Tag archives for Engineering

COSMOS: A Special Exhibition

COSMOS: A SPACETIME ODYSSEY is finally here and to celebrate the National Geographic Museum is opening up a special exhibition, featuring plenty of ways for COSMOS lovers to transcend time and space into a world of imagination and cosmic understanding. The exhibition, which opened yesterday, coincided with the National Geographic LIVE! screening of COSMOS: A SPACETIME ODYSSEY at National Geographic’s…

Yukon Fail: When Miners Strike Out

Gold mining in the Yukon is a ruthless game of chance, where success depends on mining the right land at the right time. For the crews of Yukon Gold, their luck may have run out. Bernie, who’s wasted precious time mining an unsuccessful claim, his second site at Snow Creek needs to yield paydirt to…

The Demise of a Flying Aircraft Carrier

Today, when we think of lighter-than-air dirigibles, we think of ungainly blimps emblazoned with corporate logos that float over football stadiums. But back in 1933, when the USS Macon was commissioned by the U.S. Navy, they were called airships, and their enormous size inspired not amusement, but awe. The Macon was among the mightiest of…

Triggered by Humans

Salton Sea — March 21st, 2010by Mark Marabella, Executive ProducerToday I’m on location out here at the Salton Sea with Dr. Michael Manga and his graduate assistant, Max Rudolph. We’ve taken a long drive from San Diego to what seems like the edges of civilization. It’s literally a desert out here. Nothing around at all—no trees, no grass,…

Every Kid’s Dream

by Peter TakacsAssociate Producer Isn’t it every kid’s dream to have an amusement park all to themselves? No having to wait in line for any of the rides, being able to ride roller coasters over and over again without stopping. Well back in November of 2009, I was given the opportunity to fulfill this life…

Space Tourism: An Everyday Reality?

In the California desert, in intense secrecy, the world’s first space tourism program is born. Two visionaries—entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson and legendary aerospace designer Burt Rutan—take on the ultimate challenge: building the craft and infrastructure for the world’s first spaceline. A team of maverick engineers design, build, and test-fly the craft that will one day transport…

Sean Riley: Wildlife Host?

by Craig ZwolakAssociate Producer You never know what to expect while filming an episode of World’s Toughest Fixes. During our stay in Salt Lake City our story looked more like a page from Mad Libs than a script for an engineering series. Riley drives a snowmobile  to go feed a zebra, then installs a 140-foot skywalk bridge,…

Texas’ Toughest Fixes

by Katy AndresAssociate ProducerIf you’re a fan of World’s Toughest Fixes because you think like an engineer, chances are you’ve probably wondered how the show is made. I know I have. Just two weeks into my internship with WTF, some of our team members grabbed their hard hats and headed down to my home state…

A Trip to the Deep Sea

by Claudia Rubyauthor, Dawn of the Ocean Black smokers are one of the last mysteries of our planet. It’s only 30 years ago that scientists first discovered them, and still we know very little about them. Colin Devey, geologist at the Leibniz Institute of Marine Sciences in Kiel, belongs to a small group of scientists…

Moving a Mountain

The Egyptian government harnessed the power of the Nile by building the Aswan High Dam. This massive structure, nearly 400 feet high, would eventually create a reservoir that stretched for 500 kilometers and provided enough electricity to power half of Egypt. However, the resulting lake would flood the site of over 20 ancient monuments. The largest and…