- Additional Details
- Format: Closed-captioned, 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: November 16, 2004
See why Patriot missiles failed during Desert Storm and visit the site of Love Canal.
Successes are impressive, but failures often contribute more to our knowledge. Nowhere is this more evident than in engineering, where a simple miscalculation can prove disastrous, and it is almost impossible to hide the consequences.
MODERN MARVELS® returns to this sadly productive territory to examine the following five events: death seeps out of the ground into homes sitting on a toxic waste dump at Love Canal in New York; vaunted Patriot Missiles fail on the battlefield during Desert Storm, the victim of bad software; on September 11, 2001, World Trade Center Building #7 collapses into a pile of rubble hours after the planes topple the Twin Towers; a night of revelry in Boston turns tragic as 400 people perish in the the Cocoanut Grove nightclub inferno; and the science of demolition fails when the ""Leaning Tower of Providence"" stands its ground.