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Antarctica is a continent that is entirely focused on science. Every single Antarctic resident is either engaged in pivotal scientific projects to learn more about the planet, or supporting this research. Between the extremes of the harsh continent itself and the focused dedication of the communities around the work, life on an Antarctic base is…

Tourists flock to the beaches of North Carolina and Virginia for their safe calm waters and the wild rugged scenery. But beneath the still serenity of this Atlantic coastline lies an unsuspecting danger. Tonight, Nat Geo WILD investigates two sudden spikes in shark attacks a decade apart. They come out of nowhere, and then disappear…

For many of America’s boldest, most daring and most creative inventors, the greatest challenge wasn’t beating the odds — it was beating the competition. Behind these iconic innovators are rivals with vision, determination and ambition to match theirs: Tesla vs. Edison, Gates vs. Jobs, Hearst vs. Pulitzer. These are their stories. Premiering tonight at 9/8c,…

The often controversial when spoken about together topics of science and religion collide on tonight’s episode of StarTalk, when Neil deGrasse Tyson sits down with Richard Dawkins.  Dawkins is a world-renowned evolutionary biologist, bestselling author, and one of the most outspoken proponents for atheism.  Some of his best-known books, which shed light on the topics of evolution and…

Science and film unite on tonight’s episode of StarTalk, when host Neil deGrasse Tyson sits down with director, screenwriter and producer, Christopher Nolan.  Nolan is known for his films that bend the rules of time and space.  His latest film, “Interstellar,” explores a notion of time travel via wormhole that is based in science, and may…

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Calling all geeks!  Neil deGrasse Tyson is back with an all-new late night talk show where pop culture and science collide.  Each week, Neil interviews a celebrity guest about cool moments in their career, while also trying to unleash their inner-nerd. On the series premiere of StarTalk, Neil is joined by guest, George Takei.  In…

Tired of not having enough control over your cable? Have you ever wanted to choose the programming you watch on TV? Well, now you can! Nat Geo WILD is letting you pick your entire evening of Wednesday night prime-time programming for the month of February—because let’s face it—we could all use a Wednesday-night pick-me-up! So cast your…

What if we could make the DMV a happier place by adding a little laughter? Or curb America’s speeding epidemic without issuing a single ticket? Or reduce the rate of pedestrian collisions by making it worth the wait at the crosswalk? On tonight’s series premiere of Crowd Control, viewers will discover that sometimes all you…

Though the cast of Live Free Or Die are positioned as back-to-nature technophobes, they’re also children of modern society who know precisely when to take ethical shortcuts that don’t compromise their values too much. Put another way, they’ll use technology if there is no reliable workaround. Colbert occasionally drives a truck; he also has a hunting rife in…

It’s been a long road for the ESA’s Rosetta spacecraft; but after 10 years of interplanetary travel, the time has finally come for the probe to land on its high-speed target: comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. With only hours left until the lander Philae is scheduled to touch down on the comet’s surface, the next 24 hours are…

Leave it to other shows for titular metaphor and wit: Live Free Or Die is meant to be taken literally. Sure, the show is a window into expert DIY craft-making and life with minimal bathing, but there’s one primarily occupation that takes up the majority of the show’s run-time: finding food. Other interesting pursuits (like tool and…

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 ginseng hunters on Smoky Mountain Money are on a tight schedule – ‘senging season is short – and probably aren’t always sensitive to the environment around them (save threats and signs of ginseng). But even with that nose-to-the-ground work ethic, it can be difficult to ignore the sheer volume of wildlife crowded onto the…

It’s in energy drinks and dietary supplements. People take it to stimulate their immune system, lose weight and even cure erectile dysfunction. And while it is cultivated en masse on large, specialized farms, most harvesters would rather scour a mountaintop to find increasingly scarce quantities of it. Ginseng is a strange crop. Widely sought-after for…

Love at first sight. A “sixth sense.” That feeling in the pit of your stomach that something’s not quite right. Our brains guide our actions, but as it turns out, you make a lot of decisions that you’re not even aware of making. That split-second feeling in your gut that overrules your logical thinking skills…

Why do we get angry? On some levels, it’s a primal instinct, one of our oldest and most primitive emotions, hard-wired into our brains by evolution. Anger is also societal, with American culture more accepting of hostile displays in public (to which anyone who’s ever been stuck in rush hour can attest). As it turns out,…

People eat with their hands and mouths, but the most important organ in our food consumption process is the brain. The sensation of taste is actually a complex mental phenomenon, shaped by evolution to help us recognize the five basic tastes. Our cravings for sweet foods, fat and saltiness enabled our ancient ancestors to consume the…

When setting out on a career path, it’s not so uncommon to end up somewhere completely unexpected. For David Rees, his journey is a little more uncommon than most and it has taken him to some unusual places, but his ever-growing curiosity and passion for things that rarely get attention is what makes his odyssey,…

Shark scientist Dr. Taylor Chapple and wildlife filmmaker and shark enthusiast Andy Casagrande are on a mission that could change the very basis of shark studies.  Tonight on Die Trying: Great White Ambush, a team of determined shark experts and engineers set out to get the video of a lifetime: a great white shark’s breach…

When it comes to conventional thinking about men and women’s brains, cliches tend to take over: men are from mars, women are from venus. Women are more emotional, while men think with their…testosterone.  As any thinking person can guess, the differences actually are far murkier, with much of our conventional wisdom about how men and…

Heroin on the Rise

The War on Drugs is over the hill. And while the government has spent billions trying to curb addictions and bust up drug markets, official efforts have yielded few results. Last night’s episode of Drugs, Inc. followed the comeback of a substance that sparked the fiercest battles of the War on Drugs. Heroin use has…

Over 7,000 different languages are spoken around the world—so many that linguists estimate one language dies out every two weeks. But one of the most important languages to your life, one that affects your every interaction with others, is communicated without a sound. Your brain is hyper-sensitive to body language, reading and judging others by their movements and postures…

How much do you know about your noggin? On July 14, Brain Games returns with an all-new season of myth-busting and truth-telling about why your brain works the way it does. This season explores the physiology of our everyday lives, explaining our relationship with food, our mindless addictions, our empathy towards others and the ways…

The new summer season of Brain Games is just days away, and viewers will be amazed as host Jason Silva reveals the surprising truths of our mind via interactive experiments supported by the latest research and technology. In honor of the new season, National Geographic Channel is partnering with one of the oldest centers of…