Modern Marvels

Season 12 Episode 1


Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Jan 05, 2005 on The History Channel
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Since ancient times, man has tried to control the "devil's bounty"--deadly substances found throughout nature. Paradoxically, some of these lethal compounds are now found to possess life-giving properties. In this hour, we explore how ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans came to rely on the pernicious power of poisons and learn the physiological action of these potent killers. During the Renaissance, known as the Golden Age of Poison, the deadly practice helped shape European history--most especially that of the Catholic Church. We continue our investigation into the gas attacks of WWI and up to the 21st century, when a new and serious threat of bioterrorism plagues the globe. Finally, we peer into the future with scientists experimenting with poisons and venoms from the plant and animal kingdoms that may play an important part in healing diseases such as arthritis and even cancer.moreless
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    • TRIVIA (4)

      • In 2003, nearly two-thirds of all toxic exposure calls to Poison Control Centers across the U.S. were for people nineteen years old and younger.

      • Nicotine, with a 45-mg lethal dose, is actually more poisonous than arsenic, which has a lethal dose of 200 mg.

      • The world's most venomous snake is a sea snake known as Hydrophis belcheri, whose venom is considered at least 100 times more potent than any of its land-based cousins.

      • Besides spiders, scorpions are the arthropods with the most human envenomations per year, recording nearly 15,000 in 2003.

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    • NOTES (1)

      • Executive Producer: Don Cambou
        Writer: Peter A. Steen
        Producer: Peter A. Steen
        Line Producer: Paul Dzilvelis
        Associate Producer: Emily Lau
        Editor: Barney Robinson
        Narrator: Max Raphael
        Music: Alan Ett Music Group
        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: Mikki Del Monico
        Researcher: John Knapp
        Researcher: Sean Heckman
        Researcher: Tom Barclay
        Clearance Coordinator: D.W. Blakeslee
        Voice over Coordinator: Mikki Del Monico
        Assistant Editor: Laura Steinhoff
        Assistant Editor: Michael Broome
        Assistant Post Coordinator: Alexander Rubinow
        Post Assistant: Gaylen Kobayashi
        Camera: Alan Blakeney
        Camera: Aron Brown
        Camera: Larry Evey
        Camera: Peter Krajewski
        Camera: Lon Magdich
        Camera: Nathan Shelton
        Field Audio: Chris Bartlebaugh
        Field Audio: Rebecca Blakeney
        Field Audio: Darren Kawasaki
        Online Editor: John Price
        Sound Mixer: Paul Ray
        Animation: Adam Diaz
        Historical Consultant: John H. Trestrail III, RPh
        Historical Consultant: Paul Wax

        Special Thanks:
        3D Cafe
        Angelica Aldape
        Aquarium of the Pacific
        Banner Good Samaritan Hospital
        California Posion Control System - San Diego
        Lee Cantrell
        Guy Cobolet
        Devos Children's Hospital Regional Posion Center
        Craig Fisher
        Pat Florez
        Lora Lamarca
        Vanessa Lewis
        Los Angeles Zoo
        Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
        Marilyn Padilla
        Kristin Porco
        Helaine Ross
        U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
        United States Department of Agriculture
        University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine
        Jon Weiner

        Executive Producer: Beth Dietrich-Segarra
        Produced by Actuality Productions, INC

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