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1 Apr

Introducing Math Channel, Coming To A TV Screen Near You On April 31

Prep your parabolas, ready your ratios and start thinking about symmetry...

The brains behind the Science Channel are pleased to announce our new sister network, Math Channel, coming to a television screen near you on April 31.

Answer Everything.

28 Mar

'Star Wars' Behind-the-Scenes Photos Make Friday More Fun

It's Friday. It's spring. We've all earned a little levity.

Ever since Star Wars joined Instagram with a Darth Vader selfie back in December 2013, the franchise has been populating its page with a plethora of behind-the-scenes photos.

From a 'Han-some' Han Solo

to some sibling bonding

and C-3PO out of costume,

Star Wars has made us smile on Instagram since day one.

We even got a look at Indiana, George Lucas' dog and the inspiration for Chewbacca

and discovered that Darth Vader's helmet isn't nearly so scary without the imposing voice behind it.

Meet Darth Vader's stunt double:

So sweet.


Does this inspire you to build a lightsaber? Check it out:

For more Star Wars fun, watch all of your favorite characters kick up their heels to Pharrell's "Happy" over on SCI2.

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10 Mar

Behind-The-Scenes At SXSW: What Really Happened At I F---ing Love Science Channel

If you didn't make it to SXSW Interactive this year or you attended SXSW but didn't come to the I F---ing Love Science Channel party (and why not?!), don't worry. We've got you covered with some of our favorite photos from the night so that even if you weren't there, you can pretend you were a VIP guest.

Basically, we are all now best friends with Bill Nye.

(Oh, and in case you missed our HUGE new show news, check it out here.)

Presenting I F---ing Love Science Channel: The Recap.


The gang's all here: Kari Byron, Elise Andrew, Bill Nye, Eugene Mirman, Hakeem Oluseyi and Tory Belleci


Kari tests liquid nitrogen before the show

We can all agree that "the Elvis of Science" is the perfect nickname for Bill Nye, right?

And, in case you missed the exclusive new show news:

More on that here!

If you attended I F---ing Love Science Channel, we'd love to hear about your experience!

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10 Mar

You Love Science. We Love Science. I F---ing Love Science Is For All Of Us.

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Science Channel broke huge news at SXSW this weekend:

It's true! We're teaming up with Elise Andrew of I F---ing Love Science to turn the popular IFLS Facebook page and website into a TV series.

You know who else f---ing loves science? The Late Late Show host Craig Ferguson, who will be an executive producer on the show. Here's how he announced the HUGE news:

If you know anything about me, you know I love science. Science has a naughty secret — it’s that all things are connected. And this show is going to explore the randomness of science. Think of it as a late night Google search that goes a hundred pages deep until things get weird — and then you just keep going. And there is no better partner for this kind of smart entertainment like Science Channel and Elise.

No word on whether Geoff will make an appearance on the series.

So what can you expect?

"I F—ing Love Science follows one inalienable truth — that jaw-dropping, mind-blowing, science is present in everything. In each 60 minute episode, the show attempts to prove a grand, outlandish thesis that will take the viewer on twists and turns through the big and small of all things science. Each hour will delve into a bevy of unexpected but related topics, meeting celebrities, scientists, and everyday people – each of whom f-ing love science."

Andrew will be a consulting producer on the hour-long show, scheduled to debut later this year. What started two years ago as a fun hobby for Andrew is now a Facebook page with 10.6 million fans and a social following reaching 50 million people a week.

IFLS isn't the first social media sensation to transition to TV. Lil Bub has her own talk show and William Shatner starred in short-lived series $h*! My Dad Says, based on a Twitter account of the same (but unbleeped) name.

Stay tuned for more news as the show gets underway. In the meantime, check out another Science Channel project to which Andrew is a contributor: SCI2.

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5 Jul

Terra Nova's Stephen Lang is Hilarious in These All New Videos

For those of you who haven't heard, Terra Nova is coming to Science Channel for an all-day marathon on Sunday, July 7 starting at 10am. The series was produced by Stephen Spielberg and is the most expensive show ever made. To help us get the word out, our marketing team spent some time with actor and writer Stephen Lang to create some promotional videos. 

Most people think of Stephen Lang as the serious military man, like his role as Cmdr. Taylor on Terra Nova or Col. Miles Quaritch in the movie Avatar. But the truth is, he's actually hilarious! Don't believe it? Check out this mashup of his funniest moments from his time on camera with the Science Channel video crew.


Don't forget to catch the Terra Nova marathon Sunday, July 7 starting at 10AM, only on Science Channel.

7 Feb

That is rather ODD...

These observations are things I have learned from our Oddities genre of programming:
  1. One can identify if a piece of "freak" taxidermy is real by feeling for seam lines
  2. It's not surprising for people into taxidermy & articulating to be vegetarians
  3. A Taphophile is someone who is passionate about cemeteries (e.g. gravestones)
Do you know what else is odd and very cool? The cast of Oddities and Oddities San Francisco are going to meet in person – true story! Here are some pictures of when the Executive Producer (Josh Berkley) and I went to Obscura and met everyone.

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27 Nov

Introducing Fringe Puppet Theatre!

Puppets500x313We here at Science love Fringe. We also love Red Vines (almost as much as Walter Bishop). So, of course, the next logical step was to merge the two -- and invite all of our Fringe fans to play along.

Introducing Red Vines' Fringe Puppet Theater: we give you the puppets, you grab some Red Vines from the grocery store and then you film your favorite scenes from Fringe. Then you send us a video link and we feature it on our Fringe on Science Channel Facebook page!


Before you get started, you should know we're working on our own video. Actually, we've enlisted the help of one of Fringe's biggest fans, Ian Larson, son of one of Science's employees. He spent all weekend cutting, pasting, and filming his favorite scene from Fringe, Season 1 -- it's the one where the bank robber gets stuck in a wall, dies, and then Walter cuts off his hand. These are photos his mom took of him hard at work.


We'll be featuring his video shortly, but also wanted to give YOU the chance to get in on the fun. You can download, print and cut your puppets from the large picture image below. Then, film away! We'll take all of the submissions (unless they contain foul or inappropriate language) and feature them on Facebook. So start puppeting NOW! 

When you're finished, tweet us a link to your video OR leave us a link in the comments may even receive a little somethin' somethin' from us as a "thank you" gift...hint, hint.

Here's the big image. Simply click the photo. It'll show up in a new window and you can print it for your puppting needs!


8 Nov

Q&A with the Executive Producer of the Firefly Special Event


Meet Bernadette McDaid -- or simply Bernie, as we call her around the office -- and her very famous friends.

She's not just another executive. She's a real Browncoat -- and the "Browncoats Unite: Firefly 10th Anniversary Special Event" is her baby. She's the mastermind behind reuniting the cast at San Diego and New York ComicCons, filming the reunion, writing the script...EVERYTHING.

Here's your chance to get special behind-the-scenes access to the woman closest to all things Firefly-reunion-related. Bernie has graciously agreed to answer any questions you may have about the upcoming special. So ask away! Leave us a question in the comments and we'll have Bernie answer them.

NOTE: Bernie is also the woman behind the EXCLUSIVE #FireflyNov11 clips that are on their way to being unlocked by fans on Twitter. Bernie has identified these as being juicy bites that just didn't make it in to the 1-hour-long special. So follow @ScienceChannel and keep tweeting #FireflyNov11! Click HERE to participate.

TUNE IN November 11th at 10pm ET/PT for "Browncoats Unite: Firefly 10th Anniversary Special Event" on Science and...HINT'll find out how to bid on exclusive Firefly items from the reunion special with all proceeds going to charity...

6 Nov

Chunk This: The Destructive Side of Punkin Chunkin

Chunkin-up-air-cannon Punkin Chunkin (watch it Thanksgiving night at 8PM!) is one of my favorite things about working for SCIENCE. I've been to the actual World Championship event three times now and it is just incredible to watch those massive machines send those gourds flying into the skyline. There's only one thing missing: some medieval carnage. That's where Chunk This comes in.

Yesterday, the SCIENCE digital group teamed up with air cannon team Chunkin Up, Metro Productions and Butler's Orchard to see what would happen if we pointed their massive machine right at a few different targets and let those gourds rip. What we got was better than we'd hoped! Layers of drywall, a Thanksgiving dinner table, a refrigerator and even an upright piano were outright annihilated. What better way to spend the day, right?

We originally tried this idea with air cannon team Chunk'n'ology in 2010 (check out the video below to see how it turned out). The difference this year is that we shot everything with higher quality cameras, which means you'll be able to see more of the carnage in seriously slow motion. It's gonna be epic.

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30 Oct

Get Interactive with "MythBusters: The Explosive Exhibition"

Meet the star of the show, Buster, as he rests in his chair after flying over 200 feet, propelled by fireworks in a recent MythBusters episode.

Chances are that at some point while watching Jamie and Adam do crazy experiments on MythBusters, you kind of wished you had their job. Let’s face it, it doesn’t get much better than making a living off playing with explosives, dropping pennies from the Empire State Building and feeding giant octopuses – all in the name of science.

MythBusters VIDEO: Best of Household Myths 

While we can’t all be mad scientists, there’s nothing stopping you from testing out some of MythBuster’s most popular experiments at the “MythBusters: The Explosive Exhibition,” now open at The Tech Museum in San Jose, Calif. Unlike other exhibitions, this one encourages visitors to interact with the props that were taken right out of the show and find out for themselves whether something is a myth or a fact.

As the show’s co-host Grant Imahara explained it during the exhibit's opening ceremony, “you’re going to be dodging bullets, hanging by your fingertips [and] driving blind.” But that's only part of it. 

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