Modern Marvels

Season 8 Episode 4

Survival Technology

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Jan 29, 2001 on The History Channel
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Survival Technology
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
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    • 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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    • NOTES (1)

      • 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
        Gene Mezereny
        Microwave Monolithics
        Mustang Survival, Inc.
        Navistar Communications
        Jim O'Meara
        Marie E. Stephens
        U.S. Coast Guard
        United States Marine Corps
        United States Navy
        W.L. Gore & Associates, INC

        Supervising Producer: Beth Dietrich
        Executive Producer: Charlie Maday

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