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Smithsonian Channel: How the Fastest Animal on Earth Attacks Its Prey

The Peregrine falcon is not your average avian predator. When hunting, this remarkable bird will fly to great heights, then dive bomb its prey abruptly at speeds of up to 242 mph..  

Smithsonian Channel: How Was Hitler’s Enigma Machine Cracked?

During WWII, an elite team of British codebreakers, including Alan Turing and Gordon Welchman, were tasked with cracking one of the most complex secret communication systems in existence: Hitler’s Enigma.  

Smithsonian Channel: Unearthed Eyewitness Reports of Hitler’s Final Days

After WWII, Nuremberg judge Michael Musmanno set out to quash rumors that Hitler was secretly still alive. This footage is part of a series of fascinating, unearthed video interviews he conducted with the last people to see the Fuhrer alive.  

Smithsonian Channel: How Waves Could’ve Created the Loch Ness Monster

Despite very little scientific evidence supporting the Loch Ness Monster’s existence, people routinely report it surfacing from the water. Dr. Tom Davey believes waves may be responsible for this phenomenon. Watch him test this hypothesis out with a state-of-the-art wave pool.  

Smithsonian Channel: Unbelievable Footage of Exploding Plants

Violets, touch me nots, and squirting cucumbers all have one thing in common: They disperse their seeds by exploding. Here’s some incredible footage of each one in action.  

Smithsonian: Do Plants Respond to Music?

One organic wine grower is convinced that a daily dose of classical music helps his grapes grow. Two German students decide to test the hypothesis, only to discover a possibly revolutionary result.  

Smithsonian Channel: A Cheetah Sprinting to the Kill

The cheetah does a lot of high-speed sprinting to catch its prey in the arid, hot desert. Learn about its advance, cooling adaptations and see the apex hunter race through sandy dunes to make a kill.  

Smithsonian Channel: The Sneaky Reason Why Plants Bear Fleshy Fruit

Many plants rely on the wind to transport their seeds. However, in thick forests this system proved difficult. How did plants solve the problem?  

Smithsonian Channel : Do These Fish Really Shoot Their Prey with Spit?

Archerfish are the only fish in the world that shoot its prey with streams of water. See them in action here.  

Smithsonian Channel: How Roman Legions Dominated the Ancient World

Each member of the Roman legions was superbly disciplined and dangerously armed. They were also key players in Rome’s global dominance.  

Smithsonian Channel: A Pill that Takes Up to 50,000 Photos of Your Insides

The PillCam is a tiny, swallowable camera. Taking two frames a second, it provides doctors with an incredible visual map of your digestive system.  

Smithsonian Channel: Incredible Footage of Killer Whales Playing Underwater

Using an innovative camera he specially crafted, David Riggs captures thrilling activity in this marine mammal hot spot. 19 museums. 9 international research centers. 168 million artifacts. One channel. Infinite stories. Smithsonian Channel explores the history of our planet, life and culture, with 100% original, family-friendly programming. From the origins of the universe to the …

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Smithsonian Channel: Who Decided to Put 60 Seconds in a Minute?

One highly influential ancient Middle Eastern civilization established some of the essential systems we still use today. Think you know which it is?  

Smithsonian Channel: History’s Deadliest Predators

From Anomalocaris’ spiked arms to Smilodron’s 12-inch fangs, meet the most dangerous predators of all time.  

Smithsonian Channel: Speed Kills: Top 7 Most Unbelievable Moments on Land

From sudden scorpion stings to caracals that smack birds right out of the air, these intense animal face-offs will leave you stunned.  

Smithsonian Channel: This Eel’s Second Jaw Delivers the Death Blow

What do snowflake eels and the movie ‘Alien’ have in common? A deadly second jaw.  

Smithsonian Channel: Mongoose vs. Cobra

Mongooses and snakes are each other’s deadliest opponents. When they face off, the outcome is utterly unpredictable.  

Smithsonian Channel: Incredible | A Caracal Slaps Down a Bird in Flight

The caracal is a fierce and agile predator. And the way it pursues airborne prey is astounding.  

Smithsonian Channel: A Volcano 10 Times More Forceful than Mount St. Helen’s

There are 50 active volcanoes in Alaska, two of which blow their tops every year. But nothing compares to the 15 cubic kilometers of magma that spewed from this volcano in 1912.