Melody Kramer

The drama for Curiosity began with so-called “the seven minutes of terror,” landing operation that involved rocket burns to slow down Curiosity from its 13,000 mph (21,000 km per hour) interplanetary cruising speed to a harrowing sky crane maneuver that allowed the rover to be gingerly lowered to the surface. (Read: “Top 5 First Year...

Julius Richard Petri is a name you might not recognize at first glance. But think back to your high school biology lab—his last name probably sounds more familiar. Petri’s invention—a shallow dish used to grow and identify bacterial strains—revolutionized the world of microbiology and the way we culture microorganisms. Today Petri is being honored on...

This morning, National Geographic employees are getting the chance to see Google Glass — the futuristic, wearable headgear that allows people to see the world through the eyes of Google — from inside our own auditorium. The glasses can record video and capture photos as well as search the web and see directions — all...

Put on a Bach concerto and close your eyes. Now picture a color. What color do you see? If it’s a fast Bach concerto in a major key, it’s likely you’ll picture a color that’s more saturated and brighter — like a red or a yellow. And if it’s a slower Bach piece, you’ll likely...