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Hagia Sophia: Istanbul's Ancient Mystery

Hagia Sophia: Istanbul's Ancient Mystery

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Examine Hagia Sophia’s seismic secrets, which have insured its survival through a dozen earthquakes.

Petra: Lost City of Stone

Petra: Lost City of Stone

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Follow an archaeologist and sculptors to learn how the people of Petra built their city of stone.

Colosseum: Roman Death Trap

Colosseum: Roman Death Trap

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Watch a team re-create a lifting machine and trap-door system to release a wolf into the Colosseum.

Sinkholes: Buried Alive

Sinkholes: Buried Alive

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Sinkholes are examined. The collapses can be gradual.

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Sunken Ship Rescue

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Follow the epic operation to secure, raise, and salvage the Costa Concordia cruise ship

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Big Bang Machine

Big Bang Machine

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Watch as CERN scientists prepare to restart the history-making Large Hadron Collider.

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Season 38 begins with an examination of how the great medieval cathedrals were built. The architectural marvels, made from stone and by hand, often required the labor of entire towns, and some took 100 years to finish. Many, however, now may collapse.

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