Amy has an intense and boundless love for all things space with particular soft spot for early spaceflight history. In addition to freelancing, her blog, Vintage Space, is hosted at popular science and she hosts a YouTube channel of the same name. She's also writing a book about spaceflight before NASA, which really was a thing.
Aneeta writes, produces and voices original, short web documentaries for Discovery Digital Networks. She is passionate about telling stories that seek to enrich our perspectives on a wide range of topics including politics, world news, science, culture, history and exploration.
Blocko is the fun, knowledgeable host of TestTube's Life Noggin. His main interests include learning and teaching others about history, pop culture, science, and art. Blocko is fully aware that he is an animation, and he makes the most of it! He has a pet parrot and enjoys long walks on the beach- *ahem* interwebs.
Brian Brushwood was born in Fountain Valley, California, and learned to make friends quickly as he spent most of his childhood moving to Colorado, Norway, and several parts of Texas.
As a child, Brian possessed an intense love of magic, which mysteriously vanished when he became a teenager.
Once in college, Brian rekindled his interest in magic, studying sleight-of-hand and performing close-up magic as a part-time job. In fact, Brian was off to a quick start in a career of deception, as he was able to convince his professors to allow him to perform a magic show for his senior honors thesis.
Brian got an "A," and upon graduation began performing his unique brand of bizarre magic at clubs and schools. Beginning in Texas, Brian's audiences grew from hundreds to thousands as he quickly captured "Best Club Magic," "Best Comedy Magic," and "Best Stage Magic" awards from the Texas Association of Magicians and broke out onto the national scene.
From colleges to corporations, Brian has now become one of the most in-demand and original performers today.
He has been sought after by national TV shows such as "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," praised by colleagues such as Teller (of magicians Penn and Teller), and critics call his show "exciting," "unique," and "flawless."
Brian is the author of The Professional's Guide to Fire Eating; Pack the House; and Cheats, Cons, Swindles, and Tricks. He has appeared on dozens of television and radio broadcasts, including "The Tonight Show," and programs on ABC, NBC, FOX, the BBC, E! and more.
Brian also tours heavily, appearing at colleges, clubs, and on television in almost every state in the U.S.
When not performing, Brian lectures, writes, and plays with his two daughters Penelope and Josephine in Austin, Texas.
Fail Lab is hosted by Crystal Dilworth, a Ph.D. candidate in molecular neuroscience at Caltech. Before graduate school, Crystal trained as a professional dancer at the prestigious Ailey School of dance in New York City and she is an outspoken advocate for scientists, celebrating and nurturing their many passions. Now a rising star in science communication, Crystal first made waves in neon high heels while presenting a TEDxYouth talk on stereotypes in science. As a scientist and communicator, she hopes to chip away the mystique of the academic "ivory tower" and reveal researchers and their work as human, relevant, and "cool".
Dr. Ian O'Neill is the space science producer for Discovery News and has a special love for solar physics, manned spaceflight, and investigating the inner workings of our universe. He holds a Ph.D in Solar Physics and an M.Phys in Astrophysics.
Jackie Koppell is a proud New Yorker best known as the host and creator of NewsyNews, a comedy brand that often focuses on political satire. She likes to get to the truth while making people laugh. You can find NewsyNews on YouTube and Facebook. Jackie also loves nerding out and learning more about the world, something she enjoys bringing to Discovery.
"Part Timothy Leary, part Ray Kurzweil, and part Neo from 'The Matrix.'..."
Jason Silva is an extraordinary new breed of philosopher who meshes philosophical wisdom of the ages with an infectious optimism for the future. Combining intriguing insights and a mastery of digital filmmaking, Jason delivers philosophical shots of espresso, which unravel the incredible possibilities the future has to offer the human race.
Called the "Timothy Leary of the Viral Video Age" by The Atlantic, and a "Performance Philosopher" by the TED Conference, Jason draws from his experiences as a television personality, a media artist, a filmmaker, and a techno-philosopher to share his inspirational take on scientific and technological advancements, the evolution of intelligence, and the human condition. Using his series of short videos, which The Atlantic described as "movie trailers for ideas," Jason explores the co-evolution of humans and technology. His videos have garnered over 2 million views.
Jason's riveting on-stage delivery style, and his hyper-enthusiastic insights on creativity, innovation, technology, philosophy and the human condition are equally unique and mind-blowing. An Idea DJ and a visual poet, Jason is above all, an optimist and a curator of ideas, inspiration and awe.
Jason's work is a kind of "existential jazz," a fan says, "like a trumpet player or modern-day digital Mingus, he jams, riffs and rhapsodizes through a tumbling thicket of ideas with such a sharp and vital alacrity that it can take the breath away. He's a modern performance philosopher, reviving the vibe of Tim Leary and Buckminster Fuller and revivifying the dialogue that they started decades ago."
From 2005 to 2011, Venezuela-born Silva was a presenter on Current TV, the Emmy-winning, independent cable network started by former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, where he hosted, wrote and produced more than 100 hours of original content. Jason is also the Host of Nat Geo's cable TV series Brain Games, which premiered to the highest premiere ratings in National Geographic's history.
An active and prolific speaker, Jason has spoken at TEDGlobal, Google (three times), and keynoted events for Microsoft, Intel, IBM and Oracle. He has also created videos for GE, Samsung, Adobe and Autodesk. He was a featured speaker at The Economist Ideas Festival, The Festival of Dangerous Ideas, the DLD Conference in Munich, The Singularity Summit, the PSFK Conference, Mexico's Ciudad De Las Ideas, Seattle's Interactive Conference, Tribeca Interactive Conference and many more.
The Imaginary Foundation says, "Like some kind of Ontological DJ, he recompiles the source code of western philosophy by mixing and mashing it up into a form of recombinant creativity, which elevates understanding from the dry and prosaic, to a sensual cognitive romance."
Jason has been featured on CBS News, The TODAY Show, Katie Couric, The Atlantic, The Economist, Vanity Fair, CNN, Forbes, Wired, TED.com, Gizmodo, IO9, Huffington Post, BigThink, and BrainPickings, among others and he was also featured as part of the Gap "Icons" campaign.
John Iadarola is a weekly co-host for the Young Turks, a live political news show on YouTube. He is also the creator and host of ThinkTank.
John Koenig is the creator of The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows, which fills gaps in the language of emotion with hundreds of invented words. His original definitions have since appeared in countless short stories, band names and tattoos across the world, with one of them (sonder) even breaking into the language outright. He grew up in Switzerland and lives in Saint Paul, Minnesota, where he works as a freelance designer, editor, voice actor, and writer.
He has a ferocious curiosity about the art and science of being human, especially language, mythology, poetry, and the natural world. Whenever he can, he enjoys cycling along the Mississippi, kayaking in the Florida mangroves, or hiking in the Rockies. His work has been acclaimed by New York Magazine, WIRED, Business Insider, John Green, and the guys from Radiolab.
Jonathan Strickland has written about the future and technology professionally for six years but his interest in these subjects goes back much further. He fell in love with computers when his dad brought home an Apple IIe. He credits storytellers like Gene Roddenberry, Ray Bradbury, Isaac Asimov, Robert Heinlein and Brad Strickland for his fascination with the future and the fantastic technologies we may one day see. Jonathan's hobbies include acting, performing improvisational comedy and playing online first person shooters (poorly).
Jules Suzdaltsev is a big fancy journalist, editor, and host from Los Angeles, California. He has degrees in Psychology and Film, but more often than not ends up writing about disastrous physical self-experimentation. Jules enjoys Twitter beefs, international economic policy, floral snapbacks, and entropy in the social order. Fred Armisen once called him a hipster.
Julia Wilde hails from the Midwest, where she studied English, art, and biology in college. She now resides in Texas where she writes and hosts her own YouTube channel about the awesomeness of science. She loves telling the stories of science and is passionate about encouraging more young women to join STEM fields.
Julian Huguet is passionate about all things science, but his favorite topics usually involve cosmology, energy, or medical breakthroughs. Julian originally planned a career as a Hockey play-by-play commentator but his skills of delivering information quickly and tinged with humor have made him an ideal educator for the YouTube age. He is best known for The Science of Happiness and The Science of Love on SoulPancake. He's also a regular guest host on DNews.
Lissette comes to Discovery Digital after hosting several online series including The Young Turks, Think Tank, and The Lip News, focusing on the current social issues facing our society. She graduated from UCLA, where she spearheaded a tutorial program for 400+ socio-economically challenged students to cope with academic rigors of the university.
Matt Morales is a writer, editor and animator for Seeker Media whose work covers topics on history, politics, technology and science. In addition to his work at Seeker, Matt has also performed stand-up comedy since 2002, appearing on CBS's The Late Late Show as well as in festivals such as the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, SF Sketchfest and Portland's Bridgetown Comedy Festival.
Mike North, PhD. is an American engineer, TV host/producer, & artist. As of April 2014, he co-hosts Outrageous Acts of Science on the Science Channel, teaches a course at UC Berkeley and is involved as a founder of the non-profit Reallocate.org. As an active community member and engineering expert, Dr. North also makes appearances as a public speaker and presenter at conferences and events across the United States.
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Seeker is for a new generation of bright and curious minds; an invitation to share openly, evolve understanding, experiment often, and to concede that knowledge is fleeting. We explore everyday questions and provide context for those who are constantly curious about the world around us.
Seek for yourself at seeker.com.
Originally hailing from Texas, Tara spontaneously moved to San Francisco in early 2010 in search of adventure. After graduating from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Mathematics, she went on to pursue a career in the field of scientific research. She became a faculty member at the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute and published over 5 scientific articles in various journals, including Science.
She went on to become Previews Editor for Destructoid in July 2010 before assuming the role of co-host of the Destructoid show. She is now Associate Editor, a title which encompasses both video and editorial duties.
She is a staunch proponent of kittens, sudoku, Kurt Vonnegut, hip hop music, unrelentless humor, and any game ever made for Sega Genesis. When she's not co-hosting the Destructoid show, 95% of her remaining life is spent on Reddit.
Trace Dominguez dissects topics in science, world news, history, technology, politics, space, and psychology in the attempt to explore our world. His nerdery knows no bounds. He's featured on shows across Discovery Digital Networks; always with a smile.
Will is a writer, producer, and editor based in San Francisco. At Seeker, his focus is on short documentaries and new series development. He's covered nuclear secrets, the politics of conservation, cannibal galaxies, and a lot more.