Archives for November, 2010

The Mysterious Abyss

Photo credit: Michael Aw The ocean’s abyss is a virtually undiscovered black, cold landscape with more underwater creatures than the Amazon River or Great Barrier Reef. We know very little about what lives and thrives in these deep sea waters, partly because the abyss is one of the hardest places on the planet to explore.…

MySci Roundup, Nov. 30: Zooming from orbital space to your doorstep

We remember reading in Robert Hughes‘  history of Modernism, “The Shock of the New,” that the completion of the Eiffel Tower in 1889 helped trigger the mass mind expansion that led to Picasso and de Kooning.  That’s because the then-tallest structure on the planet allowed people to view reality from a never-before-seen expanse, and to take in…

Underwater Alien Planet

With more underwater creatures than anywhere else on the planet and ten times more biodiversity than Caribbean reefs, scientists travel 10,000 ft. down in the Celebes Sea to explore the bizarre and the undiscovered. Into the Abyss airs Tuesday November 30 at 10P et/pt on Nat Geo Wild. Video Preview: Scientists send an ROV to the…

Big Cat Week Is Coming

Powerful. Deadly. Beautiful. Endangered. Big cat species often define and dominate the ecosystems in which they are found. Animals of incredible strength and skill, big cats are revered predators that face an epic battle for survival. They have enthralled us and captured our imaginations. Theirs is the story of the wild. Nat Geo Wild presents…

Rain Forest Chimps

Researchers are learning that chimps, like humans, display cultural differences. Watch a video preview of tonight’s episode of Africa’s Great Rift: Chimps Among the Lakes airing at 9P et/pt.

MySci Roundup Nov. 29: How to Survive a Mass Extinction

Just in case you’re not feeling sufficiently on edge, just consider this: There have been five major extinction events in Earth’s history that nearly wiped out life on the planet, and we could be inducing a slow-motion version of one right now. But could you be one of the lucky life forms that emerge relatively…

Predators Hunting Cheetahs

In the Serengeti, cheetah cubs are born into a life of uncertainty. Competition for food can be costly, and ninety-five percent of cheetah cubs will die before they reach independence. Many of these dotted creatures will suffer an untimely death at the paws of a hunting lion simply because the iconic big cat has an…

Largest Living Pigeons

When you think of a pigeon, perhaps you envision a small, plucky, dirty urban dweller. But the largest of the living pigeon species – the Victoria crowned pigeon – is in contrast quite beautiful, with bright bluish-gray plumes and an ornate feathered crown.    In the wild, the Victoria crowned pigeon is only found in the lowland,…

MySci Roundup, Nov. 23: An election result we neglected to report…

And no, it doesn’t have anything to do with Bristol Palin’s dancing. Somehow, in the election hoopla a few weeks ago, we neglected to report that Denver voters rejected–by a 5-1 margin, no less–a ballot proposal that would have set up a government commission to track extraterrestrial visitors to the Mile High City. The Washington Post reported the…

Meadow Life

Twelve thousand years before the common era, glaciers stretched across Central Europe. But this icy world soon begins to melt, and the roar of rapids now fills the region. The landscape – once hidden beneath ice sheets 2,000 meters thick – begins to emerge from beneath the disappearing glaciers. Over the next millennia, this unique…