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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 upcoming 125th anniversary this series takes a look at their stories.   “When the Charles H. Marshall was about 18 miles...

  Despite their fearsome moniker, it turns out that male killer whales are mama’s boys who have a hard time surviving on their own.  Scientists think that’s one of the reasons the female of the species go through an unusually long menopause.  (Female killer whales generally stop having offspring in their forties but can live...

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 upcoming 125th anniversary this series takes a look at their stories. By Mark Collins Jenkins John Russell Bartlett, a career naval...

J.R.R. Tolkien, creator of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings is one of the latest from the world of fine arts to be commemorated with his own crater on Mercury. He keeps good company with the likes of Prokofiev, Goethe, and Mendelssohn. The Tolkien crater is about 30 miles across and located in...

The 33 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 upcoming 130th anniversary this series takes a look at their stories. By Mark Collins Jenkins Dr. Frank Baker, a well-known Washington...

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 upcoming 125th anniversary this series takes a look at their stories. By Mark Collins Jenkins Though in no sense an ordinary...

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 upcoming 125th anniversary this series takes a look at their stories.   Late in his life, Cleveland Abbe (1838-1916) a National...

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 upcoming 125th anniversary this series takes a look at their stories. By Mark Collins Jenkins Self-effacing, loath to talk about himself...

By Renee Braden, NG Archivist Happy birthday National Geographic! We’re 124 today, and as it happens, our founding day was a Friday the 13th as well. The founders, being of a decidedly scientific persuasion, rejected superstition and braved a cold, slushy night to arrive at the Cosmos Club to discuss the “advisability of organizing a...

Take a trip back in time with a sparkling 99-year-old named Dottie Gross and hear her memories about life in small-town California and appearing in the pages of National Geographic magazine. The photos, by NGS photographer B. Anthony Stewart, feature Dottie and her friends amongst the beautiful wildflowers of Kern County, California using an early...

California sea otters were nearly hunted to extinction until a treaty in 1911 banned the fur trade. Since then, the animals have made only a modest comeback, and one scientist thinks it may be due to specialized diets followed by different groups of otters. For all the latest science news, check out National Geographic Library’s...

    A snow leopard in its habitat at the Bronx Zoo. Snow leopards inhabit the mountain ranges of Asia and rarely descend below 6,000 feet. They have luxurious fur that is highly regarded in the fur trade. Photo by James L. Amos, c. NGS. Good news about an endangered species: the Associated Press reports...

  At a White House Rose Garden ceremony on this day in 1963 , President John F. Kennedy presented the Society’s highest honor, the Hubbard Medal, to the members of the American Mount Everest Expedition for “outstanding contributions to geography through high-altitude research and exploration, conquest of Earth’s highest peak by six courageous climbers, pioneering...

    Sudan is in the news again, sadly as the result of another humanitarian crisis. Just a few years ago, the people of the western area known as Darfur endured a period of genocide, and one native, Daoud Hari, recounted his experiences of that time in The Translator: A Tribesman’s Memoir of Darfur. Hari...

Tigers are getting a helping hand from the government of Bangladesh, which is readying more forces to protect the critically endangered Royal Bengal Tiger. Only 400 of these animals are still left in the mangrove forests known as the Sundarbans.   For all the latest science news, check out National Geographic Library’s twice-weekly news rundown,...