Archives for September, 2010

Cash for the Cartels

Officer Tiziana Riccitelli-Snyder stands vigilant as she patrols the pedestrian walkway of the San Ysidro port of entry. If CBP officers and agents missed the cartel’s product going into the United States, then here is their chance to catch the profit coming out. The only problem? Finding out which of the thousands of daily pedestrian crossers…

The Last Catch

by Jonathan StackWriter/Director/Producer There are two books that shaped my childhood. The first was Zorba The Greek, which I read while traveling to Greece in 1971. The second was Moby Dick, which I read in 11th grade. Both have challenged me and inspired me to live my life as an adventurer and storyteller.This summer the memory of childhood…

Yellowstone’s Baby Animals

Winter in Yellowstone National Park is a harsh environment, a place where wildlife has to fight to survive. But as the weather warms up, naturalist Casey Anderson explores the backcountry to observe signs of the blooming spring. The melted snow causes muddy run-offs through the park. Migratory birds are returning for summer, bears emerge from…

Cool Dog Tricks

Can your dog do tricks? Roscoe knows how to eat like a champ and Moose will high-five for a snack. That’s about it. But check out these video clips of dogs doing some pretty awesome tricks…In this video below, this dog does all sorts of tricks with a skateboard. Just goes to show how positive…

MySci Round-Up, September 27: Hail, Ammonia!

On this day in 1910, German scientist Fritz Haber and his British colleague Robert Le Rossignol were issued a U.S. patent for an industrial process to synthesize ammonia from its chemical components nitrogen and hydrogen. It was Haber who gets most of the credit for actually inventing the process—Le Rossignol’s contribution was designing equipment to perform it—so…

Can The Gulf Survive?

by Elliott Cowand Jr.Sound Recordist On April 20th 2010, the Deepwater Horizon drilling platform floating above 5,000 feet of water, 50 miles off the coast of Louisiana erupted in a fireball killing 11 crew members. Immediately following the BP oil spill, many were asking themselves the same questions. How bad is it? How long will it…

Captive Animal Enrichment

Animal enrichment is a term frequently used at zoos, aquariums and wildlife facilities. But what exactly does it mean? Heidi Hellmuth, Curator of Enrichment and Training at the Smithsonian’s National Zoological Park, explains it to Nat Geo Inside WILD. Animal enrichment strategies encourage mental and physical stimulation and exercise, and methods can vary significantly, depending…

Dogs and Dewclaws

Some dogs have an extra digit — called dewclaws — on the inside of their leg. But since dewclaws don’t come in direct contact with surfaces, the nail can quickly overgrow. What should dog owners know about dew claws? I talked with Charlotte-based veterinarian Joy Fine to find out some answers.“In some breeds, dewclaws are…

Ancient Sudarium

by Ancient X-Files production team Jerusalem is a difficult city to film in. Not least because we were caught in a city where riots happen daily. We couldn’t travel anywhere without coming into contact with a military check point or road blocks. We had to change plans every minute and be flexible about what and…

The Black Cup of Christ

by Ancient X-Files production team Filming the story of the Valencia chalice was an extraordinary experience. This is a relic that is venerated as the true cup of Christ, used at the Last supper, not just by the priests of the Cathedral, or the devout of Valencia, but by a wide outreaching community of researchers…