Amanda Fiegl

The Emotional Baby: How Infants Respond To Music

Have you seen the “emotional baby” video yet? At last count, 25 million people had viewed this YouTube clip of an infant smiling tearfully while her mother sings a bittersweet Rod Stewart ballad. While that’s only anecdotal evidence of music’...

Wild Romance: Weird Animal Courtship and Mating Rituals

Think Valentine’s Day inspires silly displays in the name of romance? Heart-shaped candies and sappy cards are nothing compared to the show that nature puts on. From balloon-blowing seals to penis-fencing flatworms, here’s a selection of some of ...

The Mona Lisa…On An Etch-A-Sketch?

If you follow politics, you’ve probably noticed that a certain character with classic good looks and black-and-white views (a bit square, you might say) has drawn a lot of attention this week. No, not that guy…we’re talking ...

Global Glimpses: A Guide to the Oscar Foreign Film Nominees

Didn’t get a chance to see any of the foreign-language movies nominated for an Academy Award this year? Better brush up before Sunday! We’ll make it easy: Here’s a synopsis of each of the five nominees, compiled ...

All Roads Film Festival: Sneak Peek

The 2011 All Roads Film Festival arrives at National Geographic headquarters today and continues through the weekend, celebrating indigenous cultures with film screenings, directors’ discussions and photo exhibits. Here’s a glimpse of what’s around the bend, courtesy of NGM ...

Cat Hugging Kitten Video: What’s Really Going On?

This brief, adorable home video of a sleeping kitten and its mother has gone viral in the past week, attracting more than 18 million views on YouTube. The user who first uploaded it (dragomirnet86) titled it “Cat Mom Hugs Baby Kitten,” ...