Archives for March, 2011

Expedition Week starts this Sunday at 9P et/pt. Check out the full trailer for a sneak peak at the 13 premieres happening across seven nights!

Sled Dogs

Recently the dog sled sport and tourism activity has been under a lot of scrutiny. At present there is no law enforcement who inspect, license or regulate companies that offer sled rides (although several organizations recommend food, water, exercise and kennel size standards). Many operators are pushing for new legislation that enforce an industry standard.So…

Get excited, some really cool artifacts and prizes are available today. On your tiny Mission Expedition exploration, you may come across a National Geographic portable solar charger. Recharge your iPod, iPhone, GPS, digital camera, MP3 player and most cell phones with this portable powerhouse! Of course there are plenty of amazing DVDs along the way,…

Check out some of today’s artifacts to keep a look out for: Still up for grabs is a Tibetan chime of compassion and an ancient Roman coin necklace thanks to our friends at the Nat Geo Store. Also be on the lookout for an 1888 London Times newspaper that was one of the first to…

Plan of Action

Trevor Frost is an explorer, field biologist, photographer, and conservationist. He has spent the last 5 years working with scientists and conservation groups to save endangered wildlife and wild places. I’d like to stop poaching in national parks in Indonesia by starting in Sumatra. In Sumatra I’d like to focus on stopping poaching in three national…

Dash Masland is a Marine Biologist and National Geographic Young Explorer Grantee, whose passion has been marine mammal conservation for practically her entire life. The ocean covers 71% of our planet and yet remains 95% unexplored.  What we already know is that the oceans support close to 50% of all life on earth, but imagine what…

Mission Expedition is Here!

From now until April 9th, you can virtually get in line to drive a miniature robotic train through re-creations of four Expedition Week characters’ hometowns. Drive through Gladiator’s Colosseum, Cannibal’s Papa New-Guinea village, Jack the Ripper’s London circa 1888, and the Abominable Snowman’s Himalayas.  Along the way, if you’re lucky enough to spot an artifact,…

There are six newly- recognized dog breeds debuting at the Westminster Kennel Club’s 135th Annual All Breed Dog Show in New York City next week. Get to know these pageant pooches and pick your faves for Best in Show! Bluetick Coonhound  “Blueticks are scent hounds… they hunt in the swamps of North Carolina,” owner Susan…

Parks In Peril

Trevor Frost is an explorer, field biologist, photographer, and conservationist. He has spent the last 5 years working with scientists and conservation groups to save endangered wildlife and wild places. Parks around the world are in peril. Everyday there are alarming reports of illegal logging, mining, and poaching inside parks from the United States to Vietnam.…

I Heart Poop

Dash Masland is a Marine Biologist and National Geographic Young Explorer Grantee, whose passion has been marine mammal conservation for practically her entire life.  Seriously.  I know that poop tends to make some people squeamish.  But, honestly, I think it may be one of the greatest tools for studying elusive animals.  It’s not like marine mammals…

Mongolian Death Worm

A mysterious giant worm creature called Olgoi-Khorkhoi, which reportedly lives in Mongolia’s Gobi Desert and is said to be two to five feet long, sounds like a miniature version of the immense sandworms that characters rode for transportation on the Planet Arrakis in Frank Herbert’s classic 1965 science fiction novel Dune and its literary progeny. But even…

The Guantanamo Dilemma

When President Obama recently signed an executive order formally establishing a periodic review system for inmates at the Pentagon’s detention camp at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, critics and human rights activists accused him of backing away from his previously announced intention of closing the offshore prison for terrorism suspects, which has housed close to 800…

Egret Feathers

In the early 1900s, the great egret’s snowy-white plumage was in high demand to adorn women’s hats and other fashions. As a result, North American populations were decimated by feather hunting – some groups by 95 percent. But over the last century, great egrets have been under legal protection and their populations are recovering. According…

America’s Nuclear Disaster

Millions of Americans are watching on TV the burgeoning crisis at Japan’s Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear power plant, where technicians are desperately struggling to control multiple nuclear reactors that have gone haywire in the wake of a cataclysmic 9.0 earthquake.  But those of us who are old enough can remember a strikingly similar moment almost exactly 32…

Precognition Brouhaha

You know that research is really provocative when it arouses a storm of contention and rebuttals before it is even published. That has been the case with a study by Darryl J. Bem, the retired Cornell University social psychologist best known for developing the theory of self-perception, which holds that people infer attitudes from their own behavior.…

Hippo Net

The African hippo is an enormous mammal of raw, charging power. And with a bite force of 1800 pounds, capturing this dangerous beast is the ultimate challenge. What’s it take for wildlife experts to catch and relocate a 3,000-pound bull hippo? Mastering a way to sedate and capture a hippo might offer a solution to…

The waters off the Pacific Northwest coast of North America are said to be the home of the Cadborosaurus, a snakelike sea creature that reportedly has been sighted from Oregon to Alaska. But most of the glimpses of “Caddy,” as the monster is affectionately called by cryptozoology buffs, have occurred in the inland waters near…

The Search for Jack the Ripper

London, 1888. The ‘Autumn of Terror.’ Over a three month period, five women were brutally mutilated by a killer known only as “Jack the Ripper.” It was a name birthed from a letter sent to the “Boss” of Central News Agency of that year – allegedly from the killer himself. It detailed his “grand work”…

Dash Masland is a Marine Biologist and National Geographic Young Explorer Grantee, whose passion has been marine mammal conservation for practically her entire life.  Do you know where I fell in love with seals?  In my backyard.  Okay, well not literally, because obviously seals live in the ocean.  (Although, there are stories of little seal pups…

Trevor Frost is an explorer, field biologist, photographer, and conservationist. He has spent the last 5 years working with scientists and conservation groups to save endangered wildlife and wild places. I spent everyday of every summer for nine years on the James River in Richmond, Virginia and it was on the James River in the James…

Thanks to the multi-billion-dollar box office achieved by director James Cameron’s 2009 fantasy epic Avatar, Hollywood studios are now totally in love with 3-D technology. It’s a win for theater chains, too, because they can charge premium prices for tickets to 3-D flicks, at least until the novelty wears off. Not everybody, of course, likes…

If you ever wished you could tie balloons to your house to finally explore the wilds of South America like you’ve always wanted without having to pack one suitcase, you’re in luck… it is possible. Well, sort of.  All you need is a team of scientists, engineers, world-class balloon pilots, a 16X16 ft house, 300…

The name Mokele-Mbembe means “one who stops the flow of rivers.” That gives an indication of the traditional awe and dread that people of the Congo Basin have held for Africa’s version of the Loch Ness Monster. In legends, it sometimes is described as having a gray-brown elephant-like body, with a long neck and small head. …

Beast Hunter Live Tweet is Tonight!

BIG thanks to Pat Spain for making tonight’s series premiere so much fun! Seriously, how often can you watch the live television premiere w/ the host of the show himself??  And we’re live with @patrickspain on Twitter for the premiere of Beast Hunter: Man Ape of Sumatra. We’ll be re-capping all of the best tweets…

The Exchequer Files

The British National Archives has just made public thousands of pages of documents about UFOs, and even is offering a highlights guide so that readers can sift through the material for the most intriguing–and the wackiest–stuff. And there are plenty of both types of revelations in the UFO documents.  Pages 10-34 of this PDF file, for example, detail British diplomatic…