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Engineering the Impossible

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Europe-to-Africa bridge; tunnel beneath the Strait of Gibraltar; technological advances.

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A team of experts examines the Roman Colosseum, the world's most infamous arena and perhaps the most elaborate death machine ever devised.
aired 79 days ago
Uncovering construction secrets 4000 years after the first pyramids rose from the desert in Egypt.

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