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NATURE: Moment of Impact
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Landmark Two-Part Series Takes an Innovative Look Inside the Biomechanics of Animals



Moment of Impact

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When animals of astounding ability connect with each other and the world around them, there is a “moment of impact.” The world is filled with these unique moments, like the violent collision of cheetah with gazelle, the blink-of-an-eye strike of a deadly snake and the amazing dexterity of an elephant’s trunk as it feeds, fights or reaches out with affection. But how do these creatures accomplish such extraordinary feats? Live action footage reveals only part of the answer. Using the latest technologies, HD camera lenses and computer graphics, “Moment of Impact” takes the viewer inside the animal to present an innovative and revolutionary look at the bio-engineering of “how animals work.”

Part 1 – Hunters & Herds premieres Sunday, April 4, 2010 at 8pm

From Africa’s Serengeti to California’s grasslands, some of nature’s most dramatic moments are caught, examined and “fractured” into their unique parts … within creatures great and small … to reveal the amazing abilities that give each animal the instinct, intelligence and brute prowess to survive. From elaborate impact sequences that spin around animals caught in a “frozen moment” to animations that go inside their bodies – a unique view of animals’ amazing biomechanics is revealed.

Part 2 – Jungle premieres Sunday, April 11, 2010 at 8pm

The jungle’s layers are peeled back to dissect more amazing moments of impact. Stealth and ambush reign in the jungle and survival depends on highly tuned senses and ingenious defenses. From ninja ants to flying snakes, cameras dive underwater, sail through trees and penetrate fur, feathers, skin and bone to reveal the science of some amazing animal engineering hidden deep in the jungle.

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