Alyson Foster

How a National Geographic Icon Took On the Cortés Trail

This month marks the anniversary of the fall of the Aztec capital Tenochtitlan—modern-day Mexico City—to the Spanish explorer Hernán Cortés in 1521.  Cortés’ journey from Veracruz to Tenochtitlan was a winding route through tropical and mountainous ...

How a National Geographic Icon Took On the Cortés Trail

This month marks the anniversary of the fall of the Aztec capital Tenochtitlan—modern-day Mexico City—to the Spanish explorer Hernán Cortés in 1521.  Cortés’ journey from Veracruz to Tenochtitlan was a winding route through tropical and mountainous ...

10 Ways National Geographic Has Changed the World

National Geographic magazine’s 125th anniversary issue is out on newsstands this month. As we take a look back at our legacy so far, here are just a few of the ways that National Geographic has changed the world.  1. Standing ...

10 Ways National Geographic Has Changed the World

National Geographic magazine’s 125th anniversary issue is out on newsstands this month. As we take a look back at our legacy so far, here are just a few of the ways that National Geographic has changed the world.  1. Standing ...

10 Ways National Geographic Has Changed the World

National Geographic magazine’s 125th anniversary issue is out on newsstands this month. As we take a look back at our legacy so far, here are just a few of the ways that National Geographic has changed the world.  1. Standing ...

National Geographic and the National Parks: A Brief History

  April 22nd through April 28th is National Park Week. It’s a celebration of the more than 400 national parks in the U.S., including canyons, forests, beaches, historic houses and battlefields.  While National Geographic can’t take any credit ...

The Society and Washington’s Flowering Cherry Trees

  Each spring, as the Japanese cherry trees bloom in Potomac Park and around the Tidal Basin, something tugs at our memories. Didn’t the National Geographic Society have something to do with getting those trees here? Wasn’t Eliza ...

Like People, Bees Learn From Watching One Another

  Bumblebees may not have the large, highly-developed brains that certain other animals possess – us extremely intelligent primates, for example – but they can perform surprisingly sophisticated tasks, like using logic and picking up cues from their fellow bees.  Scientists at ...

Declining Forests In The Eastern United States As Seen From Space

  Forests in the eastern United States have become less green over the past decade.  That’s what scientists at NASA have concluded after analyzing a series of satellite images compiled between 2000 and 2010.  The scientists reviewed monthly images taken by ...

Rock Hyrax Urine Offers Clues About Climate Change

  The rock hyrax is a sociable, furry mammal about the size of a guinea pig that can be found in Africa and Asia where it makes its nest in rock fissures.  What can this animal – or, more specifically, its ...

Scientists Discover How Bacteria Changes Ions Into Gold

  Bacteria with the ability to change ions into solid gold?  This scenario may sound like a biochemist’s version of a fairy tale, but it’s real and scientists at McMaster University have just described how the process works ...

Urban Weather: How Cities May Be Changing the Climate

  Air pollution.  Light pollution.  Radical changes to local ecosystems.  The profound environmental impact of cities is a popular topic among scientists these days.  Now it appears that cities may actually be changing the weather — and the effects are being ...