National Geographic : 2006 Sep
INSIDE GEOGRAPHIC Fight Science Monday, September 4 at 9 p.m. ET/PT Can a ninja deliver a deadly punch? Is a samurai sword the ultimate weapon? National Geographic Channel worked with martial arts Hall of Famer James Lew to bring together fighters from disciplines including boxing, jujitsu, and wushu, then challenged them all to a fight. With scientists calculating speed, balance, and force, "we applied all of the pieces of technology," says executive producer Mickey Stern, "borrowing from crash-test dummies, NASA, biomechanics, Hollywood special effects, and joint replacements." This combination offered a new look at the human fighting form with computer simulations of bones, muscles, and nerves measured in real time. The findings surprised even the scientists. NG Books Work Mining gold in Brazil, selling bagels in Israel, or dry ing coffee beans in Kenya people everywhere have jobs to do. The book Work: The World in Photographs explores ways that people around the globe earn a living, with more than 200 photographs taken over a span of 150 years. With text by award-winning writer Ferdinand Protzman, the book offers a glimpse into the lives of people on every continent ($35). Concise History of the World Readers can travel from prehistory to the present in this illustrated time line of the world. The book puts into perspective historic events ranging from the migration of humans out of Africa to the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami with text, pictures, and graphs ($40). IMAGE:BASEPRODUCTIONS,INC.