Modern Marvels

More Doomsday Tech

Season 11, Ep 75, Aired 12/28/04
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  • Episode Description
  • From the far reaches of space to tiny viruses, doomsday sources are many. But so are technologies used to keep doomsday at bay.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Max Raphael


  • Anthony Lacques

  • W. Scott Goldie

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (1)

    • Narrator: The technology to prevent our own extinction by an asteroid, the power to wipe out our species with an engineered super-disease, the battle against cyberterror and the double edged sword that is genetic engineering. Now, More Doomsday Tech, on Modern Marvels.

    Notes (2)

    • Commentators: David Morrison, NASA Senior Scientist, Astrobiology Institute Donald Yeomans, Manager, Near Object Program Office, NASA/JPL Raymond Bambery Near Earth Asteroid Tracking Project, NASA/JPL Dr. Peter Jahrling Senior Research Scientist USAMRIID Stephanie Loranger, PhD Federation of American Scientists Dr. Charles Schable Director, Office of Terrorism, CDC Lawrence Dubois, PhD Physical Sciences Division, SRI International Dr. Stephen Cunnion International Consultants in Health, Inc Jeremy Rifkin Author, The Biotech Century Peggy Lemaux, PhD Plant & Microbial Biology, University of California Jeffrey M. Smith Author, Seeds of Deception Gregory D. Evans CEO, Ligatt Security Ray Kurzweil Author and Inventor Terry Benzel Information Sciences Institute, USC Chip Elliot Principal Engineer, BBN Tech

    • Executive Producer: Don Cambou Writer: W. Scott Goldie Writer: Anthony Lacques Producer: W. Scott Goldie Producer: Anthony Lacques Line Producer: Paul Dzilvelis Editor: Barney Robinson Narrator: Max Raphael Music: Guy Thomas Producer: Bruce Nash Creator: Bruce Nash Production Manager: Shelia Collins Post Producer: Tim Knauff Clearance Supervisor: Katie Del Core Director of Research: Anthony Lacques Production Controller: Dani Eslin Accountant: Sheridan Liu Coordinator: Melinda Esquibel Researcher: Paul Lacques Researcher: Mikki Del Monico Researcher: John Knapp Researcher: Sean Heckman Researcher: Tom Barclay Clearance Coordinator: D.W. Blakeslee Production Assistant: Jeffrey Perkins Voice over Coordinator: Mikki Del Monico Assistant Editor: Laura Steinhoff Assistant Editor: Michael Broome Assistant Post Coordinator: Alexander Rubinow Post Assistant: Gaylen Kobayashi Camera: Roddy Blelloch Camera: Chris Connell Camera: Bob Elfstrom Camera: Tony Flanagan Camera: Julio Luzquinos Camera: Lon Magdich Camera: Jonathan Milavec Camera: Richard Neill Camera: Brian Temple Camera: Paul Young Field Audio: Owen Bissell Field Audio: John Bogley Field Audio: Mike Borman Field Audio: Doug Farris Field Audio: James Hanlon Field Audio: Albert Nematollahi Field Audio: Keith Pearson Field Audio: Thom Staton Field Audio: David Williams Online Editor: John Price Sound Mixer: Paul Ray Animation: Randall Rickert Technical Consultant: Terry Benzel Technical Consultant: Donald Yeomans Special Thanks: Foundation for Global Community U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) Executive Producer: Beth Dietrich-Segarra Produced by Actuality Productions, INC 2004

    Trivia (4)

    • The greatest mass extinction ever, the Permian-Triassic-or “Great Dying”-wiped out nearly all life on Earth 250 million years ago. Recent evidence, while sparse, suggest a giant asteroid as the cause.

    • According to Russian scientist, the Soviet Union had developed an ICBM equipped with ten warheads that could each release up to four and a half pounds of smallpox mist over an American city.

    • The word “quarantine” if from quaranta giorni, Italian for “40 days.” It refers to the length of time that ships were forced to sit at anchor before being allowed to enter a port during the Black Death.

    • In 2002, despite a major food shortage, Zambia refused to accept almost 30,000 tons of genetically engineered grain donated by the U.S. The U.S. later sent non-GE grain.

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