Earth and Space

Science with Alarming Flash

Nov. 7, 2010
Google plus Linkedin Pinterest

Seasons one of a pair of History Channel series, “The Universe” and “How the Earth was Made,” have been released in a six-disc Blu-ray set, “Earth and Space.” Both programs gather astronomers and expert to talk about interesting subjects including planets, stars and extraterrestrial life, and embed the short interviews in flashy, attention deficit visuals.

The problem with some episodes comes down to screenwriting when writers strike an alarmist tone, warning of cosmic rays “itching to kill all life on Earth” and “cosmic killers” ready to deal a death blow to our world. Of course, the threat of cosmic catastrophe is real and requires no hyperbole. Sixty-five million years ago an asteroid struck the Yucatan, science now believes (although until 40 years ago it dismissed such notions as beneath contempt), killing the dinosaurs and causing a sudden, drastic shift in global ecology.

Log in to use your Facebook account with
Express Milwaukee

Login With Facebook Account

Poll

A Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission panel upheld the firing of former Milwaukee Police officer Christopher Manney for violating department rules last April when he encountered Dontre Hamilton before fatally shooting him. Do you agree with the commission’s decision?

Getting poll results. Please wait...