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Henry Henshaw: The National Geographic Founder Who Helped Save America’s Birds

The thirty-three founders of the National Geographic Society were an adventurous and accomplished group.  They included scientists, explorers, a journalist and a superintendent of the National Zoo.  In recognition of the National Geographic Society’s recent 130th anniversary this series takes a look at their stories. By Mark Collins Jenkins On August 27, 1870, a young,…

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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 terrain that took the Spaniards across more than 200 miles (322 kilometers) and changed the course of history. Over…

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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 terrain that took the Spaniards across more than 200 miles (322 kilometers) and changed the course of history. Over…

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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 for these spectacular places, we do take a certain amount of pride in our long-standing connection to…

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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 the Zoological Society of London have been examining social learning in bees and…

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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 NASA’s Terra satellite in four regions – the Upper Great Lakes, southern Appalachian, mid-Atlantic,…

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