On Showdown of the Unbeatables, two “invincible” inventions face off to see which really has the power. Tonight, two military-minded machines clash in a battle of opposing forces: the TrackingPoint rifle versus the ATI Octocopter drone. The TrackingPoint rifle is one of the most accurate firearms on the market, using a laser beam to track…

It’s time to freeze. On the new season of Life Below Zero, the series’ Alaskans are in preparation mode in the weeks before winter arrives, fighting to stock enough food, fortify their buildings and gather the resources they need before they’re hit with months of darkness, isolation and bone-chilling cold. For Sue Aikens, the challenges this winter are tougher…

Falter and die. Surviving on the Arctic tundra requires constant awareness: when to be silent, when to reach for a gun, when to flee. On Life Below Zero, wilderness guide Erik Salitan lives a self-sufficient lifestyle 67 miles north of the Arctic Circle, braving harsh elements and deadly wildlife to survive in total freedom. To…

Resourcefulness is a way of life for Life Below Zero‘s Chip and Agnes Hailstone. The family’s lifestyle of survival and efficiency is informed by Agnes’ Inupiaq Eskimo heritage, which guides the Hailstones’ respect for nature’s resources and their love of their tundra home. Native to Alaska, the Inupiaq people traditionally live subsistence lifestyles, hunting and…

The Alaska State Troopers

Ready for more to more heart-stopping rescues and arrests that bring the hammer of justice down on Alaskan soil? In dangerous and often unpredictable circumstances, Alaska State Troopers‘ raw heroism and unyielding determination is a testimony to their love for the job. Alaska State Troopers is a ride-along inside the force, capturing a mixture of rampant…

For many Alaskans living in the Arctic wilderness, the physical toils of living off the land come second to the mental struggle of survival. Facing a life of isolation, darkness and cold, only the strongest make it through. On the season premiere of Life Below Zero, five groups of Alaskans overcome challenges in the wild and…

The mission of COSMOS: A Spacetime Odyssey is a difficult one – to translate the universe’s most complex mysteries into hour-long blips. An all-new COSMOS behind-the-scenes video explains exactly how the show distills complicated scientific theories into an enjoyable viewing experience without dumbing down the facts. The science in COSMOS is presented to challenge the…

The following was written by Jarrod Clowery, who spoke at National Geographic Channel’s special advanced screening in Boston of the documentary Inside the Hunt for the Boston Bombers.  Jarrod is a Boston marathon bombings survivor and founder of the Heroes Hearts Foundation. By Jarrod Clowery On April 15, 2013, I survived Marathon Monday and within one second, I became…

The following was written by Leonard J. Marcus, Ph.D., who spoke at National Geographic Channel’s special advanced screening in Boston of the documentary Inside the Hunt for the Boston Bombers. Dr. Marcus is founding Co-Director of the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative, a joint program of the Harvard School of Public Health and the Harvard Kennedy School…

Out on The Hill of Death

What do “The Hill of Death”, the banks of the Big Black River and the hills just outside of Vicksburg have in common? They’re serious nectar sectors full of  Civil War finds from one of the country’s bloodiest hours. With the help of Mississippi Governor, Phil Bryant, the Diggers crew set off on their tour of Vicksburg…

Tonight, the Troopers are back. An all-new season of Alaska State Troopers follows the group of policemen tasked to enforce one of America’s most  unforgiving terrains – hundreds of miles of rugged Alaskan terrain. Their backup may be located days away, but that can’t stop the team from responding by land, air, and sea, on duty…

Surviving in the remote Alaskan wilderness requires living a life of strength and preparedness. In anticipation of Life Below Zero‘s Season Two premiere, National Geographic Channel presents Life Below Zero Demands, an interactive experience documenting the skills LBZ‘s residents need to survive. For Sue Aikens, her life of perseverance requires zero weakness, as she’s responsible…

On the first episode of Showdown of the Unbeatables, “indestructible” machines faced off to see which one prevails. The show’s most explosive matchup came when a powerful air cannon matched up against a shock-proof wall, as hosts Brian Unger and Zane Lamprey pitted the inventions against each other for an epic showdown. The first challenger,…

In the span of 102 hours, one of the most riveting manhunts in American history unfolded on the streets of Boston. To accompany the all-new special Inside The Hunt For The Boston Bombers, our interactive map tracks how and where the bombings and ensuing manhunt happened, providing a necessary timeline for the frantic five days. The…

Tim Shaw Gets A Handle On Heat

Cigarettes, cell phones, and static electricity—throw a gas pump into the equation and you could have a real recipe for disaster. Tim Shaw performs  experiments like this and many others with unbelievable outcomes that will blow your mind and reveal the extraordinary truth behind “what makes things do what they do.” From breaking down audio…

Dodge City was once called “The Wickedest Little Town in the West” – and for a good reason.  During the second half of the 19th century, it was brimming with brothels, saloons, gambling rooms, and folks who preferred settling disputes at the point of a Colt pistol. Ringy and KG came to town hunting for…

Each week, we’re throwing back to Carl Sagan’s original COSMOS by highlighting an exclusive vintage clip of the show. Turns out, one concept both Sagan and COSMOS: A Spacetime Odyssey host Neil deGrasse Tyson love to explore is space’s ultimate phenomenon: black holes. On this week’s COSMOS: A Spacetime Odyssey, viewers took a journey on the Ship of the…

In a new behind-the-scenes look at COSMOS: A Spacetime Odyssey, the show’s creators and visual effects team breaks down one of the series’ most impressive visual sequences: the Ship of the Imagination’s journey into a black hole. First postulated to exist by John Michell, an obscure 18th-century British scientist, black holes form when giant stars exhaust…

One year ago this month, the Boston Marathon bombings shook a city – and nation – to the core with acts of senseless violence. The worst terrorist attack since 9/11, two pressure cooker bombs decimated the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing 3 people and injuring an estimated 264 others. On April 13, to mark…

What’s better than a night of classic National Geographic nature specials? A night of classic National Geographic nature specials overdubbed by the guys from ”Mystery Science Theater 3000,” of course. Tonight, Nat Geo Channel presents Total Riff Off, an evening of wacky commentary from the minds behind the famous TV show “Mystery Science Theater 3000.”  Three of the…

On last week’s Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, host Neil deGrasse Tyson explained how humans developed their eye for recognizing patterns. Over centuries of of evolution, humans’ pattern recognition skills determined natural selection. Hunters skilled at spotting prey and predator and telling poisonous plants from healthy ones they had a better chance of survival than those…

As the Diggers crew caravan traveled through the flat country side of South Dakota, KG and Ringy imagined the iconic western cowboys meandering through the fields on horseback, and the covered wagons wheeling along the Oregon Trail. As we passed by Sturgis, motorcycle memorabilia decorated the sparse countryside, while billboards slathered with ads for scantly-clad women,…

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey features all of the scientific wonder and captivating visuals of Carl Sagan’s original Cosmos. But one way that the two programs differ is their treatment of historical moments in science. While the original Cosmos used historical recreations to transport viewers back in time, the creators of the new series sought out…

A true band of brothers, the Charlie Company was one of the last combat infantry companies in the Vietnam War to be drafted, trained and sent to battle together. Brothers In War tells the gripping story of the Charlie Company, tracing their journey of terror, pain and camaraderie from boot camp to combat to home.…

Tim Shaw takes his spectators on a sensational journey into the world of science. We’re not talking beakers and cylinders in a laboratory—Tim is hitting the streets conducing surprising experiments that dazzle his audiences, deploying one experiment that could revolutionize the food industry. In his first experiment on None of the Above: Sparks Will Fly, Tim…