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Disney rendered its new animated film on a 55,000-core supercomputer

Disney's upcoming animated film <i>Big Hero 6</i>, about a boy and his soft robot (and a gang of super-powered friends), is perhaps the largest big-budget mash-up you'll ever see. Every aspect of the film's production represents a virtual collision of worlds. The story, something co-director Don Hall calls …

China’s Atlantis of the East

The Chinese city of Shicheng was flooded in 1959, then forgotten. With its recent rediscovery, divers can explore a 600-year-old city that is both underwater – and unseen for decades.<p>Often called the “Atlantis of the East” by travellers, the underwater city of Shicheng is a magnificent, mysterious …

Archaeology

Nasa’s plans to use game controllers to take you into space

Now commonplace, game controllers are so familiar in scenes of living-room clutter that they have, with the exception of when they are hurled wall-ward in frustration, become almost invisible. Yet these mass-manufactured collections of buttons and circuitry might yet prove to be a prototype tool …

White tiger kills man who climbed over fence at New Delhi zoo

A man has been killed after he climbed a fence and jumped into the enclosure of a white tiger in New Delhi zoo.<p>Despite warnings, the man climbed over a knee-high fence, made his way through some small hedges and then jumped down 5.5 metres (18ft) into a protective moat, according to National …

Obama offers few climate details

NEW YORK — Perhaps the most interesting thing about President Barack Obama’s climate change speech at the United Nations is what he didn’t say.<p>Obama didn’t promise $1 billion to help poor countries adapt to the dire effects of climate change, like France did. And he didn’t offer any hints about how …

Report: Keeping an iPhone 6 in Pocket May Cause Warping

"Is that a warped iPhone 6 in your pocket or...oh, I guess it is."<p>Reports from consumers claim that storing an iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in a pocket …

Oculus VR’s ‘Crescent Bay’ prototype shows why VR still has a long way to go

From here on out, I want all virtual reality demos to use Crescent Bay. I realize that’s completely unfair and unrealistic for developers who are working with older headsets, but the new Oculus Rift prototype comes amazingly close to achieving the kind of VR we’ve read about or seen in countless …

Minecraft map of the UK upgraded to include houses

<b>A map featuring the UK made entirely of Minecraft blocks has had an upgrade.</b><p>Created by Ordnance Survey (OS), the original map re-created 224,000 sq km (86,000 sq miles) of Britain using more than 22 billion blocks.<p>The updated version uses 83 billion blocks, with each one representing 25m of …

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World Making Progress Against Hunger, Report Finds, but Large Pockets of Undernourished Persist

Undernourishment has declined in most countries, but food access is still a problem.<p>No one on the planet should go hungry.<p>That's because the world's farmers grow 700 more calories per person than the World Food Programme's daily recommended 2,100 calories—an abundance of plants and animals that …

Hawaiian Volcano Sends Lava Oozing Toward Town, With No Telling When It Will End

An unusual fissure on the volcano's northeast side sends lava opposite the usual direction, toward homes and a highway.<p>Lava from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano is oozing toward a main road. With the flow threatening to isolate about 8,500 people—many of whom rely on the highway to reach their …

Transforming Indonesia’s Manta Fisheries

Changing Planet<p><i>This article is brought to you by the</i> <i>International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP)</i><i>. Read our</i> <i>other articles</i> <i>on the National Geographic News Watch blog featuring the work of our iLCP Fellow Photographers all around the world.</i><p>Text and photos by iLCP Fellow Shawn</b> …

Amid Drought, New California Law Will Limit Groundwater Pumping for First Time

But it won't help right away: The limits on pumping won't kick in before the 2020s.<p>Despite California's reputation as an environmental policy leader, its regulation of groundwater extraction has long been among the weakest in the nation. That changed Tuesday, when California Governor Jerry Brown …

Protecting Antarctic Marine Ecosystems: From Anemones to Whales

Changing Planet<p>Antarctic Anemone, Ross Sea. Photo copyright John Weller.<p>Over the past few years, I’ve written a lot about efforts to create marine protected areas (MPAs) in the Southern Ocean. For someone like me, who works on these issues and studies the Antarctic environment, the justification …

Stayin’ Alive: Baby Mantis Shrimp Use Light to Stay Invisible

Changing Planet<p><b>Young mantis shrimp camouflage themselves by using reflectors that give off opalescent blue-green light to make their eyes invisible to anyone who’s looking, according to a new study.</b><p>Adult mantis shrimp are known for having one of the swiftest strikes in the animal kingdom. Yet their …

Wild Ocean Spaces

Changing Planet<p>Today, with a sense of urgency and some impressive partners, National Geographic’s Pristine Seas project begins a bold new effort to save the last wild places in the oceans (read the full press release). Time for these places is running out. The threats are well-known–overfishing, …

Plan Will Protect 770,000 Square Miles of Ocean, Working With World's Governments

Bill Clinton announces expansion of National Geographic's Pristine Seas effort.<p>NEW YORK—The National Geographic Society announced a major expansion Monday of its campaign to help protect the planet's most species-rich marine areas, with a goal of convincing governments to officially safeguard more …

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UN Climate Summit Signals Shape of Negotiations Around Agreement

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urges more action from heads of state.<p><b>NEW YORK—Speaking to a United Nations climate summit that drew more than a hundred heads of state, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday urged the world's leaders to "do their fair share" to protect the planet by limiting</b> …

Protecting African Elephants: What a Year Can Accomplish

Changing Planet<p>At the Clinton Global Initiative’s Annual Meeting today, the Wildlife Conservation Society reported a number of encouraging gains achieved over the past year in the fight to save Africa’s elephants. Those include the successful <i>96 Elephants</i> campaign in the United States, social media …

Launch brings new technology that could change life in space

A spacecraft that launched early Sunday is transporting a 3-D printer that could change life on the International Space Station.<p>The SpaceX Dragon lifted off from the Kennedy Space Center at 1:52 a.m. ET. It will arrive on Tuesday, bringing other cargo as well, including 20 mice and elements for 255 …

Climate change summit: Global rallies demand action

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1110000/1110133_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1534549347_c4856fd78e3101d6eb25b4c0abddb379<p><b>Street protests demanding urgent action on climate change have attracted hundreds of thousands of marchers in more than 2,000 locations worldwide.</b><p>The …

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Tempers flare during Sierra Leone's Ebola curfew

Sierra Leone's nationwide round-the-clock curfew, designed to halt the spread of the Ebola virus, triggered a clash in the streets Saturday as residents attacked a burial team clad in biohazard suits, forcing them to abandon the bodies and flee.<p>The curfew, in the second of its three days, closed …