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What Went Through My Head When I Found Out I Won the 2016 TED Prize

Human Journey<p>Archaeologist Sarah Parcak analyzes satellite imagery to see ancient sites from the air that she then excavates on the ground. She’s the winner of the 2016 TED Prize, and last week she shared her plan to build a citizen science platform and let people around the world discover sites …

Archaeology

How You Can Help Polar Bears in the Arctic Today

Changing Planet<p>In honor of International Polar Bear Day, National Geographic spoke with Steven Amstrup, who has been studying polar bears in the wild for 35 years.<p>“I couldn’t imagine a more interesting or captivating species to study—giant white bears roaming around in an environment that looks …

EU Steps Up Fight Against Wildlife Trafficking

Changing Planet<p>The world has witnessed a surge in wildlife crime in recent years. Shocking images have become sadly familiar: rhinos bleeding to death after being shot for their horns, sharks hunted for their fins, birds and reptiles smuggled across borders and kept in appalling conditions.<p>Cracking …

University of Sheffield

“立春”九大风俗 鸡蛋为啥能立起来?

The traditional Chinese lunar calendar divides the year into 24 solar terms. Start of Spring (Chinese: 立春), the first solar term of the year, begins …

Hutong theaters revive Beijing's drama scene[1]

On a snowy evening in Beijing, the lanterns outside the Star Theater flickered with warmth.<p>Inside, the seats were packed with people waiting for the …

Marvelous maples brighten West Lake attractions

IN spring, Hangzhou’s West Lake is thronged with travelers who come to admire its elegant willows and colorful flowers. In the summer, it’s the lotus …

Tree leaves are footprints of species

THE sudden chill that followed a week of rain isn’t reason to despair. The temperature drop has painted the autumn landscape in a bright palette of …

Homemade cuisines to beat the winter chill

TRADITIONAL Chinese medicine recommends people to nourish organs and enrich blood during winter. Recipes that provide nutrients vary according to …

Homemade

Why Locals Love Fort Worth

There’s a deep-rooted sense of home in <b>Fort Worth</b>, even for new visitors. You immediately feel at ease because everyone seems at ease.<p>Billing itself as the city of “Cowboys and Culture,” Texas’s fifth largest town is proud of its Wild West attractions, such as the historic Fort Worth Stockyards, and …

Travel

Pride of Africa: New Lion Conservation Alliance

Wildlife<p>It is a little known fact that there are more rhinos remaining in Africa than there are lions. In fact, until the killing of the lion ‘Cecil’ by a U.S. hunter in Zimbabwe earlier this year, it was also not popularly known that African lion numbers are in free-fall.<p>The statistics are …

Wildlife

Discover Mei Lanfang's epicurean taste in a courtyard restaurant

A costume once worn by Peking Opera legend Mei Lanfang is displayed in Mei Mansion in Beijing, Nov 19, 2015. Mei was famous for his cross-dressing …

China

Restoring a natural treasure[1]

Once a 41,000 hectare haven for fishermen, the lake was dying by early 2000. Now, a decade after a project to revive it was started, the water body …

NOAA Expects 2015 To Be Warmest Year On Record

Changing Planet<p>October 2015 was the warmest October since record-keeping began in 1880, and scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Thursday that 2015 likely will become the warmest year on record.<p>Temperatures last month averaged 1.76 degrees Fahrenheit above the …

Climate Change

Memories bloom as flower show makes glorious return

OVER 3,000 sets of flower combinations, 400 themed gardens and some 100,000 potted chrysanthemums herald the return to the show scene at Huilongtan …

Full text: Chinese Vice President Li Yuanchao's opening remarks at the World Robot Conference 2015 - Business

BEIJING - Following is the full text of the opening remarks of Chinese Vice President Li Yuanchao at the World Robot Conference 2015 in Beijing on …

10 traditional foods that make Beijing's winter merrier

<i>Tanghulu</i>, sugarcoated haws on a stick, is a traditional winter snack in Beijing. Every year, as the weather cools down, <i>tanghulu</i> sales start heating …

Weather

Grapes worth their weight in gold[1]

More than 160 years after the gold rush that drew the Chinese to California by the thousands, a modern generation of Chinese fortune hunters is …

Aging China gives rise to new business opportunities - Business

BEIJING -- China's fast growing aging population has prompted fresh business chances concerning old-age financial services, health care, housing and …

Reader Recs: The Best of South America

As a chill descends upon the northern hemisphere, tropical temperatures tempt tourists south of the Equator.<p>From the spectacular wildlife of the Galápagos to the pulsating nightlife of Lima, South America offers a tremendous diversity of experiences. That’s why we asked our fans on Facebook to …

Dreamland in winter: Yulong Snow Mountain in Yunan[1]

A scene of Yulong (Jade Dragon) Snow Mountain is seen in Yulong Naxi autonomous county of Southwest China's Yunnan province, Nov 19, 2015. Yulong, …

Quick Take: The Ocean is a Global Climate Solution

Changing Planet<p>Table corals, dominate a shallow reef near the island of Misool. Raja Ampat, Papua, Indonesia, Pacific Ocean. © Ethan Daniels<p><i>By Maria Damanaki, Global Managing Director for Oceans at The Nature Conservancy</i><p>As many people around the world know, the United Nations climate change …

Glorious period of Southern Song Dynasty on show

NINE hundred years ago, the Song Dynasty (960-1279) lost control of northern China to Jurchen, who hailed from Manchuria, during the Jin-Song Wars …

Mount Huashan in beautiful winter fog[1]

Huashan Mountain is surrounded by clouds and fog. [Photo/Xinhua]<p>Located in Shaanxi province, 120 kilometers east from Xi'an City, Mount Huashan is …

China

Chinese shares rally in anticipation of property stimulus - Business

BEIJING -- China's stocks advanced substantially on Thursday after dipping for two consecutive days as investors expected more favorable policies to …

Online job finder's profit up by 18% - Business

Zhaopin Ltd, China's leading job recruitment services website, announced on Thursday that it generated 350 million yuan in revenue in the first …

Wall Street

Chinese economy predicted to grow about 7% this year: Xi - Business

聽President Xi Jinping said Sunday that the Chinese economy is predicted to grow about 7 percent this year, which will continue to contribute as high …

China

In southwest Sichuan, a trip to the lake is a winter's treat[1]

As the weather gets chilly, Liangshan Yi autonomous prefecture is a must-go for the people in Southwest China's Sichuan province.<p>Many go to Qionghai …

Market potential to guarantee well-off China by 2020 - Business

BEIJING - China has huge market potential to become a "well-off society" by 2020, a major goal of the 13th five-year plan, the country's top economic …

New exhibits breathe fresh life into old city

THE reinvigorated Palace Museum in Beijing has breathed new life into the historic complex and made the Forbidden City no longer “forbidden.” New and …

Museums

Best spots to last-minute views of fall beauty

SUNDAY marked the Beginning of Winter according to the Chinese solar calendar. As autumn’s grip on Hangzhou weakens, the city’s famed fall scenery …