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6 Nov

Here's One Unique Use For Thanksgiving Leftovers

Every year, approximately one-third of turkey bought for Thanksgiving -- that's 200 million pounds -- gets trashed.

What to do with all those Thanksgiving leftovers? Well, eating them is the obvious answer. But just in case you want something a little more blood-pumping, let's see what happens when we chunk Thanskgiving dinner.

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31 Oct

Happy Halloween!

You know what Halloween means? We're getting ever-closer to Punkin Chunkin.

The 2014 event is still a few weeks away -- mark your calendars for Saturday, Nov. 29 at 8/7c on Science Channel -- but in the meantime, here are some best moments from Punkin Chunkin 2013 to help you relive past glory.

Hamster Wheel Breaks the Barrier

Chunk Norris on Stilts

Air Cannon Backspin Nozzle

Young Glory III's Brand-New Barrel

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14 Oct

NY Comic Con 2013: Where Punkin Chunkin meets mummified penises and the future!

Where can you see mummified penises, giant air canons that shoot pumpkins and bionic exoskeletons in action? The answer: Science panels at New York Comic Con!

This weekend, Science took New York Comic Con by storm for the third year in a row. And we know that many of fans can't be there first-hand, so here's your front row seat to the best of Science at New York Comic Con via photo galleries and video.

On Friday, the cast of "Oddities" brought sneak peeks of the new season, along with some of the other, ahem, "stars" of the show: an ancient mummified penis, a mummified head used for teaching medicine, a necklace made of fingers, and a very suggestive coconut. All of these can be seen by clicking here!

View photos from the Oddities panel »

Science Punkin Chunkers proved size does matter: A 50-foot-plus air cannon loomed large over the entrance to Comic Con all weekend. On Saturday, famous chunker Fat Jimmy joined Chunk founder Frank Shade and the MythBusters build team for a Punkin Chunkin Extravaganza. The audience was treated to some of the highlights from Chunks past, including the story behind the only fatality in Chunk history -- a mallard duck hit by a flying pumpkin. There were laughs, there was dancing on tables, and there were trebuchets! Take a look through all the photos by clicking here.

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The final Science panel transported the audience into the future. Hosted by Academy Award-nominee James Woods, Science's new show "Futurescape" looks at the technology of the future -- and the ethical questions these technologies pose. On hand was Chris Tagatac who demonstrated exoskeleton technology by walking through the crowd on his own two (paralyzed!) legs. You can see it all by clicking here.

View photos from the Futurescape panel »

Thanks to all our Science fans who came out for our panels and for all of you at home supporting us, too!

Is there any part of the action we may have missed? Leave your thoughts in the comments below and share your photos with us via Twitter @ScienceChannel!


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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17 Feb

What Really Goes on at The Science Channel Office (Meme)

You may have seen this meme going around the interwebs lately. We here at the Science Channel had to jump on board the meme train and give you a real look inside our office -- and what people think of our jobs.

Yes, all of these photos are real Science employees who graciously provided their faces (and sometimes their desks) for your amusement.


Amy Enchelmeyer
Social Media Strategist

7 Oct

The Chunk is Coming!

Friday's are a wonderful thing, especially when you're preparing for the biggest special of the year: Punkin Chunkin in all it's glory, simplicity and complexity. We plan for it almost all year long. It's a phenomenon around the halls of SCIENCE. The network's main color is bright orange. What color are pumpkins? Coincidence? I think not.

The Hosts of Chunk 2011: Tory Belleci, Kari Byron and Grant Imahara from Mythbusters

So, what did we work on today for The Chunk? The Talent — travel, accommodations, food, shooting schedules. And just for the record, I am exceptionally excited about this year's hosts.

What else is nice about Fridays? I feel entitled to overdose on dark chocolate. It's not that I don't indulge during the week, but there's something about Friday that takes over. Resistance is indeed futile. A few of my coworkers and I have a basket in between our desks, where we exclusively put chocolate. Nothing else shall be allowed in the basket.

It's brainfood, I'm convinced.

Lindsey Foster
Coordinating Producer

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