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The Diamond Smuggler

By Samih Ossaily Samih Ossaily is the first person to have ever been convicted for smuggling conflict diamonds. During 2001, he was smuggling diamonds from Sierra Leone to Liberia. These diamonds freely entered the market in Antwerp. Samih Ossaily spent 16 months is prison. This material is an exclusive excerpt from his memoirs. November 3rd: this…

YOU Can Help Find Alien Life

If you’re fascinated with the possibility of life on other planets and eager to make contact with extraterrestrial civilizations, there are two options for you. One is to do nothing and simply hope that you’ll become an alien abductee. If you’re anywhere near as lucky as this Massachusetts woman was in 1967, you very well may see a…

Dog Park Etiquette

“Whether you like it or not, dogs are going to jump on you. Don’t show up in your Sunday best.” There are over 700 dog parks in the United States, with more popping up every year. Dog parks come in all shapes, sizes and types – Some are fenced, others are open, most permit off-leash…

Touched by Jesus?

Faith, by definition, means belief without proof. But what if science could shed light on some of Christianity’s greatest mysteries? Using laboratory blood tests, fiber analysis, and carbon dating, NGC puts three controversial claims about Jesus to the test. Can true believers experience his suffering through spontaneous stigmata? Was the Shroud of Turin the actual…

A Bee’s Law of Attraction

Think you’ve got a memorable face? A recent study published in the Journal of Experimental Biology reveals that bees can be trained to recognize human faces when associated with sugar water. During the study, bees were rewarded every time they visited an image of a human face, and received nothing when they approached a non-face…

Nat Geo Wild Launch Party

At 7:45 AM this morning, we all gathered around the Marketing Department’s TVs to watch the first program of Nat Geo Wild (sorry the picture was taken from a cell phone!). Geoff Daniels, the head of Nat Geo Wild’s programming department, made a quick speech before heading off to do another radio interview. Through everyone’s…

Biblical Plagues Part 3: Science Behind the Plagues

For decades, most investigators looking for a scientific explanation for the successive plagues inflicted upon Egypt in Exodus focused upon the first plague, the river of blood. As we discussed previously, the red color of the Nile and massive fish deaths have been attributed variously to sediment, anthrax, and an outbreak of a Pfiesteria piscicida, a…

Eyes of a Different Color

Photo Credit: Patrick J. Kiger I live in a canine-friendly town where people are allowed to bring their dogs into stores with them, which gave me the chance to meet this gorgeous one-or-two-year-old female Lab-pit bull mix. Aside from her pretty brown-and-white coat and long, lithe body, the striking thing about her is her differently…

Biblical Plagues Part 2: The River of Blood

In addition to the Exodus narrative, there’s other written evidence that the ancient Egyptians suffered some sort of awful succession of calamities. The Ipuwer Papyrus, an Egyptian manuscript that dates back to at least the beginning of that span, has the nightmarish feel of the first draft of a George Romero screenplay. “Hearts are violent, pestilence…

Breaking Out of Prison

The new series Breakout tells the story of inmates who dared to attempt escaping some of America’s most secure prisons and hear how law enforcement agents track them down. Kicking off this Sunday (then regularly airing Wednesdays 10P et/pt) Breakout starts with the Texas Seven. Seven inmates, led by convicted robber George Rivas, hatch an…