- Additional Details
- Format: Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
- Rating: Not Rated
- Number of Discs: 1
- Run Time: 50 Minutes
- Region: Region 1
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Language: English
- Studio: History Channel
- DVD Release Date: June 14, 2006
See how these important elements are vital to American industry and security.
- The ultimate celebration and investigation of engineering excellence.
- Visit the National Defense stockpile.
- For over a decade, MODERN MARVELS has brought grand stories to life.
Celebrating ingenuity, invention and imagination brought to life on a grand scale, MODERN MARVELS® tells the fascinating stories of the doers, dreamers and sometime-schemers who created everyday items, technological breakthroughs and man-made wonders.
They occupy a select portion of the periodic table. They are so essential to America's economic and military might that they are stored in the National Defense Stockpile in case of all-out war. But they are also, some of them, among the most mundane of all elements: copper, lead, zinc, and nickel.
MODERN MARVELS® also looks at the superalloys--consisting of steel combined with chromium, cobalt, and dozens of other metals--that resist corrosion and perform increasingly elaborate functions. From Earth to space, cosmetics to vitamins, in a million different ways, heavy metals are here to stay.