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Weaving Together the Traditions of the Lowa Women in Nepal

For the Lowa community in the Upper Mustang of Nepal, apron weaving traditions are an important source of their cultural identity. Some women own so many aprons, they can wear a new apron each day of the year. In recent ...

The View From a Caver/Scientist

By Elen Feuerriegel 20th November 2013 The day starts (officially) at 6am. I’m up a little earlier this morning. Crawl out of my sleeping bag and tent to the sight of Lee Berger bounding around. Lee is a Morning Person. ...

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 ...

Google Science Fair Winners Inspire!

A weekend at the Google Science Fair A team from Nat Geo returned to Google campus over the weekend for the 3rd annual Google Science Fair. As a partner on the science fair since it originated three years ago, we ...

Google Science Fair Winners Inspire!

A weekend at the Google Science Fair A team from Nat Geo returned to Google campus over the weekend for the 3rd annual Google Science Fair. As a partner on the science fair since it originated three years ago, we ...

Celebrate the Brightest Young Minds in the World

With 7 billion people on the planet, that makes for 7,000 who are “one-in-a-million.” You’re about to meet 15 of them. These 15 young science enthusiasts rose above a field of thousands of entrants from 120 different countries to make it to the finals ...

Celebrate the Brightest Young Minds in the World

With 7 billion people on the planet, that makes for 7,000 who are “one-in-a-million.” You’re about to meet 15 of them. These 15 young science enthusiasts rose above a field of thousands of entrants from 120 different countries to make it to the finals ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...