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This long-running, award-winning documentary series focuses on science, its many applications, speculation, history and researchers. Inspired by the BBC documentary program "Horizons, " the U.S. series frequently features interviews with scientists directly involved in the topic at hand, and sometimes even boasts footage of a particular discovery.

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On the 50th anniversary of its first flight, a history of the DC-3 illustrates its importance to aviation.
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The experience of organ donation, including patients who need transplants and families who make the choice to donate organs of deceased family members; the critical shortage of organs; research into "organs by design."
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The architectural design of Beijing's ancient complex of palaces and temples enabled it to survive centuries of earthquake shocks.
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Design secrets that made chariots a war machine for hundreds of years; how they were used and how they helped unify China.
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The March 11 earthquake, the worst to ever strike Japan, spawned a tsunami with 30-foot-high waves that destroyed entire towns in minutes.

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