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Household air pollution from inefficient cooking and heating with solid fuels (e.g., wood, coal) causes millions of deaths each year. Improving the stoves and fuels people use can potentially reduce exposures to pollution and improve health. This photo essay portrays household air pollution and its impacts on cardiovascular health in rural Chinese communities in the Tibetan Plateau mountains, and the field-work activities of an international team trying to study it….

Human Journey

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“环保 (huánbǎo)? Environmental Protection? That’s good. We need that here.” The cab driver nodded his head in approval. “你看 (Nǐ kàn), Look, there’s trash everywhere.” I glanced out the window. We were heading north on Taoyuan’s major highway to ChungHua Plastic Industry Co., Ltd., a plastics manufacturer in the Cisco-Meraki electronics supply chain. My appointment…

Changing Planet, Human Journey

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Are answers to diseases hidden in the leaves and bark of trees such as maples? Researchers are finding out. (Photograph: University of Rhode Island) In the 1992 film Medicine Man, biochemist Robert Campbell, played by actor Sean Connery, searches for new drugs in the Amazon’s vast rainforests. There Campbell finds a cure for cancer not in…

Human Journey

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Every week, embark with host Boyd Matson on an exploration of the latest discoveries and interviews with some of the most fascinating people on the planet, on National Geographic Weekend. Please check listings near you to find the best way to listen to National Geographic Weekend on radio, or listen below! Hour 1 – Cedar Wright and Alex Honnold set out on what…

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As we approached the end of 2013, we looked forward to sharing inspiring news of our completed medical clinic in Old Fangak, South Sudan. In recent weeks though, there has been news of violent military conflict in this recently independent country and the info coming at us from international news sources and from the village is not good….

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You’ve probably heard about domestic dogs that are trained to sniff out drugs, explosives, and bad guys. You may also know that canines can detect the tiny molecular changes that distinguish cancer cells from healthy ones. Dogs in studies have perceived lung and breast cancer via a whiff of a patient’s breath, ovarian cancer from…

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The American Association for the Advancement of Science wrote about the connection between TUDCA and bear bile in its press release concerning type 1 diabetes. The association has since removed this reference. Bear bile has a historical and contextual relationship to the research discussed within this article, and our story is still accurate as it stands. Harvard…

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By Rachel Kaufman As long as they’re in someone else’s house, termites are rather fascinating creatures. The social insects live in colonies, like bees or ants, and build large nests that can stretch 300 feet (91 meters) across. There are more than 2,600 species of termites—and more than one quadrillion individual termites—on Earth. Their ability…

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By Rachel Kaufman As long as they’re in someone else’s house, termites are rather fascinating creatures. The social insects live in colonies, like bees or ants, and build large nests that can stretch 300 feet (91 meters) across. There are more than 2,600 species of termites—and more than one quadrillion individual termites—on Earth. Their ability…

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Last week, I wrote a post about some strange new uses for urine. It turns out, I had only scratched the surface. Many of you readers (thanks for your input!) shared some other uses for urine in the comments section, so the team here at Nat Geo thought it would be interesting to look into them in…

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Last week, I wrote a post about some strange new uses for urine. It turns out, I had only scratched the surface. Many of you readers (thanks for your input!) shared some other uses for urine in the comments section, so the team here at Nat Geo thought it would be interesting to look into them in…

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