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ENTERTAINMENT
August 22, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Discovery has announced the development of a new miniseries adaptation of John Jakes' trilogy of "North and South" novels set during run-up to the Civil War. According to Discovery, the miniseries will tell the tale of two families, the Hazards, from the North, and the Mains, from the South, chronicling how the two families grew close and were then tested when the war between the Union and Confederate armies threatened to tear them apart. This isn't the first time Jakes' trilogy has been adapted for the miniseries format.
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ENTERTAINMENT
August 5, 2013 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
Discovery Channel's Shark Week has begun to gobble up social media attention, as fin fans turned to Twitter to discuss the first special, "Megalodon: The Monster Shark Lives," about a hunt for a killer shark off the coast of South Africa. Two Shark Week programs broke into the top 10 most talked about TV shows on Twitter for the week of July 29-Aug. 4, according to SocialGuide, which ranks the most social TV programs ranked by activity on the social media site. The network did plenty to fan the Twitter frenzy, including hosting a Google+ Hangout at the National Aquarium's Blacktip Reef in Baltimore, an exhibit swarming with sharks.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 5, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Discovery Channel's 26th edition of "Shark Week" kicked off Sunday night with the highest ratings in the history of the annual shark-related programming week. The Sunday night airing of "Megalodon: The Monster Shark Lives," grabbed 4.8 million viewers, making it the single most-watched "Shark Week" episode to date. The premiere episode of "Shark After Dark," the channel's "Talking Dead"-style shark-related talk show grabbed a respectable 2.1 million viewers. PHOTOS: Hollywood backlot moments Discovery has boosted its programming for this year's edition, with 11 new shark specials, up from eight the previous year.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 18, 2013 | By Rick Schultz
Few would have imagined that more than 40 years after Igor Stravinsky died, the composer's sex life would be a source of renewed interest. Robert Craft, a conductor and Stravinsky's longtime assistant, writes in his new book, "Stravinsky: Discoveries and Memories," that the composer had several homosexual affairs - including one with Maurice Ravel - during the years he composed his three great ballets, "The Firebird" (1910), "Petrushka" (1911) and "The Rite of Spring" (1913). If true, Craft's revelations pose tantalizing questions about Stravinsky's sexuality as it relates to his art. A towering figure in the history of music, Stravinsky was a private man who led a double life for decades, dividing his time between his wife and four children and his lover, Vera, who became his second wife.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 16, 2013 | By Victoria Kim and W.J. Hennigan
More than 80 passengers who were aboard Asiana Flight 214 when it crash-landed in San Francisco have taken steps toward a lawsuit against the airline and Boeing Co., the plane's manufacturer, attorneys representing the survivors announced Tuesday. The Chicago-based firm Ribbeck Law Chartered filed a "petition for discovery" Monday against Boeing, asking the Circuit Court of Cook County in Illinois to order the manufacturer to turn over information on the design and parts suppliers of the Boeing 777 aircraft that clipped a sea wall and hurtled across the runway at San Francisco International Airport.
SCIENCE
July 15, 2013 | By Eryn Brown
Researchers at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Md., announced that they had assembled the world's largest database of cancer-related genetic variations -- the data will be available for researchers to plumb as they work to understand how genetics and cancer are related -- and what medications work best to fight different cancers. "Our long-term goal is to connect mutations and gene variations with drug activity," said Dr. Yves Pommier, chief of the laboratory of molecular pharmacology at the institute and a coauthor of a paper (abstract available here)
SCIENCE
July 15, 2013 | By Melissa Pandika
The Tyrannosaurus rex of "Jurassic Park" fame chases any prey that moves, then devours it with a bone-crushing gnash of its enormous jaws and serrated teeth. But paleontologists don't necessarily back Steven Spielberg's portrayal of T. rex , with some saying it may have simply scavenged the remains of dead animals it happened to find. Now scientists have unearthed what they say is the first direct evidence that the dinosaur king hunted its prey, further supporting its reign at the top of the Cretaceous food chain.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 13, 2013 | By Celine Wright
Discovery Channel producer Steve Rankin made headlines when he was bit by a deadly pit viper in early May. After being rushed to the hospital from the remote Costa Rican wilderness, and after several serious surgeries, he is lucky to still have his foot. Rankin was scouting locations for his new show, “Naked and Afraid,” which drew an impressive 4.1 million total viewers to its premiere in June. His injury mirrored those possible in the extreme survival series, which casts two survival experts (one man, one woman)
BUSINESS
July 10, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Google Maps is making it easier to use the app to bypass traffic jams on the fly and to find highly rated places. An update Wednesday for the Android version of Google Maps app adds a new discovery feature and the ability to reroute navigation directions whenever the app finds a quicker route. Google said users can now tap the app's search box to see a feature called "Explore," which they can then tap to expand. The feature will then show recommended places to shop, eat and visit.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 1, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Discovery Channel's popular annual celebration of all things shark is returning for its 26th year, and this year it's debuting more shark-related programming than ever. As Chief Brody of "Jaws" would say, "You're gonna need a bigger DVR. " This year's Shark Week will debut 11 new shark specials, up from eight last year. In addition, the first-ever late-night shark talk show, titled "Shark After Dark," will air every night during Shark Week. Sort of like "The Talking Dead," the new talk show will feature clips from Shark Week programming, surprise guests and shark experts.
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