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Economic Prowess Not Translating to Healthier Oceans

The Ocean Health Index was launched last year to much fanfare; for the first time policy makers and businesses worldwide had a tool to assess how well individual countries – and the world – sustainably use ocean resources and benefits. Measuring ten ocean health goals, the Index defines a healthy …

World Food Day: A Time to Embrace the Farming We Want

As we recognize World Food Day this week, it is a good time to consider two crucial challenges to humankind: safeguarding global food security in the face of climate change and population growth, and conserving biodiversity –the variety of life forms, and their ecosystems, that sustain life on our …

Beautiful Skull Spurs Debate on Human History

A 1.8-million-year-old skull blends features of a number of early human species.<p><b>A newly discovered skull, some 1.8 million years old, has rekindled debate over the identity of humanity's ancient ancestors. Uncovered at the Dmanisi site in the Caucasus in Georgia, "Skull 5" represents the most</b> …

The Heat Is On: Which Animals Will Win or Lose in Climate Change?

Wildlife<p><b>It’s hard to miss a moose.</b><p>Moose weigh in at up to 1,800 pounds with antlers that can span 6.5 feet across, yet it’s harder to spot one in North America these days. From British Columbia to New Hampshire, moose populations are in decline and, the <i>New York Times</i> reports, climate change widely …

Reflections on World Water Week 2013

Changing Planet<p><i>Posted by Stephanie Castle following World Water Week 2013. This is the third in a series of three posts. The first, called Moving Towards True Collaboration, was posted by Kate Voss in Stockholm</i>. <i>The second, called Groundwater: The Elephant Underfoot, was posted by Sasha Richey</i> …

Much Earlier Split for Neanderthals, Humans?

Study challenges thinking on last common ancestor of Neanderthals, humans.<p><b>In the ranks of prehistoric humans, Neanderthals were our closest relatives.</b><p>We were so close, in fact, that our species interbred with theirs. Tracing back our lineages, there must have been a last common ancestor of <i>Homo</i> …

After Utah Video Scandal, a Primer on Hoodoos

An expert discusses the rock formations and backlash after one was knocked over.<p><b>Hoodoo you think you are?</b><p>That's the question for two Utah Boy Scout leaders who decided that a hoodoo—that's the name for a rock formation that looks like a column with a mushroom cap—needed to lose its top.<p>It seemed to …

Neanderthal Gums Relieved by Toothpicks

Fossil teeth point to Neanderthals relying on toothpicks to ease gum disease.<p><b>Were Neanderthals merely lumbering oafs? Not at least as far as dental hygiene is concerned, archaeologists suggest.</b><p><b>Toothpicks likely were on the menu after a hearty Neanderthal meal.</b><p>Our long-lost <i>Homo neanderthalensis</i> …

Shaping Businesses That Can Help Both People and the Planet

Wildlife<p>Sustainable businesses have made huge strides in areas like improving access to renewable energy and improving health outcomes for the world’s poor, and we believe there’s an opportunity in the seafood sector as well. The big question is, how do we help seafood entrepreneurs design …

Politics of Climate Change: A Jungle Conversation

<b>“Why can’t we just look at this subject on its own merits and weigh the evidence and what to do?”</b><p>When it comes to global warming, Yadvinder Malhi, a leading tropical biologist from Oxford University, said he’s confounded by how the United States has transformed what is essentially a complex …

Ötzi the Iceman Leads a Wave of Genetics Buzz

<i>The popularity of recent news reports on the DNA of the mummy Ötzi remind us that genetic breakthroughs are reaching far beyond white-lab-coat laboratories. Right now, the cost of DNA testing is affordable, genetic research is growing exponentially, and finally—legally speaking—your DNA is yours.</i> …

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Getting to Know Africa: 50 Interesting Facts…

• There are 54 countries and one “non-self governing territory”, the Western Sahara, in Africa.<br>• All of Africa was colonized by foreign powers during the “scramble for Africa”, except Ethiopia and Liberia.<br>• Before colonial rule Africa comprised up to 10,000 different states and autonomous groups with …

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New “Flexible” Power Plants Sway to Keep Up with Renewables

As the use of renewable power on the electric grid ramps up, utilities are turning to technology that makes it easier for natural gas to smooth out the bumps in supply.<p><b>Shifting rapidly with the weather, the supply of renewable power can be quite changeable. Most power plants, however, are anything</b> …

Seeking Success and Wonderment in Failure

<i>Zand and the trusty canoe. Photo by Bria Schurke.</i><p>In science, like in all worthwhile pursuits, there is no guarantee of success. In fact, I would suggest that without the looming chance of failure, very few things are truly worth doing. Failure can take many forms, some more extreme than others but …

Indispensable Ocean: Aligning Ocean Health and Human Well-Being

Changing Planet<p><b>A report from the Global Partnership for Oceans Blue Ribbon Panel.</b><p>By Dr. Sylvia A. Earle<p>In a presentation at the World Bank headquarters in 2009, I began by showing the classic image of Earth from space and commented: “There it is—The World Bank. Throughout the history of humankind, …

Giant Platypus Found, Shakes Up Evolutionary Tree

Three-foot mammal lived about 5 to 15 million years ago.<p><b>What's cooler than a venomous, duck-billed mammal that lays eggs? A giant one—and that's just what researchers have found.</b><p>A newly discovered species of three-foot-long (one-meter-long) platypus, dubbed <i>Obdurodon tharalkooschild</i>, swam through …

Nat Geo Maps Show Big Changes Since First Atlas

The world we're mapping in 2013 is a very different place than it was 50 years ago.<p><b>The</b> <b>National Geographic Maps</b> <b>division recently began production of its Atlas of the World, tenth edition, due for publication in Fall, 2014.</b> The effort marks the anniversary of the first edition of the atlas, which, …

Migration by Any Means Necessary

Wildlife<p>A Siberian Crane at the International Crane Foundation’s facility in Baraboo, WI (Credit: Dan Klotz).<p>The airplane passenger of the month for October was an unusual breed of traveler, one who gratefully received first-class airfare even though the ticket sent him more than 2,000 km out of …

Expedition Underway to Extract Latest Fossil Find From Cradle of Humankind Cave

Wildlife<p><b>Expedition Underway to Extract Latest Fossil Find From Cradle of Humankind Cave</b><p><i>Six specialised archaeological cavers in SA to help with new excavation</i><p>An international team of researchers will in the next few days begin excavations on a new site that may contain evidence of early human …

There Are Hominid Fossils Waiting to Be Discovered!

Wildlife<p><b>Rising Star Expedition: November 7, 2013</b><p>The tents are up. The generators are purring. The clothes have dried from the adventure of a gear rescue during a quick but powerful South African thunderstorm. We’re sitting quietly at last, in collapsible chairs, and suddenly Elen Feuerriegel’s …