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Assignment Discovery: American Inventions of the 1800s

On Discovery Channel's "Assignment Discovery," learn how the Industrial Revolution sparked a wave of American inventions including the telegraph and the steam boat.


On Discovery Channel's "Assignment Discovery," learn how the Industrial Revolution sparked a wave of American inventions including the telegraph and the steam boat.
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Assignment Discovery: American Inventions of the 1800s

On Discovery Channel's "Industrial Revelation," learn about British inventor Richard Trevithick and how he came up with the idea for the locomotive.
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Industrial Revelations: Beginning of Trains

On Discovery Channel's "Industrial Revelations," host Mark Williams learns how the boat propeller came about.
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Industrial Revelations: Boat Propellers

The London canals were used for carrying goods in Britain during the Industrial Revolution. On Discovery Channel's "Industrial Revelations," host Mark Williams explores the revolution of hydraulics and lifts on the canal.
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Industrial Revelations: British Industry Canals

On Discovery Channel's "Industrial Revelations," host Mark Williams visits the Pennine Passage, and learns about the beginning of London's limestone transports.
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Industrial Revelations: England's Lime Transport

On Discovery Channel's "Industrial Revelations," host Mark Williams shows us one of the last remaining iron roller machines on a battle ship with an engine that rivals the Titanic's.
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Industrial Revelations: Iron Roller Machine

In the early 19th century large steam engines were used to provide water to London. Eventually they learned how to use this same technology to remove sewage from the city. Learn more on Discovery Channel's "Industrial Revelations."
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Industrial Revelations: London Sewage Pump

The lowland Scotland ship building industry developed in the 19th century. On Discovery Channel's "Industrial Revelations," host Mark Williams describes these new steam powered boat engines that revolutionized the ship building industry.
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Industrial Revelations: Lowland Ship Building

As the Duke of Bridgewater was building his canal, a young man named James Watt was working out how to improve the pumping engine. Learn more about the development of more efficient steam engines on Discovery Channel's "Industrial Revelations."
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Industrial Revelations: More Efficient Steam Engines

On Discovery Channel's "Industrial Revelations," host Mark Williams gives a hands on demonstration at how the steam lever works.
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Industrial Revelations: Steam Lever

Things changed when steam power finally arrived in the textile industry. On Discovery Channel's "Industrial Revelations," host Mark Williams explains how the steam engine works and how it runs the cotton mill.
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Industrial Revelations: Textile Industry Steam Mill

In this clip from Discovery Channel's "Massive Engines," host Chris Barrie shows us how Isambard Brunel developed the powerful steam engine of the SS Great Britain.
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Massive Engines: Inside the SS Great Britain

In this clip from Discovery Channel's "Massive Engines," host Chris Barrie takes us inside the Waverly pleasure cruiser for a glimpse of its triple expansion steam engine.
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Massive Engines: Inside the Waverly Pleasure Cruiser

On Discovery Channel's "Massive Engines," host Chris Barrie explains the science behind the London Tower bridge. The London Tower Bridge uses hydraulic pressure to open and close the bridge.
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Massive Engines: London Tower Bridge

In this clip from Discovery Channel's "Massive Engines," Chris Barrie shows us the science behind the successful transatlantic voyage of Isambard Brunel's SS Great Britain.
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Massive Engines: Maiden Voyage of the SS Great Britain

The Newcomen steam engine gets it power from atmospheric pressure. Host Chris Barrie demonstrates how this is accomplished and sees a live running Newcomen steam engine in action on Discovery Channel's "Massive Engines."
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Massive Engines: Newcomen Engine in Action

On Discovery Channel's "Massive Engines," host Chris Barrie offers viewers an inside glimpse of one of the first steam engine fire pumps.
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Massive Engines: Steam Powered Pumps

Using a steam shovel, host Chris Barrie details the concept of horsepower on Discovery Channel's "Massive Engines."
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Massive Engines: Steam Shovel Horsepower

On Discovery Channel's "Massive Engines," host Chris Barrie shows us how steam shovels work. Powered by steam engines, steam shovels became popular during the Industrial Revolution.
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Massive Engines: Steam Shovels

In this clip from Discovery Channel's "Massive Engines," host Chris Barrie sails back in time to learn about and take a ride on some of the first steam powered ships and boats.
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Massive Engines: The First Steam Powered Ships

In this clip from Discovery Channel's "Massive Engines," Chris Barrie takes a spin on a 1926 Foden steam wagon, one of the first steam trucks.
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Massive Engines: The First Steam Trucks

On Discovery Channel's "Massive Engines," host Chris Barrie demonstrates how the Watt steam engine works.
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Massive Engines: Watt Steam Engine Demo

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