Category “Technology”

Modern Marvels: Apollo 13

A chronicle of the Apollo 13 flight in 1970, which almost ended in disaster when a liquid-oxygen tank ruptured, stranding the crew in...

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Inside The Space Shuttle

This documentary takes the viewer inside NASA’s space shuttle for a close-up look at the most advanced flying machine ever built. Actor Gary Sinise narrates the history of the space shuttle’s development, emphasizing the innovative designs that made the flying machine what it is today. Training sessions for crew members are featured. Computer animations and photography provide a grand tour of the interior of the shuttle’s floor plan, living arrangements, and engine compartments. Exciting film footage of blast-offs, re-entries, and missions are highlights of the...

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North American XB-70 Valkyrie

Great Planes looks into the stories behind the most influential, innovative and intriguing machines that ever tookflight. The North American Aviation XB-70 Valkyrie was the prototype version of the proposed B-70 nuclear-armed deep penetration bomber for the United States Air Force’s Strategic Air Command. Designed in the late 1950s, the Valkyrie was a large six-engined aircraft able to fly Mach 3+ at an altitude of 70,000 ft (21,000 m), which would have allowed it to avoid interceptors, the only effective anti-bomber weapon at the time. Engineers had tried to build a supersonic bomber since...

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IRL – In Real Life

“IRL – In Real Life” is a short, light-hearted documentary, which takes a look at the effects of World of Warcraft addiction/compulsion. It was produced as part of a 3rd Year Film Production project at the University of the Creative...

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The Google Boys

Google’s meteoric rise to internet stardom is one of the great business sagas of our time. The sons of college professors, Larry Page and Sergey Brin – two brainy Stanford University grad students who founded the company – say their goal was to make the entire world’s information searchable and instantly accessible. At last count, they were answering 200 million queries a day. As with the invention of the internet, it’s changing our lives in ways we couldn’t imagine. Google became the world’s number one search engine because it returned better, more relevant search results...

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Lamborghini

What does it take to build a car that can go from zero to 62 mph in 3.4 seconds and hit a top speed of 211 mph? National Geographic heads to the small farming community in Italy that is home to the main factory for the Lamborghini Murcielago SV to find out. See how a workforce of 130 people makes the Murcielago’s lightweight carbon fiber frame and a 640-horsepower V-12 engine. Much of the work is done by hand, and despite the massive workforce, the factory outputs a mere 2.7 Murcielagos a day. Trace the car’s history, starting with its founding by Ferruccio Lamborghini, who,...

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Top Ten Tanks

Over the past century, dozens of tanks have been designed and built to blast their way across the battlefield. These are the best of the best. They are the top ten tanks of all...

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Millau Sky Bridge

Richard Hammond reveals the engineering inspirations behind the tallest road bridge in the world – the Millau Viaduct in France. He fires three quarters of a million volts from his fingertips to see how the power of lightning cut the steel structure quickly and accurately. The huge piers – 340 metres high, and which would look down on the Eiffel Tower – were positioned to millimetre accuracy with the system that located lost nuclear submarines. The longest road-deck in the world was launched along the top of the piers and required the slipperiest substance known to man – Teflon;...

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Hi-Tech Hitler

This is the true story of the scientific feats and failures of Hitler’s Nazi Germany. Germany is portrayed as a nation leading the world in science and technology prior to World War Two. But it squandered this wealth of knowledge, which should have enabled it to win the war, because the high command was selective about those advances they would favor. Examples are provided of technologies that languished under Nazism but exploded into new industries when they reached other countries after the...

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