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05.19.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By David Luhrssen
Nature is still red in tooth and claw, but the non-human world must have been even bloodier in earlier epochs, if the length of fossil teeth and claws is any indicator. The History Channel series �Jurassic Fight Club� capitalizes on this observation. It has been packaged with �Prehistoric Megastorms,� �Journey to 10,000 BC� and �Clash of the Cavemen� in an eight-DVD set, �The Prehistoric Colle...
02.28.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By David Luhrssen
They tried to shoot him but could never get close enough, storm his office but was gone too soon, blow him up but the bombs never went off, went off too late or ignited inches too far away. The target was Hitler, who evaded so many assassinations that one understands why he felt protected by Providence. He finally died by his own hand, trapped in his Berlin bunker by the Red Army, his empire i...
02.17.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By David Luhrssen
Most of the men who established the United States were intelligent and well read, hard working and hard drinking, according to the History Channel mini-series �Founding Fathers.� The documentary occupies two discs of a mammoth 14-DVD set, �The Founding of America,� comprised of 13 documentaries and historical recreations on the formation of the republic produced for the History Channel. �...
02.07.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By David Luhrssen
With his wild halo of hair and sad penetrating eyes, Albert Einstein became an instantly recognizable star in the 1920s. His face shone as brightly as anyone in Hollywood and unlike most movie stars, his light hasn�t faded. When he visited America for the first time, a crowd of 15,000 greeted him on the Manhattan pier. After laboring for years in obscurity, Einstein�s fame resulted from intense ...
08.18.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By David Luhrssen
Life in North America was rough in 10,000 B.C. The great reptiles were long gone, but giant mammals took their place, roaming the countryside where �paleo-Indians� hunted and gathered. There were sloths the size of cars, bears twice as big as grizzlies, four hundred pound saber tooth cats and the Columbian mammoth, an elephantine behemoth dwarfing the pachyderms of the present day. And th...
04.15.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By David Luhrssen
Searching for evidence of the Ice Age in Death Valley may sound paradoxical, but to find that evidence is proof that the world�s climate was once vastly different than it has been since humans have kept records. The documentary �A Global Warning?� reminds us of what science has long known: the Earth has undergone not just one Ice Age but several significant climate shifts whose effects were etch...