|TV science show duo coming to Chapel Hill Sept. 19|
|Monday, July 19, 2010|
Morehead Planetarium and Science Center is bringing two TV stars who specialize in science entertainment — Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman, hosts of the Discovery Channel television show "MythBusters" — to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
"An Afternoon with Adam and Jamie" will begin at 2 p.m. Sept. 19 in UNC's Dean E. Smith Center. The event is part of the North Carolina Science Festival, Sept. 11-26, the first-ever statewide science festival in the United States. UNC's Morehead Planetarium and Science Center coordinates the festival, with participation by museums, parks, community sites and other facilities throughout the state.
During the 90-minute program, Savage and Hyneman will share stories from behind the scenes of their popular show. They will also feature special video presentations of spectacular explosions and other "for fans only" outtakes.
The program includes a question-and-answer session led by Chancellor Holden Thorp, with opportunities for questions from the audience.
Tickets go on sale July 26, through www.tarheelblue.com. Lower-level seats are $28 per person, and upper-level seats are $18 per person.
Both Savage and Hyneman are known for their work in special effects. Savage’s credits include more than a dozen feature films, including “Star Wars,” “The Matrix” and “Terminator” movies. Hyneman has produced effects for more than 800 commercials and designed fighting machines for "Robot Wars" and "BattleBots."
In each episode of their TV show, Savage, Hyneman and their team of investigators apply scientific method to commonly held beliefs, testing myths with lava lamps, rockets, sharks, port-a-potties and other items not found in the typical science lab. Their experiments have included converting a vacuum cleaner into a jet engine, swinging 360 degrees around a swingset and floating on a raft filled with helium.
Savage and Hyneman have completed nearly 170 episodes and tested more than 700 myths for the Discovery Channel's "MythBusters," which first aired in 2003 and just received its second Emmy Award nomination for "outstanding reality program."
N.C. Science Festival contact: Julie Rhodes, (919) 962-5842.