Modern Marvels

Season 11 Episode 75

More Doomsday Tech

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Dec 28, 2004 on The History Channel



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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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