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The programme depicts high technology imaging techniques such as high speed cameras, scanning electron microscopes.

KOCHI: Imagine an electric car accelerating from zero to 100 km per hour in three seconds or a fire suit that can withstand flames as hot as 2,000 degrees centigrade.

The new series on Discovery Channel, ‘Cool Stuff: How it Works’, takes the viewers on an eye-opening journey through the secrets of such amazing technologies.

The visuals capture the key principles behind each appliance and the host Steve Truitt explains how the technology works.

The programme depicts high technology imaging techniques such as high speed cameras, scanning electron microscopes and infrared viewfinders.

Commenting on the series, Rajiv Bakshi, Director - Marketing and Communications, India, Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific, said the programme will allow the viewers to explore science behind every gadget from the high speed cameras to fireproof jackets to secrets of microwave ovens.

The first episode depicts how the fire fighters survive the fiercest infernos with the help of ‘Nomex’, a fireproof material used to insulate the Space Shuttle.

Crime fighters nail their suspects using thermal cameras that can sense emitted radiation or heat. It also shows how to stop a person from being scorched in a wildfire using the radical fire suppressant Thermogel that can withstand flames up to 2,000 degree celsius.

In the second episode, the world’s fastest electric car accelerates from zero to 100 km per hour within three seconds.

It has no gearbox and clutch. Steve reveals the technology behind the armoured cars made of ballistic steel, which are so strong that they can shatter a bullet and also reveals the physics behind the glass windows that are tough enough to halt a high-powered bullet.

One of the following episodes features the latest in breakthrough technology in security. Steve Truitt explains about the ultimate ID one could possess, the irises of one’s eye, which has only a one in decillion chance of being identical.

It also shows the latest development in X-rays, the Backscatter, capable of detecting fluids.

Another episode looks at new techniques for keeping explosions under control. It features Talon, a robot that is faster than a running soldier and more agile than an average sports utility vehicle.