Learning to harness the power of fire. Inventing the first stone tools. Utilizing the wheel. Advancements in human culture – and the civilizations defined by them – were propelled by scientific breakthroughs. Launching Monday, September 27, Discovery Science is a brand new, fact-based channel that celebrates these trials, errors and scientific events that have forever changed our world – and looks to today’s maverick innovators to imagine our future. Consider the literature and architecture of ancient Greece; the invention of the printing press and the exploration of new worlds in the Middle Ages; and the giant leap in our recent past that saw the invention of the automobile, vaccines and the global proliferation of the Internet – science has the power to revolutionize civilizations and touch every human life. Cool and curious, Discovery Science explores the quirky side of technology, human progress, and scientific discoveries and how these shape our world. Discovery Science is the third of three new Discovery brands coming to Canada this season (Discovery World HD and Investigation Discovery launched in August).
How will the next big scientific leap impact our society next? Invisibility cloaks, teleportation and time travel? SCI FI SCIENCE WITH MICHIO KAKU poses the idea that science fiction may not be so far from science fact. And at the intersection of art and science, SCIENCE OF THE MOVIES breaks down famous movie scenes to reveal how each sequence was strung together. With a spirit of adventure, METEORITE MEN goes on a thrilling hunt for meteors, ancient alien artifacts from distant worlds.
Launching Monday, September 27, first programming highlights for Discovery Science include:
SCIENCE OF THE MOVIES
Mondays at 8 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT, beginning September 27
Join a geektastic journey to the cinematic intersection of art and science. SCIENCE OF THE MOVIES breaks down famous movie scenes to reveal the inside science on how each sequence was strung together. Debuting with three special episodes, join host and self-proclaimed movie geek Nar Williams for the inside scoop on the tricks of the Hollywood trade.
Mondays at 9 p.m. ET/PT, beginning September 27
For thousands of years, lost pieces of the universe have been buried deep below the Earth’s surface – remnants of distant planets, moons or other celestial objects that raced through space at speeds of 48,000kph until violently crashing here. Now, over the course of 10 episodes go on a thrilling adventure to discover these hard-to-find ancient artifacts from distant worlds.
BUILD IT BIGGER
Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT, beginning September 28
Go inside the very heart of massive, life-changing engineering projects, from first plans to finishing details. Across 10 globe-trotting episodes, host Danny Forster breaks down the unique architectural challenges of each construction site; meets the professionals responsible for making it all come together; tries his hand at some of their jobs; and interviews architects, engineers and building crews on-site to get an inside perspective on the science behind each project. The latest computer graphics round out Forster’s explanations to offer a greater understanding of the scope and scale of each undertaking.
SCI FI SCIENCE WITH MICHIO KAKU
Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT, beginning September 28
Explore the world of the seemingly impossible. Hosted by internationally-renowned physicist and co-founder of string field theory, Dr. Michio Kaku, this 12-part series poses the idea that science fiction may not be so far from science fact and explores the concepts of invisibility cloaks, teleportation, time travel and more.
Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET/10p.m. PT, beginning September 29
Boldly going where no science series has gone before, SCI TREK takes viewers to worlds they have only imagined. From the threats of microbes to mining colonies on the Moon, this series unravels scientific mysteries and provides a glimpse into the high-tech future. Find out if ancient fault lines could really bring a major earthquake to New York City and the unexpected traits we share with Neanderthal Man. SCI TREK is a 12-part series that reveals how the stunning beauty and complexity of science takes place, where technology is headed in the future and why each topic is of vital interest to viewers seeking knowledge and adventure.
POPULAR SCIENCE’S FUTURE OF
Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT, beginning September 29
Meet creative inventors, unconventional scientists and talented entrepreneurs as host Baratunde Thurston transports viewers five, 10, 15 or 25 years into the future to offer a glimpse at how the technological breakthroughs of today are destined to reshape our lives tomorrow. With a single subject as the focus of each of the six episodes, POPULAR SCIENCE’S FUTURE OF explores one important impact on human life, uncovers breakthrough research, introduces maverick scientists and explores the genius prototypes that demonstrate how our lives will evolve.
Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT, beginning September 30
The builds of tomorrow are here today! MEGA ENGINEERING goes inside monumental future build projects, for a high-stakes look at tomorrow’s extreme engineering – from personal pods to underground cities. In each of the six episodes, see one of these projects go up before your very eyes. With spectacular CGI, MEGA ENGINEERING presents the high-tech obstacles that must be overcome and how technology is advancing today to accommodate the needs of these jaw-dropping structures of tomorrow.
Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT, beginning September 30
What makes us human – with all of our species’ variations and experiences – makes us fascinating. The new six-part series HUMANOLOGY explores the stories and science behind some of the world’s most extraordinary and rare human phenomenons. Episodes include “Electric Human,” which profiles people who can light cigarettes with their hands and turn off lights with their minds; “Human Face Transplant” highlights new surgical transplant procedures that offer hope to disfigured people needing new faces; and “Woke Up in the Morgue” recounts the harrowing story of a girl who was fully conscious and aware as people were transporting her seemingly lifeless body to the morgue.
MONSTERS INSIDE ME
Fridays at 9 p.m. ET/PT, beginning October 1
A 10-year-old boy mysteriously spikes a high fever after swimming in a warm freshwater lake; an 11-month-old becomes lethargic and unresponsive as something methodically destroys his brain; and a group of medical students return from spring break with terrible headaches and meningitis-like symptoms. Family and friends are shocked and worried. Doctors are puzzled, racing to unlock the mysteries before it is too late. What do all these cases have in common? The causes of these mysterious illnesses are not viruses or bacteria but stealthy, cunning creatures that have taken up residence in their unsuspecting hosts – parasites! Every story in this six-part series is a life-or-death battle between modern medicine and evolution as these patients fight the MONSTERS INSIDE ME.
About Discovery Science
If it’s a ground-breaking idea, it’s on Discovery Science! Amazing viewers with cool innovations, ingenious ideas and the latest consumer gadgets, Discovery Science takes science out of the lab and classroom, revealing its fun and relevant applications in everyday life. Taking things apart, peering inside and putting things together in new and unexpected ways – Discovery Science celebrates today’s trials, errors and breakthroughs that change the world. From the science of survival in extreme environments and inventions that make our urban habitat more liveable, to the building blocks of life itself, Discovery Science explores the quirky side of technology, human progress, scientific discoveries and the people behind them. Launching in Canada on September 27, 2010, Discovery Science is where cool and curiosity meet. For more information, go to ScienceChannel.ca.