Modern Marvels

Season 11 Episode 75

More Doomsday Tech

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Dec 28, 2004 on The History Channel
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More Doomsday Tech
From the far reaches of space to tiny viruses, doomsday sources are many. But so are technologies used to keep doomsday at bay.
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    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • 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.

    • 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

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