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You, along with 100 percent of the other people who clicked on this article, are currently using an electronic device. So its safe to say that a life without modern technological luxuries would be quite a shock to most of my readers here, as well as those who watch Live Free Or Die, Nat Geo’s…

The Alaskans on Life Below Zero lead very different lives. Sue Aikens keeps her Kavik camp alive, the Hailstones help their family thrive, and Glenn lives to scavenge in the wild. But on the season finale of Life Below Zero, the survivalists all share one common goal – thwart the land’s predators, or turn into…

Arctic Wisdom: End Times

Even for the pros, survival is precarious in Alaska’s wilderness. From dodging mountains of snow to adapting to climate change, life is never easy for the Alaskans on Life Below Zero. And with just two episodes left in the season, the Arctic survivalists are battling to make it through the winter. The ever-resilient Sue Aikens vanquishes obstacle…

“If you have to abandon ship, you need a lifeboat.” – Glenn Villenueve Several episodes ago, Glenn Villenueve returned to his camp in the Brooks Range. Glenn’s life at 65 miles north of the Arctic Circle is completely isolated from civilization, and if a bear attacks his cabin, he’s on his own. A nature purist dedicated…

Over-hunting and fishing often puts ecologists and hunters and chefs at odds. But there is one increasingly less rare occasion when these groups team up: the introduction of an invasive species. In last night’s episode of “The Savage Line,” animal guard Cory Valdes tracks a wild boar, one of many non-native boars that roams the…

Could you spend four-fifths of your year in total isolation? Go over nine months without interacting with a single other soul? If there’s anyone who can persevere through long stretches of solitary confinement on the tundra of Alaska, it’s Sue Aikens. But there’s something that Sue values more than companionship and human interaction – her…

“The Earth is a very small stage in a vast, cosmic arena.” – Carl Sagan Over the past thirteen weeks, COSMOS has taken viewers on a journey though space and time, reaching back into history to revisit historical figures and revive lessons that can inform our understanding of the universe. Tonight, the journey ends with…

With the harvesting season almost finished, the groups got desperate in last night’s episode of “Filthy Riches.” As the impending weather begins to encroach on their paychecks, everyone’s agitated, and the only way out of it is to fight, pray and swear. Here were the five filthiest moments from the last episode: 1. Mud Fight!…

On the penultimate episode of this season’s Filthy Riches, each group shows how their jobs can be not just dirty, but downright dangerous. Two teams go unintentionally off-roading, heavy equipment snaps and sends cargo tumbling and Al’s durable, undefeated truck finally meets its match. 1. Zipline Catastrophe With heavy objects and few options to move…

Venus may be our planet’s closest neighbor in the solar system, but its atmosphere seems world away from Earth’s oceans, ice caps and greenery. Where our world hosts an ecosystem that supports all kinds of life, Venus is a gaseous wasteland, its oceans long gone and its surface hotter than an open fire.  However, as…

Summertime is here, and many Americans are going out on boats or casting off the side of piers to nab a bigger and better catch than last year. But while seasonal anglers may prefer the warmer months, others won’t be stopped by winter weather or freezing lakes. This Friday, catch the premiere of the all-new…

Sue Aikens embodies resilience. The sole resident of Kavik, Alaska, Sue run a camp by herself and lives a completely self-sufficient life. She’s survived floods, storms and bear attacks, and stays sane living in complete solitude for much of the year. It’s hard to think of anything that can take Sue down. On this week’s…

On Life Below Zero, the Alaskan survivalists need all the help they can get preparing for the harsh Arctic winter. Andy and Kate Bassich value their independence on the tundra, but living off the land during the region’s coldest months requires a ton of work. To lighten their load, Andy and Kate take on a new…

For Sue Aikens, surviving in the Arctic means planning ahead. “If you have one foot in yesterday, one foot in tomorrow, you’re not living in today,” she says. “But part of my footstep has to be in tomorrow so I can survive today.” On this week’s all-new Life Below Zero, Sue makes a big move…

Last time on Filthy Riches, “Go Big Or Go Home,” Jim, Andy and Levena each got lost in the wild, Al lost his footing and almost fell from a dangerously tall tree, and Ray lost his eels to a mean predator. Here are this week’s 5 Filthiest Moments: 1. Battle For The Mudflats While Maine’s…

Mother Nature waits for no man. On an all-new Life Below Zero, the extreme cold of Alaska’s winter is finally in full force, making it increasingly difficult for the survivalists to gather resources for the upcoming months. For Erik, his subsistence way of life is complicated by the incoming chill. Trapping and hunting for animals…

Forces of nature stole the spotlight on this week’s episode of Filthy Riches. Billy scaled an unharvested mountain, Jim taught his son how to dig for worms and the tide threatened Ray’s eel supply. Here are the five filthiest moments: 1. Muck-Raking! Two grown men come to blows over some worms in the mud? That’s filthy. But…

Time is running out for Life Below Zero‘s sub-zero survivalists. With winter’s grip weeks away, the five crews are scrambling to secure their essential preparations: food, water, heat, shelter, protection. For Kate and Andy, the window of opportunity for hunting beavers is closing quickly as the Yukon River freezes over. On an all-new episode of…

The thrill of the hunt. At times, that’s what keeps Life Below Zero‘s Alaskan survivalists going, even when Mother Nature seems to be conspiring against them. For Sue Aikens, she’s driven to the tundra to hunt caribou as the winter closes in. This week on Life Below Zero, Sue is dismayed to see a forecast of…

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…

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,…