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TORONTO (March 26, 2013) – DAILY PLANET – Canada’s favourite science show – begins the spring season with a bang – literally! Join co-hosts Ziya Tong and Dan Riskin for “Forces of Nature” Week, beginning Monday, April 15 through Friday, April 19 at 7 p.m. ET on Discovery. The dynamic duo meet up with the scientists and everyday storm chasers putting their lives on the line to better understand some of the most destructive forces of nature in the world today – from wildfires and volcanoes, dust and ice storms, to hurricanes, tornadoes, tsunamis, earthquakes, and even quicksand. DAILY PLANET will expose how the planet’s science and tech geniuses are trying to out-maneuver Mother Nature herself!
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Highlights from DAILY PLANET’s “Forces of Nature” Week include:
Meet the T-Rex
The T-Rex is a huge 29,000 kilo truck, specially designed to simulate the ground shake of an earthquake. DAILY PLANET investigates as the T-Rex crosses the Pacific – from the U.S. to New Zealand – to solve a mystery. Two years after the Christchurch earthquake devastated the city, a team of U.S. and Kiwi scientists are on a mission to unravel the mysteries behind the disaster.
A Japanese researcher has created a robot that can be dropped into volcanos. It's meant to be a set of eyes for scientists studying ash and lava. But even testing is proving difficult.
Wildfires in Australia are fast moving, unpredictable, and deadly. Just five years ago, a blaze outside of Melbourne claimed 173 lives and caused billions of dollars in damage. So, researchers have created a unique fireproof environment called a Pyrotron to study the spread of lethal forest-fuelled blazes in an attempt to figure out how they behave, and when to stop.
The world's newest hail testing lab is throwing all it has… at a house! DAILY PLANET is on the scene to see what building materials work and those that don't.
About DAILY PLANET
An international success story, DAILY PLANET is produced by Exploration Production Inc. (EPI), a production house wholly owned by Discovery Channel Canada. The series’ Executive Producer is Kelly McKeown; Senior Producers are Cindy Bahadur and Steven Hunt; Supervising Producer is Agatha Rachpaul; Managing Producer is Julie Borthwick; and Director is John Morrison.
The world is just awesome! With compelling real-life programming that inspires and entertains, Discovery reveals the world in all its wonder, diversity and amazement. Discovery offers a signature mix of adrenaline-charged stories, larger-than-life personalities and vivid imagery for viewers with curious minds. With the best non-fiction programming from Canada and around the world, Discovery captures the excitement of a passion for life – one lived fully and at its most extreme. With exceptional and immersive storytelling, the channel offers in-depth, behind-the-scenes glimpses at the extraordinary people and places that shape our world. Launched in Canada in 1995 and now available in more than eight million Canadian homes, Discovery consistently ranks first among all English-language Canadian specialty networks for overall viewer satisfaction according to the TV Trends and Quality (TVQ) Survey. Discovery is a joint venture between Bell Media, which is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company, and Discovery Communications Inc. Find more information and interactive online features at Discovery.ca.
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