Andrew Howley

A long time ago, around a star far, far away … EPISODE I Beams of light stream out of a gigantic ball of burning gas and plasma called KIC 8462852. Racing in every direction, they carry energy from this one central point out to every corner of the universe. Some dodge planets, ice, dust, gas, and even...

Join a LIVE Twitter chat with explorer, @PaulSalopek, October 7 at 11:00 am EDT using #NatGeoLive. Over tens of thousands of years, our ancestors spread out by foot (for the most part) across the entire globe. Over about seven years, Pulitzer Prize-winning foreign correspondent @PaulSalopek is making the same journey, the same way. Paul started...

Every year, clever young minds from around the world enter the Google Science Fair to push themselves, run their ideas to ground, help humanity, and compete from some amazing prizes. National Geographic has been a major partner of the Google Science Fair all five years, and this year, we’re proud to announce that the National...

After the excitement of Homo naledi’s discovery and extraction from deep in a narrow cave in South Africa, and the implication that these non-humans may have intentionally carried their dead deep into the earth, we are left with the bones themselves, what they tell us about these creatures, and what new questions they inspire. These...

After the excitement of Homo naledi’s discovery and extraction from deep in a narrow cave in South Africa, and the implication that these non-humans may have intentionally carried their dead deep into the earth, we are left with the bones themselves, what they tell us about these creatures, and what new questions they inspire. These...

After the excitement of Homo naledi’s discovery and extraction from deep in a narrow cave in South Africa, and the implication that these non-humans may have intentionally carried their dead deep into the earth, we are left with the bones themselves, what they tell us about these creatures, and what new questions they inspire. These...

The announcement of Homo naledi last week was just the latest phase of a scientific adventure that’s been going on for two years in and around a tiny cave in South Africa. It started in November, 2013, with the three-week long expedition to recover what National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Lee Berger and team at first thought...

Two years after being discovered deep in a South African cave, the 1,500 fossils excavated during the Rising Star Expedition have been identified as belonging to a previously unknown early human relative that National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Lee Berger and team have named Homo naledi. An account of Homo naledi’s discovery and analysis is the cover story of the October...

Paddling, paddling, paddling, paddling! We made good distance today down the panhandle. #okavango15 http://t.co/Chr3EUiZQU — Into the Okavango (@intotheokavango) August 13, 2015 The Okavango delta is possibly as close as Earth comes to having an actual “Land That Time Forgot.” Its waters are undammed and ebb and flow as nature dictates. The largest animals left...

See the tiny lion cub. All alone in the great big world. Needing nothing but your virtual high five to stay alive. Well, kind of. Lions and other big cats need a lot more than that if they’re going to avoid going extinct in the wild, but it’s easier than you think to help them...

Robot satellites taking pictures three billion miles from Earth are pretty thrilling. But robot satellites aren’t people, and there’s no plan to ever bring them back. On this day in 1969 though, human beings themselves were walking on the surface of the moon—for hours on end. They learned to walk and maneuver in low gravity....

Join a LIVE Twitter chat with explorer, @PaulSalopek, July 22 at 11:00 am ET using #NatGeoLive. “I am walking across the planet,” says Paul Salopek, National Geographic Fellow. “For more than two years, I have hopscotched over searing lava fields. I have crabbed sideways through alleys in vast migrant slums. I have traversed sun-hammered deserts and...

With a mirrorball for a body, Chrysometa tenuipes has nothing to worry about when it hits the clubs. When the music is right and it’s feeling good (and its abdomen is smaller), the silvery guanine patches appear huge, shimmering and turning heads left and right. When it’s time for a break (or when its abdomen...

If you were to look a saltwater crocodile in the mouth as it tried to eat you, this is what you’d see. Dig the silhouette of the lower teeth coming up at you from underwater as well. The dinner’s-eye view was captured by explorer Trevor Frost’s camera. While on assignment for National Geographic, Trevor travels...

The ancient Irish may have done it. The Vikings certainly did. And when Columbus made the trip, it ushered in one of the most dramatic periods of change in human history. In 1857, the first transatlantic communication cable had a similar effect. Now, outfitted with the latest in survey and mapping technology, a team of researchers...