How do you stave off dehydration in the scalding, suffocating heat of an unrelenting sun? Join the Project X team as they uncover amazing animal adaptations and human survival techniques that cheat death in the desolate heat of the desert.
Dr. Brian Alters hits the road in the land of the Apache and Navajo. He looks at how plants and animals manage to thrive in a place where it's forty degrees in the shade. They've developed some pretty interesting ways to conserve the water that they need to stay alive.
Just how are buildings made to keep people inside cool? Dr. Brian Fleck and Marc Huot examine housing in hot places. They find that, centuries ago, the Sinagua people knew alot about thermodynamics. And engineers today are using those same ideas to build cooler houses - without relying on air conditioning.
Dr. Jennifer Gardy gets all sweaty to find out how our body deals with extreme heat. It turns out that the brain sends signals to your extremities to radiate the heat out and send the cooler blood back to the core.