Monday, March 10, 2008
7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Oil Tankers
The biggest moving objects ever built by man, oil tankers dominate the
world's waterways, both in size and numbers. Upwards of 10,000 strong,
the world tanker fleet's vast number results from the modern,
insatiable thirst for oil. We'll dig into the history of oil
transport--from Civil War days to the critical WWII years and
invention of the supertanker in the 1950s. And we examine the
financial impact of modifying these steel leviathans to prevent future
catastrophic environmental disasters.
8-9pm -- Modern Marvels - Strange Weapons
Modern arsenals have become much more sophisticated than bullets and
bombs. Discover microwave-like rays that can be fired at the enemy and
make them feel like they're being burned alive and laser weapons,
mounted on trucks and airplanes that can blow missiles out of the sky.
Some of the newest non-lethal weapons include a B.B. machine gun that
can fire 150 pain-causing pellets a second and a flashing device
nicknamed "the pukelight" that may make you lose your lunch. Finally
examine ancient weapons that include a cutlery set containing hidden
pistols and Ninja hand claws that would put the X-Men's Wolverine to
9-10pm -- Cities of the Underworld - Maya Underground
Belize was the nerve center of the ancient Mayan civilization.
Hundreds of ruins dot the landscape and reveal clues to bloody
rituals, advanced architecture and a belief in an unforgiving
underworld of Mayan gods. Host Don Wildman ducks beneath the jungles
of Belize to uncover burial tombs, sacrificial altars, ritualistic
caves and the literal entrances to the Mayan underworld.
10-11pm -- Ancient Discoveries - Ancient New York
New York's towering skyline and world-leading technology have made it
the ultimate city, yet breathtaking new discoveries reveal that the
blueprints for this megametropolis were in fact laid thousands of
years ago. From brutal bloodsports staged in ancient Madison Square
Gardens to Times Square-style celebrations at a gigantic neolithic
calender, you are about to discover that everything you thought you
knew about the Big Apple comes from our distant forefathers.
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Gas Tech
Gas--it makes a balloon go up, cooks our food, and fills our lungs.
But this invisible state of matter does far more, and has a very
visible impact on the world. We follow natural gas from well tip to
stove top and trace its use from 3rd century BC Chinese salt producers
to modern appliances. Next, we investigate the most plentiful gas in
the universe--hydrogen--which may also prove to be the most powerful.
We also experience the cryogenic world of industrial gasses--what they
do and where they come from--as we travel to the British Oxygen
Company's Braddock Air Separation Plant to see how they freeze
millions of tons of oxygen and nitrogen. And at the Bush Dome Helium
Reserve in Texas, we learn why the US government sits atop 36-billion
cubic feet of the stuff. Finally, we look inside the colorful world of
gas and neon lights. So lay back, breathe deep, and count backwards
10-11pm -- Ax Men
Logging has been called North America's most dangerous job. From
individual loggers working with saws and axes to high-powered
mega-mills, today's lumber industry is a fusion of ancient tradition
and modern technology. Follow a season of a team of logging camps
located in the remote, isolated forests of northwest Oregon. Visit
with larger than life characters, many of whom are members of logging
families that go back generations. See how an elite group of loggers
battle the elements--and each other--to race against the clock and
earn as much money as they can before the season ends.
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Renewable Energy
In the young 21st Century, two realizations are dawning on the world's
population: we are hopelessly dependent on petroleum, which is only
going to get more expensive; and global warming, caused mainly by our
burning of fossil fuels, will impact civilization in ways that we're
only beginning to grasp. Stepping in to fight both of these massive
problems are the rapidly evolving technologies that harness renewable
energy. We will see how air, water, earth, and fire are transformed
into clean, reliable sources of heat, electricity, and even automobile
fuel. We'll take an in-depth look at the most proven and reliable
sources: solar, wind, geothermal, biofuels, and tidal power. From the
experimental to the tried-and-true, renewable energy sources are
overflowing with potential... just waiting to be exploited on a
massive scale. And unlike fossil fuels, they'll always be there.
8-9pm -- Modern Marvels - World's Sharpest
It's time to slice and dice! Take a cutting-edge look at the most
amazing blades in the world, from the legendary sword of the samurai
warrior with an edge sharp enough to sever a man's arm in a single
swipe, to industrial shredder blades capable of gobbling anything from
a sofa to a fridge, to the precision slicing power of lasers and
9-10pm -- MonsterQuest - Lions in the Backyard
Mountain lions do occasionally attack humans, and when they do it
makes headlines across the country. However, it has been reported that
people are seeing something else--attacks by large black cats.
Pictures and law enforcement encounters prove a big black cat is out
there, while it resembles a mountain lion, there is no such thing as a
black mountain lion. From Texas to Minnesota to West Virginia, follow
the eyewitness accounts and physical evidence of these demon cats.
Bones from a carcass that eyewitnesses claim was a huge black cat will
be put to the DNA test. One-part history, one-part science and one
part monsters discover the truth behind legendary monsters.
Thursday, March 13, 2008
7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Lube Job
From chariot wheels of ancient Egypt to hard disks in a computer to
the wheels on a Mars rover, machinery can't function without
lubricants. And in today's technology, there are a mind-boggling
number of friction points that must be lubed, and a staggering number
of lubricants-- petroleum motor oils that keep car engines from
burning up, synthetic greases that stay put in the zero gravity of
space, and solid coatings that prevent eggs from sticking to a pan.
We'll see how this marvel of chemistry works and how it's used.
Peering into the future, we'll behold a power generator that employs
air as a lubricant, trains using magnetic levitation, which eliminates
any need for lubrication, and bio-engineered vegetable oils that
promise to take humanity back to one of its very first lubricants.
From helping medieval windmills spin, to allowing robotic arms on
planetary rovers to move, lubricants are crucial to the advance of
technology and literally keep the wheels of progress turning.
10-11pm -- Cities of the Underworld - Hitler's Last Secret
Prague is a city cloaked in mystery, with an underground to match.
Medieval castles line the streets and hide dark dungeons deep below
them. From quarries where Hitler may have stored his most powerful
secret weapon to mines that doubled as Communist slave camps, Prague
has surprising stories to tell. Join host Don Wildman as he reveals
the technological marvels that allowed the construction of one city
Friday, March 14, 2008
7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Oil
From the first well in Pennsylvania to the gushing Spindletop and
modern supertankers, the story of oil is the story of civilization as
we know it. We'll take a look at the ingenious and outrageous men who
risked everything for "black gold" and unimaginable wealth.
8-9pm -- Modern Marvels - Bathroom Tech
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.
10-11pm -- Battle 360 - Jaws of the Enemy
In the summer of 1942, the American Navy is on the offensive and the
first strike is in the Solomon Islands, north of Australia. USS
Enterprise supports the first American invasion of World War II as
U.S. Marines storm ashore at Guadalcanal. The Japanese strike back
with a vengeance and in a hellish slugfest the Enterprise suffers her
worst battle damage yet.
Saturday, March 15, 2008
7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - The Colosseum
Nothing symbolizes the Roman Empire at its height or Rome in
magnificent ruins more than the Colosseum. Built in 70 AD, it seated
80,000 people, boasted a retractable roof, underground staging
devices, marble seating, and lavish decorations. It still serves as
the prototype for the modern stadium. The complexity of its
construction, the beauty of its architecture, and the functionality of
its design made it the perfect place for massive crowds to congregate
for the bloody spectacles it contained.
10-12am -- Journey to 10,000 BC
Discover the thrilling real story of life on earth in prehistoric
times. Viewers will go back in time to when early humans are just
starting to inhabit North America and huge climate fluctuations cause
a mini-Ice Age. The saber tooth cat, the giant ground sloth and the
woolly mammoth are suddenly becoming extinct. How does man survive?
Travel to early archaeological sites in North America and watch as
scientists uncover fossilized bones, ancient homes and weapons of
stone. State-of-the-art green-screen computer animation re-creates the
great mammoth hunts of the time.
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