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Daily Planet’s most popular week returns! Canada’s favourite science show proudly presents “High-Tech Toys Week,” beginning Monday, Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. ET and continuing through Friday, Dec. 14 on Discovery.

Anchored by co-hosts Ziya Tong and Dan Riskin, the much-anticipated week offers up the most-cool, most-cutting-edge, and, most-buzzed about toys on the market this gift-giving season.

From a robot right out of Transformers, to a personal helicopter, to a solo water ski, get set for an all-access pass to the world’s most indulgent and luxurious high-tech! Continue reading »

Surf’s up! DAILY PLANET scours the globe for the machines and people who float, dive, hover, or speed across the world’s oceans, pushing the boundaries every nautical mile on “Wave Warriors Week,” Monday, May 14 to Friday, May 18 at 7 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT on Discovery Channel.

Join co-hosts Ziya Tong and Dan Riskin as Canada’s favourite science show gets prepped for an exhilarating summer with one final jam-packed theme week, including a special Alan Nursall Experience on the physics of sailing, the fastest high-performance race boat of the year and a brave British Army commando attempting to traverse the treacherous Pacific Ring of Fire.

Highlights from DAILY PLANET’s “Wave Warriors Theme Week” include:

 

Alan Nursall Experience: Physics of Sailing with Derek Hatfield

How is it possible for a sailboat to travel faster than wind speed? A great place to find out is on board the Open 60-class “Active House Spirit of Canada” racer with Canada’s most accomplished sailor, Derek Hatfield. Hatfield takes Nursall for a sail on his extraordinary boat – which has raced around the world five times – as the DAILY PLANET correspondent discovers the secrets of getting maximum speed out of the wind, along with the perils of open-ocean solo racing!

 

The Fastest Race Boat of the Year

It’s hand-made, custom-built and might be the fastest design this year. DAILY PLANET profiles a new Doug Wright original for the Mouawad-sponsored racing team – an offshore high-performance race boat for world-class driver Gary Ballough. Wright takes his old-school, surfboard-building skills and combines it with the latest innovations in structural engineering to make an incredibly fast and durable super boat.  

 

Ocean Rower

Charlie Martel is attempting to conquer what he calls “the Everest of oceans,” the North Pacific, by rowing solo approximately 10,000 km from Japan to the U.S. The veteran British Army Commando, who specialized in bomb disposal, is no stranger to danger. Martel’s trip is fraught with challenges as it passes “The Pacific Ring of Fire,” an area where large numbers of earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanic eruptions occur often and without warning.

Discovery Channel’s flagship magazine series examines one of the biggest and best-recorded natural disasters in history in the captivating one-hour presentation of JAPAN: ONE YEAR LATER – A DAILY PLANET SPECIAL.

Premiering Friday, March 9 at 7 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT, co-hosts Ziya Tong and Dan Riskin go behind the scenes with the scientists studying why the magnitude 9.0 quake happened, exploring why it was so deadly and damaging and the lessons learned.

And then, Canada’s most popular science show asks the question on everyone’s mind: when – and where – will it happen again?

In Japan, March 11, 2011 will forever be known as 3/11. On that day, at 2:46 p.m. local time, a massive undersea megathrust earthquake 15 times more powerful than government officials thought possible struck off the Japanese coast. The devastation from the ensuing tsunami was unfathomable – killing tens of thousands and causing countless nuclear meltdowns at the Fukushima nuclear facility.

 

Highlights from JAPAN: ONE YEAR LATER – A DAILY PLANET SPECIAL include:

 

Tsunami Inside and Out: Why was it so Deadly? 

The Japanese earthquake of 3/11 was recorded from every possible direction: kilometres above, metres below and all around. Sensors, satellites and social media captured more information than researchers have ever had to work with in history. From above came the most startling image. Scientists had suspected it was possible but this was the first proof – a NASA satellite caught two wave fronts merging to make one giant mega wave.

 

The Next Big One

Much of the world will never have to wonder if they can out run a wave the size of a 10-storey building, but in Japan millions have this on their minds. DAILY PLANET visits Jonathan Karon in Oregon at one of the most advanced tsunami research labs in the U.S. They have developed a casualty simulator that can recreate the coastline as the disaster unfolds. Then, DAILY PLANET looks at Tendenko, the old Japanese concept emphasizing self-preservation that is being brought back to the forefront because of 3/11.

 

Robots at Fukushima

When the earthquake and tsunami hit Japan on 3/11, search and rescue teams from around the world went to help – including those using robots to help scour the rubble piles. In some areas, the levels were too dangerous for even the most protected humans to enter. As a result, robots were sent to help monitor radiation and collect video footage. Picking up the story a year later, DAILY PLANET visits with Dr. Satoshi Tadokoro from Tohoku University, one of the world’s experts in search and rescue robots.

How does an idea become an invention? DAILY PLANET’s gets innovative with “Garage Gurus Week,” Monday, Feb. 13 to Friday, Feb. 17 at 7 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT on Discovery Channel.

Co-hosts Ziya Tong and Dan Riskin criss-cross the globe to meet the inspired men and women turning great ideas into great products… and who just might change the world!

Ziya Tong and Dan Riskin meet the geniuses who turn great ideas into great products all week long when DAILY PLANET “Garage Gurus Week” kicks off, Feb. 13 – 17 only on Discovery Channel.

 

Highlights from DAILY PLANET’s “Garage Gurus Theme Week” include:

Sir James Dyson

Sir James Dyson is the master inventor. He doesn’t just make things “better” he makes them “different.” DAILY PLANET meets Dyson at his operational base in Malmesbury, England, where he employs a staff of 1,500 people with nearly half devoted strictly to research and development. Imagine 700 people who spend all day creating and testing!

 

Inflatable Wetsuit

During a near-death experience – buried beneath a massive 11 meter wave – Shane Dorian had an epiphany that could change the world of Big Wave Surfing. What if the wetsuit he was wearing had a life-preserver built right in like the ones under the seats in airplanes? Dorian first approached Billabong’s Hub Hubbard with his idea. Hubbard had ample wetsuit design experience, but no knowledge about inflatable life preservers. Collaborating with Mustang Survival – a company specializing in survival wear – the companies and Dorian figured out a way to make a suit that brings Big Wave surfers back up when they go down.  

 

Malaria Laser 

Not many people know that a female mosquito beats her wings in a different pattern than male mosquitoes. But Eric Joanson – at Intellectual Ventures Lab – does.  Since only females carry malaria, see how they designed a system capable of distinguishing them from males and blasting them out of the air with lasers. 

 

Mini Harley 

Jerry Kieffer loved the machines on his father’s farm so much that he is rebuilding them all in miniature: tractors, machine tools, and now a 1947 Harley Davidson motorcycle. Like all his miniatures, the Harley works exactly like the full-size machine. It is fully functional, even though it’s about the same size as a loaf of bread. The speedometer, brakes, engine, headlight…

 

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 Producer is Steven Hunt; Managing Producer is Julie Borthwick; and Director is John Morrison.

Walking around the Christmas tree never felt so high-tech! DAILY PLANET’s most popular week returns with an entire week featuring the most innovative new toys in the world!

Beginning Monday, Dec. 12 and running through Friday, Dec. 16 at 7 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT on Discovery Channel, hosts Ziya Tong and Dan Riskin test out and rate this year’s hottest science must-haves inside their studio playground for DAILY PLANET’s “High-Tech Toys Week”. 

Duck! DAILY PLANET hosts Dan Riskin and Ziya Tong check out the season’s most coveted and cutting-edge toys – like the snowball blaster – “High-Tech Toys Week” Dec. 12 – 16   

DAILY PLANET presents the coolest and most-buzzed about toys on the market this gift-giving season. From a toy blaster that makes and launches softball-sized snowballs to the world’s first-and-only, multi-touch, transparent touch screen midi controller for professional DJs – it’s go, go gadget cool all week long! 

 

Highlights from DAILY PLANET’s “High-Tech Toys Week” include:

The Snowball Blaster – This incredible toy blaster makes and launches softball-sized snowballs up to 15 meters, allowing rapid, long-range assaults during neighbourhood snowball confrontations.

Emulator – Tong and Riskin get set for an in-studio jam session on the Emulator, the world’s first – and only – real and usable multi-touch DJ system. The crowd can see exactly what the DJ is doing on a huge transparent touch screen…Bieber never sounded so good!

Boxerjocks – Boxerjocks is a game of skill and an exciting thrill ride all rolled into one. Each rider enters the Boxerjock, and encased in a suit of steel armour is ready to do battle. Complete manoeuverability allows strategic positioning of each robot via dual joystick control. Punch-buttons located on each joystick allow the rider to punch either arm at will.

Ryno – This ain’t no Segway! The Ryno is a unique one-wheeled motorcycle. Chris Hoffman created one after his teen daughter asked if he could make a cool motorbike like the one in her video game. One high school shop class later, the first prototype was born… DAILY PLANET catches up with Hoffman and his crew as they put the newest Ryno model through its’ paces.

U-boat Worx – U-boat Worx is a Dutch company that makes mini-submarines for the yacht-owning set. The subs are small enough to be kept on deck, but strong enough to take people down to 100 metres. They have huge glass domes that offer huge views of reefs and shipwrecks. Eat your heart out, Jules Verne…

ETV – Extra Terrestrial Vehicle – Talk about a car from out of this world! Hop in the driver’s seat with Mike Vetter, custom car builder from Florida’s space coast and find out what inspires his “vehicle vision” and what makes these cars amongst some of the most desirable in the world.

 

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 Producer is Steven Hunt; Managing Producer is Julie Borthwick; and Director is John Morrison.

It’s high times for the airline industry as the world’s emerging technologies and brightest inventors make THE JETSONS seem more like THE FLINSTONES every day.

DAILY PLANET’s “Flying Things Week” is set to soar, beginning Mon., Nov. 21 at 7 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT and continuing through Fri., Nov. 25 on Discovery Channel, spotlighting the latest and greatest in machines that go up in the air.

The world’s first and only nightly science and tech series presents five days featuring the future of flight – from one of the most sophisticated fighter pilot helmets ever built to a one-of-a-kind helicopter you have to see to believe.

 

Segment highlights from DAILY PLANET’s “Flying Things Week” include:

 

If Looks Could Kill

BAE Systems is assembling one of the most sophisticated fighter pilot helmets ever built.  It’s designed to take the edge off one of the toughest jobs on the planet. Crammed with an arsenal of electronics, it tracks the pilot’s head and projects a hologram onto their visor, showing every piece of data needed to fly the jet anywhere they look. And, it can even be used to aim weapons…indeed, looks can kill.  

 

X3 Helicopter

The X3 Helicopter is a state-of-the-art, one-of-a-kind chopper. It’s designed and built to prove that a large helicopter can hover but still fly really quickly. DAILY PLANET goes to the Paris air show to see first hand how this new technology will change the future of helicopter design and deployment.

 

Green Flight Challenge

After spending two years of their lives developing the world’s first hybrid electric aircraft, the students and professors from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University are making last-minute preparations for the $1.5 million dollar NASA Green Flight Challenge – an event to find the most efficient and environmentally friendly electric aircraft. But the challenges they face have the team wondering if they’ll be able to fly in the event at all…

 

Aviation Water Training

When naval aviators experience a disaster over water, they need to think fast. At the Aviation Survival Training Center in Lemoore, California, pilots are trained to deal with worst case scenarios whether it be ejecting into water, being dragged by a parachute across water, or crashing into water in their aircraft. DAILY PLANET goes behind the scenes to follow the trainees as they face one of their worst fears and learn to avoid a watery grave.

 

An international success story, DAILY PLANET is produced in-house by Exploration Production Inc. (EPI) in association with Discovery Channel Canada. The series’ Executive Producer is Kelly McKeown; Senior Producer is Steven Hunt; Managing Producer is Julie Borthwick; and Director is John Morrison.

 

Move over, Ryan Gosling…because DAILY PLANET’s “Road Warriors Week” is set to take the wheel for a week-long look at the fastest, coolest and most innovative cars on Earth.

Premiering Monday, October 24 at 7 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT, and running through Friday, October 28, the world’s first and only nightly science and tech series supersizes its popular Monday segment with five days of the most impressive vehicles ever created!

From the world’s fastest taxi to North America’s first rolling-wind tunnel – and everything, and we mean everything in between – this is DAILY PLANET as you’ve never seen before.

 

Segment highlights from DAILY PLANET’s “Road Warriors Week” include:

 

Canada’s Worst Driver Returns

DAILY PLANET regular Alan Nursall takes a licking when he checks in with the #1 series of specialty television, Discovery’s own CANADA’S WORST DRIVER. Nursall goes behind the scenes with the head mechanic and gets pushed to the extreme as he tries to fix some of the cars used in production. Then, Nursall lays out some of the pylons used in the “parallel parking challenge” and even helps paint parking spaces used in the “mall parking challenge.” And finally, Nursall meets up with CANADA’S WORST DRIVER’s host, Andrew Younghusband, to tackle the “trough challenge.” In it, Nursall has to drive through a narrow trough full of twists and turns. Naturally, Nursall is no Gosling… and falls off the course. Programming note: CANADA’S WORST DRIVER makes its highly-anticipated Season 7 on October 24 at 10 p.m. ET/ PT.

 

Superbus

Public transit is about to get a facelift. Think bus-meets-private limo-meets- high-speed train. Superbus was built in the Netherlands by an engineer who used to work with F1. She’s Italian, so of course she’s got an impeccable sense of style which is why Superbus looks like a stretch sports car. And at 250 km/h, it will get you there fast. With its state-of-the-art styling and features, Superbus is public transit at its most luxurious. DAILY PLANET meets up with the engineer and gets a personal tour around (and in) this sexy beast.

 

Queen of the Nürburgring

Sabine Schmitz drives the world’s fastest taxi. For $650 she will take you on a ride around Germany’s legendary Nürburgring track in her Porsche GT2 RS. Her job is scaring people, and she loves it. DAILY PLANET mini-cams follow Schmitz as she gives nervous passengers the ride of their lives at speeds approaching 300 km/h.

 

Windshear Wind Tunnel

Every second means millions in the business of car racing. DAILY PLANET, in an exclusive sneak peek, meets up with one of NASCAR’s largest premier racing teams – Roush Fenway – as they test the aerodynamics at “Windshear,” the world’s biggest rolling road wind tunnel in Concord, North Carolina. Opened in September 2008, this 290 km/h rolling-road wind tunnel is the first of its kind in North America, and only the third rolling road wind tunnel of its scale in existence.

 

An international success story, DAILY PLANET is produced in-house by Exploration Production Inc. (EPI) in association with Discovery Channel Canada. The series’ Executive Producer is Kelly McKeown; Senior Producer is Steven Hunt; Managing Producer is Julie Borthwick; and Director is John Morrison.

Discover an all-new PLANET! Launching an incredible 17th season with a new co-host, new set, new logo and new weekly segments – and, for the first time in HD! – this is DAILY PLANET as you’ve never seen before.

The world’s first and only nightly science and tech series returns to Discovery Channel weeknights at 7 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT beginning Monday, August 29.

Biologist and all-around curious guy, Dan Riskin joins Ziya Tong as DAILY PLANET’s new co-host, exploring and sharing wonderful, weird and totally water-cooler worthy stories from around the world.

Dan Riskin is delighted to return home to Canada as co-host of Discovery Channel’s flagship series. A bona fide “batman” (yes, that’s right – we said “batman”), the Edmonton-native’s passion for science was sparked by a book about bats that he read when he was a high school student.

The award-winning evolutionary biologist has completed a B.Sc in Zoology (University of Alberta), a Masters in Biology (York University), a PhD in Zoology (Cornell University) and post-doctorate studies (Brown University) – and throughout, Riskin hasn’t strayed far from his love of the winged creatures.  

Outside of academic circles, Riskin is best known as the host of MONSTERS INSIDE ME on Discovery Science and for his numerous entertaining appearances on late night talk shows, including the LATE LATE SHOW WITH CRAIG FERGUSON.

But Riskin’s role isn’t the only new change for DAILY PLANET’s 17th season. The Aug. 29 debut unveils a new, 360-degree, multi-level, interactive, state-of-the-art set. A new DAILY PLANET logo, full graphics package, and faster pacing completes the show’s new look.  And, this new look will be taken to even greater heights this season, as DAILY PLANET debuts in High Definition for the first time. As Discovery Channel rolls out a new HD simulcast channel, DAILY PLANET will be leading the way, every night, with the world’s most compelling stories, all in HD. 

And captivating stories are at the heart of DAILY PLANET, after all. This season, Tong and Riskin go on assignment to report on the latest and greatest innovations from Canada, the U.S., Korea, Germany, China, the U.K., Holland and Spain – and that’s just in the first few weeks!  Also this season, DAILY PLANET debuts new segments that feed the need for speed with race cars and rocket ships, that profile the newest generation of inventors and adventurers, and that test the gadgets, gizmos and tech toys that will change our world. New segments include:  

·                     “Road Warriors” – From the fastest car on Earth, to the flattest, to one made out of… vegetables! If it’s weird and on wheels, here’s where you’ll find it (Mondays)

·                     “Inventors” – Whether it’s inspired or absurd, DAILY PLANET goes around the world to find the dreamers who may one day change the world (Tuesdays)

·                     “Embedded with Mark Miller” – If there’s a door that says “No Access Beyond This Point,” contributor Mark Miller considers it a challenge issued. From piloting subs at record-level depths, to testing out the latest in fighter jets, Miller gets in, gets on, and gets it done in the world’s secret nerve centres (Tuesdays)

·                     “Flight Deck” – Fighter jets, jumbo jets, rockets ships, helicopters, cars that turn into helicopters… the fascination with flight never ends. Here’s where you’ll find latest in aviation innovation (Wednesdays)

·                     “Future Tech” – Technological advances used to be measured in years, perhaps decades. Now, they’re measured in weeks, even minutes. What’s the latest can’t-live-without-it app? Check it out here (Wednesdays)

·                     “Behind the Scenes” – Pull back the curtain and discover the engineering behind Cirque de Soleil’s latest production; see how machines drill the world’s largest tunnel; and rock out with Bon Jovi’s production crew as they reveal how their robotic lights work – these are the places few people ever see… (Thursdays)

·                     “Trending” – A daily look at any topic, trend, person, viral video, or website that is exploding on social media. It’s what people are talking about and re-tweeting (Daily)

 

Popular returning features include “Planet You,” a daily interactive segment that features viewer tweets, email or video uploads and showcases cool technology, new apps and behind-the-scenes footage; “Ziyology,” a segment that features co-host Tong discovering fascinating places and experiments; “Super Slo Mo Tuesdays,” revealing the surprising complexity and beauty of movement in extreme slow motion video; “The Alan Nursall Experience”, a fresh take on the ever-popular popular science-on-the-street experiments (now twice each week!); and the oddities and curiosities of “Weird Planet.”

An international success story, DAILY PLANET is produced in-house by Exploration Production Inc. (EPI) in association with Discovery Channel Canada. The series’ Executive Producer is Jeff MacDonald; Senior Producers are Kelly McKeown and Steven Hunt; Managing Producer is Julie Borthwick; and Director is John Morrison.

It’s a party, and there will be cake. Discovery Channel marks the end of an era as Jay Ingram wraps his nightly duties as the co-host of DAILY PLANET.

Celebrating 16 incredible seasons as DAILY PLANET’S original co-host, Ingram steps down with a fun-filled and retrospective special, DAILY PLANET: JAY’S LAST SHOW, on Sunday, June 5 at 7 p.m. ET/PT.

In December, Ingram announced that he would be leaving his full-time hosting duties at the end of the 2010-2011 season to pursue new opportunities within the Discovery family (announcements detailing these future projects will follow at a later date).

Like the best parties, DAILY PLANET: JAY’S LAST SHOW will celebrate and honour Ingram’s innumerable contributions that have made the world of science accessible, inspirational and entertaining for Canadians.

 

DAILY PLANET: JAY’S LAST SHOW airs Sun., June 5 on Discovery Channel

“Any way you look at it, 16 years is a long time,” said Ingram. “We have been so lucky at DAILY PLANET – from the beginning – to be able to cover amazing stories from all over the world. This show is going to be a celebration of that. And a party.” 

And it will be one hell of a party!  For one last time, Ingram joins co-host Ziya Tong for this one-hour special that promises to be an electric mix: Awe-inspiring live experiments, familiar and famous faces, “best of” and funniest moments retrospectives… and even a song or two with Ingram’s band, The Last Show Band! Taped with a live audience of friends, family and fans at Toronto’s landmark Masonic Temple, the one-hour special will include taped “shout outs” from some of the most recognizable faces in Canada, and touching contributions from DAILY PLANET viewers and fans sharing video tributes or notes expressing how Ingram has inspired them, changed their way of thinking, or had an impact on their lives. A special page at DiscoveryChannel.ca/JaysLastShow will be dedicated to sharing the viewers’ memories, opinions and thoughts on Ingram – the very best will be read or played during the special. The page – launching today – will also feature an interactive map that highlights Ingram’s travels abroad in pursuit of breaking science stories from around the world, photo galleries and behind-the-scenes interviews.

Even during his own send-off party – Ingram has some work to do too. With more than 3,000 episodes across 16 seasons, Ingram faces a monumental task of identifying his “Top 5 Favourite Moments” at the helm of DAILY PLANET. Will the “Corn Starch” incident make the cut? Or the live shuttle launches?  Only Ingram knows for sure. And how do you bid farewell to such an esteemed and renowned co-host and mentor? Tong will take a moment to express her admiration for Ingram and share her unique shoulder-to-shoulder perspective of what it has been like to work along side a Canadian icon.

Ingram has co-hosted DAILY PLANET – the world’s first and only nightly science and technology show – for an incredible 16 years, making everyday science dynamic, accessible and exciting. Ingram joined Discovery Channel in November 1994 and was instrumental in helping shape the program format when it launched on January 1, 1995. At the beginning of this season, together with co-host Ziya Tong, Ingram marked the milestone with the two-hour special, DAILY PLANET’S GREATEST SHOW EVER.

In 2010, Ingram was appointed as a member to the Order of Canada for a lifetime of renowned service in communications. Other awards include the Sandford Flemming Medal, the Royal Society of Canada McNeil Medal, and a Michael Smith Award – each recognizing Ingram’s exceptional work bringing science to the mainstream. Before joining Discovery Channel, Ingram earned a Masters Degree in microbiology at the University of Toronto; he also holds honorary degrees from Carleton University, McGill University, McMaster University, King’s College. He also holds an honorary degree and is a distinguished alumnus of the University of Alberta. A prolific author, Ingram has written 11 books – most recently, Daily Planet: The Ultimate Books of Everyday Science – and three titles have won Canadian Science Writers Awards.

On this evening’s broadcast of DAILY PLANET, veteran co-host and producer Jay Ingram announced he would be stepping down from his nightly co-hosting duties at the end of the season.

Ingram is not retiring, but rather exploring opportunities to contribute to Discovery Channel’s pursuit of science stories – including content for DAILY PLANET – in a new way.

“Jay’s insatiable curiosity, his creativity and his ability to translate complex science into everyday language makes him not only a unique talent in Canada but in the world,” said Paul Lewis, Discovery Channel’s President and General Manager, and DAILY PLANET’s first Executive Producer. “We are both really excited at the possibilities for Jay to contribute on multi-platforms – television, online, mobile and print – to ensure that Discovery remains a leader in bringing together storytelling and the latest technologies.”

“Co-hosting DAILY PLANET has been an amazing chapter in my career. The show is all about ingenuity, imagination and ‘stick-to-itiveness’,” said Ingram.  “Whether it’s a backyard inventor or a scientist in a lab, at the core they’re all the same. Telling their stories and sharing their drive and passion is what’s made DAILY PLANET so compelling for our audience – and for me – for the last 15 seasons. Stepping down as full-time co-host will give me greater time and flexibility to find new ways to share the world’s most compelling science stories.”

Ingram has been at the helm of DAILY PLANET – the world’s first and only nightly science and technology show – for an incredible 16 years. Ingram joined Discovery Channel in November 1994 and was instrumental in helping shape the program format when it launched on January 1, 1995.  Earlier this season, together with co-host Ziya Tong, Ingram marked the milestone with the two-hour special, DAILY PLANET’S GREATEST SHOW EVER.

From space and sports to movies and microbiology, Ingram has made everyday science entertaining and accessible during his 15 seasons as co-host and producer of DAILY PLANET.  With an astonishing 3,000 episodes in the vault, breaking science news around the world – and indeed, beyond it – Ingram’s favourite highlights are many!  Big “firsts” include live coverage from Kazakhstan of the launch of the first module of the International Space Station, shuttle launches, and the momentous Phoenix lander arrival on the Red Planet. From Iqaluit and Russia to Australia and China – and indeed, even Mars – DAILY PLANET and Ingram have gone everywhere scientific breakthroughs are happening.

Ingram has tapped the biggest names and brightest minds in science, including meeting celebrated primatologist and anthropologist, Jane Goodall, at her home in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; interviewing Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web – and learning why he passed up the opportunity to licence the technology for financial gain; and joking with renowned Professor Stephen Hawking… in an elevator. He is equally fascinated by the backyard inventors who aren’t household names and through DAILY PLANET could share their stories, such as asking inventor Perry Watkins about his 48cm-tall “Flatmobile,” the world’s lowest roadworthy car; meeting Newfoundland inventor Jim Meaney who creates solar panels from pop cans; and exploring Wally Wallington’s one-man reconstruction of Stonehenge.

Earlier this year, Ingram was appointed as a member to the Order of Canada for a lifetime of renowned service in communications. Other awards include the Sandford Flemming Medal, the Royal Society of Canada McNeil Medal, and a Michael Smith Award – each recognizing Ingram’s exceptional work bringing science to the mainstream. Before joining Discovery Channel, Ingram earned a Masters Degree in microbiology at the University of Toronto; he also holds honorary degrees from Carleton University, McGill University, McMaster University, King’s College. He also holds an honorary degree and is a distinguished alumnus of the University of Alberta. A prolific author, Ingram has written 11 books – most recently, Daily Planet: The Ultimate Books of Everyday Science – and three titles have won Canadian Science Writers Awards.

Ingram will maintain his co-hosting role until DAILY PLANET’s season finale in June. In the spring, viewers can look forward to a celebration of Ingram’s tenure with the show and new details regarding his ongoing role within Discovery Channel.