Amy Bucci

Dario Piombino-Mascali’s work requires a high tolerance to some creepy situations. Documenting the huge number of mummified remains present in his native island, Sicily, and also throughout the world, our Explorer of the Week’s time is often spent with the remains of folks who died hundreds of years ago. He discovered a secret formula that…

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This week we are featuring Amanda Rivkin, a photographer who decided to focus her lens on Azerbaijan’s offshore oil fields in the Caspian. Using funds from her Young Explorer grant, she followed the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) oil pipeline’s 1,100-mile route, which skirts five conflict zones in three countries representing believers of both Islam and Christianity. Rivkin’s…

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In 2008, National Geographic funded Christopher Golden‘s research on bushmeat consumption and trade in Madagascar. His interest in the Malagasy’s reliance on natural resources and their health started with a visit to Madagascar in 1999 with explorer Luke Dollar. Golden’s continued success can be attributed to his expertise in multiple fields (ecology and epidemiology) his…

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We are pleased to announced that this week’s explorer is Samuel “Doc” Gruber, a shark expert who received funding from National Geographic in 2009 for his research on adult lemon sharks. As owner and director of the Bimini Biological Field Station located in Bimini, Bahamas, Gruber offers marine biology internships to people interested in shark research. He is a recognized…

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Don’t miss the second half of Untamed Americas airing on National Geographic Channel tonight, putting the spotlight on coasts and forests. Just some of the facts we’ll learn: • One of the rarest, most elusive animals on earth, the kermode or spirit bear can be found in the Great Bear Rainforest of Canada. Neither albino…

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A new series Untamed Americas, narrated by Josh Brolin, will be airing on the National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo Wild this June. The series takes on the tremendous task of documenting the highly unpredictable, deadly, and sometimes stinky, animals from the wildest frontiers of North America, Central America, and South America. Although it’s described…

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While the Tour de France may be in Stage 3 now, the smaller, but no less powerful, Bhutan Ride for Climate has only just begun. Youth from Bhutan and the United States have started their 300 kilometer biking tour of Bhutan, including three Himalayan passes over 10,000 feet, to learn first-hand perspectives on climate change,…

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National Geographic Big Cats Initiative grantee Anne Kent Taylor continues her updates from the field in Kenya this weekend. Her adventures this week include a giraffe rescue and an encounter with a chainsaw gang. Taylor has been using funding from the Big Cats Initiative to provide wire fencing to Kenya’s Maasai herders, on the basis…

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“Before nobody thought rockets will go to the moon. In olden times, Bhutanese always thought that dragons made the sounds of thunder. These are all symbols of power. I wanted to paint symbols of power.” – Phurba Namgay The Asia Society and the Bhutan Foundation in Washington DC recently co-hosted an event for Linda Leaming…

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“Archaeology is the search for fact, not truth. If it’s truth you’re looking for, Dr. Tyree’s philosophy class is right down the hall.” – Indiana Jones,  Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade The exhibition, Indiana Jones and the Adventure of Archaeology, now at the Montreal Science Centre, examines the facts and fiction behind the legendary Dr….

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“Your DNA contains the greatest history book ever written.”  —Dr. Spencer Wells Happy DNA Day!  58 years ago today the double helix was discovered. This milestone comes on the heels of a major campus DNA initiative. National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence and geneticist Spencer Wells along with members of the Genographic Project are finishing up a week…

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Kakenya reads to the girls. Until now, the girls only had textbooks to read. It is important for the girls to become independent, life-long readers. Hopefully each visit to the school will bring a new suitcase filled with books! The school hopes to build in 2011 the village’s first library. Most fathers in rural Kenya…

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Laurencia algae—manatee and turtle grass If you like ice cream, well, you probably like algae. Substances called carrageenans extracted from several types of seaweed (a subset of the world’s algae) thicken and stabilize some popular ice creams and give them their gelatinous texture. Who knew? Algal extracts are also mainstay ingredients in toothpastes, in shampoos…

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