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  • Discovery
  • 45 mins
  • 11 hours, 15 mins
  • United States
  • Documentary

Discovery Channel (formerly The Discovery Channel from 1985 to 1995, and often referred to as simply "Discovery") is an American basic cable and satellite television channel (which is also delivered via IPTV, terrestrial television and internet television in other parts of the world).

53 episodes

Special 1 Unfolding Universe

  • no air date — 45 mins

Uncover clues about the origins of our galaxy with a team of astronomers and scientists as they strive to locate a strange presence hidden deep in the core of the galaxy. Learn how this mysterious realm harbors clues to the origin of the world and probes the future course of our galaxy and universe.

Special 2 Return To Hubble

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Follow seven astronauts as they embark on 2002's risky space shuttle mission STS-109 to capture and repair the Hubble space telescope.

Life seems to be something almost inevitable given the slighest chance.

In April 1912, after colliding with an iceberg, the RMS Titanic cruise ship sank into the north Atlantic ocean in one of the most notorious disasters in world history. Touted as unsinkable before its maiden voyage, the manner in which the Titanic sank has long been a mystery and source of debate. Join a group of scientists and researchers as they combine underwater archaeology, forensic science, metallurgy, microbiology and sonar imaging to present an investigation of the sinking and attempt to answer puzzling questions about the wreck. Computer animation recreates important aspects of the sinking – like the collision with the iceberg and the angle and speed of the ship's descent. Plus, hear from survivors who share their thoughts on the tragedy, offering a unique view of the disaster as it was happening.

With scientists predicting three to five major natural disasters each year, 'Could It Happen Here?' looks six different cities around the world and analyses if each city is prepared for disaster to strike. Viewers will witness the blueprints for disaster - from dangerous population growth to the impact of global warming and public and political complacency. Viewers will also meet the new breed of hazard scientists whose job it is to ask 'Could It Happen Here?'

What would happen if scientists could harness all they know about the power of storms and weather systems to help divert the course of hurricanes and prevent devastating disasters.

The Western world is built on the wisdom and traditions of the ancient Greeks, who uncovered the fundamental principles that established the basics of modern technology. Explore their contributions to geometry, astronomy, and physics and take a close-up look at how they applied their knowledge.

The technological innovations employed in modern Japan whose roots can be traced back to ancient times

Discover the wonders of the universe on this ride through the cosmos

More than 2,000 years ago, the Roman army swept across Europe, northern Africa, and the Middle East. Backed by the legions, their military, and engineering skills, the Romans built one of the largest empires in history, dominating as many as 36 modern nations.

The amazing inventions, extraordinary ideas and world's first and advanced civilization by Indians that are still useful today, such as plastic surgery, number system, wax, yogas, and the water clock.

Ancient Chinese technologists used gunpowder, porcelain, the cast iron plow, kites, the magnetic compass, moveable type, the blast furnace, the multistage rocket and more. Host Jack Turner demonstrates how ancient machines worked and explains why they were developed.

Viewers will discover how life in ancient Egypt was consumed with the preparation for the afterlife. As the desire and financial ability of Egyptians seeking the afterlife increased, a highly specialized and diversified workforce grew. This helped promote an intricate industry and infrastructure of organization, supply lines, and administration.

Special 20 Midas Revealed

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Midas or King Midas is popularly remembered in Greek mythology for his ability to turn everything he touched into gold. Learn the story behind the myth.

Special 21 Comet Collision

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In July 2005, NASA's Deep Impact probe collided with comet Tempel 1, providing the first-ever glimpse of the interior of one of these "dirty snowballs" and valuable insight into the formation of our solar system. NASA's brilliant, but risky, plan to send a tiny, copper-plated probe hurtling directly towards the city-sized comet at a speed of 23,000 mph was a smashing success. The resulting explosion of particles provided experts with new data about the composition of life-building materials that were present in the early solar system. Watch as state-of-the-art spacecraft animation and stunning location photography bring the mission to life, taking viewers behind the scenes of NASA's high-profile mission. Follow the entire journey of the doomed Deep Impact probe, from its initial design to the extraordinary challenge of building a spacecraft that's intended to be smashed to pieces.

Special 22 Fixing Carbon

  • no air date — 45 mins

Watch as some of the world's leading scientists put the most ambitious geo-engineering ideas to the test in order to tackle global climate change. From covering acres of Greenland's glaciers in protective blankets to constructing space rockets to sending tiny reflective lenses into orbit, these experiments push the boundaries of science and technology by exploring eight creative ideas that just might reduce global warming.

Special 23 Atlantis

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BBC's recent Timewatch program "Atlantis: The Evidence" presents compelling evidence that Altlantis wasn't so far away after all, but what it omits is just as compelling. Although Plato’s account of Atlantian masonry, consisting of red, white and black stones, was a visually perfect match for the modern walls of the Minoan excavation site favored by the Timewatch episode, and his account of a sea made impassable by small islands of mud could, in fact, be a description of the rafts of pumice left by the catastrophic eruption of an ancient volcano there, little mention is made of Plato's specific account of where Atlantis was or the common root that links Atlantis to the Atlantic ocean. Also omitted is Plato's chronology placing the sinking of Atlantis in the same time frame as the end of the last ice age which caused the inundation of huge expanses of once fertile lands. Is "Atlantis: The Evidence" a thinly disguised example of Eurocentrism in the media? Watch Discovery: Atlantis for a more comprehensive view on an age-old debate.

Special 26 Rebuilding a Race Car Legend - Ford GT40

  • 2004-01-01T00:00:00-05:00 — 45 mins

Get an inside look at the rebuilding of a race car legend in this exciting documentary. In one-third of the time it typically takes to design and produce a high-quality automobile, the Ford Motor Co. brings their GT40 back to life as the 2005 Ford GT. The GT40 dominated the arduous Le Mans endurance race in the 1960s, besting every other high-speed racer. Now, it's been redesigned to put everyday drivers behind the wheel of a precision machine.

Special 27 DaVinci: Unlocking the Genius

  • 2009-05-04T00:00:00-04:00 — 45 mins

Leonardo da Vinci was the original Renaissance man. He’s best known for having painted the Mona Lisa but he was also an engineer, a musician, a military weapons designer, a futurist and an unparalleled inventor. With remarkable foresight, da Vinci’s accomplishments came before Newton’s theory of gravity, Darwin’s The Origin of Species – and even before the world was known to be round.

Special 28 Chernobyl: Life in the Dead Zone

  • 2007-11-04T00:00:00-04:00 — 45 mins

In 1986, the Chernobyl nuclear power lost control of one of its four reactors resulting chain reaction that created a series of explosions. 'Chernobyl: Life in the Dead Zone' explores how nature and animals would react and survive if the world was suddenly without humans. This fascinating programme takes place at the site of the world's worst nuclear accident - hastily abandoned by panic-stricken humans. In houses where people once lived and laughed, wildlife is making itself at home. Watch as the wild animals face challenges in an environment totally outside their comfort zone, while once-domestic species must rediscover their wild natures within.

Special 34 Sinking of the Lusitania: Terror at Sea

  • 2007-05-17T00:00:00-04:00 — 45 mins

The story of the sinking of the Lusitania in 1915 after she was torpedoed off the Irish coast. The story is told from the perspective of Prof. Holbourn (a passenger), the German U-boat and its captain and crew, and other passengers, crew and Admiralty staff.

Special 35 Battle of Chernobyl

  • no air date — 45 mins

On April 26,1986 at 1:24am, a rainbow-colored flame shot 1,000 meters high into the Ukrainian sky. The fourth reactor at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant had just exploded. The battle of Chernobyl had begun. For eight months, 800,000 young soldiers, miners and even civilians from all corners of the Soviet Union worked to try and "liquidate" the radioactivity, build a "sarcophagus" around the ruined reactor, and above all, to save the world from a second explosion. Provoked by a terrific chain reaction, a second nuclear explosion ten times more powerful than Hiroshima, threatened at any moment to wipe out not only the entire Ukraine, but half of Europe as well. It was a race against the clock that the first participants in the battle of Chernobyl aren't about to forgot.

Special 36 Birth of a Kia Optima

  • 2012-09-22T00:00:00-04:00 — 45 mins

This is the story of one of the most radical makeovers in automotive history. The Kia Optima - from bland to bold, from safe to sexy.

This episode highlights new discoveries that shed light on the evolution from early dinosaurs such as the tiny Eoraptor to the bizarre looking crested dinosaurs of the Jurassic to the giant carnivores such as Tyrannosaurus Rex.

This episode transports us to the town of Lourinha, Portugal, where the largest concentration of fossils in Europe exists. We’ll show you how this watering hole looked 150 million years ago, during the late Jurassic, where giant sauropods (four-legged herbivores) took a break along migration routes.

Remember the ferocious Velociraptors made famous by "Jurassic Park?" Watch as bigger versions of them, Utahraptors, take down larger prey by hunting in groups. It takes revolutionary adaptations to stay alive during the era of the dinosaur, and this episode exposes how different species changed to survive.

Special 40 Reign of the Dinosaurs: End Game

  • 2012-12-09T00:00:00-05:00 — 45 mins

We get an up close and personal look at how they lived, from nesting in pairs to caring for their young and how they played together. The reign of the T.Rex ended when the impact of a huge asteroid hurtling toward Earth decimated the dinosaur population -- but not all dinosaurs died.

Special 41 How William Shatner Changed the World

  • 2005-01-01T00:00:00-05:00 — 45 mins

William Shatner presents a light-hearted look at how the "Star Trek" TV series have influenced and inspired today's technologies, including: cell phones, medical imaging, computers and software, SETI, MP3 players and iPods, virtual reality, and spaceship propulsion.

Special 42 Top Ten Coasters

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On your marks, get ready, we're on the verge of rides on 10 of the longest, fastest, highest, and scariest roller coasters in the world. In the interest of science and of fun, we try to select the top 10 reoller coasters!

Special 43 Sport Under Threat

  • 2012-07-15T00:00:00-04:00 — 45 mins

SPORT UNDER THREAT looks at how organisers of sporting events handle the increased risk of terrorist activity, learning from past events that were disrupted by terrorism. Find out what security measures being taken at current major sports events, including housing special forces and attack helicopters in the Royal Navy's biggest warship the HMS Ocean, which will be anchored in the Thames during the 2012 Olympic Games.

Special 44 Falklands Hero: Bravo November

  • 2012-03-27T00:00:00-04:00 — 45 mins

While filming Frontline Battle Machines in Afghanistan, Mike Brewer was aboard a Chinook describing the vital work that these helicopters do in the theatre of war when the vehicle was sent on an urgent MERT mission to pick up servicemen injured in a firefight with the Taliban. During the rescue the pilot, Ian Fortune, was shot in the head, but courageously managed to land the aircraft. Back at base - as Ian was patched up - Mike found out that the helicopter, Bravo November, was The longest serving helicopter in the Royal Air Force. This ignited in him a desire to discover the full story behind the aircraft and the Chinook fleet it is still part of. Bravo November has been in service since 1982 and has served in the Falkland Islands, Lebanon, Germany, Northern Ireland, Kurdistan, Iraq and Afghanistan. And it was in the Falklands where it first entered the public consciousness.

Special 45 China's Mega Dam

  • 2006-01-28T00:00:00-05:00 — 45 mins

The Three Gorges Dam on the Yangtze River in China is the largest public works project in the history of mankind. Its size, scale and potential are unprecedented in engineering history. Join Discovery Channel cameras - granted exclusive access to the site - as they document the dramatic effect this massive construction project will have on the surrounding countryside.

Special 46 Secrets Of Bin Laden's Lair

  • 2012-10-24T00:00:00-04:00 — 45 mins

When SEAL Team Six killed Osama Bin Laden during Operation Neptune Spear in 2011, they captured a treasure trove of hard drives, computers, videos and personal papers that revealed invaluable information about the world’s most wanted man. Providing an exclusive, razor sharp insight into this highly classified information, one-hour special ‘Secrets Of Bin Laden’s Lair’ explores the herculean effort to seize and analyse this vital intelligence. Featuring exclusive interviews with the government insiders and journalists who were briefed on the findings, this compelling programme uncovers extraordinary details about the personal life of the notorious terrorist, his leadership of Al Qaeda, his life on the run, and chilling evidence of plots against the West. What have intelligence agencies learned from this material and what impact will it have on America’s war against terrorism?

Special 47 Militia Rising

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If the world as you know it falls apart, will you rise up to fight? Discovery Channel’s new one-hour documentary follows citizen militia, survival and prepper groups in Arizona, Florida and Indiana who are preparing for the worst. After what they consider to be inadequate government responses to tragedies like Hurricane Katrina, these groups believe that disaster will strike – and they must be ready to protect themselves and restore order.

Explore some of King Tut's lavish funeral rites and treasure.

Special 49

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Bear draws on his own experience as an Everest summiteer to explain the danger and the allure of the mountain. He shares stories of climbers and sherpas who survived Everest's worst disasters as well as set some of its most extreme records.

Special 54 DIXIE MAFIA

  • 2013-02-02T00:00:00-05:00 — 45 mins

Dixie Mafia is a one-hour special that tells the true story of Mississippi's battles with organized crime. Responsible for dozens of murders and countless other crimes, the Dixie Mafia rose to power in Biloxi during the 1960’s, and their reign of terror lasted decades. Now their torch has been taken up by a new gang, equally corrupt and equally dangerous. DIXIE MAFIA shows the rise and fall of real American gangsters, taking viewers into the lives of the crime bosses, organization members and law enforcement officers that still battle in America's deep south.

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