It was 100 years ago next Sunday that the luxury liner Titanic struck an iceberg and sank in the North Atlantic Ocean with 1,514 souls aboard. It was one of the deadliest maritime disasters in history.
Last night, the National Geographic Channel broadcast the premier of The Titanic: The Final Word With James Cameron, in which the famed undersea explorer and director of the 1997 blockbuster movie about the disaster presents the latest forensic evidence of what happened that night a century ago. At one point in the show, Cameron, fresh off of his dive to the bottom of the Mariana Trench, gives a sort of "play-by-play" analysis of the mechanics of the disaster (see above) using Computer Graphic Imaging (CGI) software. The tragic element is completely abstracted out of the picture.
For more on the Titanic centenary, including interactive features and a 46-minute documentary film on the disaster, visit the National Geographic "Adventure on the Titanic" Web page.
via Science Dump