Modern Marvels, Vol. 3
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From the heights of human ingenuity to the depths of engineering catastrophes, Modern Marvels continues to explore the most awe-inspiring achievements in the world. The ultimate celebration and investigation of engineering excellence, each episode of Volume 3 shares with viewers the inspiration and determination that produced some of the most awesome, and ordinary, inventions and gadgets in our modern-day lives. Be immersed in amazing technologies and remarkable creations, from the deep fryers and shake machines that feed a nation in "Fast Food Tech" to the building of better mouse traps, burglar traps and booby traps in "Traps," to the exploration of the most widely produced chemical in the world — and the most dangerous substance known to man — in "Acid." From world-altering to just plain cool, Modern Marvels presents the engineering feats, often taken for granted, that make life a little more interesting.
|1||VideoFast Food Tech||Fast food joints dominate the American landscape to the tune of $150 billion dollars in annual sales. They churn out meals for the masses with the mantra "fast, consistent, inexpensive". We'll watch as hundreds of burgers, fries and shakes fly across counters and drive-thru windows at Carl's Jr., Jack in the Box, Wendy's...and of course, the Mac Daddy of fast food...McDonald's. During lunch rush at a busy Chicago area McDonald's, automatic fryers and computerized drink dispensers spell "fast". A controlled assembly line process equals "consistent". Buying and shipping ingredients in mass quantities ensures "inexpensive". We'll visit a potato processing plant for the scoop on how fries are made. Taco Bell will tell us how their founder developed the fast food hard shell taco. Behind the scenes technology gets our drive-thru orders filled quickly, but that person taking your order isn't 50 feet away, she's 500 miles away! And we'll explore the future of getting our fast food even faster. See how they grow it, process it, freeze it, ship it, track it, fry it, flip it and pack it...all so we can eat it.||43:59||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|2||VideoWorld's Sharpest||What is the world's sharpest? For severing through an enemy warrior, it's the Katana blade of the Samurai. We'll craft one of these swords from scratch to reveal the secret of its legendary cutting ability. Then we'll put it to the test. We'll also visit Cutco Cutlery, where professionals there hone steel to an edge they claim is the sharpest for chopping food in your kitchen. At Schick, the manufacturer of millions of disposable razor blades every year, we'll find the sharpest edge possible on steel. Add in an industrial chipper that can devour trees in seconds; industrial shredders so sharp, they can gobble anything from a sofa to a fridge; a precision metal cutter that's not even a solid; and a surprising revelation for what makes a sharp piranha's tooth even sharper and you've got Modern Marvels, "The World's Sharpest.||43:59||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|3||VideoAcid||It feeds on metal, dissolves skin and bone, and packs a punch in nearly every military explosive. It's perhaps the most dangerous substance known to man. Yet it's the most widely produced chemical in the world. Modern Marvels "Acid" gets a rare peak at how the military harnesses acid to make the explosive 'Comp B-4'. We'll turn up the heat at a sulfuric acid plant, and see how acid can take the stain out of stainless steel. We'll learn why acid is an expert etcher, and how it can be mixed to dissolve precious metal. We'll see how acid helps put the gel in gelatin, and why acid's sour taste is sweet at the Heinz vinegar plant. Then, it's time to go extreme as we learn how an acid loving bacteria may hold the key to a biological industrial revolution. All this and a mad scientist who will demonstrate how acid can hollow out a penny and turn a hot dog to sludge.||44:04||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|4||VideoWorld's Strongest II||What does it take to rate as the "World's Strongest"? You'll find out on this episode of Modern Marvels. We'll be in the line of fire with life-saving boron carbide body armor, strong enough to stop high caliber rifle bullets at close range. We'll go airborne with MegaFly, a giant ram air parachute with the strength to deliver record-shattering payloads with pinpoint accuracy. In the high-horsepower world of Monster Trucks, the strongest comes in a package called Bigfoot. We'll see it in car-crushing action. For a demonstration of lifting might, we'll be dockside with a super-strong mobile crane capable of hoisting a 600-ton mega-yacht and toting it through a boat yard without a scratch. When it comes to the strength to destroy, nothing tops the ferocious Super-Shredder, a metal recycling monster that can gobble up 200 junked cars a minute. The strongest pogo stick? That would be Vurtego, able to "boing" over cars.||44:03||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|5||VideoDeep Freeze||Forget everything you thought you knew about the cold because Modern Marvels "Deep Freeze" is taking the technology of cold to the extreme. Think your home freezer is "cool"? How about a 12-story unit filled with 135 million pounds of ice cream? We'll see arctic vaults that store the millions of different seeds and learn how scientists have mastered temperatures of -200? F... and below. We'll turn the gases we breathe into liquids. We'll explore how the cold not only preserves and chills, but shatters rubber tires, strengthens steel, and fuels the rockets that have taken us into the deep freeze of outer space. And just when you thought it couldn't get any colder, we'll take you inside Alcor where researchers keep cadavers on ice in hopes of future revival. It's time to chill out on Modern Marvels "Deep Freeze".||44:02||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|6||VideoFertilizer||Humans flush it, cows dump it, and two million ton machines scoop it from the ground. Without it one third of us would starve. Modern Marvels "Fertilizer" tours the places that harness the vital nutrients that enrich the soil...that grow the crops...that feed us. We'll get knee high in a food-scrap dump, dig deep in a phosphate mine, sniff around a sewage treatment plant, (yes, human excrement makes excellent fertilizer) and get our hands dirty in a trough teeming with seven million hungry worms. And we'll go back in time - when fertilizer was so precious that a war was fought over the control of bird poop. Get ready for a nose-rotting whiff of fertilizer.||44:19||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|7||VideoCheese||From the giant cheese factories of Wisconsin to the goat farms of Northern California, Modern Marvels "Cheese" reveals how this amazing commodity (whether sliced from a pungent, moldy block, or sprayed from a can) is made. We'll look at the ancient techniques, and cutting-edge technologies, behind some of the world's most legendary cheeses, including cheddar, blue, mozzarella, Parmesan, Limburger, brie, cream cheese, and American cheese. We'll taste history from the Roman Empire's use of hard cheeses to feed its soldiers, to medieval monks' cultivation of stinky cheeses and strong beer, the 20th Century's embrace of creamy-smooth "process cheese". And yes, we'll answer that eternal question, "Why does Swiss cheese have holes?"||44:04||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|8||VideoBatteries||Batteries. Mixtures of metals and caustic chemicals that make our tech, tools and toys surge with energy. Modern Marvels visits the world's most powerful battery in Fairbanks, Alaska - 13,760 hulking cells humming with 5,000 volts (Don't touch it!) ready to help the city survive power outages. Then it's off to Energizer's mammoth North Carolina production facility to see how machines churn out one million D-cells every day. 6,831 batteries are packed in the sleek Tesla Roadster, a new electric sports car that can speed from 0 to 60 in just 4 seconds. Let's take a ride. And your own car battery? We'll show you the ingredients that manufacturers pour into it - from sulfuric acid to a substance aptly called "mud". And we don't forget nanobatteries - those microscopic marvels that may some day power nanorobots. That Fantastic Voyage of a submarine in the human blood stream is suddenly a plausible reality.||44:06||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|9||VideoWelding||Since its discovery in the 19th Century, modern welding has allowed us to 'dream big.' Whether via electricity, flammable gases, sonic waves, or sometimes just raw explosive power, welding creates powerful bonds between metal unmatched by any other joining process. A science first conjured amid the fiery ovens of ancient blacksmiths; today more than 50% of all US Products require some form of it. We'll explain how sound waves create bulletproof welds for contemporary body armor; explore the technologies behind robotic welding systems; and witness the knee-rattling impact of an Explosion Weld, the most powerful method of all. From high atop emerging 60 story towers on the Las Vegas strip to oil platforms hundreds of feet below the ocean's surface, we'll reveal how Welders forge the backbone of civilization.||43:00||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|10||VideoExtreme Aircraft II||Extreme flying machines are redefining our skies. We'll pull serious G's in the U.S. military's latest fighter jet: the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. And we'll see what its pilot sees through the visor of the futuristic Helmet Mounted Display. Riding shotgun in the Air Force's lethal B-1B Lancer we learn why it's a bomber that thinks it's a fighter. Look close or you'll miss the swarm of MAV's (Micro Air Vehicles) - so small they are launched out of a backpack. For travelers tired of long waits and crowded jetliners, the "vertical takeoff and landing" capable PAV's (Personal Aerial Vehicles) may be the answer to their commuting needs. We'll even retrofit a commercial jetliner and turn it into the biggest flying fire truck the world has ever seen. We're pushing the envelope on "Extreme Aircraft II", on Modern Marvels.||44:21||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|11||VideoTraps||They're designed to capture...and often kill. But they don't always harm their prey; traps are often necessary to the survival of a species. Modern Marvels "Traps" is the exploration of a device as old as humanity itself. We'll trap 400 lbs. Black Bears with West Virginia Division of Natural Resources biologists. Then we'll trap, neuter, and release dangerous feral cats left stranded in New Orleans after Katrina. Mouse traps? We've got 3000 of them. We'll set massive, cast iron jaw traps from history - don't try this at home! We'll head underwater to see how giant screw traps count salmon on the Columbia River. Man traps? We'll see a high tech version that any James Bond villain would lust after. Gotcha!||44:02||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|12||VideoVacuums||Think vacuums are just for sweeping floors? Think again. On this episode of Modern Marvels we'll see giant-sized vacuums that clean up after disasters like 9-11 and Hurricane Katrina. Beneath the blue Hawaiian sea we'll meet The Super Sucker, an underwater vacuum that saves coral reefs by suctioning up invasive alien algae. We'll discover how pneumatic vacuum tubes in the 19th century functioned like an early internet, delivering mail speedily via miles of tubes - and how this lead to the creation of vacuum powered railways, including New York's first subway. A visit to The Hoover Vacuum Museum and Testing Facility reveals how the household sweeper was invented and popularized. And we can't ignore the "big vacuum" - space. A trip to the world's largest vacuum chamber at NASA's Plum Brook Research Center reveals how NASA tests vehicles and equipment. Finally, we'll meet a 12 year old vacuum collector who knows more about the ubiquitous household necessity than the pros.||44:07||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|13||VideoChocolate||It's America's favorite flavor. We eat over three and a half billion pounds of it each year. It satiated the ancients and built modern-day empires. From the equatorial fields, to the factories of moguls, and the kitchens of artisans. By the bar, by the vat, or by the tanker. At the heart of this giant industry is a little magic bean that's been touted as an energizer, aphrodisiac...and cure-all. Annual sales of chocolate in the U.S. top $13 billion. That's almost twice the total sales of all non-chocolate candy items. The average American consumes 12 pounds per year. But most people, who eat it, don't think about where it comes from. Modern Marvels will take the audience through the whole complicated chocolate making process - from bean to bar, from seed to sweet. Watch as candy-makers create some of our favorites...colorful M&Ms by the millions made at Mars; decadent truffles filled at Lindt; and those chocolate bunnies we all love at Easter molded by R.M. Palmer. We'll visit a working cacao bean farm in Central America for a demonstration of the hand harvesting techniques that have remained essentially unchanged for centuries. Then, we'll follow the beans to San Francisco's Guittard Chocolate, suppliers of large quantities of solid and liquid chocolate to some of America's best confectioners. They'll show us the step-by-step process that turns beans into cocoa heaven. A chocolate history lesson will reveal how the Maya and Aztecs revered the first chocolate beverage (Montezuma reportedly drank 50 goblets a day!) and we'll learn how to make it the really old-fashioned way from restaurant owner Soledad Lopez, of Aztec descent. A visit to NYC's chocolate mecca - Max Brenner's Chocolate by the Bald Man - will show how "extreme" chocoholics have created an entire culture around the little brown bean. Imagine grabbing a slice of chocolate pizza, or having a syringe full of gooey chocolate poured right into your mouth! And to the delight of those who indulge, this awesome edible is now even good for you - full of antioxidants, cholesterol-lowering polyphenols, and heart-healthy flavonols. Step aside spinach. All hail the wonder food of chocolate...on Modern Marvels!||43:58||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|14||VideoAluminum||At one time, it was more valuable than gold, but now it helps define modern life. In Modern Marvels "Aluminum" we'll stretch it, pound it, melt it, and even make a foam from it. We'll see how aluminum is made from a powder and molted into massive 30,000 pounds ingots. We'll visit the widest rolling mill in the world where skins for the largest jumbo jets are made. Everybody's kitchen has aluminum foil. How does a metal get so thin and why is it shiny on one side and dull on the other? We'll find out. We'll watch how NASA uses aluminum to make shiny reflective mirrors for its telescopes. We'll also learn how to make an aluminum baseball bat and why it's better than wood.||44:00||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|15||VideoSaws||They have the sharpest teeth known to man, but only bite on command. They brought down the forests and built up the pyramids. Some have used them to torture, others to cure. They're a cut above for construction, salvage, demolition - and they even make music. Modern Marvels "Saws" sinks it's teeth into the razor sharp world of saws where 800-pound blades spin at 200 miles per hour to fell huge trees in under a second. We'll cut across the centuries to reveal how the Egyptians laboriously sawed stone and compare that to modern saws that slice through limestone like butter. The contrast between East and West is equally sharp in the saws of the two cultures, and we'll reveal the keys to successful sawing on both sides of the globe. With teeth of steel, carbide or diamond, the blades on Modern Marvels "Saws" are on the cutting edge.||43:23||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|16||VideoTruck Stops||Dotting the Interstates, they're overlooked by some and longed for by others. They're truck stops, and today they're bigger and better than ever. Modern Marvels "Truck Stops" explores how these mega pit stops have catered to heavy haulers since the "Mom and Pop" stops of the 1920s all the way to today's high-tech travel centers. Step into the shoes of a trucker at the world's largest truck stop; fuel up, chow down, grab a spritz, catch a flick, and even stop by the dentist. It's a city unto itself. We'll tour the truckers' lavish rolling living quarters. We'll see how they power up their rigs with a high tech parking lot hookup called IdleAire; complete with heat, air conditioning, a telephone line, a computer with high speed internet, and of course satellite TV. We'll also see how 30,000 gallon underground diesel storage tanks are manufactured. And we'll weigh and inspect a truck while it's barely slowing down. In an interview with Willie Nelson, we'll explore one of the most unique truck stops in the United States and the revolutionary fuel it sells: biodiesel. So buckle up and hop aboard our truckin' convoy as we explore the world of truck stops.||43:59||$1.99||View In iTunes|
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This show is really interesting and it answers many of my questions. It is very educational and makes learning great! ITunes needs to put more Modern Marvels because I know there many episodes on TV that are not available on iTunes. Keep it coming!
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- Genre: Nonfiction
- Released: Jun 27, 2008
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