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Breakthrough: The Ideas That Changed The World

Breakthrough: The Ideas That Changed The World

Take a mind-blowing journey through human history, told through six iconic objects that modern people take for granted, and see how science, invention and technology built on one another to change everything.

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Dial in to the fascinating history of the smartphone.

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Wed, 05/22/2019 - 05:30
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Blast off into history to see how rockets originated not in the sky, but in a cave.

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Wed, 05/15/2019 - 05:30
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Go for a ride through the 9,000-year history of the ultimate freedom machine: the car.

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Wed, 05/08/2019 - 05:30
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Check out the history of robots and learn how they are becoming a part of everyday life.

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Wed, 05/01/2019 - 05:30
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Take to the sky with the dreamers whose work gave humans the ability to fly.

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Wed, 04/24/2019 - 05:30
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Meet the brilliant minds throughout history, from Galileo to Edwin Hubble, responsible for creating the telescope. Today, their invention allows humanity to reach the furthest limits of seeing 13 billion light-years out.

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Wed, 04/17/2019 - 08:00
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