This Week In…Discovery Buzz

October 17, 2014 | by lstewart

Discovery BuzzHappy Friday from Discovery HQ! It’s been a week full of pet news – from Jackson Galaxy sharing how he uses his charisma to calm troubled cats to Animal Planet announcing it has picked up Disney’s “Howl-O-Ween” special, complete with 101 dogs in costume! Meanwhile, Shark Week’s record-breaking success this past summer was the focus of an article that discusses how millennials took part in the annual celebration.

And speaking of big fish (and dangerous waters!), check out a behind-the-scenes look of what it means to be “on the job” on The Deadliest Catch.

‘Gold Rush’ Returns to Discovery Channel Tomorrow

October 16, 2014 | by lstewart

The wait is almost over! The fifth season of Gold Rush premieres tomorrow, October 17th on Discovery Channel at 9PM ET/PT.

This season, the stakes are higher than ever. After braving the jungles of Guyana, South America, Todd Hoffman is back after losing his land, his crew and most of his money. Meanwhile, Parker Schnabel has set an outrageous goal for himself, looking to double the 1,000 ounces of gold that he brought in last season – worth 1.4 million dollars – to 2,000 ounces this time around. Tony Beets has his own challenges ahead, as he took a huge risk by purchasing a $1 million, 75-year-old floating gold dredge.

It’s a new season with new beginnings. Check out a sneak peek of the season premiere of Gold Rush below, and don’t miss tomorrow night’s premiere!

Discovery Education and 3M Announce Winner of 2014 Young Scientist Challenge

October 15, 2014 | by lstewart

Congratulons to Sahil Doshi! The 14-year-old from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania was just named the winner of this year’s Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge, the nation’s premier science competition for grades 5-8.

Sahil wowed judges with his ingenious, eco-friendly battery, the PolluCell, which converts carbon dioxide into electricity, helping to reduce our carbon footprint while offering power for household uses and developing nations. The innovation was designed to address the rising level of toxic air pollution and the inaccessibility of power for 1.2 billion people around the world.

Sahil and the other nine finalists came together at 3M’s headquarters in St. Paul, Minnesota this past this week for the final days of the challenge. For the past three months, the students have competed alongside each other, meeting virtually with their respective 3M Scientist Mentors to take their concepts and develop them into actual prototypes.

In addition to presenting their final prototypes to a panel of distinguished judges, the finalists competed in two additional challenges where they were asked to: combine multiple 3M technologies to yield new solutions; and build a simple machine using science and engineering principles. Science maven Kari Byron and Peyton Robertson, last year’s Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge winner, served as guest judges for the students’ final challenges. Along with being officially titled “America’s Top Young Scientist,” Sahil will receive $25,000 and a student adventure trip to a destination such as Costa Rica. The nine other finalists who participated in the challenge received a variety of prizes from Discovery Education and 3M.

The Discovery 3M Young Scientist Challenge was created to foster a new generation of American scientists at an age when interest in science generally declines. To learn more, please visit YoungScientistChallenge.com.

 

Finalist Christopher Isozaki

Finalists Mythri Ambatipudi and Andrew Masek

Winner Sahil Doshi

Last Call: Enter American Heroes Channel’s “My Hero Is…” Contest

October 15, 2014 | by lstewart

Don’t miss out! This Sunday, October 19 is the last day to submit entries to the “My Hero Is…” contest. First announced on September 22, the program was created together by American Heroes Channel, Discovery Education and the National Military Family Association as a way to recognize those brave and honorable individuals serving our country.

If you know someone who is either a current or veteran military hero or a member of a military family, submit a 30-second video to the “My Hero Is…” contest, sharing why you think that individual deserves the honor. The first place winner will be flown to NYC to be a part of the National Military Family Association’s float during the national Veterans Day parade on November 11. The winner will also be featured in an interstitial on American Heroes Channel.

Students who know a hero associated with the military can participate, too, by submitting videos on behalf of their local school. The school with the most number of entries will have the chance to celebrate local veterans within their community with a Veterans Day assembly event hosted by Discovery Education and American Heroes Channel. For more information about the “My Hero Is…” contest, visit MyHeroIsContest.com.

Discovery Communications Nabs a Spot on Interbrand’s 2014 “Best Global Brands” List for the Second Year in a Row

October 13, 2014 | by kdelmonico

Discovery Communications Logo

It was announced last week that Discovery Communications has landed a spot on Interbrand’s “Best Global Brands” list for the second year in a row, representing one of just three global programmers to make the prestigious list.

Ranking at #67 in this year’s report, Discovery Communications advanced three spots from its debut on the list in 2013.

Interbrand, the world’s leading brand consultancy, publishes the ranking of the top 100 brands based on a unique methodology that analyzes the many ways a brant impacts an organization, from consumer expectations to attracting top talent. Through inclusion on Interbrand’s Best Global Brands list, Discovery is honored to be in the company of today’s most relevant, innovative and impactful businesses and brands.

It’s Official: Discovery Family Channel is Here!

October 13, 2014 | by lstewart

Those who tuned into The Adventures of Chuck & Friends or My Little Pony Friendship is Magic earlier today might have noticed a change on-screen: The Hub Network has officially become Discovery Family Channel. The change will bring expanded programming that is “whole family” friendly, appealing to both children and adults alike.

During the day, Discovery Family will continue to air all the best kid’s content, much of it from Hasbro Studios, while at night, programming will shift over to Discovery’s award-winning non-fiction series, spanning genres from natural history, adventure, animals and science.

Many of the iconic series previously aired on The Hub Network will continue to be shown on Discovery Family, including My Little Pony Friendship is Magic, Littlest Pet Shop, Pound Puppies and G.I. Joe. Initial series scheduled to air in the evening and during primetime include Superhuman, Time Warp, Africa, Flying Wild Alaska and Extreme Engineering: Biggest Reveals.