Best of 2010: Saving the World, One Invention at a Time
The transition between one year and the next is a momentous occasion that is celebrated all around the world in a variety of ways. In this episode, Matt and Rachel take a look at some of these New Year's traditions -- and bid a fond adieu to 2010.
Images from Pompeii
In the year 79 A.D. 16,000 inhabitants were killed and buried alive as the city of Pompeii, Italy was covered in ten feet of volcanic ash.
Alcatraz Webisodes: Battle of The Rock
It's a battle of man versus The Rock in 1937 as a kidnapper and bank robber join forces in order to plan their escape. Learn about their attempt to escape from Alcatraz in this video from Investigation Discovery.
What the Ancients Knew: Roman Engineering Tools
Romans used tools invented by others and improved them to fit their needs. Here's an example of one of their engineering tools -- the groma. Learn how the groma was used on The Science Channel's "What the Ancients Knew."
Massive Engines: Hydraulic Pumps
Discovery Channel's "Massive Engines," host Chris Barrie demonstrates the concept of the hydraulic pump. The hydraulic pump was invented by Joseph Bramah during the Industrial Revolution.
World War II in Color: Inside Treblinka
Adolf Hitler and the committee determine a strategy to deal with their "Jew problem" in Europe. Those who are unable to flee are left to face the horrific fate of death camps like Treblinka.
Really Big Things: North Carolina Granite Quarry
On Discovery Channel's series "Really Big Things," we learn about the North Carolina Granite Quarry. This open-faced quarry is the largest granite quarry in the world and can even be seen from space. Learn more in this clip.
Best Evidence: TWA Flight 800 CIA Animation
Did the FBI, National Transportation Safety Board and the CIA attempt to mislead the public about the explosion of TWA Flight 800? A researcher explains why he thinks the official CIA animation doesn't hold water on Discovery Channel's "Best Evidence."
Industrial Revelations: Silk Looms
On Discovery Channel's "Industrial Revelations," learn how silk looms worked and the significance of the silk industry in France during the Industrial Revolution.
Edge of War: Poland Stands Alone
Germany's invasion into Poland begins and the Polish army stands alone as 600 soldiers battle more than 42,000 Germans, leaving devastating results.
Edge of War: War Tactics
Both sides of the border are preparing for war, and the Polish General decides to bring out its most powerful weapon.
Edge of War: Order in Chaos
Adolf Hitler and his regime work to create chaos in the streets of Germany. Unbeknownst to the public, chaos is part of Hitler's master plan to bring him to power.
Edge of War: Negotiating with a Madman
British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain travels to Germany in order to negotiate with what could potentially be the most dangerous man around, Adolf Hitler.
The 9/11 Tapes: Direct Contact
Air traffic control receives direct contact from the terrorists who crashed American Airlines Flight 11 into the first World Trade Center tower on September 11, 2001.
The 9/11 Tapes: Racing to the Pentagon
Back on September 11, 2001, fighter jets raced to the Washington D.C. area to potentially intercept any incoming, non-responsive air crafts, but unfortunately they were not there in time.
Secret War: Battle of Alam el Halfa
July 1942, the Nazi's are on the march in North Africa, and if Cairo falls it could mean defeat by the British. The Battle of Alam el Halfa has officially begun.
Secret War: Public Enemy Number 1
Following the sinking of The Normandie naval ship, America is shocked when reputed New York mobster, Charlie "Lucky" Luciano, takes credit. The event sparks the beginning of one of the strangest relationships during World War II.
Secret War: The Mafia Joins the War
In May 1942 a strange group of mobsters, lawyers, and intelligence officers visit Lucky Luciano in prison. What occurred during this meeting prompts the Mob to pull together and help the war effort.
Who Did I Marry: Fighting For My Life
Just as Susan felt like luck was back on her side, she would soon find herself in the greatest fight for her life - against a stranger hired to kill her by the very husband who vowed to love her forever.