Challenged by the Commander in Chief to test a myth in a way they’ve never been able to before, will MYTHBUSTERS’ Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman be able to pull it off, or will they have to report back to the President that they failed?

On October 18, 2010, at the White House Science Fair, U.S. President Barack Obama announced his involvement in an upcoming episode of Discovery Channel’s hit series MYTHBUSTERS. Airing on Sunday, December 19 at 10 p.m. ET/PT – titled “President’s Challenge” – hosts Savage and Hyneman are tasked by the President to revisit a contentious ancient myth:  Did Greek scientist and polymath Archimedes set fire to an invading Roman fleet using only mirrors and the reflected rays of the sun? 

In this extra-special episode, Savage and Hyneman tackle a request from President Obama to re-test the myth of the Archimedes Solar Ray – this time with more manpower.

The myth says that Greek scientist Archimedes set fire to an invading fleet using only mirrors and the rays of the sun. After developing a unique mirror aiming system, the MYTHBUSTERS use the President’s STEM (the Administration’s campaign for science, technology, engineering and math awareness) connections and enlist 500 student volunteers ready to light a fire for science!

Fresh off its second Emmy® nomination for Outstanding Reality Program, MYTHBUSTERS aims to uncover the truth behind popular myths and legends by mixing scientific method with gleeful curiosity and plain old-fashioned ingenuity. Called “the best science show in television” by the New York Times’ Science Times, the show exemplifies that science education can be fun, informative, and inspiring.


Highlights for upcoming MYTHBUSTERS premieres include:


MYTHBUSTERS – “Reverse Engineering”

Sunday, January 2 at 10 p.m. ET/PT

Savage and Hyneman test whether a ‘70s sport car is as aerodynamic backward as forward, while Imahara, Belleci and Byron take a surfboard scene from Lethal Weapon 2 to task.


MYTHBUSTERS – “Bug Special”

Sunday, January 9 at 10 p.m. ET/PT

Can a collision with a bug kill a biker? Can flies really lift a laptop? Does water repel flies? Find out when Savage and Hyneman attempt to bust these widespread bug-related myths!


MYTHBUSTERS – “Inverted Underwater Car”

Sunday, January 16 at 10 p.m. ET/PT

Savage attempts to escape from an upside-down underwater car, while Imahara, Belleci and Byron take on “Kiss the Girls.”

It’s tuxedos and martinis as the MythBusters Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman take on 007 in two new one-hour James Bond-themed special episodes. Premiering back-to-back on Sun., April 6 at 8 and 9 p.m. ET/9 and 10 p.m. PT on Discovery Channel, these stealthy secret agents are on a mission to explode the myths about Bond’s gadgets, getaways and guns. In two episodes dedicated to the ultimate suave action hero – James Bond – they put some of the franchise’s most memorable gadgets and stunts to the test leaving them shaken, not stirred.

In the first hour, the MythBusters team tackles the electromagnetic watch featured in Live and Let Die. Can this supercharged watch actually deflect a bullet from its course? Next the team channels Casino Royale as they try to shoot a propane tank in the air and set off an explosion with a bullet from a 9mm gun – will the ammunition successfully recreate the blast from the film? The last myth of the first episode returns to Live and Let Die, this time to experiment with the thrilling speedboat scene. Could Bond’s speedboat actually survive jumping over a levy?

The second hour of MythBusters’ 007 edition puts the infamous exploding pen from Goldeneye to the challenge – does a pen contain sufficient volume for enough explosives to blow a person to “smithereens?” Goldfinger’s evil henchmen “Odd Job” is dealt with next as the team attempts to make a custom hat with enough force to decapitate a statue. The final myth tested is the jaws of steel from Moonraker. Can steel dentures actually bite though steel cable? Tune into MythBusters to determine if the technology of James Bond films is based on real science, or if it’s purely the stuff of Hollywood fantasy.

April 6 at 8 and 9pm on Discovery