August – 2010 – Nat Geo TV Blogs

Archives for August, 2010

A Modern King Midas

How does a small-town, midwestern boy transform into the world’s richest man? NGC takes an inside look at the legendary business acumen and intriguing private life of investment icon Warren Buffett. First, we’ll investigate the deceptively simple business strategy that made Berkshire Hathaway a $150 billion empire. Then, we’ll uncover details of Buffett’s 25-year love…

Fang Facts

A team of snake experts takes you inside the world of snakes – from the swamps of Madagascar to the Streets of New York City.  Snake Wranglers give you an inside view as experts risk their lives to collect life-saving venom, conduct dramatic rescues, and wrestle slithering giants. Catch an episode of Snake Wranglers at…

MySci Round-Up, August 31: The co-Inventor of the Drunkometer

This day in 1912 was the birthday of Robert F. Borkenstein, the forensic scientist whose technological legacy has earned many an inebriated motorist—including a certain male movie star reportedly prone to intemperate antisemitic rants, whose name we won’t mention—a date with a judge. As his 2002 New York Times obituary details, the Fort Wayne, IN native’s youthful…

Alligators’ Sensory Organs Detect Water Pressure, Prey

Visible black integumentary sensory organs – ISOs – allow American alligators to detect underwater quarry, pressure changes and possibly even water salinity levels. American alligators can have more than one ISO on a scale. And while ISOs are distributed all over an gator’s body, they are generally found around the reptile’s head region.  “Integumentary sensory…

MySci Round-Up, August 30: Solar Smashtastic

On this day in 1979, Comet Howard-Koomen-Michels slammed into surface of the sun at an estimated speed of 640,000 miles per hour, in the first documented collision between a comet and the Sun. Oddly, the event wasn’t detected until several years later, as this 1982 Popular Science article recounts. Astronomers from the Naval Research Laboratory discovered it while…

Inside Bioterror

“The power and the potential of a biological weapon is far more frightening than a nuclear terrorist attack. In part, because the construction is easier, and the effect, in many ways, is more devastating. Making these organisms is something that requires advanced biology, but there are lots of people who have studied advanced biology and…

Q&A with the Swamp Men

It’s just another day at the office; wrestling alligators and tracking panthers! Read on for an exclusive Q&A with the Swamp Men. Get a full night of Swamp Men tonight starting at 7P et only on Nat Geo Wild! What type of involvement have you had with national wildlife authorities? Do they inquire about coming…

Live Chat Now with Border Wars Producer Nick Stein!

***The live chat is now over. Please read below to see the discussion that occurred during the show, and come back Wednesday September 1 at 9P et/pt for the season premiere of Border Wars and another live chat with Nick!*** Border Wars series producer, Nick Stein, was online to share his commentary and answer your questions…

"I would like to marry you… I will make you happy. Yes?"

By Abigail RodriguezAssociate Producer First Day of Filming:I took a tiny step forward. The pressure of my foot sent a rotten green board flipping up like a see-saw in front of me. I tried not to look down at the waters of Lake Victoria thirty feet below the rotten pier I was standing on. Grip…

Lions and Tigers and Bears!

by Sharon PetzoldWriter/Producer How Rocky Got His Name: Every film starts with a great deal of research. For me it’s an exciting time in the project, because everything is possible. A single phone conversation yields different perspectives and imparts a great deal of information. Each piece of information—every detail—is followed up with more phone calls…