Archives for February, 2010

Daddy, Cesar’s Right Hand Dog, Passes at 16

Cesar Millan’s beloved pit bull, Daddy, passed away peacefully this Sunday, surrounded by family. View Nat Geo’s Photo Gallery Tribute to Daddy >> Adopted by the Millans when he was just four months old, Daddy was a key fixture in more than 50 episodes of Dog Whisperer, and was often referred to as America’s pit bull ambassador due…

Working Like A Dog

Since I work from home, my two dogs are always by my side. If it’s chilly in the house, Roscoe snuggles up on my office chair and Moose sleeps by a crackling fire. On a toasty afternoon, they both stretch out on the cool wood-paneled floor. Although they don’t make an obvious contribution to my…

Vampire Forensics

Explorer: Vampire Forensics Premieres Tuesday February 23 10P et/pt. By Matteo Borrini Working with National Geographic Television on the Explorer Episode “Vampire Forensics” has been a terrific experience.  Organizing, directing and working on archaeological excavations is usually crazy and chaotic; with a lot of people working shoulder to shoulder with their different personalities and roles,…

What Mr. Spock Taught Me About the Nasca Lines

I remember being introduced to the Nasca lines by Star Trek’s Mr. Spock, Leonard Nimoy. He narrated the awesomely schlocky 1970s TV documentary show “In Search Of…” – in this episode, In Search of Ancient Aviators, Nimoy solemnly intones the possibility of a lost technology of flight among ancient peoples – as the Nasca lines…

Brits Release UFO ‘X-Files’

The British Ministry of Defense has just released another round of official UFO reports — their fifth release to date.  This is the biggest yet, spanning 6000 pages and covering everything from a former Home Secretary’s close encounter to the MoD’s official position on alien abductions. The release contains about 1000 separate UFO reports, spanning…

UFOs Over Phoenix

Okay, it’s time again to talk about the Phoenix Lights. For those of you who aren’t steeped in UFO lore, that’s not the name of a new brand of herbal cigarettes or a franchise of the defunct XFL . The Phoenix Lights were a series of bizarre optical phenomena seen by thousands of people in Arizona, Nevada…

WELCOME to MYSTERIOUS SCIENCE

In an age when the X-Files is no longer telling us the “Truth is Out There” and the real, fictional Kolchak is a faded memory, when we have so many real-world concerns biting at our heels, what is it about the possibilities of the strange, the paranormal, the just plain “out there” that still mystify…

Snowpocalypse II: Something Smells

The snow is gradually receding, but our dogs still seem a little weirded out by the gleaming walls of white. It could be the winter weathers’ effect on their ability to smell their environment. Madge the basset hound-pit bull’s nose contains 220 million olfactory-sensing cells, compared to about five million in my much less impressive…

Vampire of Venice

Explorer: Vampire Forensics Premieres Tuesday February 23 10P et/pt. By Gareth Harvey Filming in Venice, especially a historical reconstruction on the scale of ‘Vampire of Venice’, was never going to be easy. If I’d known just how difficult it would be, I think I would have gone with ‘Plan B’ – and tried to find…

Preventing Armageddon: In the Edit Room

Go behind the scenes of “Naked Science: Preventing Armageddon” with the show’s edit-producer and find out what it takes to work on a Nat Geo production. As an edit-producer, I get to wrestle full-time with the scientific content of a show, working to wrangle it into an entertaining story that gets the facts straight. It’s…