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According to Discovery, Venom Hunters follows four brave teams of expert snake catchers on a mission to save lives. “Every year, venomous snakes kill over 100,000 people and hospitalize thousands more. Despite this staggering number, the deadly venom is also used to save lives in the production of anti-venom. There’s a problem though: anti-venom supplies are dwindling every year, making the stakes even higher for brave professionals who harvest this equally deadly and precious substance.
“There’s people now that think they can grab a dirty wine glass with a ziploc bag tied over the top of it and go out on their property and extract from a bunch of copperheads and make a hundred grand, and that’s just not how it works.
I think arguing whether the show has done more harm than good misses the bigger point. What concerns me is that Discovery is still up to their old tricks, and they’re undermining everything they’ve done in the past year to clean up their image.
I’m pissed that Authentic Entertainment and Discovery pursued a show that they were told was flawed from the get-go, and I’m disturbed that they fabricated “facts” and storylines and may have even broken laws while putting the lives and reputations of their cast and crew at risk to make such a program.
originally posted by: Klassified
a reply to: Byrd
Discovery is all about the entertainment value, and it's easy to understand why. If they aren't entertaining their audience by giving them what they want, they don't make any money to keep the lights on. Only scientists, and those with a genuine interest in science, enjoy the excitement that real discoveries, and real science brings.
An engineer can't be a scientist?
The real problem with shows like this and "Three Scientists Walk Into A Bar" (they're engineers, not scientists) is that they often encourage risky and extreme behavior in the name of "science."
B.E.E. Electrical Engineering, Auburn University (1991)
M.S. Physics, University of Alabama, Huntsville (1994)
Thesis: Rewriteable magneto-optic compact disk based optical processor
Ph.D. Optical Science and Engineering, University of Alabama, Huntsville (1999)
Dissertation: Laboratory simulation of atmospheric turbulence induced optical wavefront distortion
M.S.E. Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of Alabama, Huntsville (2001)
Thesis: Advanced solar and laser sail propulsion concepts for interstellar space travel
Master of Astronomy, University of Western Sydney, Nepean (ca. 2004)
Ph.D. Aerospace Systems Engineering, University of Alabama, Huntsville (2012)
Dissertation: Implementing planetary meteor impact craters as high gain radio frequency dish reflector antennas
To obtain his accredited online master's degree in astronomy from the University of Western Sydney in Australia, he built an extrasolar planet imaging instrument in his backyard using a plastic pipe, telescopic camera, and $200 computer.
“There’s people now that think they can grab a dirty wine glass with a ziploc bag tied over the top of it and go out on their property and extract from a bunch of copperheads and make a hundred grand, and that’s just not how it works