A paper-thin, wall-sized holographic television...a car that runs on processed seawater...an army of robotic killing machines...outer-space luxury resorts and a cleaning droid controlled by your mind? Join us on a rollicking ride through the entertainment room, down the road, over the battlefield, through the mind, out in space, and into the future, where science fiction becomes science fact.
An enormous hydraulic machine press that stamps out a pickup truck's doors in seconds... Rock crushers that pulverize 8000 tons of solid granite per hour... Giant "chain trenchers" that dig a 35-foot ditch out of solid rock... A harvesting combine that cuts, threshes and offloads 3.3 bushels of grain-- per second... and the world's largest optical telescope, the magnificent Keck Observatory, which gazes out into the ends of the universe from nearly 14,000 feet atop the island of Hawaii. Sometimes you've gotta think big.
This program describes the production of sugar from sugarcane, sugar beets and corn and how it is processed into a number of different products. But the real story is the enormous impact that sugar has had on the world economy, trade and politics over the past 300 years.
Modern Marvels: Brewing, a one-hour History Channel documentary, traces the technological evolution of brewing, from the highly sophisticated beer cultures of Sumeria and Egypt, through the centuries of improvements made by medieval monks and witches, to the technological revolution of the 19th Century German-American "beer barons." Milestones range from the 14th Century discovery of lager yeasts, to the recent resurgence of ale in brewpubs around the world. Locations range from Munich's idyllic Augustiner beer garden to St. Louis' gigantic Anheuser-Busch brewery. ...