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  • 2011-01-31T05:00:00Z on Discovery
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  • 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).

50 episodes

2011x01 How Beer Saved the World

  • Season Premiere

    2011-01-31T05:00:00Z — 45 mins

Did you know that Beer was critical to the birth of civilization? That's right; Beer. Scientists and historians line up to tell the amazing, untold story of how beer helped create maths, poetry, Pyramids, modern medicine, labor laws and America.

2011x02 Secrets of Interrogation

  • 2011-03-09T05:00:00Z — 45 mins

When tried and tested means such as DNA tests and circumstantial evidence fail, confronting a suspect face-to-face might be the only chance police have to reveal the truth about a crime. In this series, watch as dramatic re-enactments demonstrate how the experts see through deception. Learn whether it is possible for the innocent to prevail when they are facing a professional interrogator and how the power of psychology helps to lift the secrecy on acts of malice and revenge.

2011x03 Explosions Gone Wrong

  • 2011-03-05T05:00:00Z — 45 mins

Sometimes deadly, sometimes catastrophic, always compelling; the biggest and baddest explosions ever caught on video. From gas stations and tanker trucks, to rocket failures and the manufacturers of their fuel, learn what makes these colossal explosions tick. Also: a disastrous explosion tears through NY City at 400 degrees, and without a single flame.

What came before the Big Bang? We dive into the strange world of loop quantum cosmology, multiverses and singularities. And we visit the room that NASA has created to model nothingness. It's a simple question: the answer is beautiful and very strange.

2011x05 Bermuda Triangle Exposed

  • 2011-03-21T04:00:00Z — 45 mins

Examine the Bermuda Triangle by layer to reveal what's beneath the 440, 000 square miles of ocean in the deadly marine graveyard. Freak waves, magnetic anomalies, giant whirlpools and more have been blamed for its mysterious plane and boat disappearances.

The Japanese space industry is about to reach another milestone. From its base on Tanegashima Island, the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) is counting down to the la launch of the HII-A JAXA s engineering marvel. Though this isn t its first launch, every launch might be stymied by a myriad of possible problems, and sometimes the consequences are heart breaking, expensive or even deadly. This time, as the HII-A attempts to carry its heaviest payload to date into space and join the big league of commercial satellite launchers, the stakes are as high as they ve ever been for Japan s space program.

2011x08 Pompeii Back From The Dead

  • 2011-04-18T04:00:00Z — 45 mins

As Vesuvius rained destruction on the the Roman town of Pompeii, 74 men, women and children took refuge in a dark cellar. There, they waited, while their friends and neighbors fell victim to the heat and ash that swallowed the city. They thought they had survived the worst - instead, they became the last people to die in the disaster. The discovery of their bones - perfectly preserved - reveals much about the way the people of Pompeii lived - and died.

On the Japanese island of Okinawa, scientists and engineers have set themselves a monumental challenge: to construct Asia’s biggest aquarium. But that’s not all – the aquarium plans on being the first in the world to hold whale sharks – the largest fish in the ocean – and to successfully breed them in captivity. The Churaumi Aquarium is a modern marvel of engineering and technical skill – with the added challenge of being ecologically sound. Designing and building an aquarium that can safely house fish that can grow to 20 meters in length – as well as making them feel at home so that they will breed is a gargantuan task.

2011x10 Space Pioneer: Venus

  • 2011-04-18T04:00:00Z — 45 mins

‘Space Pioneer’ is a fascinating six-part series where physicist and host Dr. Basil Singer eagerly plays the role of human guinea pig in his quest to find answers. Follow him as he investigates whether humans could possibly call Mercury, Venus, Mars, Saturn’s moon Titan, and Jupiter’s moons Callisto and Gliese 581c their home in the future. In the name of science, Dr. Singer subjects himself to extreme temperatures, tests new survival technologies designed to keep humans alive in harsh environments, suffers the rigors of travel in zero gravity, explores ideas for new human habitats in the sky, and much more.

Experience Japan's earthquake and tsunami through new footage and first person accounts. Understand the mega-physics inside this latest Ring of Fire cataclysm that rocked the Earth on its axis. Scientists explore whether the Pacific NW U.S. could be next.

2011x13 The Science of Lust

  • no air date — 45 mins

In this follow up to 2009’s hit Science of Sex Appeal, cutting edge scientists and human guinea pigs combine to explore the origins, experience, function and future of Man’s most urgent drive: Lust.

Its breathtaking shape defied every engineering and construction rule in the book. The original plans were radical and impossible to build using existing technology, but the designers faced the challenges and responded with innovative, inventive answers. The building was as controversial as it was complex and in 1966 amid massive public outcry, designer Jorn Utzon left Australia and the job, leaving the interiors of the opera house to be finished by others. Fast forward to modern times, and the famous and loved icon is due for a makeover. Jorn Utzon has been reinstated as designer, creating the final chapter of one of the greatest design stories of recent history.

2011x16 Killing bin Laden

  • 2011-05-15T04:00:00Z — 45 mins

Examining how Osama bin Laden was brought down from intelligence-gathering that exposed his location to the military operation conducted by Seal Team 6, and the terrorist leader's May 2011 burial at sea.

2011x17 Tornado Rampage

  • 2011-05-22T04:00:00Z — 45 mins

With nearly 200 tornados recorded and over 300 lives lost in just a single day, weather history was made on Wednesday, April 27, 2011 in the worst tornado outbreak since 1974. Discovery Channel's STORM CHASERS were filming that day in the center of the action and now present never-before-seen footage, recount their harrowing stories and put into both scientific and human context the overwhelming tragedy in the all new special TORNADO RAMPAGE 2011. STORM CHASERS' Reed Timmer, Sean Casey and Tim Samaras were all filming with their chase teams on Wednesday, April 27th for the new season of their series when they become caught up in unprecedented multiple tornados. Their exclusive, never-before-seen footage combined with meteorlogical expertise and years of chasing experience helps piece together a day that saw so much destruction and loss of life. Tornados are one of Mother Nature's most mystifying, deadly forces. When conditions are just right what starts as a breeze can becomes a mass of spinning energy as loud as a jet engine and as strong as a freight train. All three chase teams witnessed the storms from different locations across the South allowing Discovery to offer a comprehensive, 360° look at this unimaginable tragedy. "In all my years of chasing tornados, this was hands down the most unforgettable day. The intensity of the storm activity and the sheer number of tornados that touched down is overwhelming and heartbreaking. By studying this historic day we hope to learn more information for our research and help better predict tornados and save lives," said STORM CHASERS' meteorologist Reed Timmer TORNADO RAMPAGE 2011 is produced for Discovery Channel by Darlow Smithson. Tom Brisley and Guy Davies are executive producers. For Discovery Channel, Stephen Reverend is executive producer.

2011x18 In Search of the King's Head

  • 2011-05-26T04:00:00Z — 45 mins

The story of a skull recently discovered in an attic in France, which was revealed to be the head of king Henry IV of France – decapitated by French revolutionaries in 1789.

There's an invasion underway: An army of brainless, bloodless phantoms, billions strong, is taking over our oceans, destroying our food supply, and turning our beaches into battle zones. After 600 million years of evolution, jellyfish are the planet's ultimate survivors, flourishing even in the face of climate change and pollution. Are they really mindless blobs or is the enemy smarter than anyone ever predicted? Could this be a real life war of the worlds?

The Gotthard Base Tunnel is actually two main parallel tunnels measuring a record-breaking 57km each, served by a maze of access tunnels, shafts and passages. In total there will be 153.5 km of tunnel through the Swiss Alps. The project has been conceived to solve the problem of heavy European road traffic on this major route through the Alps, while simultaneously developing Europe’s high-speed rail network. The existing tunnel, much higher up, can only handle three-truck freight trains of up to 2,000 tons. The new tunnel will take 4,000 ton heavy freight trains – carrying entire trucks on board - effortlessly through the heart of the mountains. Passenger trains will be able to travel at speeds of up to 250kmph, resulting in a train journey time between Zurich and Milan of just two hours and 40 minutes – a third less than at present.

On Hong Kong's mountainous Lantau Island a team of experts are building one of the most impressive cable cars ever: the Ngong Ping 360.

Ski Dubai has 5 runs that vary in difficulty, height and gradient, the longest run being 400 meters with a fall of over 60 meters. Test your skills on the worlds first indoor black run or practice your turns on the gentle beginner slopes. Skiers and snowboarders of all skill levels will enjoy these various slopes and snowboarders can also practice their stunts in the Freestyle Zone. Kids and parents alike will have fun in the huge interactive Snow Park, which at 3000 square meters is the largest indoor snow park in the world.

The world's ultimate casino, The Venetian Macao Resort Hotel will be the largest inhabited building on earth. Off the coast of China, on islands of Macau, this entertainment super structure will be the centerpiece of the Asian Las Vegas.

2011x28 Surviving D-Day

  • 2011-06-04T04:00:00Z — 45 mins

By forensically analyzing war records and real testimony, SURVIVING D-DAY reveals that the difference between life and death for American soldiers hung on such details as what they ate for breakfast, the interpretation of a weather forecast, or the design of a buckle strap. Yet despite ingenious and creative tactical devices and strategies, the most powerful weapons of warfare were still leadership and bravery. The special tells these incredible stories -- many told by Omaha Beach veterans themselves -- to examine this historic day and reveal who survived... and why

It has a soft boneless body and two eyes that take up a quarter of its body weight. It has eight tentacles of which one contains the sex organ, brain and intestines all in a single pouch. It’s a carnivorous predator with a tearing beak that can grow up to five metres long! It can change shape and colour at will, disappearing into the background, with a formidable intelligence able to solve complex problems and the ability to walk on land, sea and cross through fire. It’s not an alien from outer-space but an Octopus, a creature that has lived alongside humankind from the beginning. In a one-off special, Aliens of the Deep explores how we are only beginning to unravel the extent of the astounding intelligence of this strange but fascinating deep water wonder.

2011x31 Dino Gangs

  • 2011-06-26T04:00:00Z — 45 mins

A groundbreaking discovery reveals that T-Rex may have been more deadly than we ever imagined. Many times more deadly. In the Gobi Desert, scientists unearth the remains of 68 Tyrannosaurus Rexes, packed closely together. For dino hunter Dr. Phil Currie, it's a find that leads him to a disturbing conclusion: T-Rex lived and hunted in bloodthirsty gangs, capable of taking down anything that crossed their path, and tearing their unlucky prey to shreds in a rapacious frenzy. Dr. Currie journeys to some of the most remote and inhospitable places on the planet in search of evidence that may reveal how just how brutally the tyrant lizard king lorded over their domain, and why their reign of terror lasted so long

2011x32 Secrets of Seal Team 6

  • 2011-07-10T04:00:00Z — 45 mins

For three decades, the elite government operatives of SEAL TEAM VI have existed under the radar, but now, their cover is blown. We'll uncover the classified information the government doesn't want you to know and discover the SECRETS OF SEAL TEAM 6.

2011x33 Who Survives?

  • 2011-07-27T04:00:00Z — 45 mins

After two hikers are stranded alone in the wilderness, they push themselves to their physical and emotional limits in an attempt to make it out of the wild alive.

2011x35 Monsters and Mysteries

  • 2011-08-15T04:00:00Z — 45 mins

Alaska: could its uninhabited frontier be hiding monsters and mysteries? For the first time, witnesses tell the stories of their encounters with the unknown Bigfoot, lake monsters and UFOs - all under the scrutiny of a top microexpressions expert.

2011x50 9/11: Heroes of the 88th Floor

  • 2011-09-04T04:00:00Z — 45 mins

9/11: HEROES OF THE 88th FLOOR is told through first-hand testimonials from survivors, recounting the 102 minutes before the North Tower collapsed. This program puts the spotlight on the extraordinary rescue work of construction manager Frank De Martini and construction inspector Pablo Ortiz, who both worked with the Port Authority on the 88th floor. Armed only with a flashlight, a crowbar and walkie talkies, the two men selflessly worked to rescue survivors from behind jammed doors on the upper floors of the North Tower. Sadly, both Frank and Pablo died in the terror attack--but their acts of heroism and courage saved the lives of 77 people and touched many more. Their bravery and sacrifice inspired those around them to step up and help others as they exited the towers, which in turn saved many more lives. Through archival footage and dramatic recreations, audiences relive their terrifying struggle for survival and discover what it was like to be trapped in the midst of this tragic day.

2011x51 Extreme Drug Smuggling

  • 2011-09-15T04:00:00Z — 45 mins

An inside look at the extreme lengths cartels and drug traffickers will go to import millions of tons of cocaine, marijuana, and heroin into the US each year.

Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman host a retrospective look and celebration of the life of Steve Jobs.

2011x55 Life On A Wire

  • 2011-06-22T04:00:00Z — 45 mins

Nik Wallenda comes from seven generations of daredevils and famous circus family 'The Flying Wallendas'. Nik is a daredevil for the 21st Century and along with his dad, who supervises the rigging and safety, he performs death-defying stunts. We follow his whole family (mom, dad, wife, kids) as they engineer and execute their life's passion.

2011x56 Jack the Ripper: Prime Suspect

  • 2012-05-09T04:00:00Z — 45 mins

Featuring the latest news and theories in the 120-year-old worldwide quest to identify the person dubbed Jack the Ripper responsible for the murder of 5 common prostitutes around the seedy district of Whitechapel in London's notorious East End between 31 August 1888 and 9 November 1888. Will this serial killer's identity ever be revealed through DNA or other - as yet unrevealed - evidence?

2011x57 Raising Big Blue

  • 2011-05-30T04:00:00Z — 45 mins

Scientists uncover a buried skeleton of a Blue Whale in an attempt to put it back together for display in a prominent museum. But it's not as simple as it seems, first they need to locate the buried whale, develop a method to clean the appalling stench from the bones and put all the pieces together.

The line between good and evil in the Wild West was often blurred, and perhaps no Hollywood Western captured the realities of the dangerous frontier better than the Coen Brothers' "True Grit." Based on the book by Charles Portis, it's a brutal portrayal of frontier justice, but real life in the West was even more shocking. Explore a violent and unforgiving time in America's history and see how Rooster Cogburn and young Mattie's encounters with hangings, shootouts, and kidnappings would have been part and parcel with life in the Wild West.

2011x60 The Supernaturalist

  • 2011-06-29T04:00:00Z — 45 mins

The Supernaturalist with Dan White Dan White performs mind-blowing magic: manipulating physical objects, performing surprising card tricks and making items appear from seemingly thin air. All of this, he admits, is merely an illusion. White has a mission: to find REAL magic. White travels to a remote corner of the planet and finds himself in a place where magic isn't just tricks. It is believed to be very real... and even dangerous. Locals in the Himalayan country of Nepal believe there are monks within its borders who use their powers to harm anyone who crosses their path. White relies on his talents as an illusionist to open doors normally closed to outsiders in an attempt to find one of these feared monks and - hopefully - witness his true magic. White's mission will introduce him to many people, each getting him one step closer to the men in the mountains.

Loved by a king. Hated by an empire. Erased from history – that is, until now. Join famed Egyptologist Dr. Joann Fletcher as she leads a Discovery Quest to uncover what may be the most startling archaeological find of our lifetime – the long-lost mummy of Queen Nefertiti. For centuries, the whereabouts of one of Egypt's most famous – and controversial – leaders remained a mystery. Then, in 1898, hidden in a small chamber behind a secret wall in a tomb in the Valley of Kings, three anonymous, seemingly ordinary mummies were found – and soon forgotten. For a hundred years, they laid there in the dark, neglected and unexamined. Watch as Dr. Joann Fletcher returns to that hidden chamber to prove that one of the mummies – referred to as "younger woman" – is Nefertiti.

2011x62 Shark City

  • 2011-08-01T04:00:00Z — 45 mins

Chief Shark Officer Andy Samberg takes us on a tour of a mysterious underwater world in the protected waters of the Bahamas, where it's shark-eat-shark, and shark-eat-pretty much everything else too. Join him as he explores the marvels of... Shark City!

2011x63 Taxidermy USA

  • 2011-03-29T04:00:00Z — 45 mins

From the exotic to the downright bizarre, Taxidermy USA follows three unique families of taxidermists as they stuff and mount everything from African Lion and American Alligator to Canadian Black Bear and Domestic House Cat.