Archives for November, 2010

Parrott Poachers

The Scarlet Macaw fetches big bucks on the black market, and poachers will do anything to lay their hands on one. Restless Planet: Eat or Be Eaten premieres Tuesday November 23 at 10P et/pt on Nat Geo Wild.

Praying Mantis Legends

A praying mantis has long, slender limbs and seemingly thoughtful movements. This insect is named after its prominent front legs, bent in a pose of prayer.  Many legends associated with the praying mantis are in regards to these legs shifting into positions worthy of body language interpretation. On a recent ecotour to Borneo, we spotted this praying…

Catching a Sawfish

The Strike Force team travels to the remote northern tip of Australia to help capture and transport two live sawfish for a breeding program. Strike Force: Operation Sawfish premieres Monday November 22 at 10P et/pt on Nat Geo Wild.  Video Preview: The team makes their first catch!  A seven-foot sawfish is in the net.

Canine Influenza Q&A

Canine influenza is a viral infection that can cause a whole range of symptoms in your dog, from moist cough to severe pneumonia. So what do dog owners need to know about prevention, testing and treatment of canine influenza?  I chatted with Dr. Cynthia M. Otto, Associate Professor of Critical Care, University of Pennsylvania School of…

Rattlesnake Strike

When food is scarce, the heavy-bodied Western diamondback rattlesnake can go without food for up to two years. But it moves its ribs along the ground, distinguishing vibrations, looking for the perfect place to score a meal. Thermal pits on its face detect heat, and its forked tongue picks up the tiniest of smells. Then…

Cheek-Stuffing Chipmunks

As seasons shift and winter draws near, chipmunks scamper about and gather food to carry back to burrows for safe-keeping. Chipmunks are lively omnivores and feed on nuts, berries, grain, seeds and insects. They forage on the ground near a protective log or bush and stuff their bounty into large, pudgy cheek pouches.  Check out this adorable YouTube video…

MySci Roundup, Nov. 22: Real Life Megaminds

Here’s something that will blow your mind. Researchers at UCLA and the California Institute of Technology have proven that the humans can actually regulate the activity of specific neurons in the brain, increasing the firing rate of some while decreasing the rate of others. According to this recent UCLA news release, by employing this ability, study subjects…

Prehistoric Jaws

by Ancient Sea Monsters Production Team Standing at the bottom of Fossil Hill in Nevada is a humbling experience. It sits among a group of hills in the Humboldt mountain range. And although these peaks won’t be giving Mount Everest a run for its money anytime soon, many of these “hills” still tower at around…

MySci Round-Up November 17: Did China Hijack U.S. Government Servers for 18 Minutes?

You probably missed this story, amid all the hoopla about allegations that Tea Party supporters rigged the vote on “Dancing With the Stars” to keep Bristol Palin in the competition, despite her underwhelming talents as a hoofer. But a little-noticed report by a U.S. commission reveals that for 18 minutes on April 18, 2010, China Telecom manipulated the system…

Tortoise Eats Screws

By Julia Reusch, My Dog Ate What? Producer This season we tried something a little different in My Dog Ate What.  We added one story for each episode featuring an animal that wasn’t a dog.  While it was a little more difficult to find good stories, it was definitely worth it.  I produced the story…