Texas A&M University-Kingsville

History Channel’s ‘Modern Marvels’ features Natural Toxins Research Center, 7 p.m., June 6

KINGSVILLE - June 02, 2008

Contact: Julie Navejar
julie.navejar@tamuk.edu or 361-593-2590

Make a note to watch the premiere of The History Channel’s “Modern Marvels: Most Dangerous” at 7 p.m., Friday, June 6, to see faculty, staff – and snakes, too – from Texas A&M University-Kingsville’s Natural Toxins Research Center.

A production crew spent a full day with center director Dr. John Perez and the faculty and staff at the center in April, interviewing and shooting footage for the program.

“Modern Marvels” is one of The History Channel’s most popular programs. The channel describes it as “celebrating ingenuity, invention and imagination brought to life on a grand scale. ‘Modern Marvels’ tells the fascinating stories of the doers, dreamers and sometime-schemers who created everyday items, technological breakthroughs and man-made wonders.” The program note for the “Most Dangerous” episode reads:

Discover that the deadliest snakes, sports and weather events are closer and more treacherous than you think. Travel to the slopes of Mt. Rainier, America's most dangerous volcano, and find out why 100,000 people could be in serious trouble. Watch where you step, because the most dangerous snake in the U.S. slithers in great numbers and has a short temper. Learn where the most dangerous weather phenomenon, the tornado, can cause the most damage. We'll look for protection for the most dangerous hits football can muster.

Well, it is television, after all. We expect there will be substance along with the flash and sizzle – and will be worth your time to watch.

The History Channel is available through cable or satellite television providers. Consult your program guide or call your provider to find the channel for your system. More information is available on the The History Channel web site at www.history.com.

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