In 1858, Virgin Mary appears 18 times in the Grotto of Massabielle. At first, nobody believes it, but when the Catholic Church recognised the place, the construction of one of the biggest Christian complexes begins, and pilgrims rush to visit it... Today, it is the second most visited Catholic complex with about 600000 visitors per year. How did the architects manage to build big enough structures to welcome all these believers? 52 hectares, is the surface area on which the domain of the sanctuary spreads. It includes natural places such as the grotto, as well as monumental structures built by men: 15 pools, a church, no less than three basilicas, and a 1500 metres-long Stations of the Cross. Let's get back to the construction of these extravagant edifices. Four religious edifices were built one after another. The Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in 1866, the Rosary Basilica in 1881, the Basilica of St Pius X in 1956, and finally, the church of St Bernadette in 1986. All built in different styles and different times, what technical challenges had to be risen to for these constructions to see the light of day? What difficulties were encountered during the works? This film is the incredible story of a serious challenge: how to succeed in welcoming hundreds of thousands of believers while respecting and resisting the hostile natural environment of the Gave de Pau river.
See the inner workings of the Nimitz aircraft carriers: incredible floating cities delivering the US military wherever it is needed in the world.
This Australian series begins with a rural Queensland couple's journey to transform a rock hard paddock into an ambitious and extensive kitchen garden so that they can live out their "grow it, eat it, live it" dream.
Watch as a Lockheed C-5 Galaxy - the biggest cargo plane ever - is stripped down, overhauled and rebuilt for the US military.
The story of the original factory girls who took on the fight for equality at home and at work, with behind-the-scenes footage of the making of the series. Presented by Alex Jones.
William Henry Bragg and his son, William Lawrence Bragg, were the pioneering scientists who invented X-ray crystallography. It was William Lawrence who developed Bragg's Law, which - when combined with his father's newly-invented spectrometer - enabled scientists for the first time to observe the atomic structure of our physical world. The Nobel Prize-winning father and son team radically changed the world, with their invention paving the way for new discoveries in chemistry, space exploration a
Some fingerprints are visible to the eye and easy to detect. But latent fingerprints are invisible to the naked eye. In the 1980s, the Australian Federal Police and Australian National University engaged Milutin Stoilovic, a physicist specialising in fluorescence, to solve the problem. Dr Stoilovic invented the Polilight: a ground-breaking technology that brought a whole new dimension to forensic crime scene investigation through the collection of fingerprints.
Inspired to make a movie about bushranger Ned Kelly, Charles Tait, his brothers and collaborators set out to produce a fictional narrative film comprising five reels - unheard of in 1906. They released 'The Story of the Kelly Gang', which at about 60 minutes in duration was the first example of what we now understand to be a feature film.
Four Australian inventions that transformed how we see the world around us, and what we know about it. William and Lawrence Bragg invented X-ray crystallography to reveal the atomic structure of crystals. Milutin Stoilovic and colleagues at the Australian National University worked with Federal Police to create a forensic lamp, the Polilight, which could detect latent finger prints. Charles Tait created the world's first feature film with the help of his family, and William Beech invented the periscope rifle in the trenches of Gallipoli.
A group of modern women go back in time to 1983 to learn how an unsung army of female workers fought to keep their jobs in the face of foreign competition. Presented by Alex Jones.
The Inventors who got us airborne typify tenacity and perseverance. Lawrence Hargrave, who was ridiculed for his box kites, laid the foundation for all modern aviation. David Warren's black box helped make flying the safest form of transport, but he faced staunch resistance getting it off the ground. Jack Grant persisted for 10 years to get his lifesaving slide-raft into planes. While it took 60,000 years for the inventors of the returnable boomerang to receive recognition for their aeronautical achievements.
Join a salvage team to tear apart the world's biggest hovercraft and reveal the engineering innovations that made it a legend of its time.
Modern women from South Wales go back in time to the factory floor of 1976 to learn how an unsung army of factory girls took on the fight for equality. Presented by Alex Jones.
Food preservation has been a major challenge throughout Australia's history. In Victoria James Harrison invented a process of refrigeration that could make artificial ice on a commercial scale. In New South Wales, Thomas Mort and Eugene Nicolle, adapted and improved on Harrison's technology to build the world's first freezer works to produce artificially frozen food. In Western Australian Arthur McCormick came up with the Coolgardie food safe that ran on evaporative cooling, and in South Australia Tom Angove invented the wine cask.
Get deep inside the workings of a behemoth coal power station in North Carolina before it's taken apart and consigned to history forever.
Eighteen modern women go back to the factory floor of 1973 to learn how an unsung army of factory girls took on the fight for equality at work and at home. Presented by Alex Jones.
Early in the 19th Century, before equipment and practices to prevent the spread of bacteria in hospitals, approximately 50 percent of patients died from surgery and many women died during childbirth from infection. In 1946, Eric Ansell invented the first automated glove-dipping machine. His son, Harvey, later developed the process further to make perfectly sterile and disposable gloves for the medical industry.
Fiona Wood changed the lives of burn victims across the world by developing a spray-on skin using the patient's own skin cells. The invention reduced scarring and recovery time, as well as the amount of healthy skin needed for a donor site. This means those with burns across a large part of their body can be treated much faster and safer. The invention came to prominence following its use by Western Australian medical teams following the 2002 Bali Bombings.
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