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Columbus Day: Biggest Misconceptions and Exploring the Era of First Contact

Christopher Columbus’s landfall in the Western Hemisphere on October 12, 1492, is commemorated throughout the Americas and elsewhere with various emphases, including celebrations of exploration, history, cultural heritage, cultural diversity, and more. It has also been seen as a dark day marking the beginning of centuries of violence, disease, and oppression for the people who…

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A Colorful View of Incredibly Sticky Feet

  These are gecko feet. Notice their crazy toes. The “stripes” are made of modified scales covered in thousands of “hairs,” only twice as long as our hairs are thick. Each hair branches into thousands of tips. Each tip branches into hundreds of tinier tips. These tiny-tips are so tiny (like size-of-the-wavelength-of-visible-light tiny) that they…

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Horseshoe Crab #2859

Today, during an early morning walk along Morse Beach, near Sandy Point Bird Sanctuary in West Haven, I noticed many dead horseshoe crab on the sand. One of them had a tag, referring to #2859 and a phone number to report the find.   Back to the office, I learnt that the Maryland Fishery Resources Office has…

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Horseshoe Crab #2859

Today, during an early morning walk along Morse Beach, near Sandy Point Bird Sanctuary in West Haven, I noticed many dead horseshoe crab on the sand. One of them had a tag, referring to #2859 and a phone number to report the find.   Back to the office, I learnt that the Maryland Fishery Resources Office has…

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Franz Josef Land Expedition: Surviving the Life Aquatic

Award-winning author and Contributing Writer for National Geographic Magazine David Quammen is accompanying NG Explorer Enric Sala and team on a mission to evaluate how pristine is the ocean-land ecosystem of Franz Josef Land in the Russian Arctic.  By David Quammen Five weeks is a long time to spend on a boat, even if it happens to be a vessel…

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Franz Josef Land Expedition: Surviving the Life Aquatic

Award-winning author and Contributing Writer for National Geographic Magazine David Quammen is accompanying NG Explorer Enric Sala and team on a mission to evaluate how pristine is the ocean-land ecosystem of Franz Josef Land in the Russian Arctic.  By David Quammen Five weeks is a long time to spend on a boat, even if it happens to be a vessel…

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Franz Josef Land Expedition: Visions Above and Below the Icy Waves

National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Enric Sala is setting off to explore Franz Josef Land, one of the most remote archipelagos in the world, only 900 km from the North Pole. Home to polar bears, whales, seals and more, the team will investigate how global warming may be affecting this crucial ecosystem in ways we still do not fully comprehend….

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