From a media release:
Following a landmark two decades of science programming with its most-watched-ever season and showing no signs of slowing down, Discoveryâ€™s flagship science magazineÂ DAILY PLANETÂ launches its 21stÂ season withâ€œExtreme Machines Weekâ€,Â Monday, Aug. 31 â€“ Friday, Sept. 4Â atÂ 7 p.m. ET. On the hunt for the mostÂ outrageous, quirky, andÂ â€œmust-seeâ€ machines, Co-HostsÂ Ziya TongÂ andÂ Dan RiskinÂ track down everything from two-storey-tall mining machines to the worldâ€™s most powerful skateboard. And it doesnâ€™t end there!Â DAILY PLANETÂ looks at aÂ gyrocopterchasing a world record to circumnagivate the globe, and even a pogo stick on steroids!
TheÂ 21stÂ season ofÂ DAILY PLANETÂ comes fresh off the heels of the seriesâ€™ highest rated season ever.Â Final data from Numeris (BBM Canada) confirms last season was the third consecutive year the program established a new audience high, and the fifth in a row of year-over-year growth (P2+, A25-54, and A18-49). In the key A25-54 demographic, audiences were up 13% over the previous season, having increased by 60% since 2009/10.
Highlights fromÂ DAILY PLANETâ€™s â€œExtreme Machines Weekâ€Â include:
â€œGyrocopter World Recordâ€
Featured in the 1967 James Bond filmÂ You Only Live Twice, the gyrocopter was said to be the only aircraft never to circumnavigate the globe. But thatâ€™s about to change asÂ Norman SurplusÂ takes to the sky to make aviation history. The autogyro pilotÂ will cross 26 countries, flying more than 43,000 kilometres over deserts, jungles, mountains, and oceans.Â DAILY PLANETÂ meets Surplus prior to the last and most treacherous part of the journey â€“ crossing the Atlantic Ocean. If he makes it, the world record is his.
Tired of bad drivers on the road? Fear no longer!Â Swedish automotive safety developerAutolivÂ could change the way drivers come to a complete stop. Using a massive suction cup below the car which helps the vehicle brake faster in emergencies, theÂ Torricelli BrakeÂ decreases stopping distances by almost half.Â DAILY PLANETÂ is in the driverâ€™s seat to find out how this technology could revolutionize traffic safety.
AmsterdamÂ might house some of the world’s most beautifulÂ canals,Â but people should probably think twice before taking a dip in one.Â Every year, up to 15,000 rusty bicycles are fished out of the canals by special dredge boats equipped with fishing cranes.Â DAILY PLANETÂ Co-Host Dan Riskin dives alongside â€œbicycle fishingâ€ experts who remove bikes from the canals for a living.
â€œVurtego Pogo Stickâ€
Lucas Cochran,Â DAILY PLANETâ€™sÂ Tech Correspondent, is bouncing off the walls…literally! Testing out the latest in pogo stick technology, theÂ V4Â from Vurtego, Cochran bops around with inventor Ian Britt, who demonstrates how this pogo stick is a real game changer. To prove it, Britt attempts a high-flying trick heâ€™s never done before exclusively forÂ DAILY PLANET.