Discovery Science

Just in time for all those new HD TVs under the tree, Bell Media announced today the high definition launch of three of its popular Factual channels: Animal Planet HD, Investigation Discovery HD and Discovery Science HD.

With these new 24-hour channels mirroring each channel’s SD schedule – now offered in captivating high definition and Dolby 5.1 audio – animals get a bigger bite, crimes are more captivating and science gets super-sized! 

Today, Animal Planet HD, Investigation Discovery HD and Discovery Science HD roll out on Bell Fibe TV on channels 1525, 1528 and 1523, respectively.  Viewers who subscribe to the standard definition (SD) versions of these channels on Bell Fibe TV will automatically receive the high definition (HD) versions at no additional cost.  A free preview of Animal Planet HD will be available to Bell Fibe TV customers until January 31, 2012.

Additionally, Animal Planet HD also launches today on Shaw on channel 251 (256 in Hamilton). Shaw will be offering their HD subscribers a free preview of Animal Planet HD until January 31, 2012 – and automatically provide the HD channel at no extra cost to viewers who already subscribe to Animal Planet (SD). 

“Today’s launch completes the Discovery portfolio’s HD offerings and joins Discovery Channel HD and Discovery World HD to offer the world’s best in factual high definition entertainment,” said Paul Lewis, President and General Manager, Discovery Channel. “Vibrant, fully immersive and captivating – this is how Discovery’s programming is meant to be seen and experienced.”


A taste of what’s to come in HD in early 2012:


Animal Planet HD is ready to roar – quite literally! – with a new series and specials in the works for 2012. First, explore the colourful and curious mating and survival strategies of the world’s most compelling creatures in LIFE (Jan. 8) as the critically-acclaimed BBC series with Sir David Attenborough makes its Animal Planet premiere. Then, as the 50th anniversary of the WWF (World Wildlife Fund) approaches, get an in-depth look into an internationally renowned “icon” on MUTUAL OF OMAHA’S PANDAMANIA (Jan. 11). Also in January, meet the worst behaved pets in the world on BAD DOG! (Jan. 19); and then, go deep into the backwoods of wild Kentucky with legendary woodsman Ernie Brown Jr. as he takes on some of the most outlandish and outrageous nuisance residents these woods have to offer – including raccoons, skunks, snakes, venomous spiders and possums – on the Canadian premiere of CALL OF THE WILDMAN (Jan. 28).

From fibers and fingerprints to critical clues and cold cases, crime solving is even more captivating in HD!  Coming to Investigation Discovery HD in January, DEADLY WOMEN (Jan. 2) returns with more of history’s most alluring and deadly female killers. New Canadian series, INHERITING TROUBLE (Jan. 13) explores explosive family dynamics when inheritance, greed and grief are in play. Help is on the line when CALL 911 (Jan. 22) returns with more real 911 calls between the victims and dispatchers. Then, is it a ghost or just leaky pipes? The team from PARANORMAL HOME INSPECTORS (Jan. 28) are back to uncover more unexplained problems in Canadian homes.

From space to sex to science fiction, Discovery Science is bigger and bolder in HD this January! Rod Roddenberry celebrates the legacy of Star Trek as he explores the deep impact of his father’s singular vision for the future in TREK NATION (Jan. 2). Questions about sex, drugs, aliens and more are explored and answered on CURIOSITY (Jan. 7). Next, the METEORITE MEN (Jan. 9) return to hunt for more outer-space objects. Then, PROPHETS OF SCIENCE FICTION (Jan. 16) profiles the great minds of science fiction who imagined the future, and for some, saw their fantasies become reality.

It is 13.7 billion years old, 93-billion light years across, and filled with more than 100-billion galaxies, each containing hundreds of billions of stars – this is our universe.

Premiering Mon., Oct. 3 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Discovery Science, WONDERS OF THE UNIVERSE explains the vast and unfathomable phenomena of deep space by re-examining the familiar on Earth.

In this four-part series, host Professor Brian Cox takes science away from telescopes and labs to travel into the natural world and across the planet in search of explanation.

WONDERS OF THE UNIVERSE explains the mysteries of the universe by re-examining the familiar on Earth, Oct. 3 on Discovery Science

These journeys across the planet are combined with spectacular images of space. Inspired by imagery captured from telescopes and using stunning high definition CGI, WONDERS OF THE UNIVERSE offers views of giant supernova, gamma ray bursts and recently discovered galaxies, and sheds light on the furthest reaches of the universe, just moments after its creation.


Episode highlights from WONDERS OF THE UNIVERSE include:



Mon., Oct. 3 at 9 p.m. ET/PT

Professor Cox seeks to understand the nature of time and its role in creating both the universe and ourselves. From an extraordinary calendar built into the landscape of Peru to the beaches of Costa Rica, Cox explores the cycles of time which define our experience of life on Earth. Ultimately, he discovers that time is not characterized by repetition but by irreversible change. From the relentless march of a glacier, to the decay of an old mining town, the ravaging effects of time are all around us. The vast universe is subject to these same laws of change.



Mon., Oct. 10 at 9 p.m. ET/PT

In the second stop in his exploration of the wonders of the universe, Professor Cox goes in search of humanity’s very essence to answer the biggest questions of all: what are we? And where do we come from? Cox reveals how our origins are entwined with the life cycle of the stars. But he begins his journey here on Earth. Next, he explains how the Earth’s resources have been recycled through the ages. How every atom that makes up everything we see, was at some time a part of something else.



Mon., Oct. 17 at 9 p.m. ET/PT

In the third episode of this groundbreaking series, Professor Cox takes on the story of the force that sculpts the entire universe – gravity. Gravity seems so familiar, and yet it is one of the strangest and most surprising forces in the universe. Starting with a zero gravity flight, Cox experiences the feeling of total weightlessness, and considers how much of an effect gravity has had on the world around us. Then, Cox takes a face distorting trip in a centrifuge to explain how it is that gravity achieves its great power.

Discovery Science is looking at the world a bit differently this October. First, Professor Brian Cox explains the mysteries of the universe using simple truths and mind-blowing images in WONDERS OF THE UNIVERSE (Oct. 3).

Then, from the radio that made the world smaller to the machine gun that made it more dangerous – reflect on the INVENTIONS THAT SHOOK THE WORLD (Oct.12).

Afterwards, the boys of STORM CHASERS (Oct. 26) are back to put their lives on the line while tracking terrorizing tornados. And TIME WARP (Oct. 20) takes a slow motion view at everyday occurrences like getting punched in the face, throwing a kitten in the air, or blowing up a raw chicken breast.


October programming highlights for Discovery Science include:





Mondays at 9 p.m. ET/PT, beginning Oct. 3

Professor Brian Cox offers an insightful and mind-blowing exploration of space in this four-part series – showing our universe as we’ve never seen it before. Away from the telescopes, the labs and the white coats, Professor Cox uses the evidence found in the natural world to explain the universe’s simple truths.



Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT, beginning Oct. 12

From the electric guitar, to the DNA fingerprint, the 20th century was the most spectacular era of invention in human history. This fascinating 10-part series takes viewers on a decade-by-decade voyage of discovery through the century of innovation that transformed our world, and changed the way we communicate, the way we think, the way we see ourselves.



Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT, beginning Oct. 20

How does a dog use its tongue to drink? In what exact way does a face contort when punched by a UFC contender? What happens when an egg falls into the pin wheeling blades of a fan? Or an apple is hit with a bullet? Find out in this 10-part series when MIT scientist and teacher Jeff Lieberman, along with digital-imaging expert Matt Kearney, slow things down with the latest in high-speed photography.





Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT, beginning Oct. 26

It’s been a year of historic and tragic loss, unimaginable damage and an earth shattering reminder of nature’s force and power. Now get the whole story on this year’s record-setting tornados as extreme meteorologist Reed Timmer, IMAX filmmaker Sean Casey and veteran chaser Tim Samaras return for an all new season of STORM CHASERS. For eight-new episodes, the boys track the monster tornados that made headlines throughout this past spring storm season.

Wash your hands, watch your step and don’t talk to strangers – a mother’s advice should be taken seriously and Discovery Science shows why this September.

Deadly diseases lurk on everyday objects and can quickly lead to KILLER OUTBREAKS (Sept. 2).

Next, dangerous situations escalate quickly when it comes to Somali pirates and Taliban kidnappers, making it a struggle to GET OUT ALIVE (Sept. 18).

Keith Barry uses his powers of perception and persuasion to read the thoughts and control the behaviours of unsuspecting subjects in DECEPTION WITH KEITH BARRY (Sept. 24).

Then, white-picket fences hold in SURBURBAN MONSTERS (Sept. 19) that are poised to attack.


September programming highlights for Discovery Science include:





Sunday’s at 11 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT, beginning September 18

Get acquainted with fear, high-tension and heart-stopping real-life drama in GET OUT ALIVE. From encounters with Somali pirates and Taliban kidnap squads to run-ins with Iraqi insurgents and South American narco-terrorists – this six-part series goes into some of the most feverishly tense situations imaginable. With a blend of first-person testimony, dramatization and the use of incredible archive footage, GET OUT ALIVE brings adrenaline-pumping action to viewers.


Friday’s at 8 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT, beginning September 2

In a world where global travel is the norm, the Earth’s most devastating diseases are never more than a plane ride away. The six-part series KILLER OUTBREAKS shows how every day, deadly diseases like West Nile, Monkey Pox and MRSA mutate at a rate that far outpaces modern medicine. In a mortal battle against a ticking clock, doctors and specialists must work together to uncover the source of mysterious illnesses in order to save lives and stop the devastation from becoming endemic.



Saturday’s at 9 p.m. ET/11 p.m. PT, beginning September 24

Keith Barry, a mentalist, illusionist and expert in the fields of perception and deception, demonstrates some amazing skills in the three-part series DECEPTION WITH KEITH BARRY. But these are not “magic tricks.” Rather, Barry uses his powers of perception and persuasion to read his subjects’ thoughts and control their behaviours.





Fri., September 19 at 9 p.m. ET/11 p.m. PT

It’s one place you never expected to find danger – your own backyard. But in fact, it’s a wilderness packed with SURBURBAN MONSTERS. This one-hour special takes a close look at what happens when these potentially deadly animals decide to turn on us!

Beneath the world’s water lurks death, disaster and never-before-seen species. This June Discovery Science uncovers what is really going on down below.

DEEPWATER DISASTER (June 5) follows the Deepwater Horizon oil rig disaster that put BP in the headlines and severely damaged the Gulf of Mexico.

DECADE OF DISCOVERY (June 26) showcases the 10 most extraordinary species from land and sea out of the quarter of a million new species discovered in the last decade.

DEATH OF THE OCEANS (June 30) reveals how our actions are pushing the world’s oceans ever closer to the brink of destruction. Additionally, come up for air with MONUMENTAL CHALLENGE (June 8) to see six of the world’s greatest monuments restored to their full splendour.


June programming highlights for Discovery Science include:





Wednesday’s at 8 p.m. ET/PT, beginning June 8

Six of the world’s greatest monuments are restored to their full splendour in MONUMENTAL CHALLEGE. In the six-part series, the Sydney Harbour Bridge hosts a huge picnic; the Eiffel Tower rebuilds its original hydraulic elevator system; Big Ben examines a threat to its very fabric; and the Taj Mahal races to get ready for the Commonwealth Games. Go behind the scenes to follow the highs and lows of making these monuments great again.





Sun., June 5 at 8 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT

The Deepwater Horizon oil rig disaster sent millions of gallons of oil spewing into the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. While the world focused on BP, beneath the waves a DEEPWATER DISASTER was taking place. This one-hour special follows the events of the disaster and the efforts to deal with the resulting damage, featuring interviews with investigators, BP, the U.S. Coast Guard, and the engineers and oil men at the heart of the operation. Learn about the engineering challenges and improvisations made including using household junk, discarded steel boxes and giant underwater cutting shears to stop the oil.


DECADE OF DISCOVERY                                                                      

Sun., June 26 at 9 p.m. ET/PT

In the last decade, scientists and explorers have discovered a staggering quarter of a million new species, and DECADE OF DISCOVERY showcases the most extraordinary in a special Top 10. The one-hour special features creatures that no one dreamed ever existed. The world’s longest insect, almost as long as a human arm; one of the rarest mammals on Earth, the pygmy three-toed sloth; and the carnivorous pitcher plant, big enough for a fist to fit right inside are stories that prove Earth can still surprise us.


DEATH OF THE OCEANS                                               

Thurs., June 30 at 9 p.m. ET/PT

Sir David Attenborough reveals how our actions are pushing the world’s oceans ever closer to the brink of destruction in DEATH OF THE OCEANS. The Census of Marine Life is the most comprehensive inventory of the world’s ocean and draws on the work of 2,000 scientists from 90 countries. The one-hour special will transform how we see the world’s oceans, giving a better picture of what lives there, our impact and what the future holds.

Go inside some of the most secretive facilities in the world with Discovery Science as VOYAGES OF CONSTRUCTION explores awesome feats of engineering, premiering Tuesday, May 3 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

The three-part series combines unprecedented access and observational documentary techniques with powerful CGI footage that offer insight into groundbreaking engineering projects.

Explore the business behind creating the best and most lucrative technology in the face of fierce worldwide competition.

VOYAGES OF CONSTRUCTION gains exclusive access to three very different British engineering companies that all share something in common – incredibly complex technology and highly-skilled workers.

From building nuclear submarines or jumbo jet engines, to firefighting robots and stealth wind turbines at the world’s most secretive companies – each episode reveals how large-scale and complicated engineering projects are planned and executed.


Highlights from VOYAGES OF CONSTRUCTION include:


VOYAGES OF CONSTRUCTION – “How to Build a Nuclear Submarine”

Tuesday, May 3 at 8 p.m. ET/PT

Britain’s brand-new submarine is the first of its class – able to circumnavigate the globe without surfacing and as long as a football field. The BAE Systems hand-built submarine features a nuclear engine that will never require refueling for its entire 25-year lifetime. Follow the building and testing of this astute submarine as she prepares to sail into the open sea for the first time.


VOYAGES OF CONSTRUCTION – “How to Build a Jumbo Jet Engine”

Tuesday, May 10 at 8 p.m. ET/PT

The most complicated and powerful jet engines in the world are manufactured at the Rolls Royce factory in Derby, England. The 11,000-person factory is responsible for putting jumbo jets in the sky. Their skills have made flying the safest mode of transport and their innovations allow airplanes to become bigger, cleaner, greener and quieter in the future. Follow the engine assembly of their new “Trent 1000” engine fixed to a Boeing 787 Dreamliner plane – a flight which could secure deals worth millions of dollars.


VOYAGES OF CONSTRUCTION – “How to Build Britain’s Secret Engineers”

Tuesday, May 17 at 8 p.m. ET/PT

If you need to build a top-secret piece of equipment in the U.K., there’s only one place to go: QinetiQ. Follow the top secret British company on a global journey as it reveals a handful of its secretive projects – like the adaptation of military stealth technology for civilian wind turbines. How each project works and what is does is explained through computer graphics stripping away the technology and putting it back together again to give an incredible insight into the technological race to build the best.

Robot uprisings, alien invasions and deadly asteroid strikes are all scenarios taken from the pages of science fiction.

But in SCI FI SCIENCE WITH MICHIO KAKU II, internationally-renowned physicist and co-founder of string field theory, Dr. Michio Kaku, shows that these sci fi stories may not be far from science fact.

Beginning Monday, March 14 at 8 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT on Discovery Science see how topics that currently seem out of the realm of possibility are closer to becoming reality in this 12-part series.

In SCI FI SCIENCE WITH MICHIO KAKU II, Dr. Kaku consults the experts – science fiction fans – to determine the best solutions for each challenge. The demanding fans inspire him to think in new, exciting ways. So Dr. Kaku turns to cutting-edge research from top scientists, engineers and physicists from around the world to ascertain how to make outrageous ideas come to life.

Episode highlights from SCI FI SCIENCE WITH MICHIO KAKU II include:



Monday, March 14 at 8 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT

Dr Michio Kaku believes that just like in sci fi, a neighbouring planet could be transformed into a second Earth. The nightmarish conditions on the Mars’ surface lead Dr. Kaku to meet with Bob Zubrin from the Mars Society who explains how the Red Planet could be geo engineered. To melt the Martian ice caps, Chris McKay, a NASA research scientist, suggests building a huge solar mirror. Dr. Kaku comes up with an even more daring plan – heat up Mars by shooting asteroids at the planet’s surface, resulting in the birth of Earth 2.0.


SCI FI SCIENCE WITH MICHIO KAKU II – “Galactic Colonization”

Monday, March 21 at 8 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT

Dr. Kaku shows how science fiction’s most inspiring vision – the colonization of the galaxy – could become reality. Powered by Jupiter’s magnetism, robot probes, or “swarmbots,” could be used to find habitable planets. Science fiction suggests that suspended animation and galaxy ships be used to allow the colonists to cover the vast distances of space. But Dr. Kaku and astrophysicist Max Tegmark come up with a far more radical plan: e-mailing human DNA by laser across the galaxy to a colony where an army of “swarmbots” will use it to grow clones in an incubator.



Monday, March 28 at 8 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT

Dr. Kaku is on a mission to save planet Earth. About 90% of the rocks in space are big enough to destroy civilization – and it’s not a question of if they’ll hit, it’s when. He shows what would happen if nuclear weapons were actually used to blow up an incoming asteroid and fortunately comes up with a safer, rocket powered solution. To deal with the multiple threats, Dr. Kaku takes a lead from Star Wars and designs a system of laser equipped Death Stars to zap the space rocks before they hit us.

An evolutionary joke, an awkward mistake, or a mutated masterpiece? Explore the magic of evolution and the forces of nature that together shape eccentric animals, eclectic lifestyles and unorthodox patterns of behaviour in the new series MUTANT PLANET.

Premiering on Discovery Science on February 28 at 8 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT, the six-part series reveals the strange species that seemingly defy the laws of nature, from Australia’s 200-plus species of bizarrely pouched marsupials to a species of fish in Africa’s Rift Valley lakes that might be as intelligent as chimps.

MUTANT PLANET combines traditional natural history with cutting edge science to reveal the bewildering mammals, reptiles, fish, birds, insects and plants that fill the planet. Shaped by natural selection and mysterious mutations these unusual species demonstrate the power of adaptation and survival.


Episode highlights from MUTANT PLANET include:


MUTANT PLANET – “New Zealand”

Monday, February 28 at 8 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT

New Zealand is a fairytale country with a turbulent geological past. A land with astonishing creatures: flightless birds, night dwellers and even living fossils. Evolution has run wild on this isolated land, producing some of the world’s most unusual animals. Among them, the kiwi bird: a hobbit-like creature with fur rather than feathers, wings too small for flight, and nostrils situated at the end of its beak.


MUTANT PLANET – “Australia”

Monday, March 7 at 8 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT

Australia is an isolated laboratory whose ancient geological past and changing climate have triggered mutations in its animals, from one of the largest lizards on the planet, the perentie, to one of the tiniest marsupials, the honey possum. Plus, see how more than 200 species of bizarre pouched marsupials, like the rock wallaby, are equipped with astounding survival features.


MUTANT PLANET – “Brazil’s Cerrado”

Monday, March 14 at 8 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT

On Brazil’s ancient Cerrado grassland a community of eccentric creatures are interdependent, and all life revolves around the landscape of mysterious mud-caked monoliths. Species that thrive here include headlight beetles, which emit an eerie green light from within a termite mound; and the giant anteater whose iconic snout, humongous claws, and long, sticky tongue are ideal for capturing ants and other small prey.

See the world like never before when Discovery Science takes a closer look at things meteoric, microscopic – and even mutant – this February.

Celebrate the power of evolution and Earth’s unlikely animals in MUTANT PLANETS (Feb. 28). Fan favourites Geoff Notkin and Steve Arnold return to search for something rarer than gold in season two of METEORITE MEN (Feb. 7).

Then, zoom in and see the microorganisms that surround us everyday in INVISIBLE WORLDS (Feb. 16).

February programming highlights for Discovery Science include:





Monday at 9 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT, beginning February 28

Take a closer look at the world and see how the magic of evolution and the forces of nature have shaped eccentric animals, eclectic lifestyles and unorthodox patterns of behaviour on MUTANT PLANETS. This breathtaking six-part series combines traditional natural history with cutting edge science. Explore six strange “worlds within worlds” where it seems as if nature has thrown the rule book out the window.





Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET/PT, beginning February 16

There are Earthly forces, airborne particles and organisms that coexist with humans, but cannot be seen by the naked eye. INVISIBLE WORLDS captures the things we cannot see and explores them in intricate detail. This incredible one-hour special uses cutting-edge laboratory techniques, such as scanning electron microscopes and specialty photography, to capture an extraordinarily close-up look at what’s in our air and water. There is no computer generated imagery and no blue screens – everything you see is real!





Monday at 9 p.m. ET/PT, beginning February 7

Discovery Science’s #1 program is back for a second season! METEORITE MEN continues the search for lost pieces of the universe buried deep below the Earth’s surface. Professional meteorite hunters, Geoff Notkin and Steve Arnold, are armed with cutting-edge detection technology, secret maps and a keen ability to scientifically decipher the mystery of where each cosmic treasure might lie. Join them in this eight-part series as they combat rugged terrain and challenging weather conditions in pursuit of these rare scientific treasures.