What It Takes to Build a Snake-Proof Suit

Later tonight, you'll be able to watch a man attempt to become a 25-foot, giant green anaconda's dinner—willingly. And to make sure our human snake snack makes it out alive, scientists spent months designing, testing, and building one incontrovertibly snake-proof suit. Air mask, chainmail, pig's blood and all. » 12/07/14 8:00pm 12/07/14 8:00pm

This 727 Was Deliberately Crashed In the Desert For a TV Show We Can't Wait To See

When a plane unfortunately crashes there's no shortage of photos and video of the wreckage, but rarely footage of the actual impact. So to appease our morbid curiosity of what really happens when a large airliner crashes, the Discovery Channel deliberately downed a 727 in the desert for an upcoming show. » 4/30/12 9:59am 4/30/12 9:59am

Protect Yourself from Visigoths with Roman Siege Engine, Now for Sale on eBay

Want to be the scariest ancient history buff in your neighborhood? A couple of timber engineers are selling their re-creation of a Roman ballista, which they made for a Discovery Channel documentary, on eBay. Though the 12-ton, 24 foot-tall war machine needs a little restoration work and doesn't currently function,… » 10/01/08 1:00am 10/01/08 1:00am

Discovery Channel Looking For a Host For "Super Testing" Show

Discovery Channel is looking for a host for their new Super Testing show. You've got to be male, and between the ages of 30 and 50, and enjoy blowing things up and testing them I'd assume. I'd guess the perfect future star is a reader of Giz. Why not an editor of Giz? I don't know, I think we're all too doughy. So,… » 8/02/08 12:47pm 8/02/08 12:47pm

Mythbusters Shark Week: Real Sharks Eat Robot Dog, Robot Shark Eats Real People

To find out if dogs are really homing snackycakes for bloodthirsty sharks, or if poking them in the eye with a pokey thing is actually a good idea, you could ask a dude in a lab coat, or like, watch Jaws. Unless you're the Mythbusters-then you build a robot dog, surround it with doggy blood, piss and shit and dump it… » 7/26/08 4:30pm 7/26/08 4:30pm

Discovery Venus Fly Trap Robot Swallows Bugs Alive

Sure, it's an easy enough thing to find a Little Shop of Horrors plant robot that snaps shut to kill bugs, then burp comedically. But how about a bionic Venus Fly Trap that lures insects, detects them with its hidden motion detectors, then gulps them down whole and alive? The bugs fall into the clear containment… » 2/05/08 2:00pm 2/05/08 2:00pm

Rube Goldberg Builders Needed for TV Show "Super Rubes"

Super Rubes is an upcoming one-hour TV show for The Discovery Channel that will pit a super team of Rube Golderberg creators against impossible challenges. The show is currently casting artists, scientists, engineers, architects and designers—or anyone with mad Rube Goldberg cred or enthusiasm. You need to be between… » 11/26/07 10:53am 11/26/07 10:53am