Archives for July, 2010

Diamond Poachers Beware!

by Todd WendelProducer Our neon blue rafts must look pretty strange to the indigenous people I’m waving to onshore. Although I’m sunburned, bug-bitten, and sick to my stomach from the third protein bar I’ve eaten today, I manage to pull off a pretty convincing smile. The fact that members of this tribe recently killed 29…

An Expedition Into the Wild Rivers of the Amazon

by Julia DornSeries Field Producer Day 1: Arapaima Expedition: What To Take On This Expedition?Today, adventure angler Jakub Vágner, two camera operators and I begin an expedition into the Amazon. We’re on a mission to find a giant Arapaima and a Piraiba Catfish in the wild. The contents of my personal bag are almost entirely…

Horses on the Rocks

The MV Gabriel was in transit to Ponta Delgada when she ran aground in the Azores, just ten nautical miles from her destination. At the time, the Gabriel was carrying seven prized dressage horses, a cargo load that had never before crossed this salvage teams’ path, in their thirty years at sea.  With her tanks…

Croc Ganglands

A showdown is about to erupt in the Croc Ganglands. Meet Croc Boss, the heavyweight champion of the Crocodile Ganglands. He rules by sheer size and explosive violence. He gets the best food, he is respected at all times, and he alone mates with receptive females. But this year a young upstart will defy his…

MySci Round-Up, July 30: Father of the Soybean-Plastic Car

On this day in 1863, Henry Ford , who helped make a newfangled invention, the horseless carriage, affordable to the masses and became perhaps the greatest innovator in industrial history, was born on a farm near Dearborn, MI. As a young engineer, Ford worked for the Edison Illuminating Co., where his promotion to management in 1896 gave him…

Bedeviled by the Devil’s Bible

Eight centuries after its creation in a medieval Bohemian monastery, the Codex Gigas–also known as “The Devil’s Bible”–still confounds scholars and fascinates occult aficionados and paranormal conspiracy theorists. It is the most massive illuminated manuscript of the medieval age, three feet long and weighing in at 165 pounds, and it contains a bizarre collection of content–the…

Strobe-Light Squids

by William GillyProfessor of Biology, Hopkins Marine Station Humboldt squid washing up on Pacific Coast beaches from southern California to British Columbia since early last summer have led to questions. In the U.S. the focus concerned what dangers might exist in human-squid interactions. In Canada the issue was potential ecological impacts exerted by the invading…

Flying Humans and The Bionic Turtle!

by Gayle YoungProducer Some researchers say one of the most common dreams in the world is of flying – not crammed in the middle seat of an airbus during peak travel season, but of floating effortlessly through space of you own volition. Now, with the perfection of wingsuits, that’s almost a reality. No rig, no…

Bobcat Rescue and Rehabilitation

All around the world, wild animals are being pushed from their natural habitats. And recently, a bobcat kitten was discovered in a new housing construction zone in Florida, requiring her rescue and rehabilitation. Big Cat Rescue – experts in dealing with this wildlife problem on a daily basis – were called to the scene. Jamie Veronica,…

MySci Round-Up, July 29: Formerly Known As Xena

On this day in 2005, the California Institute of Technology astronomer Mike Brown announced the discovery of 2003 UB313 — not to be confused with the 1980s British pop group UB40 — which the scientist described in a press release as a “10th planet.” Brown based that assertion on the newly discovered astronomical body’s size, which…