August 13, 2013 |
"Doomsday Castle," the new unscripted National Geographic Channel series premiering Tuesday from the producers of the hit "Doomsday Preppers," is looking to put a whole new spin on the phrase "family bonding. " Forget board games and Sunday night dinners -- American prepper Brent Sr. and his children Brent II, Ashley, Lindsay, Dawn Marie and Michael are coming together to build a self-sufficient, medieval castle to protect themselves from the chaos that the apocalypse will bring. Although many predicted end times dates have come and gone, Brent Sr. and his family are on a mission to assure the world that there will be a doomsday -- it's just a matter of when.
July 24, 2013 |
The National Geographic Channel kicked off the summer gathering of the Television Critics Assn. with a presentation that teetered between the adorable and the unsettling. Building on the success of “Doomsday Preppers,” the network is doubling down on the apocalyptic with a new reality series called “Doomsday Castle.” It follows “Brent Sr.” (no last name was provided), a North Carolina survivalist realizing his dream of building a medieval-style fortress to protect his family from what he believes are the coming "end days.
July 15, 2013 |
In the early 1900s, Alexander Graham Bell intensively researched ways to lift humans heavenward on kite-like flying machines. Now comes the decidedly earthbound postscript. The detailed archive that the telephone's inventor kept of his much later experiments in flight - more than 950 photographs and 217 pages of laboratory journals, many in Bell's own hand - was pulled back from the auction block at a hotel in Westlake Village on Wednesday, shortly before it was to go under the gavel.
May 26, 2013 |
Two words - City. Secrets. And because these apps are from editors at National Geographic, you know you're in for a travel treat. Name: National Geographic City Guides Available for: iOS iPhone and iPad What it does: The free version offers local tips and iconic photos for each destination as well as fun facts and weather info. The paid version has curated walks, lists of "do-not-miss" places to visit, city secrets and customizable itineraries, as well as additional photos with tips from the pros.
April 14, 2013 |
It's so easy to make fun of the 1980s. Ray-Bans, glam-rock hair, acid-washed jeans, the yuppie and Reaganomics, and all those regrettable images of women in power suits and tennis shoes. It seemed even as it was occurring an age of Culture Lite, a consumer-driven wasteland after the socially and politically transformative '60s and '70s. Even the title of National Geographic's new six-hour, three-part documentary "The '80s: The Decade That Made Us" seems, at first glance, a bit of a joke.
April 7, 2013 |
Here's a quiz derived from National Council for Geographic Education curricula and questions devised for the National Geographic Bee. The bee, celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, will draw the winners of state contests to Washington, D.C., to compete May 20 to 22 in the nationals. First prize includes a $25,000 college scholarship and a trip to the Galápagos Islands. No prizes given for correctly answering these geography-related questions, just bragging rights. (Note: The questions get progressively tougher.)