will be going for gold using a bobsled engineered with pinpoint precision exclusively for Team USA by the Bo-Dyn Bobsled Project.
Over the course of several hundred years, guns have undergone changes that have made them more efficient and effective.
Brush up on some facts as you journey through the car wash.
Get the story on the device that made channel surfing possible.
In Houston, TX, barbecue pits are serious business.
Before Supercross riders hit the dirt, a race track is custom designed and built for each venue.
Though we don't see it, grease is a key component in our everyday lives.
Modern Marvels clip - starring Lloyd Sherr, Harlan Saperstein. Directed by Andrew Thomas.
Food trucks have been serving up quick, cheap food since the days of cattle drives in the American West.
Designing the average food truck kitchen requires specialized engineering.
Starting with its invention in 3500 BC and culminating with John Deere's burgeoning agricultural empire, this installment of Modern Marvels looks at the history of that all important agricultural tool, the plow.
Why did it take so long for someone to invent a battery-powered wrench?
Wind energy may soon become the most cost-effective source of electricity in the United States.
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