Archives for April, 2010

Going Tribal in Texas

The two Kenyan guys are im the midst of an enlightening – and entertaining – journey through the U.S. Last week, the Maasai tribal warriors turned learned about ATMs, refrigerators, and hot dogs in New York City. This week, they’re traveling to Texas to check out the cowboy life. Just what will they encounter in their travels to the Lone…

Asian Elephant Shower

Asian elephants are very fond of water ­– they can even suck it into their trunks and wash down their bodies. But have you ever wanted to hose down an elephant?   Recently I visited the Smithsonian National Zoological Park in Washington, D.C. to observe the bathing of their Asian elephants. I met with zookeepers…

Redwood Summer

In 1990, environmental activists organized what may be the largest act of civil disobedience for wilderness protection ever when authorities in northern California planned to chop down redwoods in an old-growth forest. The months-long protest became known as “Redwood Summer,” and during it, activists physically blocked the paths of bulldozers and chained themselves to the trees to…

Iceland Volcano Eruption

Naked Science: Iceland Volcano Eruption premieres Thursday April 29th at 8P et/pt. By Sigtryggur Baldursson, Sound Recordist for Iceland Volcano Eruption I am standing at the bottom of the myrdalsjökull glacier and looking up at the rising steam in the distance. Huge clouds of steam shoot up into the air when molten lava pours onto…

Archaeoastronomy

By Known Universe Production Team Archaeoastronomy is one of those sciences in which there are few true practitioners. They’re about as numerous as paleobotonists and ecophysiologists. Archaeoastronomy is just not one of those sciences people gravitate toward. Have you ever heard a kid, a normal kid, say they want to be an archaeoastronomer when they…

Filming Gorilla Murders

By Naomi Schwarz, production crew I crowd into the tiny bit of shade on a curb next to Goma’s airport building, already mostly filled with a tripod bag, a camera case, my bag, the producer’s backpack, some empty water bottles, and Brent, the print photographer for the NG magazine story, and Mick, the producer. Just…

Rat-Tastic

Rats are an adaptable species, thriving in our shadows on almost every continent. Could the success of this rodent be the result of their brainpower? Rats have evolved with humans for thousands of years, and they’re perfectly happy with our co-existence. But rats don’t just live alongside humans – they share surprisingly similar characteristics. Many…

The Nevada Triangle

After millionaire adventurer and record-setting pilot Steve Fossett took off in a small plane from a Nevada airstrip in September 2007 and vanished, rescue teams searching a 17,000-square-mile swath of the Sierra Nevada mountains for him made a grisly discovery. They found wreckage of eight other small planes that had similarly disappeared over the years.…

Breakout: Through the Roof

In 2003, Timothy Vail and Timothy Morgan were inmates in Elmira Prison, one of New York state’s larger maximum-security facilities. But staying put away for life for murder wasn’t something they were prepared to do. They decided to get out. View inmate profiles of Vail and Morgan >> They’re planned method of escape? Chipping a hole…

Cannibal Octopus

Video Preview: An octupus changes colors before engulfing one of its own. Caught in the Act: Cannibal Octopus premieres Tuesday April 27 at 9P et/pt.