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Archives for September, 2010

Gray Wolf Pack

It’s possible that as many as two hundred thousand gray wolves once thrived across the United States. But human settlements expanded and the species was viewed as a threat to livestock, and wolves were gradually eliminated from most of their original territory. But in 1995, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service began a bold movement…

Saving Animals from the Gulf

With oil actively gushing into the Gulf’s waters, wildlife expert Mireya Mayor, together with adventure underwater cameraman Andy Casagrande, join the extensive mission to save struggling creatures at the center of the crisis. View photos of the rescue operations going on in the gulf. Saved from the Spill premieres Tuesday October 5 at 9P et/pt…

MySci Roundup, September 30: The First Manned Rocket-Powered Flight

On this day in 1919, 30-year-old Fritz von Opel, scion of a famous German auto making family, climbed into a custom-built glider specially equipped with 16 50-pound thrust rockets and took off from a field near Frankfurt. According to his 1971 New York Times obit, Opel’s 90 second, 1.5 mile ride, which achieved an altitude of 49…

Playful Forest Monkeys

Long-tailed macaques are an old world monkey species that spends most of the day eating, napping, traveling and socializing. They can balance from great heights with their long tails and even jump sixteen feet to reach another tree branch.  At nighttime, long-tailed macaques huddle against one another for warmth. And if pursued by a predator –…

Swimming in a Margarita

by Craig ZwolakAssociate Producer San Antonio, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Philadelphia… and St. Paul Island, AK. Most of the cities I’ve been to for World’s Toughest Fixes are easy to find on a map, but St. Paul Island, AK took some time — not to mention good eyesight. The journey to St. Paul Island started…

Aquarium Shark Swim


 Like many people, I’m pretty terrified of sharks. And even though more people die every year from falling out of bed than from a shark attack, just the thought of their razor-sharp teeth sends a wave of bone chilling fear through my body. But a few weeks ago, I faced my fear and swam…

MySci Round-Up, September 29: What People Listened To, Before There Were mp3s

On this day in 1914, Thomas Edison was granted a patent for the “phonograph-record”— which actually was not the first phonograph record, as you might mistakenly assume. (Don’t feel badly—we initially made the same error.) Given the degree of Edison worship in American history books, you might also incorrectly think that Edison was the first person to…

Proboscis Monkey Harem

Wild proboscis monkeys live in just one area: the lowland swamps and mangrove forests on the island of Borneo. They are at once hideous and beautiful, having unusually long, pendulous noses and oversized bellies. And this endangered monkey species lives in fascinating social systems called harems. The average size of a harem is nine individuals, but they…

MySci Round-Up September 28: Mysterious Extraterrestrial Amino Acids

On this date in 1969, a fiery object that would become known as the Murchison meteorite appeared in the sky over the town of the same name in Australia. According to the U.S. Geologic Survey’s database, the object split into three pieces, and then disappeared in a cloud of smoke. 30 seconds later, residents of the area felt…

Warthog Vs. Cheetah

In Africa, the warthog is a constant target for hungry predators, and for one warthog mother, “Half Tusk,” the stakes couldn’t be higher. She’s lost at least half of her litter to predators over the past four years. This year she is preparing to defend her brood from the prowess of lions, leopards and cheetahs…