Posts Tagged ‘Discovery News’

This Week in Discovery Buzz…

July 19, 2013 | by akowalczyk

Discovery BuzzHappy Friday, Discovery family! Here in Silver Spring, it’s been a hot one – both on and off air. With temperatures breaking 100, the start of Comic-Con, a batch of fuzzy visitors, and Honey Boo Boo‘s season premiere, we’ve barely had a chance to breathe! Here’s a roundup of what’s kept been buzzing this week:

And, to kick off your weekend with some laughs, the latest from our friends at DNews and the animal kingdom!

Discovery News Breaks Down Why December 21 Won’t Be the End of the World

December 19, 2012 | by kdelmonico

We’ve heard much discussion about the world ending on Friday, with some even going so far as to prepare for the end of days with food-and-water filled underground bunkers, but personally I’m not banking on it. And, for those of you who have put off your holiday shopping on the off-chance that December 21 is actually doomsday, Dr. Ian O’Neill of Discovery News says you should instead be planning a Doomsday party.

As our resident astrophysicist and space expert, Dr. O’Neill knows that Friday’s doomsday premonition is scientifically impossible and he actually thinks some of these end-of-days myths can be a bit dangerous. NASA recently cautioned that the Doomsday hype can actually have a damaging psychological effect, causing anxiety especially for children.  Scientifically, there is no basis to any thought that we could be in for a solar flare or any other type of apocalyptic space event on Friday. For Earth’s ozone layer to experience damage from a supernova, the blast must occur less than 50 light-years away, and the nearest star that could possibly go supernova is much further away.

So why does the Mayan calendar end on December 21, 2012? The calendar simply ran out. Of their three calendars, the Long Count Calendar (the one that “runs out” on December 21, 2012 and has caused the Doomsday Drama) marked December 21, 2012 as the end of one long cycle of their calendar. The same way I will have to buy a new 2013 calendar to replace the adorable Westhighland Terrier 2012 calendar I have at my desk (they claim 365 days of cute, so I of course had to investigate), so would the Maya – this was less of a prophecy and more an administrative issue.

With this great news, I am thrilled to learn that I will be able to ring in 2013 with my family and friends with nary a doomsday in sight. So, you shouldn’t bother getting all hyped up for the end of the world on Friday, either – science says so.

Discovery News & Revision3 Launch New Web Series, YouTube Channel

December 5, 2012 | by kdelmonico

Ever wonder why the barking cat on YouTube sounds like a dog? Or ever have the urge to peruse photos of an underwater resort?  Since 1998, Discovery News has been giving smart takes on the latest buzz-worthy news. Today, Discovery News launched DNews, a new online series and YouTube channel designed to bring viewers the intersection between “who knew” and “no way”, with daily video news updates from the worlds of science, tech, space and more.

Hosted by  Anthony CarboniLaci Green and Trace Dominguez, the new web series is now available on the new DNews YouTube Channel, DiscoveryNews.com and Revision3. Check out one of the recent shows below, because apparently the robot takeover is coming and you don’t want to be the only one uninformed:

 

Discovery News & Mashable Team Up

November 12, 2012 | by aharris

Discovery News LogoIf you’re a fan of smart takes on trending topics, you now have more ways to satisfy that curiosity! Today, Discovery Communications and Mashable announced a new partnership that will bring Discovery News articles and videos to Mashable.com and its mobile platforms later this month.

Mashable LogoDiscovery News, which has been bringing its unique news filter to the online world since 1998, covers everything from cutting-edge technology to the science behind the headlines. For example, why are Olympians breaking more and more records and why do so many women go blonde? The DN team has your answers.

Discovery News has doubled its online traffic year over year and has fans coming back for more – online, through Discovery Communications’ mobile apps and with partners like Mashable. Check out DiscoveryNews.com for the headlines and articles that will ensure you always have something to talk about at those upcoming holiday parties…and check out Mashable in the coming weeks for more Discovery News on their platforms!

Discovery News’ Dr. Ian O’Neill to Co-Host NASA Feed of Today’s Venus Transit

June 5, 2012 | by aharris

While it happened only eight years ago, today we’ll witness a space event that will not occur again until 2117: the Venus transit. Venus, the second planet from the sun and Earth’s solar system neighbor will pass between our home and the Sun this afternoon (in North America) and as it rises tomorrow in other parts of the world (see the map below for more information).

Venus Transit Map

Courtesy of Fred Espenak (NASA GSFC)

Discovery News' Dr. Ian O'Neill

Discovery News' Dr. Ian O'Neill

We’re also excited to report that from 2:45pm PT, Discovery News Space Producer Dr. Ian O’Neill will be co-hosting a live video feed fromthe  Mt. Wilson Observatory just outside Los Angeles with Astronomers Without Borders (AWB) Founder and President Mike Simmons (part of NASA’s Sun Earth Day international coverage of today’s event. You can read up on the Venus transit in Discovery News’ Wide Angle coverage and watch the live webcast on the AWB website.

Celebrate Earth Day with Our Discovery Family

April 21, 2012 | by aharris

Frozen Planet Polar BearsEach year on April 22 people around the world mark Earth Day, founded by Senator Gaylord Nelson in 1970 in order to celebrate our planet and encourage its protection. At Discovery Communications, our commitment to celebrating the Earth stems from our company’s founding in 1985 continues today.

This Sunday, Discovery Channel in the U.S. will be marking Earth Day with a special presentation of Frozen Planet — beginning with a marathon of the David Attenborough-narated series at 2pm ET/PT and concluding with the finale, On Thin Ice, at 8pm ET/PT. To learn more about the state of our polar regions, don’t forget to check out our Frozen Planet infographics and videos from the series on Discovery.com.

Additionally, our Discovery Education team has been busy with several Earth Day-related projects, reaching out to the younger generation to educate and engage them:

Finally, if you’re looking to learn more about our planet and its plight, don’t forget to check out Discovery News’ Earth Day Wide Angle and great coverage from our TreeHugger.com team, including Earth Day wishes from several contributors to the site.

Happy Earth Day! We hope you celebrate it with friends, family and nature.