Joshua Zaagsma

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What People Around the World Dream About

An atlas of the subconscious, from Tijuana to Reykjavik<p>The first thing I learned is: Everybody flies.<p>Consider the surly taxi driver I met in Ukraine who, when asked what he dreamed of at night, responded, “I jump and then I fly—higher than the trees, higher than the trolley wires.”<p>“I think when I …

Great Family Trips: New Orleans

TravelIntelligent Travel<p>The family vacation, like the concept of family itself, has evolved. Kids are traveling with grandma or a single parent or an indulgent uncle (or all three). However you define your kin, this Southern itinerary is all relative.<p><b>> Why Go:</b><p><b>Bourbon Street</b> may be restricted to 21 …

28 Of The Best Slow Cooked Pulled Pork Recipes

Winter may be over, but there's nothing like getting the slow cooker going on a cool spring day. And the perfect companion to this kitchen appliance? …

China shocks world by genetically engineering human embryos

Critics warned that China was becoming the ‘Wild West’ of genetic research<p>China has been ordered to ‘rein in’ scientists who have edited the DNA of human embryos for the first time, a practice banned in Europe.<p>In a world’s first, researchers at the Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou confirmed they …

Spots make praying mantis fumble its attack

The praying mantis prefers to attack the eyespots on butterfly wings, rather than their bodies, report scientists.<p><i>Bicyclus anynana</i> butterflies change …

Dark matter may not be completely 'dark' after all, say scientists

A clump of dark matter appears to be lagging behind its galaxy suggesting it is interacting with something else...but what?<p>Dark matter may be having an even bigger impact on the Universe than previously thought, after scientists found the first signs that it interacts with something other than …

7 Photos of Diving Among Humpbacks in Tonga

Changing Planet<p>Each year, in the Austral winter, humpback whales make one of the longest journeys of any mammal on earth: They travel some 5,000 miles from the cold waters of Antarctica—where they feed during the Austral summer—to the warm waters of Tonga, where they give birth and rest.<p>Humans, …

The Best Thru-Hikes for 2015 (That Aren't the PCT)

If you’re thinking about tackling the Appalachian or Pacific Crest Trails this year, you might want to revise your plans. The Appalachian Trail Conservancy, which monitors the AT, is expecting record numbers of thru-hikers this year, thanks to the popularity of movies featuring thru-hikes, like <i>Wild</i> …

Why Conservation Tourism Matters

TravelIntelligent Travel<p>First, they fell in love with each other—then with the fauna of Africa.<p>National Geographic explorers-in-residence <b>Dereck and Beverly Joubert</b> have spent the past three decades captivating audiences with their rare footage and photographs of big cats.<p>Now, they’re taking aim at …

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Beyond the Car-Size Stingray: Five Cool Facts About Rays and Skates

Weird Animal Question of the Week<p>Some stingrays are electric, while others have see-through noses and concrete-like teeth.<p>Earlier this month, scientists in Thailand's Mae Klong River reeled in a massive stingray—possibly the world's largest freshwater fish—as well as a whole lot of reader curiosity.<p>…

Fish

Tequila’s Savior May Be the ‘Bat Man’ of Mexico

The Plate<p>For the last 20 years, scientist Rodrigo Medellin has worked to protect a particular endangered species of bat that just might help protect something else in danger – your tequila.<p>Growing up in Mexico City, Medellin always knew he wasn’t like other children. His first word was “flamingo.” …

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Healthy Recipe: Gluten- and Sugar-Free Banana Bread

Somewhere, in a quiet corner of Malibu, California, guests at the legendary wellness spa Ranch at Live Oak are tucking into a divine, healthy meal made from fresh, wholesome ingredients. Now, with the just-released <i>The Ranch at Live Oak Cookbook</i>, you can bring the magic of the resort home with you. …

Raw Chocolate Mousse - Healthy Recipe, Ellary's Greens in NYC

I've had all sorts of "healthy" chocolate mousse, and they're not all created equal. Coconut-oil-based recipes are delicious but have way too much saturated fat for my liking. Avocado-based recipes (while satisfyingly creamy) often tasted way too much of avocado and not enough of chocolate. But …

Dessert

Strange Fossil Filter Feeder Was an Ancient Survivor

Science & InnovationLaelaps<p>Paleontologist Jakob Vinther pointed to a rust-colored boulder sitting on the black lab table. “What do you think that is?”, he asked. I hadn’t a clue. I was used to looking at bones – often really big saurian bones – and I couldn’t pick out any endoskeletal signs in the …

In Animal Kingdom, Blood Comes in a Rainbow of Colors

Weird & Wild<p>Blood isn't always red—evolution has given rise to a variety of hues.<p>Society elites aren't the only blue bloods. Several species of octopus have blue, rather than red, fluid running through their veins.<p>The blue comes from a copper-rich protein called hemocyanin, which carries oxygen …

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Our Plastic Ocean

Changing Planet<p>The world’s oceans are overflowing with plastic. Every year, around eight millions tons of plastic is unceremoniously dumped into our oceans (Lauren Parker, National Geographic, 2015). Plastic is an everyday part of life on earth, and I challenge you to spend a day where you don’t …