The three-hour documentary has Elba training to fight one of the pros.
Is there anything Idris Elba can’t do? (Other than play James Bond, much to our disappointment.) While most know Elba from his acting career, it turns out that he’s apparently not content unless he tries his hand at every other profession possible. He’s also discussed being a DJ (and showed off his impressive dance moves) […]Read More
Say that three times fast.
Discovery has given us some amazing Shark Week items to give away!Read More
Reminder: Real sharks are incredibly interesting.
Last year Discovery got on the Internet's bad side by presenting a fictional story about a fictional search for a fictional megalodon, but it turns out they like it there. They're continuing their shady pseudoscience practices and io9 is reporting that they're misleading scientists to get interviews for their fake Shark Week documentaries.Read More
Size is relative.
There are over 50 different varies of T Rex, but the most recently discovered version of the dinosaur king is puzzling for its size as well as the surprising location where its fossil was unearthed. Meet Arctic "polar bear lizard" Nanuqsaurus hoglundi, the baby brother of them all.Read More
Because who wouldn't want to bathe in hot coffee on demand?
Okay, so it's probably easier to use your one-cup coffee maker - but wouldn't it be way cooler if you could run hot coffee out of your taps? These two fellows from the Norwegian show Ikke gjør dette hjemme ("Do Not Do This At Home") set their house up to do just that, and it seems pretty instantly delicious.Read More
Last month we reported that a film crew from Discovery Channel had captured footage of a giant squid at home in the inky blackness of the ocean's depths -- the place where all the most horrid nightmares are born -- for an episode of the cable network's Curiosity series. Since we're inclined to take a "pics or it didn't happen" view of the world over here, it's safe to say that we were all dubious of the claim, especially when past experience has shown that such overhyped discoveries are often run-of-the-mill colossal squid that don't even merit a second glance. Today, though, we're delighted to report that our cynicism was, for once, unfounded. The team of giant squid enthusiasts behind last month's bold claim has released this photo of the legendary aquatic beast that caused superstitious vikings and pirates to soil themselves at the mere mention of it -- we assume.Read More
Seen here in an artistic interpretation, the giant squid is thought to be the inspiration for many sea monster stories throughout history like the Kraken, Scylla, Cthulhu, and probably Sharktopus, but it refuses to be taken alive. It won't even let its picture be taken alive, until now that is. A film crew for Discovery has captured the first footage of a live giant squid in its natural habitat, probably doing squid stuff.Read More
Since NASA's tease last week about "historic" new findings on Mars, the world's been anxiously awaiting details about what the Curiosity's been up to on the red planet. That's why the news that NASA will be holding a 2PM press conference today has everyone in a tizzy. Unfortunately, it wasn't meant to be as today's press conference is not about Mars, but will reveal new findings from the MESSENGER spacecraft orbiting Mercury. Don't take it personally, Mercury. You're interesting too; we just really want to hear what they found on Mars.Read More
It Came From Outer Space
Don't Try This At Home
hold on to your butts
It's here, guys. Shark Week. That midsummer tradition, provided to us by the Discovery Channel, kicks off tonight at 9:00 pm with this year's formidable host, Chief Shark Officer Andy Samberg. We are happy to know that this shoot was successful and that he has all his limbs. Because sharks, man. Sharks. (BuzzFeed)Read More
Having fallen from the sky during space shuttle Discovery's final flight, two solid rocket boosters float in the ocean until NASA swings by to collect them. Watch as crew members aboard the boats Liberty Star and Freedom Star collect the used boosters in order to return them to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, which is where they'll be processed, and shipped off to Utah if they need to be refurbished.
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We Have Done the Impossible and That Makes Us Mighty
Discovery made her first launch in 1984, and made her last landing yesterday, at about noon EST on March 9th, 2011. So, to put things in perspective, it will be another two years or so before I become older than Discovery's career. According to Wired, Discovery has:
flown 39 missions, spent a full 365 days in space, orbited the Earth 5,830 times and traveled more than of 148 million miles. It has carried 246 people into space, more than any other vehicle, including the first woman to ever pilot a spacecraft, the oldest person to fly in space, the first African-American to perform a spacewalk and the first sitting member of Congress to fly in space.Read More
[...] see that sunspot cluster on the left? It looks to be about the same apparent size as the ISS… but it actually spans a region as big as Jupiter!(Alan Friedman via Discover Magazine) Read More
Space Shuttle Discovery launched for its final flight a couple of days ago and gave us some pretty views. Luckily, a flight from Orlando, Florida happened to pass by the Kennedy Space Center around the time of he launch, and a quick-thinking passenger on the plane, YouTube user NeilMonday, was able to record the Discovery launch from his passenger plane's window, providing viewers with an angle of shuttle launches that we rarely get to see.
Also, at about 0:19 into the video, if you listen closely enough, you can hear (who is presumably) the pilot being funny over the plane's intercom. Head on past the break to see a larger and prettier version of the video.
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Stephen Hawking: "If aliens visit us, the outcome would be much as when Columbus landed in America, which didn't turn out well for the Native Americans...
We only have to look at ourselves to see how intelligent life might develop into something we wouldn't want to meet."
In what I have to imagine will be one of the better headlines you are going to read today, scientist Stephen Hawking offers some sage advice on how to deal with an alien encounter.Read More