Archive for July, 2002

Engines

Wednesday, July 24th, 2002


Electronic motors make appliances run. They are the machines that drive the world, literally. From cars to can-openers, ENGINES are everywhere. MODERN MARVELS stokes the fires and sets off on a whirlwind tour of the world of power, throwing open hoods, peering into the cowlings of jets, and ignoring signs of “no user serviceable parts inside” to expose the secrets of a host of different motors. From the steam engines of the Industrial Revolution to the rockets that propelled man into space, ENGINES concentrates on the power plants that have had a profound effect on the way we live, but that doesn’t mean it overlooks the little ones–in fact, the coming micro-technology motors promise to add a jolt of power to a whole new range of devices.

Gasoline

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2002


Traces the history and evolution of the world’s most important fossil fuel. Without gasoline, modern life would grind to a halt. Americans use about 360-million gallons of gas every day. And though most of us could not function without gas, very few understand what it really is, how it is made, what all those different octane numbers really mean, and how researchers developed cleaner-burning gasoline. All these questions will be answered as we look at the history of this “supreme” fuel.

Strategic Air Command

Tuesday, July 16th, 2002


With the ironic motto “Peace is our Profession”, the Strategic Air Command was in charge of US nuclear forces from 1946 to 1992. SAC 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 travel to the Strategic Air and Space Museum, located 20 miles from SAC’s old headquarters in Nebraska, and walk through the cavernous bomb bay of SAC’s workhorse, the B-52 Bomber.

Super Guns

Monday, July 15th, 2002


An examination of guns that exist on the cutting edge of firearm technology. Fighting battles on computers decades before an actual shot is fired, these super guns may make the world safer…or more dangerous than ever before.