Modern Marvels

Survival Technology

Season 8, Ep 4, Aired 1/29/01
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  • Episode Description
  • In an historic survey of man's adaptation to killer environmental conditions, we travel to the desert, the Arctic, the sea, jungle, and space, charting the body's physiological responses to extreme circumstances such as frostbite, heatstroke, and hypothermia. We talk with military survival experts and learn about the latest cutting-edge survival gear, as well as the equipment aboard the space station, and look to the future, when nano-technology will create a new type of technology.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Don Cambou

  • Douglas J. Varchol

  • Nancy Oey

  • Henry Schipper

  • Julian Gomez

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  • Trivia & Quotes
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    • Dr. John W. Castellani U.S. Army Research Inst. of Environmental Medicine Dr. Murray Hamlet U.S. Army Research Inst. of Environmental Medicine Staff Sgt. John Wilson USMC Survival Instructor (missing :07 - commercial) Lt. Randell Harris Deep Submergence Unit, U.S. Navy Cmdr. Lee Hall Deep Submergence Unit, U.S. Navy Ella Jean Morgan Instructor, College of Oceaneering Randy Hall Produce Manager, Magellan Corporation Saddam Hussein (archival footage) Dr. Margaret A. Kolka U.S. Army Research Inst. of Environmental Medicine Dr. Laurence R. Young MIT Professor, Aeronautics & Astronautics John Glenn (archival footage) Jim Von Ehr CEO, Zyvex Corp. Dr. Ralph Merkle Principal Fellow, Zyvex Corp. Executive Producer: Don Cambou Producer: Douglas J. Varchol Associate Producer: Nancy Oey Line Producer: Paul Dzilvelis Consulting Producer: Henry Schipper Editor: Julian Gomez Editor: Andre Vaillancourt Editor: Avi Fisher Producer: Bruce Nash Creator: Bruce Nash Music: Alan Ett Production Manager: Linda K. Clark Post Producer: Scott Berkson Clearance Supervisor: Charlotte Carpenter Clearance Coordinator: Katie Del Core Director of Research: Barry Hill Researcher: Kristina Djokic Researcher: Anthony Lacques Researcher: Gloria Morris Footage Consultant: Ted Troll Camera: Rob Amato Camera: Giles Baker Camera: Jon Cermin Camera: Peter Krajewski Camera: Dylan O'Brien Field Audio: Sally Dewey Field Audio: Rick Klune Post Production Supervisor: Jason Steinberg Post Production Coordinator: Gary Reid Assistant Editor: Kame Stoll Post Production Assistant: Stephen Franklin Online Editor: Chris Fisher Online Editor: David Rex Sound Mixer: Paul Ray Animation: Glenn Takakjian Animation: Douglas A. Whitney Production Auditor: Dani Eslin Assistant Production Accountant: Detricia Meza Assistant Production Accountant: Linda Scribner Production Coordinator: Kathy Exner Production Assistant: Maryalice R. Aragon Production Assistant: Suni Nivens Executive Assistant: Judith Ann Warren Special Thanks: College of Oceaneering International Council of Cruise Lines Nilda Jensen Magellan Gene Mezereny Microwave Monolithics Mustang Survival, Inc. Navistar Communications Jim O'Meara PUR R.E.I. Marie E. Stephens USARIEM U.S. Coast Guard United States Marine Corps United States Navy W.L. Gore & Associates, INC Supervising Producer: Beth Dietrich Executive Producer: Charlie Maday 2000

    Trivia (4)

    • Ice climbers train their hands to withstand cold by routinely dousing them in ice and slush - the blood vessels learn to dilate, passing more blood into the hand.

    • If you're in a desert survival situation and don't have any shelter, dig a hole and get in it - the temperature can be 10 degrees cooler just a few feet below group.

    • It is estimated that 200 to 300 million people catch malaria every year.

    • The longest survival alone on a raft is 133 days. During World War II, a British seaman was torpedoed in the North Atlantic, and picked up off the coast of Brazil.

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