The Discovery Channel is dipping its toe into the world of graphic novels (though they’re not novels, per se, just illustrated books). The effort started with last year’s “Top 10 Deadliest Sharks” and the second installment, “Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Predators,” is out now. The book promises “some of the most ferocious predators to ever walk the earth in one graphic novel.” The dinosaur book is educational, focusing on dinosaurs’ anatomy, habitat and the fossils the creatures left behind, and filled with attractive (and sometimes gory) illustrations. It’s organized alphabetically, from allosaurus to velociraptor. “Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Predators” will appeal to teens and adults, but the drawings will be too scary for very young dinosaur fans. Next up: “World’s Most Dangerous Animals” in the fall.
India Company, part of the 5th Marine Regiment’s 3rd Battalion, is the greenest fighting unit in the U.S. military, according to an article in the magazine of the Sierra Club. But these Marines, based at Camp Pendleton, Calif., didn’t go eco-friendly for touchy-feely reasons; they did it to save lives. India Company uses portable solar generators and battery packs to power its lights, radios and computers. The technology is quieter, cleaner and cooler than jet-fuel-burning generators, which means that their base in Afghanistan went from a noisy, easy target for insurgents to a silent, safer outpost. It also means fewer fuel convoys and fewer roadside threats from improvised explosive devices. “I’m completely sold,” says a platoon commander.