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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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Breakthrough: The Ideas That Changed the World

The Smartphone

Dial in to the fascinating history of the smartphone.

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The Smartphone

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Breakthrough: The Ideas That Changed the World

The Rocket

Blast off into history to see how rockets originated not in the sky, but in a cave.

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The Rocket

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Breakthrough: The Ideas That Changed the World

The Car

Go for a ride through the 9,000-year history of the ultimate freedom machine: the car.

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The Car

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Breakthrough: The Ideas That Changed the World

The Robot

Check out the history of robots and learn how they are becoming a part of everyday life.

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The Robot

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Breakthrough: The Ideas That Changed the World

The Airplane

Take to the sky with the dreamers whose work gave humans the ability to fly.

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The Airplane

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Breakthrough: The Ideas That Changed the World

The Telescope

Look back in time to see how humans invented the telescope.

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The Telescope