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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…

Oh hello, double shot of None of the Above.  After the mind-melting explorations of Cosmos, it’s kind of a relief to see Tim Shaw and his rapid-fire street science.  (Street science is like street magic, only not lies.)  Sometimes, I just need a man to saw a beer bottle in half using the power of…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

Earth’s most tenacious creature can live in boiling water, solid ice, and the intense radiation of space. It can survive a decade in a desert, without a drop of water to drink, or in the deepest trenches of the sea. Meet the tardigrade. This week on COSMOS: A Spacetime Odyssey, Neil deGrasse Tyson introduced viewers to…

Hurtling through the sky at 5 miles per second, the International Space Station is a flying laboratory, testing ground and home to the astronauts who study the solar system on the station. Appearing in the sky as a bright, fast-moving light, the ISS normally takes about 90 minutes to orbit the Earth, and is often…

Is your brain up for a fight? Tonight’s Brain Games is about competition, and the curious effects it has on the brain, from  humans’ predisposition to compete to the dopamine released when you’re on a winning side. Nature naturally drives people towards competition, rewarded by the hit of the neurotransmitter dopamine that produces a powerful…

The wait is over. Tonight, Carl Sagan’s legendary COSMOS series, television’s greatest exploration of science, returns with a renewed journey for a new generation with COSMOS: A Spacetime Odyssey starring Neil deGrasse Tyson. Tonight’s worldwide premiere event will be simulcast live across ten Fox U.S. channels, including FOX, Nat Geo Channel and more. President Barack Obama…

Think you can create a galaxy as magnificent as the Milky Way? To celebrate the worldwide premiere of COSMOS: A Spacetime Odyssey, National Geographic gives you the chance to build a universe of your own with our interactive Cosmic Creator. With the Cosmic Creator, you can design planets, moons and stars to fill the night…

Before you explore the universe with Neil deGrasse Tyson in COSMOS: A Spacetime Odyssey this Sunday, revisit the origins of the incredible COSMOS journey. Nearly 34 years after it originally aired on television, National Geographic Channel will rebroadcast all 13 episodes of Carl Sagan’s ground-breaking series COSMOS: A Personal Voyage in a special two-day marathon of…

Can You Name This Coin?

For Ringy and KG, one small coin can lead to a huge fortune. On an all-new Diggers, the two metal detectorists travel to the mansions of Newport, Rhode Island to uncover the forgotten treasures of history’s elites. While in Newport, they stop at the Malbone Castle, originally built in 1741 by wealthy Virginia trader and…

Tonight on Brain Games, host Jason Silva dives into the connection between mind and body. He describes them as “frenemies,” essential to the other’s success, but capable of fighting like the fiercest of enemies. Physiology and psychology are connected in mysterious ways, and tonight’s Brain Games explores the secrets behind mind/body coordination. Often, your mind…

Here at Nat Geo Channel, we believe that smarter is better – a belief that is reflected in our Emmy-nominated hit series Brain Games, an interactive show full of illusions, challenges and experiments that showcase the extraordinary nature of the human brain. We hear frequently from families who watch it together, “compete”, and even accidentally…

Every day, whether it’s remembering where you parked the car, or just trying to find the light switch in the morning, there’s a hidden system that’s busy keeping track of everything going on around you.  It’s called spatial awareness and it’s built into to your brain. So while body awareness is your brain’s ability to…

Bubble wrap: one of man’s most useful inventions. From keeping your packages safe on their travels to providing hours of popping entertainment, the plastic sheeting was invented in 1957 by two entrepreneurs attempting to create a 3-D plastic wallpaper. But can bubble wrap protect a human from a 13-foot free fall? Tonight, Duck Quacks Don’t Echo…

Hollywood car chases and explosions – you can’t have one without the other. In every epic action-movie chase, a car (or eight) will probably burst into flames. So how do the special effects pros pull off these huge stunts? On an all-new None of the Above, which takes science to the streets to solve real-life conundrums, host Tim…

The animal kingdom is full of creepy, slimy, nasty-looking creatures – and many of them can save your life. Doctors are incorporating nature’s weirdest animals in unorthodox treatments drawn from ancient healing methods, Eastern medicines and medical testing, developing new ways to heal patients. Learn more about how your least-favorite animals are curing illnesses below.…

If you’re a driver in 48 of America’s 50 states, you pump your own gas. But for the other two states, Oregon and New Jersey, an attendant fills your tank. The two states passed laws in the 1940s and ’50s prohibiting citizens from filling their own tanks, which lawmakers viewed as a dangerous fire hazard.…

Tonight, we kick off a brand new season of Brain Games with a double-dose of all-new episodes. First at 9P, we explore the shocking truth that color is just an illusion created by your brain. Through a series of addictive interactive games and unexpected experiments, you’ll discover the secrets hiding within the colors you see…

In the new pop science series, Duck Quacks Don’t Echo, we test some of the most outrageous facts you’ve never heard. Premiering tonight, Jan. 13, at 10 & 10:30 p.m., co-hosts Michael Ian Black (@michaelianblack), Tom Papa (@tompapa) and Seth Herzog (@Thezog) assess the validity of these and other weird, unusual and over-the-top hypotheses through…

More than just a holy book, The Bible also exists as one of history’s richest texts. Many details of Western civilization’s legendary characters have been lost to time, including their appearances. Lost Faces of the Bible uses cutting-edge technology to reconstruct the Bible’s most famous faces, mixing myth-busting archaeology with forensic investigation to revive artifacts of the past. Granted…

Has a British scientist finally unlocked the mystery of Bigfoot? Yetis–also known as the Abominable Snowman and one of the most elusive Bigfoot legends–have been recorded for centuries in the Himalayas, with local people and even eminent mountaineers claiming to have come face-to-face with the hairy, ape-like creatures. A photograph of a Yeti footprint, taken…

We’ve been airing new pilots on Friday nights, and we want to hear what you think! Leave comments and let us know, is it a hit?  On Don’t Try This At Home, stand-up comedian Michael Kosta explains the scientific concepts behind outrageous – and dangerous – viral videos. Tonight, Kosta tackles skateboarders on fire, yoga…