Rachel Bruton

By Jen Shook of National Geographic’s Research, Conservation and Exploration Grant Programs The battling families on Game of Thrones, the HBO series based on George R.R. Martin’s books, feature an assortment of animals on their medieval-style crests. While the houses in the series are vying for a seat of power, their real-world animal counterparts are...

By Anika Rice “The unique power of art is that it can transcend differences, connect with people on a visceral level, and compel action,” says creative conservationist and 2014 National Geographic Emerging Explorer Asher Jay. Through her cause-driven artistic projects and campaigns, Jay sheds light on the world’s threatened wildlife and the causes behind the...

How do you choose from the best of the best? This is the dilemma the judges will face as they choose the 2014 Google Science Fair winner! You can have a seat at the table and tune in to the awards ceremony live on Monday, September 22 at 7pm PST. The top 15 Google Science...

The Genographic Project Legacy Fund, funded by a portion of the proceeds from Geno 2.0 DNA Ancestry Kits, helps to revitalize indigenous languages and cultures around the world. Grant applications are accepted biannually on April 15 and September 15. The Ese’Eja of the Madre de Dios Amazon region in Peru recently received such a grant...

What do you get when you combine incredible intelligence, unlimited imagination, and an inability to set limits? The answer: The top 15 Google Science Fair Finalists. For the fourth year in a row, National Geographic joins Lego, Scientific America and Virgin Galactic as a proud partner of Google Science Fair which tasks students ages 13...

By Rachel Bruton, National Geographic Staff National Geographic Emerging Explorer Jason de León is on a mission: Take 30 kids from the Arivaca community in southern Arizona and team them up with National Geographic photographers to tell the story of life on the US/Mexico border. The students will come from underserved communities that have grown...

By Rachel Bruton, National Geographic Staff National Geographic Emerging Explorer Jason de León is on a mission: Take 30 kids from the Arivaca community in southern Arizona and team them up with National Geographic photographers to tell the story of life on the US/Mexico border. The students will come from underserved communities that have grown...

By Rachel Bruton, The Genographic Project   It is estimated that by 2100, more than half of the 7,000 languages spoken on Earth will have disappeared. Throughout human history, languages have come and gone, but the rate at which languages are disappearing has accelerated dramatically in recent years. Why does it matter? National Geographic’s Enduring...

When National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Robert Ballard, best known for his discovery of the R.M.S. Titanic, first participated in the Genographic Project, he expected to confirm what he already knew of his British-Dutch ancestry. But could his DNA tell him more about his ancient relatives? Dr. Ballard decided to “swab” with National Geographic’s Genographic Project to...

When National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Robert Ballard, best known for his discovery of the R.M.S. Titanic, first participated in the Genographic Project, he expected to confirm what he already knew of his British-Dutch ancestry. But could his DNA tell him more about his ancient relatives? Dr. Ballard decided to “swab” with National Geographic’s Genographic Project to...

When National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Robert Ballard, best known for his discovery of the R.M.S. Titanic, first participated in the Genographic Project, he expected to confirm what he already knew of his British-Dutch ancestry. But could his DNA tell him more about his ancient relatives? Dr. Ballard decided to “swab” with National Geographic’s Genographic Project to...