Technical Education


Construction Works of God: Lourdes, the Oversized Sanctuary 55 min.

The Sanctuary of Our Lady Lourdes is the second most visited Catholic shrine in the world with around 600,000 visitors each year. Covering 52 hectares, it is one of the biggest Christian complexes ever built. It includes the Grotto of Massabielle, where the Virgin Mary appeared, 15 pools, a church, three basilicas and the 1,500 meter long Stations of the Cross. This program examines how each of th...

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The Incredible Transformation of Paris by Haussmann 56 min.

Napoleon III made it his mission to modernize the French capital city after spending some time in London. He employed Georges-Eugène Haussmann to carry out this massive urban renewal program, which saw new boulevards, parks and public works over a period of 17 years. Overcrowded and unhealthy medival neighboorhoods were demolished to make space for wide avenues, parks, squares, fountains, sewers,...

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Legendary Megastructures 180 min.

This series moves from the sprawling church complex in Lourdes, to the massive urban renewal and modernization of Paris. Featuring construction projects from monuments to bridges, parks to buildings and more, each program details how each of these structures was built, the technical challenges and difficulties encountered, as well as the innovations in materials and techniques that were made to al...

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The Paris of Napoleon I 55 min.

We often think of Napoleon I as an incredible legislator and wartime leader, but he was also a prolific patron, who supported the construction of many of Paris' most iconic monuments: the Arc de Triomphe, Vendôme Column, Palais de la Bourse, the church of La Madeleine, as well as many bridges. In this program, we learn how long these projects took, how many architects, sculptors, and workers were...

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Why Bridges Collapse 53 min.

In 2018, Italy’s Morandi Bridge collapsed, killing 43 people. For 50 years, the iconic bridge had withstood the elements—and stress from ever-increasing traffic. NOVA investigates what went wrong and explores other bridge collapses across the United States. How can new engineering techniques make bridges safer and prevent such tragedies?

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The Nature of Invention 51 min.

Behind every invention is a fascinating story. Britt Wray wants to meet inventors to find out what inspires them and what makes them tick. She meets a 15-year-old girl who has created a flashlight powered by the heat of your hand, a quadriplegic doctor who has created a wearable robotic exoskeleton that enables wheelchair bound people to walk upright, and many more.

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A Giant On The River 52 min.

It’s a race against the clock. The world’s most skilled civil engineers are working to complete one of North America’s largest, most complicated bridge construction projects, in record time. With 60 million vehicles projected to be travelling over the new Champlain Bridge each year, an extraordinary team of builders have come together to create and execute a design unlike any bridge of its kind. A...

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Beyond Innovation: Episode 10 24 min.

A software platform unifies disparate data, a thousand drones set a world record, and a healthcare startup helps reverse diabetes. Plus, Michael and Anthony speak with astronaut Scott Kelly about what it will take to put humans on Mars. Hosted by venture capitalist Anthony Lacavera and technology journalist Michael Bancroft. Other featured guests include: Girish Pancha, Co-Founder & CEO, StreamSet...

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Beyond Innovation: Episode 11 24 min.

A patient moves a prosthetic limb with his thoughts, a personal submarine dives to the ocean’s depths and a venture capitalist finds genius outside Silicon Valley. Plus, Michael and Anthony speak with a company launching a flying taxi service. Hosted by venture capitalist Anthony Lacavera and technology journalist Michael Bancroft. Featured guests include: Ajay Royan, Co-Founder and Managing Gener...

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Beyond Innovation: Episode 12 24 min.

An algorithm designs the perfect website, an exoskeleton puts a spring in your step and a scanner sees inside your food. Plus, the entrepreneur who invented the mouse reveals his next big idea. Hosted by venture capitalist Anthony Lacavera and technology journalist Michael Bancroft. Featured guests include: Babak Hodjat, Co-Founder, Sentient Technologies; Sean Walsh, CEO, HyperBlock; Steve Cerveny...

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