Lauren Ward

As we celebrate National Geographic’s 125th anniversary, there have been many opportunities to recall the great adventures, discoveries, and explorations that everyone remembers and loves. But highlights of successes are only part of the story. Sometimes an expedition can take years, even decades. Sometimes the team has to start over again. Sometimes they never even...

Jason Silva, filmmaker, futurist, and host of National Geographic Channel’s hit show Brain Games says the human brain has gone through more change in the last 100 years than in the last million years. Now he wants to guide you through the inner workings of your own grey matter and reveal its potential to unlock new realities and...

Jason Silva, filmmaker, futurist, and host of National Geographic Channel’s hit show Brain Games says the human brain has gone through more change in the last 100 years than in the last million years. Now he wants to guide you through the inner workings of your own grey matter and reveal its potential to unlock new realities and...

Filmmaker, techno-philosopher, and self-proclaimed “wonder junkie” Jason Silva is described by The Atlantic as a “Timothy Leary for the viral video age”. His online videos explore media art, inspiration, science, technology, and imagination, and have been viewed more than 2 million times. He has spoken at TEDGlobal and done speeches for IBM, Microsoft, Intel, and...

“The quickest camera to draw is always my phone. It captures candid moments better than any camera in our arsenal. This video is comprised entirely of footage from my phone and gives an honest, frank and fun view of what life was like for us hiking down the Baja Peninsula.” – Young Explorer Justin DeShields...

WASHINGTON, D.C.- A holiday weekend for lounging by the lakeside, department store sales, and catching up on neglected errands, we approach Memorial Day with the same glee reserved for all 3-day weekends. Yet as we kick off the start of summer with friends and BBQ, we ought take a quick moment to remember the day’s...

The Next Generation of Innovative Scientists and Visionaries Pushing Boundaries of Discovery, Adventure and Global Problem-Solving Known for classic high adventure and discovery, National Geographic is redefining what it means to be an explorer in a new age of exploration. Around this time each year, NG selects a small group of movers and shakers called...

Mars, Everest and Beyond How far would you go to push the boundaries of discovery? What would you risk? From the top of Mount Everest to the surface of the Moon, astronaut Buzz Aldrin and mountaineer Conrad Anker have risked their lives to undertake humankind’s most stunning achievements. (Read Buzz Aldrin’s Op Ed: “Forget the...

May the Fifth KASHYYYK- Only one day after discovering the mystic and elusive species known as the Wookiee, famed explorer Alphaeus Blackburn is reported to be in critical condition after a game of “galactic chess” quickly turned violent. Blackburn, who faced decades of skepticism for his efforts to discover evidence of the lost civilization in the...

Recently, our video editors here at NG came across some footage that was flagged for viewing. Submitted by National Geographic Explorer and capuchin monkey specialist Susan Perry, we expected the video to be of monkeys doing something intriguing or goofy. We were completely wrong. Susan, a UCLA professor currently based in Bagaces, Costa Rica studying the...

This Earth Day, National Geographic is teaming up with NASA and Catlin Seaview Survey to bring you to the watery depths of the Great Barrier Reef, the soaring heights above the polar ice caps, and the vast red-soil plains of Oklahoma’s lightning zone. Kicking off the first Google+ Hangout on Air of a week-long series...

This Earth Day, National Geographic is teaming up with NASA and Catlin Seaview Survey to bring you a Google+ Hangout that explores the land, sea, and sky (Read more). Explorer Profile: Richard Fitzpatrick, Catlin Seaview Survey Along with explorers from both NASA and National Geographic, we’re talking with Cailtin Seaview Survey cinematographer and shark researcher Richard...

This Earth Day, National Geographic is teaming up with NASA and Catlin Seaview Survey to bring you a Google+ Hangout that explores the land, sea, and sky (Read more). Explorer Profile: Tim Samaras, National Geographic Whereas most people would likely flee in terror, Emerging Explorer Tim Samaras has spent his entire career chasing severe weather–...

  #OurEarth: Innovation in Exploration This year National Geographic celebrates its 125th anniversary and a long legacy of exploration, conservation, and research. Every hour of every day, National Geographic explorers take to land, sea, and sky (each frontier represented by a colored band on National Geographic’s historic flag) trying to uncover, understand, or help care...

Born in Jamaica and raised in inner-city Miami, Emerging Explorer Barrington Irving was surrounded by less than perfect conditions for success: crime, poverty, and failing schools. Despite a rough start, in 2007 he became the youngest person and only African American ever to fly solo around the world in a plane he built himself. He...