Three Things You Didn't Know About: Vacuums
44:15 — What kind of vacuum do you need for a real disaster? Where is the largest vacuum chamber? What's the rarest home vacuum collectible?
George Washington Carver Tech
45:23 — One of the 20th century's greatest scientists, George Washington Carver's influence is still felt. Rising from slavery to become one of the world's mo (more…)
The Tool Bench: Power Tools
46:46 — The history of civilization could easily be measured in terms of our ability to make, use, and improve tools--an activity that is at least 4 million y (more…)
Designing the Ideal Running Shoe
New Balance uses motion sensor technology to design running shoes for production in the U.S. Check out their process in this excerpt from "Made in the (more…)
Rats In Your House
Rats can cause massive damage to property if left unchecked. Learn how they infiltrate and dominate homes in this excerpt from "Inside Your Walls."
Building a Super-Sized Canal
It's one thing to build a normal canal, and it's another entirely to build a canal bigger than any other in existence. See how they did it in Panama i (more…)
The Brain of the Rail Yard
The command center of a rail yard monitors thousands of freight trains en route to their final destinations. See how it work in this excerpt from "Fre (more…)
Peeking Inside Tunnel Systems
Learn how immigration and customs enforcement agents find and investigate underground tunnel systems in this excerpt from "Secret Underground."
The Basics of Submersible Watercraft
What travels on land and underwater, but isn't a submarine? It's a submersible watercraft, and it's awesome. Check it out in this excerpt from "Weird (more…)
Safe Shelter from the Storm
The only way to ensure a shelter is safe: Subjecting it to real-life tornado conditions. Check out how we keep people safe from Mother Nature in this (more…)
Slot Machine Squad
See how devotees of the slot machine keep the "one-armed bandit" viable for one Las Vegas casino in this excerpt from "Coin Operated II."
How Do Hydroplanes Work?
See how air pressure and propulsion work together to help a hydroplane fly over water in this excerpt from "Driver's Seat."
The LED Incapacitator
The LED Incapacitator is used by law enforcement officials as a method of nonlethal defense. See how it works in this excerpt from "Strange Weapons."
Foaming Up Our Highways
Find out how expanded polystyrene foam is being utilized to maintain the U.S. highway system in this excerpt from "Built to Last."
The Sharpest Katana
Find out what makes the Japanese katana the sharpest blade in the world in this excerpt from "World's Sharpest."
Making Chains
Chains may look basic, but each requires an enormous amount of raw steel to produce. Check it out in this excerpt from "Ropes and Chains."
Stink-Free Landfills
How do landfill owners consolidate trash and neutralize its odors? Find out in this excerpt from "Stink."
How Does Carbonation Work?
How does CO2 get into water to form the base of carbonated beverages? Find out in this excerpt from "Under Pressure."
Distilling Jim Beam
Take a look at the importance of the distillation process in the production of Jim Beam in this excerpt from "Distilleries."
Modern Marvels Season 7
From the heights of human ingenuity to the depths of engineering catastrophes, Modern Marvels continues to explore the most awe-inspiring achievements (more…)
Modern Marvels Season 7
From the heights of human ingenuity to the depths of engineering catastrophes, Modern Marvels continues to explore the most awe-inspiring achievements (more…)
Three Things You Didn't Know About: Cheese
From cheddar to brie, Parmesan to blue, take a look at both ancient techniques and new technologies behind some of the world's most popular cheeses. V (more…)
Modern Marvels Season 4
From the heights of human ingenuity to the depths of engineering catastrophes, Modern Marvels continues to explore the most awe-inspiring achievements (more…)
Modern Marvels Season 3
From the heights of human ingenuity to the depths of engineering catastrophes, Modern Marvels continues to explore the most awe-inspiring achievements (more…)
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  • Premiered: December 10, 1993
  • Rating: TV-PG
  • Premise: Architectural and engineering landmarks of the 19th and 20th centuries. The programs previously aired on A&E's `Time Machine' series. Among the subjects: the Brooklyn Bridge, the Maginot Line, the Erie Canal, the Aswan Dam and the Trans-Siberian Railroad. (more)

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