Archives for August, 2010

MySci Round-Up, August 27: Vanquished by an Eclipse

On this date in 413 BC, an Athenian force commanded by Nicias, the son of Niceratus, was poised to withdraw from a botched siege of the fortified city of Syracuse in Sicily, when they were startled and unnerved by a lunar eclipse. They should have known better; Greek astronomers had been studied eclipses extensively, and knew…

Trouble the Water

Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, this astonishing powerful documentary is at once horrifying and exhilarating. Directed and produced by “Fahrenheit 9/11” and “Bowling for Columbine” producers Tia Lessin and Carl Deal, Trouble the Water takes you inside Hurricane Katrina in a way never before seen on screen. The…

MySci Round-Up, August 26: Everybody, Duck n’ Cover!

On this day in 1957, the Soviet Union announced that it had staged a successful test of an intercontinental ballistic missile, which Radio Moscow claimed was capable of hitting “any spot on the globe.” According to this 1957 Associated Press article, Radio Moscow described the weapon as a “super-range, multi-stage” missile, and boasted, somewhat vaguely, that…

Border Wars Video Diaries

Join series producer Nick Stein and the Border Wars production crew as they follow officers and agents of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection. They protect the United States and Mexico border that runs right through the sister towns of Nogales, Arizona, and Nogales, Mexico; which are separated by a security fence. Every day thousands…

Trojan Caterpillar

Take a closer look at the history and future of one of Earth’s most treasured natural habitats.  Get an in-depth view of the creatures and plant life that make up this unique wildlife treasure, go inside the  devastating consequences of modern farming methods and see the new technology that could hold the key to restoring…

Peacock Mating Dance

Peacocks have long, irridescent tails that cover more than 60% of their total body length. They utilize these vibrantly hued plumes to attract females in a fanning courtship ritual, or ‘peacock mating dance.’ Experts believe that females (called peahens) pick their mates based on size, color and feather quality. Peacocks typically have blue and green…

Video: Elephant Kicks Its Baby

Caught in the Act: Clash of the Cheetahs airs Wednesday August 25 at 9P et/pt. The small conquer the large when a tiny mongoose doesn’t give in to a lion and a young cheetah takes down a massive wildebeest in a grueling struggle. Caught in the Act captures animals on tape in often spontaneous situations.…

"Just Sky Diving?"

by Diana DonnellyAssociate Producer If you walk by the production offices of Nat Geo Amazing!, some conversations you might overhear on a typical day include: “Yeah, I’ve got the Virgin Mary on a cheese sandwich, but what I’m looking for is Jesus on fish stick… do you have that?” or “Oh, another NG team is…

MySci Round-Up, August 25: Dex-Mania!

On this day in 1910, pre-digital office technology and information management pioneer Arnold Neustadter, who popularized the Rolodex, was born in Brooklyn. (He also invented the Swivodex and the Clipodex, but you don’t hear too much about those.) As a young man, Neustadter briefly joined his father’s box manufacturing business, before striking out on his own as…

My Dog Dreams Of…

I was watching Madge, the basset hound pit bull, take her usual mid-morning siesta. And listening, too, of course, because she snores at a decibel level that possibly exceeds that of one of those Who concerts in the 1960s that gave Pete Townsend such bad tinnitus. In between the rumbling drone, her stubby legs and…