Archive for September 30th, 2004

Angry Earth

Thursday, September 30th, 2004


The science of earthquakes is examined in this episode. Archival footage highlights damage from the great 1906 quake in San Francisco, as well as 1964′s deadly quake in Alaska. Despite efforts to ‘quake-proof’ bulidings, some simply don’t survive; why this happens is explained. Also discussed are tsunamis, caused by undersea earthquakes, and the threat they pose to coasts worldwide. Efforts by scientists to predict earthquakes are also investigated.

More of the World’s Biggest Machines

Thursday, September 30th, 2004


On land, in the air, or on the sea–we examine some of the biggest machines ever built, including: the Antonov AN-225, the world’s biggest aircraft; the GE 90-115B jet engine; the Sikorsky CH-53E helicopter; the Union Pacific’s biggest steam locomotive, the “Big Boy” 4000 and GE’s AC 6000; the Discoverer Enterprise, the world’s largest oil-drilling ship; the RB 293 bucket-wheel mine excavator; and the LED Viva Vision, the world’s largest printing screen, which stretches 4-blocks long in Las Vegas