Archives for March, 2010

Biblical Plagues Part 1: Tales of Terror

For me, the most heart-rending scene in the 1956 Cecil B. DeMille epic The Ten Commandments is the scene in which the Pharaoh, portrayed by Yul Brynner, pleads with a statue of Sokar, the falcon-headed Egyptian god of the underworld, to resurrect his firstborn son. The Pharaoh’s child, of course, has died in the last of the 10…

Behind the Scenes at GM

By Man-Made: Chevy Volt production crew DAY 1 Day 1 started off very early with a 5:30 am call time. But spirits were high as we made our way from the hotel to GM’s Pre-Production Center to film the new Chevy Volt. We kicked things off by going to the plant’s test center, where we were able…

Tampa’s Defiant Fugitive Monkey

If you liked Harrison Ford in “The Fugitive,” a few years back, here’s an real-life animal story that you’ll really love. For the past year or so, the Tampa “mystery monkey”—to be more specific, a mystery rhesus macaque–has been eluding animal control authorities and startling local homeowners by paying them surprise visits. This recent St.…

Face to Face with a Chimpanzee

Explorer: Chimps on the Edge airs Tuesday March 30 10P et/pt FIRST MEETING By Peter Yost, Director/Producer Most of us have seen chimps before, either on TV, in magazines, books, zoos, or in circuses.  But nothing quite prepared me for spending some personal time with two boisterous, pre-pubescent chimps. While making our film about chimpanzees…

Celebrate National Puppy Day with Puppy Photos

National Puppy Day is today, March 23rd. The campaign’s major message? Adopt! Don’t Shop! Aiming to eliminate puppy mills, National Puppy Day promotes puppies in shelters and rescues waiting to be adopted. Learn More About Puppy Mills >> Dog Whisperer’s Cesar Millan Goes Inside a Puppy Mill >> DogTown Rescues Puppy Mill Puppies >> But…

Battle of Los Angeles: WWII Mass UFO Sighting?

  Amid all the tragedy and heroism of World War II, there also were some bizarre occurrences, such as German scientists’ efforts to build flying saucers and create tiny bombs concealed in chocolate bars. But perhaps the weirdest, most inexplicable event in the war was a Japanese air raid on Los Angeles in the early…

Environmental Film Festival

If you’re visiting Washington, D.C. this week don’t miss the Environmental Film Festival. On March 24 there will be the world premiere of the film “Africa’s Lost Eden,” which documents the battle of conservationists to restore wildlife to the lush floodplains of Mozambique after years of civil war. This documentary will also air on Nat…

Blood Loss Struggle

For people suffering from venous malformation and Klipptel-Trenaunay syndrome, every day is a struggle against dangerous levels of blood loss. A simple cut in the wrong place could be life-threatening. VENOUS MALFORMATION-This rare condition affects the human body’s vast network of blood vessels.-Doctors theorize that this condition causes the smooth muscle layer in the vein…

Pier 39 "Sea-lebrities" Slowly Returning

Photo Credit: Jodi Kendall Most people who visit Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco know about the famous California sea lions that inhabit the Pier 39 docks. Locals and visitors alike adore observing and photographing the mammals as they play, nap, bark, fight and eat. California sea lions are the fastest and largest of their species…

Rare Bone Conditions

Imagine breaking a rib just by coughing or having an internal organ turning to bone.  Delve inside the bodies of two extraordinary humans living with rare genetic conditions: Osteogenesis Imperfecta – brittle bone syndrome – and Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva, a condition that causes muscles and tendons to turn into bone. Rare Anatomy: Bones premieres tonight…