August 2007 Wednesday, August 1, 2007 ____________________________________________________ 7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - More Doomsday Tech. The second deadly hour examines more threats--both natural and manmade--that may endanger civilization. From the far reaches of space to tiny viruses, doomsday sources are many. But so are technologies used to keep doomsday at bay. Asteroids of significant size have hit our planet before and likely will again. Asteroid hunters demonstrate the Near Earth Asteroid Tracking (NEAT) program and methods being developed to destroy earth-aimed asteroids. Then, it's onto bioterrorism's sinister technologies--how highly virulent agents like smallpox and plague can be weaponized. Next, an ex-hacker turned cyber-security expert shows how vulnerable the nation's computers are to cyberterror. Finally, we visit the controversial world of biotechnology. Could genetically engineered crops backfire? Does a brave new world of genetically selected beings loom in our not-so-distant future? 8-9pm -- Modern Marvels - Logging Tech. When Paul Bunyan cried "Timber!", he never foresaw today's cutting-edge, controversial industry that feeds a ravenous, lumber-crazy world--a world striving to protect nature while devouring it. Come into the woods to see how he-men and hi-tech combine forces to topple 4-billion trees annually; journey to 19th-century America, when lumberjacks cut a legend as large as the timber they felled; and travel with a tree from stump to sawmill and learn its non-wood uses--from aspirin to film to toothpaste! 9-11pm -- Lost Worlds - Seven Wonders of the World The Seven Wonders of the World were a celebration of religion, mythology, art, power, and science. They were built by the ancients in a time before Christ and their scale and majesty continues to mesmerize us today. The structures were created on a scale that's hard to imagine, and their architects pushed engineering to a new height which still astounds us today. ____________________________________________________ Thursday, August 2, 2007 ____________________________________________________ 7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Horsepower. Buckle up for a rip-roaring ride through the world of extreme horsepower. Experience the fastest accelerating cars on earth. Find out how horsepower was first coined as a marketing tool for the steam engine in the early 1800s and meet the horsepower police--the Society of Automotive Engineers who test today's most powerful car engines. Feel the amazing power of Unlimited Hydroplane racing as 3-ton boat-beasts careen across water at speeds of over 200 miles per hour. Journey to the bowels of an enormous container ship where the world's most powerful diesel engine provides over 100,000 horsepower. At the Hoover Dam, watch as it harnesses the enormous power of water. Explore the 80,000 horsepower pumping units at the Edmonston Pumping Plant that delivers 2-billion gallons of water a day to thirsty Californians. And sit behind the steering wheel of a new generation of hybrid cars that boast 400-horsepower yet get 42 miles per gallon of gas. 8-9pm -- Modern Marvels - Water. It's nature's precious elixir--so powerful it can carve our landscape, yet so nurturing it can spawn life and support its intricate matrix. And it's the only substance on Earth that can exist in three separate forms at the same temperature--liquid, solid, and gas. We take it for granted, yet compared to other natural compounds, it's a genuine oddity. We'll paint a vivid portrait of this common entity that's anything but as we explore water's multidimensional character--from its place in the $10-billion bottled water industry to its critical role in a Canadian nuclear reactor. We watch it flow from huge irrigation machines that have revolutionized American agriculture, blast 200 miles into space from a newly discovered geyser on one of Saturn's moons (via computer animation), coaxed from the clouds by chemical injection, captured by innovative "fog-catchers", and cascade with artistic flair from compressed air jets at the Fountains of Bellagio in Las Vegas. 9-10pm -- Boneyard - Ships A great ship that has reached the end of its useful life is often destroyed in weapons testing or cut up for scrap. Watch a salvage operation that saves battleships sunk during Pearl Harbor. Discover a historic ship Boneyard that is literally the foundation of a city and ships that are purposely sunk to become living reefs. Some of the fastest boats on the water have been hot-rodded from the engines of aircraft of three wars. Follow the dismantling of these large structures and learn of their unusual after-life. 10-11pm -- Ancient Discoveries - 12 - Machines of the Gods Gods and religion played an extremely important role in antiquity. The problem with so many religions being worshipped by the Greeks and Romans was how would the priests of these temples pay for their upkeep? Great scholars such as Philon, Ctesibius and Heron were patronized by the temples to create "magic". In return, they created intriguing and mind blowing objects. It was a heavy mix of religion and science. One of the most famous illusions was found in Alexandria at the temple of Serapis, where an iron chariot was suspended in mid air. It appeared to be the work of the gods. ____________________________________________________ Friday, August 3, 2007 ____________________________________________________ 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 - The F-14. October 7, 2001: Missiles from lethal US jets rain down onto Afghanistan. One powerful and deadly plane led the majority of the assaults--the F-14 Tomcat, the world's most complete military fighter. No other fighter jet carries the F-14's unique combination of weapons. Its state-of-the-art system can spot an oncoming enemy plane at almost 200 miles. Its radar can detect targets as low as 50 feet and as high as 80,000 feet and does so three times faster than the radar of any other fighter jet. 9-10pm -- Dogfights - Gun Kills of Vietnam The missile age has dawned over the skies of Vietnam and the era of conventional dogfighting is thought to be over. However, the missiles of the F-4 Phantom proved ineffective during close-in turning fights with agile MiG fighters, exemplifying the need for guns in modern air combat. Watch as A-1H Skyraider pilots pit their prop-driven workhorses against a lethal jet-powered MiG-17. Viewers will feel like they're in the battle facing the enemy with state-of-the-art computer graphics, rare archival footage and first-hand accounts driving the story. 10-11pm -- Human Weapon - Karate Hosts Jason Chambers and Bill Duff travel to the island of Okinawa, Japan, the birthplace of one of the most deadly hand-to-hand combat arts in the world, Karate. Our hosts will journey across this legendary island, learning all aspects of the martial art Okinawans created to help battle invading Samurai warriors over 400 years ago. After practicing Iron Body Training in a 600 year-old castle, mastering heart-stopping vital point strikes in an ancient temple and putting themselves through the rigorous training regiments of ancient Karate masters, one of the hosts will step onto the mat to face a black belt, and Okinawan Champion, in a true Karate battle. ____________________________________________________ Saturday, August 4, 2007 ____________________________________________________ 7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Sticky Stuff Duct tape, scotch tape, fly paper, Polygrip... we take this stuff for granted, but without it, our lives would come undone. Take a look at the stickiest of the sticky, and see the impact these much needed items have on our daily routines. 8-9pm -- Boneyard - Battlefield Machines are the lifeblood of the American military. Thousands of both combat and support vehicles face brutal wear and tear brought on by harsh conditions. Watch as the Abrams tank is completely rebuilt, TOW missiles are disassembled and recycled and surplus tanks are used as live-fire targets. Come to the boneyard as they will all be transformed and face an unusual after-life. 9-10pm -- Boneyard - Aircraft Marvels of the modern age, today's aircraft are awe inspiring. However, once their flying days are over, the boneyard beckons. Dismantling large aircraft is complex and challenging. Some planes will be destroyed while others are restored to their former glory. No matter which fate awaits, the process always takes place in the boneyard. 10-11pm -- Boneyard - Ships A great ship that has reached the end of its useful life is often destroyed in weapons testing or cut up for scrap. Watch a salvage operation that saves battleships sunk during Pearl Harbor. Discover a historic ship Boneyard that is literally the foundation of a city and ships that are purposely sunk to become living reefs. Some of the fastest boats on the water have been hot-rodded from the engines of aircraft of three wars. Follow the dismantling of these large structures and learn of their unusual after-life. ____________________________________________________ Sunday, August 5, 2007 ____________________________________________________ 7-8pm -- Ice Road Truckers - 07 - The Rookie Challenge It's just over a month into the new ice road season and more than 800 truckers are on the ice, working around the clock. There are still 4,000 loads that need to make it to the mines, but with spring just around the corner, every load could be their last. Alex sets out on a daring new adventure, one that will take him across a brand new, 138-mile, ice road to the Colomac Gold mine. The main ice road is a major highway compared to this small, isolated back road. Hugh races to pick up his 17th load, but first he needs an oil and tire change. Drew runs out of gas on the side of the road in Yellowknife and his truck freezes up. This is just the latest in a long string of mechanical failures. His patience for life on the ice road is wearing thin so he calls his wife back home for a pep talk. Rookie TJ also suffers a debilitating blow. While driving, he's overcome with abdominal pain from an earlier injury strapping down a load. 8-10pm -- Fort Knox: Secrets Revealed - The U.S. Bullion Depository, better known as Fort Knox, is home of the United States Army and one of the world's most top secret fortresses. Hidden deep inside the vault is an estimated $73 billion dollars in gold. Almost all information about it is classified. Through interviews with eyewitnesses, rare photos and rarely seen films, we will construct a picture of what the building might look like. Hear testimony of those journalists and congressmen who were among the select few invited inside in 1974. Discover the history and secrets behind the Army's tank warfare and the classified military technologies it will use to fight the wars of the future. 10-11pm -- Ice Road Truckers - 08 - Into the Whiteout It's day 37 of the ice road season and there almost 3,000 more loads to go. Drivers are washing out and the road is beaten up. Rick Fitch, has a backlog of critical supplies that need to be delivered and an arctic storm is brewing. Rick organizes a special convoy of five trucks to get the loads out. TJ gets separated from the convoy just as the storm hits the road. The rest of the convoy makes it to the mine just before the road is shut down and is stranded at the mine for 16 hours with no word from TJ. Meanwhile, Hugh Rowland struggles with having lost two of his drivers this season. ____________________________________________________ Monday, August 6, 2007 ____________________________________________________ 7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Engines. Story of the development of engines and motors, with particular emphasis on the ones that have profoundly changed society. Beginning with the steam engine, we see how it was created, how it works, and how it led to the Industrial Revolution. We review the electric motor, internal combustion engine, jet engine, and rocket engine, and conclude with a look at futuristic engine technologies, including hydrogen-powered cars and microtechnology engines so small that they fit on the tip of a finger. 8-9pm -- Modern Marvels - Chocolate Americans eat over three and a half billion pounds of chocolate each year--that's 12 pounds per person per year with annual sales topping $13 billion! Take a tour through the entire chocolate making process and learn how chocolate has been thought of as an energizer, an aphrodisiac and a cure-all. Watch as colorful M&Ms are made by the millions at Mars. Visit a working cacao bean farm in Central America for a demonstration of the hand harvesting techniques that have remained unchanged for centuries. 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. 9-10pm -- Cities of the Underworld - 07 - Catacombs of Death Beneath the hustle and bustle of Paris streets are a world of snaking quarries, hidden catacombs, and mushroom-harvesting tunnels. Even Paris' 10.5 million residents have no idea they live on top of nearly 20 centuries of history carved into the limestone foundation below. From its Gallic beginnings to the Roman foundations of Lutetia, today's Paris may be one of the world's most sophisticated cities above the ground--but below ground it's a different story. Join host Eric Geller as he reveals the secrets beneath Paris and the Notre Dame church and what they reveal about a 2,000 year old civilization that rests underneath it. 10-11pm -- Maneaters - Through the ages, humans have supposedly gained the upper hand over the wild beasts of nature. Or so we would like to believe... All around the world we are still stalked, hunted, mauled, and--yes--eaten by animals that are bigger, stronger, and faster than we are. This special looks at the relationship of man and one of the fiercest members of the animal kingdom: the lion. The lion has posed a special threat to man and the two have crossed paths often: from Tanzania, where recently 35 people were killed in attacks; to the famous Lions of Tsavo, whose lair is said to contain human remains; to the little-known lions of Gir in India where, in a three-year period, over 120 attacks occurred. Through expert commentary and first-hand accounts, learn why lions attack and what can be done to prevent it. ____________________________________________________ Tuesday, August 7, 2007 ____________________________________________________ 7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Hydraulics. The machines that helped build our world have been powered by hydraulics, a compact system of valves, hoses, and pumps that transmits forces from point to point through fluid. This basic concept of powerful force transmission through fluid provides the drive for most machines today. From the ancient Roman mastery of the aqueduct to Universal Studios, a veritable hydraulic theme park, we see how hydraulics power industry, keep planes flying, and make that 3-point-turn a U-turn. 8-9pm -- Modern Marvels - Magnets. We played with them as children, but the world of magnets isn't kid's stuff! The pervasive magnet serves as the underpinning for much of modern technology. They can be found in computers, cars, phones, VCRs, TVs, vacuum cleaners, the washer and dryer, the ubiquitous refrigerator magnet, and even in an electric guitar! On the cutting edge of technology, scientists experiment with a variety of magnets. Magnets' amazing forces of attraction and repulsion may some day take us to the far reaches of outer space. 9-10pm -- The Universe - Life and Death of a Star Ignited by the power of the atom, burning with light, heat and wrath, stars are anything but peaceful. They collide, devour each other, and explode in enormous supernovas--the biggest explosions in the Universe. Using cutting-edge computer graphics, never-before-seen satellite images, and interviews with the world's leading astronomers, take a front row seat to the most amazing light show in the cosmos. 10-11pm -- Ice Road Truckers - 08 - Into the Whiteout It's day 37 of the ice road season and there almost 3,000 more loads to go. Drivers are washing out and the road is beaten up. Rick Fitch, has a backlog of critical supplies that need to be delivered and an arctic storm is brewing. Rick organizes a special convoy of five trucks to get the loads out. TJ gets separated from the convoy just as the storm hits the road. The rest of the convoy makes it to the mine just before the road is shut down and is stranded at the mine for 16 hours with no word from TJ. Meanwhile, Hugh Rowland struggles with having lost two of his drivers this season. ____________________________________________________ Wednesday, August 8, 2007 ____________________________________________________ 7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Extreme Aircraft. Join us for a supersonic look at some of the most cutting-edge aircraft ever developed--from the X-1 that first broke the sound barrier to the X-43 Scramjet that recently flew at Mach 7. These extreme aircraft have made their mark on aeronautical history, and sometimes on political history as well. The U-2 and SR-71 spy planes played a crucial role in the Cold War, and now Lockheed Martin's top-secret "Skunkworks" division is touting the new "air dominance" fighter plane-- the F/A-22 Raptor. 8-9pm -- Modern Marvels - Commercial Fishing. Battered and fried or simply raw--seafood is a popular dish, no matter how you serve it. Americans consume more than 5-billion pounds yearly, an order that takes more than a fishing rod to fill and worries conservationists. We follow the fish, the fishermen, and the science trying to preserve fisheries for future generations--from ancient ships on the Nile to a modern technologically sophisticated factory trawler on the Bering Sea to the University of New Hampshire's open-ocean aquaculture research project. And we witness a wide variety of fishing methods--from gillnetting and longlining to lobster trapping. Hop aboard and sail through time and around the globe as we explore the harsh conditions of life at sea and experience firsthand one of history's deadliest jobs. Brace yourself and feel the ice-cold, salt spray on your face as we explore commercial fishing! 9-10pm -- Lost Worlds - Kama Sutra One thousand years ago in the northern region of central India, the Hindu Kings built their capital city, Khajuraho. Eighty-five stunning temples were built, twenty of which remain today. Famed above all for the delicate sensuality and eroticism of their sculptures, these frank representations of sexuality are considered an expression of India's world renowned Kama Sutra. 10-11pm -- UFO Files - Deep Sea UFOs. Join us for a detailed examination of the little-known phenomenon of USOs, or "Unidentified Submerged Objects", an advanced type of UFO that can operate just as efficiently in water as in the atmosphere. These supposed otherworldly vessels have been reported, some believe, as far back as ancient Egypt. Others believe that USOs were reported by Alexander the Great and Christopher Columbus, and might even involve the lost city of Atlantis. Highlights include the 1967 "Shag Harbour Incident", a government-documented USO crash off the coast of Nova Scotia, Canada, and a trip to the area around Laguna Cartegena in Puerto Rico, a reported hotbed of USO activity. Interviewees include the US Navy's Bruce Maccabee, UCLA's Kathryn Morgan, as well as USO and UFO experts Stanton Friedman, Bill Birnes, and Preston Dennett. ____________________________________________________ Thursday, August 9, 2007 ____________________________________________________ 7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Racetrack Tech. A look at the "science of safety" as applied to Indy or NASCAR racing. From tires to roll-cages to hood flaps, we examine the incredible technology that's helping prevent crashes and enabling drivers to survive the inevitable ones. See how today's innovative minds digitally reconstruct crashes and design new technology that keeps pushing the limits of racing. The drivers may grab the glory, but they wouldn't dare get behind the wheel if it weren't for the guys in white lab coats. (1-hour version) 8-9pm -- Modern Marvels - Engineering Disasters 5. Examines some of the most notorious engineering failures of recent years and asks what went wrong and what we learned from them. We take viewers to the southern coast of Louisiana, where a misplaced oilrig caused an entire lake to be sucked into an underground salt mine; review the 1972 Buffalo Creek dam disaster; revisit the Exxon Valdez oil spill; see how radio and TV antenna towers collapse with alarming regularity; and look at the collision of two California icons--freeways and earthquakes! 9-10pm -- Boneyard - Mines Mining is one of the oldest endeavors of man. See where modern ore processing machines go when they wear out. Will they be restored, or scrapped for the furnace. Incredibly, a former uranium mine is now a world-famous health spa. A giant smelting facility has been transformed into a world class golf course. In one of the most extensive and complex projects of its kind ever attempted, witness the dramatic transformation of a 110-square mile mining complex. 10-11pm -- Ancient Discoveries - 07 - Cars & Planes Surprising archaeological finds have led historians to new conclusions about the transportation technology invented by ancient peoples. An ancient railway was built in Greece in the 6th century BC and wind cars' dating to the 6th century AD used in China could carry thirty men and traveled hundreds of miles per day. Evidence of possible flying machines goes all the way back to ancient Greek, Egyptian and Chinese societies. Tombs in Abydos, Egypt, are adorned with hieroglyphics shaped remarkably like a modern helicopter. Forgotten through the ages, these machines are stunning examples of ancient societies' skill and determination. ____________________________________________________ Friday, August 10, 2007 ____________________________________________________ 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 -- Weird Weapons - The Allies. In this episode we uncover Allied secrets off WWII, like a battleship made of ice, bat bombs, floating tanks, rocket-propelled wheels that would roll through enemy lines, pigeon-guided missiles, and earthquake bombs designed to penetrate the earth and shake structures to pieces. More bizarre stories of extraordinary armaments dreamt up by the some of the time's most inventive minds--weird weapons unlike anything before. And what about the atomic bomb? 9-10pm -- Dogfights - Dogfights of the Holy Land The Israeli air force mastered the use of the Mirage III over decades of intense air combat with its neighbors. Go into battle with Israel's ace of aces, Giora Epstein as he takes on a swarm of Egyptian MiG-21s in one of the most thrilling dogfights of the jet age. State-of-the-art computer graphics are used to recreate famous battles. First-hand accounts, rare archival footage and original shooting will make the viewer feel like they're in the battle facing the enemy. 10-11pm -- Human Weapon - Savate Streetfighting Hosts Jason Chambers and Bill Duff are in France, to study the combat art of Savate. Literally translated to mean "old boot," Savate developed through necessity. In the early 1800s, violent street gangs looking for trouble ruled the Parisian underground scene. Their prey was the aristocratic class who, to protect themselves, began taking self-defense classes. Over the years this training evolved into modern Savate - an exacting combat sport, and also the official hand-to-hand assault system of the French RAID police. On their mission to uncover Savate's distinct style, Jason and Bill navigate the dockyards of Marseille, roam the grounds of a 14th-century castle, and even breach a secret police training site to practice and perfect the painfully efficient kicks and punches that comprise this elegant yet ruthless art of combat. Finally, one of our hosts will enter the ring to take on a Savate heavyweight champion. ____________________________________________________ Saturday, August 11, 2007 ____________________________________________________ 7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Logging Tech. When Paul Bunyan cried "Timber!", he never foresaw today's cutting-edge, controversial industry that feeds a ravenous, lumber-crazy world--a world striving to protect nature while devouring it. Come into the woods to see how he-men and hi-tech combine forces to topple 4-billion trees annually; journey to 19th-century America, when lumberjacks cut a legend as large as the timber they felled; and travel with a tree from stump to sawmill and learn its non-wood uses--from aspirin to film to toothpaste! 8-9pm -- Dogfights - Jet vs. Jet In the skies above North Korea, a new kind of air war is raging at 500mph...jet vs. jet dogfighting for the first time in history. American pilots bravely pit their F-86 Sabres against Communist MiG-15s. They will re-define air combat in pursuit of a previously unknown glory...the title of "Jet Ace." Their missions are fraught with peril. The new jet aircraft fly at nearly twice the speed of the piston-driven fighters of WWII. At edge of the speed of sound, life or death is decided in fractions of a second and tactics have to evolve quickly to meet the break-neck pace of jet combat. On May 20, 1950, Capt. James Jaraba rushes headlong into combat despite a malfunctioning jet. He claims his fifth and sixth victories in the resulting dogfight, becoming the first American ace of the jet age. 9-10pm -- Dogfights - Thunderbolt Machine gun fire rips through the fuselage. Flames fill the cockpit and the aircraft plummets in a wild spin. But time and again the pilot of a P-47 Thunderbolt pulls out and keeps on fighting. Over occupied Europe, the P-47 Thunderbolt blazed a reputation as the most rugged fighter of WWII. Pilot Robert S. Johnson flies with the renowned 56th fighter group. His flight is jumped by 16 deadly Focke-Wulf 190s. As hundreds of enemy rounds impact his fighter, Johnson's life depends on the legendary protection his armored cockpit affords. In June 1944, Lt. George Sutcliffe enters the fight of his life in an effort to escape 40-plus Me109s looming above him. The Thunderbolt's defensive capabilities inspired confidence in its pilots. But the aircraft was a dogfighter at heart. 10-11pm -- Dogfights - Gun Kills of Vietnam The missile age has dawned over the skies of Vietnam and the era of conventional dogfighting is thought to be over. However, the missiles of the F-4 Phantom proved ineffective during close-in turning fights with agile MiG fighters, exemplifying the need for guns in modern air combat. Watch as A-1H Skyraider pilots pit their prop-driven workhorses against a lethal jet-powered MiG-17. Viewers will feel like they're in the battle facing the enemy with state-of-the-art computer graphics, rare archival footage and first-hand accounts driving the story. ____________________________________________________ Sunday, August 12, 2007 ____________________________________________________ 7-8pm -- Ice Road Truckers - 08 - Into the Whiteout It's day 37 of the ice road season and there almost 3,000 more loads to go. Drivers are washing out and the road is beaten up. Rick Fitch, has a backlog of critical supplies that need to be delivered and an arctic storm is brewing. Rick organizes a special convoy of five trucks to get the loads out. TJ gets separated from the convoy just as the storm hits the road. The rest of the convoy makes it to the mine just before the road is shut down and is stranded at the mine for 16 hours with no word from TJ. Meanwhile, Hugh Rowland struggles with having lost two of his drivers this season. 8-10pm -- 9/11 Conspiracies - An Internet search for "9/11 conspiracy theories" yields nearly two million hits. Were the attacks on 9/11 perpetrated by the Bush Administration to advance its own interests? Could a government missile have hit the Pentagon? As outrageous as these ideas may sound, many people believe them. Why do these theories arise in the first place? An interview with James Miegs, Editor-in-Chief of Popular Mechanics, who refutes many of these theories. Watch as experts in the fields of aeronautics, engineering and the military put these theories to the test. 10-11pm -- Ice Road Truckers - 09 - The Big Melt It's day 53 of the ice road season and only the toughest truckers remain on a road that's sent many people packing. Alex is part of a last great push to get some critical loads up the ice before it's too late. In his convoy is the heaviest load ever to cross the ice---a 100-ton electrical unit for the Diavik mine. If this load damages the ice, it could be the last run of the season. Rick, who may be suffering from frostbite, has hit his limit with driving a truck in forty below with no heat and needs to make a tough decision. The most unlikely survivor is rookie T.J. He's suffered some of the worst blows of the season, and although it's not yet over, he's already feeling like a seasoned veteran as he heads out on his 18th load across melting ice and a road that will soon disappear. ____________________________________________________ Monday, August 13, 2007 ____________________________________________________ 7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - Howard Hughes Tech. An in-depth look at the technology conceived or developed by America's first billionaire. A passionate aviator, Howard Hughes built and flew planes that broke speed records, and developed war machines, spy aircraft, and commercial airliners. Despite the impressive heights reached by his technological empire, his health and mental well-being were fragile. During his last years, he wasn't seen publicly or photographed, rarely left the hotel suites he occupied, and was terrified of germs. But when Hughes died in 1976, he left a huge legacy in aviation and technology. When we board an airliner, view TV via satellite, or marvel at America's military might, we might do well to remember the risk-taker who flew faster than his peers and was at heart an aviator obsessively dedicated to both the art and science of flight. 8-9pm -- Modern Marvels - Bedroom Tech We spend one-third of our lives in the bedroom. Explore the technologies that help to ensure we wake up on the right side of the bed. Check out ancient Chinese fire clocks, today's flying alarm clock, big city napping pods, snore stoppers and sunrise simulators. Electric blankets step aside as Hugh Hefner's fantasy bedroom in the Playboy Mansion is revealed! 9-10pm -- Cities of the Underworld - 04 - Scotland's Sin City Edinburgh, Scotland is a thriving metropolis, but take a look into its past, and you'll find it has led a double life. A sophisticated and educated surface city evolved above while a darker, seedy world grew below--from plague victims getting buried alive under the streets to body snatchers, illegal distilleries and castle dungeons. Join host Eric Geller as he investigates these stories, deciphering fact from fiction, while uncovering the engineering marvel of Edinburgh's underground--created when the city actually changed its street level. 10-11pm -- Decoding The Past - The Other Nostradamus. He predicted WWII, the deaths of US Presidents, and the turmoil of the 1960s. He prophesied that Israel would become a state 15 years before the event and foretold the Great Depression. Many of his visions seemed to pass unfulfilled, but are now proven accurate. His name is Edgar Cayce, and to many, he's known as the other Nostradamus. Throughout the 1930s and '40s, Cayce was a well-known American figure, reputed for his "healing abilities" as well as his prophecies. Cayce's predictions are documented in the transcriptions of his readings, which he gave until his death in 1945. Join us as we examine his life and prophecies. ____________________________________________________ Tuesday, August 14, 2007 ____________________________________________________ 7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - St. Lawrence Seaway. The St. Lawrence Seaway is a monumental stairway in water, lifting massive ships hundreds of feet over thousands of miles. It's the world's longest inland waterway, a system of rivers, lakes, canals, dams, and locks that stretches 2,400 miles. And it's one of the greatest engineering triumphs of the 20th century, pulled off against the violence of raging water and extreme winter. An essential part of the commercial infrastructure of the US and Canada, this complex system provides direct access from the Atlantic to North America's heartland, enabling ships packed with trade to stop at any one its 65 ports--from Montreal to Duluth. From the 16th century, when French explorer Jacques Cartier searched for the legendary Northwest Passage, to the modern Seaway, built in the 1950s, we highlight the incredible engineering feats that went into creating the waterway. 8-9pm -- Modern Marvels - Star Wars Tech Take a look at the technology shown throughout the six Star Wars films and examine their viability through the eyes of cold hard science. Could a Death Star really be built? Can you build an army of clones? What is 3-D imaging, and where the can you get a Light Saber? Travel to a galaxy far, far away to answer all of these questions and more. 9-10pm -- The Universe - The Outer Planets New discoveries regarding the Outer Planets are creating a fundamental rethinking of our solar system. Uranus is a toxic combination of hydrogen, helium and methane. Scientists speculate that the planet was knocked on its side after colliding with another body. Neptune's largest moon, Triton, is cold and barren, but some scientists speculate that liquid water might exist under Triton's icy surface. If this is proven true, Triton could be the home to one of the biggest discoveries of all time. Cold and inhospitable, Pluto completes one orbit around the solar system every 248 years. Cutting-edge computer graphics are used to bring the universe down to earth to show what life would be like on other planets, and to imagine what kind of life forms might evolve in alien atmospheres. 10-11pm -- Ice Road Truckers - 09 - The Big Melt It's day 53 of the ice road season and only the toughest truckers remain on a road that's sent many people packing. Alex is part of a last great push to get some critical loads up the ice before it's too late. In his convoy is the heaviest load ever to cross the ice---a 100-ton electrical unit for the Diavik mine. If this load damages the ice, it could be the last run of the season. Rick, who may be suffering from frostbite, has hit his limit with driving a truck in forty below with no heat and needs to make a tough decision. The most unlikely survivor is rookie T.J. He's suffered some of the worst blows of the season, and although it's not yet over, he's already feeling like a seasoned veteran as he heads out on his 18th load across melting ice and a road that will soon disappear. ____________________________________________________ Wednesday, August 15, 2007 ____________________________________________________ 7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - More Dangerous Cargo. It comes in many deadly shapes and sizes, and the transportation of dangerous cargo is one of the most meticulously planned procedures in the shipping world. We hitch a ride on a "dynamite run" from explosives factory to construction site; learn how liquid natural gas is shipped, a fuel that could vaporize entire city blocks if ignited; accompany a Drug Enforcement Administration truck as it transports confiscated illegal drugs to an incinerator site for destruction; fly with Air Net as it moves radioactive pharmaceuticals from factory to hospital; and tag along with two tigers, part of a breeding program for endangered species, as they travel from Texas to Ohio. As each story progresses, we explore the history of the transport of that particular form of Dangerous Cargo. 8-9pm -- Modern Marvels - Tea After water, tea is the second most popular drink in the world. It has been around as a drink for 5000 years, and 6 billion pounds of tea are harvested annually. We begin with a trip to the Lipton's plant in Suffolk, VA., where state of the art machines crank out 24 million teabags a day, and then its off to the only tea plantation in the US, the 127 acre Charleston Plantation in South Carolina. We'll follow the flow of tea from England to the Colonies, where a tea tax precipitated the Boston Tea Party, and chronicle the brief but glorious age of the Clipper Ships, speed craft that brought tea from China to London in less than 100 days. Big news in the 20th century for the tea trade includes the emergence of herbal, powdered, iced and decaf teas. Tour the Celestial Seasonings plant in Boulder Colorado, and then visit a boutique tea garden where expensive teas sell for upwards of $300 a pot. 9-10pm -- Lost Worlds - Armageddon Located on a rocky plateau overlooking the Dead Sea, the now-ruined fortress of Masada once had walls 1,400 meters long and four meters thick, storehouses, barracks, an armory, a palace and massive cisterns filled with rainwater. Designed to withstand any invader, it became the scene of one of history's most bloody sieges, a siege that ended in mass suicide. 10-11pm -- UFO Files - Black Box UFO Secrets. Reveals for the first time the cockpit and control tower audio recordings of pilot and astronaut confrontations and sightings of unidentified flying objects high in our skies. From a detailed account of one of the very the first reported pilot case, the Arnold case in 1947, to recent recordings over New England and Texas, to NASA recordings and video from 2005, this special features interviews with pilots, witness and experts, including UCLA's Joseph Nagy, actor Ed Asner, and pilot/UFO researcher Don Berliner. Sorry, no listings received for 2nd half of month yet
Saturday July 07 Wild West Tech : Execution Tech. Saturday July 14 Wild West Tech : Massacres II. Saturday July 21 Wild West Tech : Biggest Machines in the West. Sunday, July 22 Wild West Tech: Massacre Tech.Mail Call (rated TVPG-L, cc) in 2007, all 30-minute unless noted:
R. Lee Ermey (Mail Call) has decided to play something other than a tough drill sgt. (Full Metal Jacket). His latest movie is a prequel to Texas Chainsaw Massacre called "Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning" as the head of a very strange & lethal family of mutants
Watch Mail Call every week if you know what's good for you, scumbag,
hosted by R. Lee Ermey of Full Metal Jacket
(movie available on video and DVD)
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