Cathy Hunter

  The ancient scourge of rinderpest, a deadly disease capable of decimating herds of cattle, has been eradicated, according to veterinary epidemiologists. Although it does not infect humans, rinderpest is so devastating to agriculture that it has caused famines in the past. So far, smallpox is the only other disease that has been wiped off…

Human Journey

One of the joys of being an archivist here at the Geographic is that I never know what surprises the day may hold.  While searching through old polar material for an unexpected visitor from Canada, I came across a slim volume I’d not noticed before.  Vol. 395 of scrapbooks compiled by one of our founders, …

Human Journey

“Universalis Cosmographia” by Martin Waldseemüller.   The Known World of Edward P. Jones’ Pulitzer Prize-winning novel is set in mythical Manchester County, Virginia before the Civil War and centers on the surprising and  little-known practice of free blacks who themselves owned slaves.  Jones’ depiction of life in that rural community is so detailed and nuanced,…

Human Journey

Bottlenose dolphin photographed by Joseph H. Bailey, c. NGS. So far, dolphin communication has been a one-sided affair with the intelligent sea creatures learning to understand us landlubbers. Now scientists are hoping for two-way conversation… For all the latest science news, check out the National Geographic’s twice-weekly news rundown, Earth Current….

Human Journey

The view from Everest’s summit by Barry Bishop, c. NGS It’s climbing season on Mt. Everest, so let’s take a look back at one of the pioneers of that deadly mountain. Thanks to his fortitude and harrowing tale of survival, Barry Bishop became the stuff of legend around National Geographic.  A barrel-chested man with a…

Human Journey

Vintage image of clock in Rouen, France by Gervais Courtellemont.   It seems we are always keeping track of time, but do we really even know what it is? Recent scientific studies are calling into question Sir Isaac Newton’s theory of time, including the idea that it represents a fourth dimension. For more of the…

Human Journey

By Cathy Hunter, Renee Braden, and Krista Mantsch Second in a three-part series commemorating Jacques Cousteau “Il faut aller voir.” (“We must go and see.”) – Jacques Cousteau Jacques-Yves Cousteau began his lifelong odyssey with the sea seeking a little adventure; by the end, he had inspired people around the globe to look more closely…

Changing Planet

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