Season 5 (11)

20 Seasons | 177 Episodes, 2 Unlocked

 33 Casino Tech
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Casino Tech

Aired on Dec 13, 1999

Place your bets and join us for an exciting spin through the history of the casino. We’ll go behind the neon lights, free drinks, and 24-hour gambling to see how the gaming industry has evolved from a simple house of cards to a high-tech multi-billion dollar industry.

 31 More Engineering Disasters
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More Engineering Disasters

Aired on Nov 29, 1999

Throughout history the same builders and engineers that paved man’s path out of the caves and into the modern world also caused some of mankind’s worst disasters. Often a huge calamity is traced back to a tiny cause, insignificant in itself, but triggering a domino effect. We’ll revisit notable disasters and search for probable causes.

Episode 30 The Tool Bench: Hand Tools
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The Tool Bench: Hand Tools

Aired on Nov 23, 1999

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 years old! At the tip of our toolmaking timeline are power tools. We’ll examine today’s power tool industry, which is booming thanks to more powerful, lighter, and quieter cordless tools.

 28 Motorcycles
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Motorcycles

Aired on Nov 15, 1999

Fast and powerful, they come in a hundred shapes and a thousand colors. To some, motorcycles symbolize freedom; to others, they simply stand for trouble! We race back in time and see how, for over a hundred years, motorcycles have tantalized riders with a promise of unparalleled speed and endless adventure!

Episode 27 Emergency Room
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Emergency Room

Aired on Oct 25, 1999

Emergency room medicine has only been a recognized specialty since 1989, and it took close to two millennia to get to this point. We’ll examine advances that led to the modern emergency room–from the Byzantine’s establishment of the first hospitals around 1050 A.D. to today’s telemedicine. The prognosis for its future looks good.

 24 The Tool Bench: Power Tools
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The Tool Bench: Power Tools

Aired on Oct 11, 1999

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 years old! At the tip of our toolmaking timeline are power tools. We’ll examine today’s power tool industry, which is booming thanks to more powerful, lighter, and quieter cordless tools.

Episode 22 The Atlantic Wall
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The Atlantic Wall

Aired on Sep 13, 1999

Discover why the Germans created the Atlantic Wall during the war and learn exactly how they used this fortification to fight and protect themselves from the allied air campaign that was targeting them.

Episode 20 Parachutes
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Parachutes

Aired on Aug 23, 1999

The idea of floating to earth from great heights dates back centuries, and from the beginning parachutes combined entertainment with life-saving utility. The parachute has also played a vital role in modern warfare since WWI. We’ll see how parachute technology has made the world safer, and more fun!

Episode 18 Crash Testing
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Crash Testing

Aired on Aug 09, 1999

Delve into the secretive, but hugely important, multi-billion-dollar industry of product testing where wrinkles get ironed out and goods are stripped of the marketing and hype to see if they actually work.

Episode 17 New York Bridges
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New York Bridges

Aired on Aug 02, 1999

Much of New York City’s history can be viewed via its bridges–all 18 that connect Manhattan Island to its neighbors. Join us for a look at these architectural masterpieces from the age of iron and steel; and, see how they have changed destinies, linking some to opportunity, others to ruin.

 15 Hoover Dam
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Hoover Dam

Aired on Jul 12, 1999

A 700-foot high dam was Herbert Hoover’s solution to the unemployment resulting from the Great Depression.

Episode 14 Offshore Oil Drilling
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Offshore Oil Drilling

Aired on Jul 06, 1999

Drilling offshore is to drilling onshore what Ginger Rodgers was to Fred Astaire, she did everything he did except she did it backwards and in high heels. Offshore drilling is one of the greaest technological dances mankind has ever attempted

Episode 13 Dynamite
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Dynamite

Aired on Jun 21, 1999

Dynamite blasts out the natural resources that have built our modern world.

Episode 11 Scuba And Deep Sea Diving
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Scuba And Deep Sea Diving

Aired on May 24, 1999

In antiquity, a hollow reed served as an underwater link to oxygen. As in days of old, humans still need self-contained breathing equipment for a variety of reasons–food-gathering, commercial, recreational, military, and scientific. Dive with the best as we test scuba diving’s past, and look to a future of mechanical gills.

 10 Salt Mines
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Salt Mines

Aired on May 19, 1999

Discover more about this priceless commodity essential to our very survival. It has over 14,000 uses from de-icing our roads to softening our water.

 6 Jet Engines
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Jet Engines

Aired on May 03, 1999

The modern jet engine took us higher and faster. Meet the two scientists who invented it at the same time in two different places.

 5 Rescue Equipment
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Rescue Equipment

Aired on May 01, 1999

Check out the latest advances in rescue technology, including a Searchcam system that locates buried victims, and the Jaws of Life that can extricate a person from a crushed car in seconds.

Episode 2 Spy Technology
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Spy Technology

Aired on Mar 15, 1999
Espionage has been used for at least the last 4,000 years. And where there are spies, you find gadgets! We focus on the last 100 years of cloak and dagger technology--from early code-breaking computers to satellite reconnaissance--and take a look at the James Bond-type gadgets of the Cold War.
Episode 1 City Parks
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City Parks

Aired on Mar 03, 1999

Parks play an even more important role than simply offering city dwellers a scenic break from the urban landscape. They provide important ecological and health benefits that help cities like New York and Los Angeles thrive.

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