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Engineering Disasters 18

Engineering Disasters 18

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50 min.
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A & E Entertainment
In this hour, we investigate the Army's Stryker Light Armored Vehicle--did competing interests, political pressures, and military policy put US soldiers at unnecessary risk? In California, we visit the Salton Sea, an unnatural body of water with no drainage that grows more salty and less hospitable to life daily. Next, we travel to a deadly explosion in China's Sunjiwan coal mine--antiquated equipment, minimal safety standards, and a rush to overproduce left China's mines susceptible to fires, floods, and explosions. And, from the 1920s through the `50s, US shoe stores featured the fluoroscope. Based on an early Edison machine, the fluoroscope took x-rays to determine a customer's size--while emitting high doses of radiation. Finally, we look at a 1999 tragedy, when three ironworkers plunged 200 feet when the basket in which they were working was struck by debris during construction of Milwaukee's Brewers Baseball Stadium.

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