Archive for April, 2004

Engineering Disasters 6

Thursday, April 29th, 2004

AV-8-Harrier jump jet; Ford Explorer-Firestone tire rollovers; offshore oil-rig fire; derailment of a high-speed train; computer errors almost set off nuclear war.

Lost Gold of the Republic

Friday, April 23rd, 2004
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Lisa Ling dives more than 1,600 feet deep into the Atlantic ocean onboard a high-tech submersible to explore the wreck of the S.S. Republic, a Civil War-era steamship that sank off the coast of Georgia 138 years ago. The vessel sank carrying a fortune of gold and silver coins now valued at more than $100 million.

Making of ‘Roar’

Friday, April 23rd, 2004

The making of the new large format film ‘Roar: Lions of the Kalahari’ by Tim Liversedge, is spotlighted.

Bathroom Tech

Thursday, April 22nd, 2004

From tub to toilet to toothpaste, here’s everything you ever wanted to know about the most used and least discussed room in the house. From the first home bathrooms in ancient India, Roman latrines, and bizarre Victorian-era bath contraptions, to modern luxurious master bathroom suites, we trace the history of bathing, showering, and oral hygiene. And we reveal the messy truth about what was used before toilet paper–brainchild of the Scott Brothers of Philadelphia–and why astronauts wear diapers.

Avalanche: Surviving Tragedy

Sunday, April 18th, 2004

Correspondent Michael Davie investigates the 2003 avalanche that took the lives of 14 people including seven teenagers in Canada’s Glacier National Park. Includes interviews with survivors as well as the families of the victims, some of whom speak out for the first time.

Walking With Lions

Saturday, April 17th, 2004

In Northern Zimbabwe, during the 8 month dry season, herds of thirsty animals flock to the spring in their thousands. But they must also walk among the pack of lions headed by a male lion named Kavingo. These lions have made the spring area their hunting ground.

The Power Grid

Thursday, April 15th, 2004

The electronic power grid is comprised of a huge complex of power plants, sub-stations, and transmission lines.

Bible Tech

Thursday, April 8th, 2004

Arguably the most influential book ever written, the Bible provides a glimpse into the origins of ancient technology and its use to withstand the elements, build great structures, wage war, and conserve precious water. We examine the technological plausibility of biblical structures and machines–including the Tower of Babylon, the Temple of Jerusalem, ancient bronze and iron forging, and shipbuilding skills that might have been employed to build Noah’s Ark.

Nature’s Engineers

Thursday, April 1st, 2004

Towering skyscrapers buzzing with life, intricate tunnels connecting entire communities, mighty dams that tame the wildest rivers–this is construction animal style! Take a walk on the wild side as we investigate common creatures seemingly designed to alter their habitat and remake the world. Our ability to learn and capacity for abstract thought may separate us from beavers, honeybees, birds, termites, and spiders, but these engineers of nature remind us that we’re merely the latest in a long line.