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I Heart My National Park: Cuyahoga Valley

Many people are surprised when they hear that there’s a full-blown national park in northeastern Ohio, smack-dab between the urban centers of Cleveland and Akron.<p>Crisscrossed by roads and freeways, encompassing towns, private attractions, and city parks, <b>Cuyahoga Valley National Park</b> is hardly …

National Parks

People Sometimes Like Stinky Things—Here’s Why

<i>Updated September 30, 2015</i><p>A corpse flower smells like a heady mix of rotten fish, sewage, and dead bodies. It’s a stench meant to draw flies, but just as surely, it draws tourists. Braving a blustery Chicago night, thousands of people lined up Tuesday for a whiff of a corpse flower named Alice at …

Biosecurity Protects Islands

Wildlife<p>Without island biosecurity pests will rapidly recolonize islands from which they have been eradicated, or worse still colonise islands for the first time. Only with a rigorous audited biosecurity programme can pest-free status be maintained. The gold standard in New Zealand is Nature …

The Scoop on Real Sugar, Fake Sugar, and No Sugar

Most scientists agree these days that artificial sweeteners have been unfairly maligned, but they are far from perfect substitutes for the sugar we crave.<p>An article by pediatrician Aaron Carroll of Indiana University in this week’s <i>New York Times</i> lays it on the line when it comes to the health …

Diabetes

I’ve Got Your Missing Links Right Here (01 August 2015)

<b>Top picks</b><p>A new illness or mass hysteria? The village in Kazakhstan where people fall asleep for days. Incredible story by Sarah Topol.<p>One of the big myths: scientists know how drugs work. By Carolyn Johnson<p>Hospital checklists are meant to save lives — so why do they often fail? By Emily …

A glimpse of Kuanzhai Alley in Chengdu[1]

The Kuanzhai Alley is often praised as the name card of Chengdu, capital of Southwest China's Sichuan province. Composed of three ancient streets of …

China

The 5 Best Sports Bras for Size D/DD

The Best of Your Shot: Eight Awesome Animal Photos

<i>Every day at National Geographic, our photo editors look through somewhere between 4,000 and 8,000 images that are uploaded to our photo community, Your Shot. Of those images, 12 are selected to shine in what we call the Daily Dozen. And from those photos, only one is chosen. And by chosen, I mean</i> …

Sri Lanka

Honoring the Men and Women Who are at the Frontlines of Conservation

Changing Planet<p>On World Ranger Day, we laud the men and women who risk their lives to protect wildlife and wild places around the world.<p>Park rangers, also known as ecoguards in some parts of the world such as Central Africa, are often the sole representatives of the law when civil strife breaks out …

50 Ironmans in 50 Days in 50 States

Triathlete and father of five completes epic endurance challenge.<p>James Lawrence, a 39-year-old triathlon coach and personal trainer, set out on a grueling endurance challenge on June 6 in Hawaii: to complete 50 Ironman-distance events in 50 states in 50 consecutive days. He succeeded, finishing his …

The Scapin Spektro is a Crazy Light Mountain Bike

This hardtail 29er with a strong personality is ready to float up the trail<p>The claimed weight on the Scapin Spektro’s monocoque carbon frame is 980 grams for a size medium. That’s lighter than many top-end carbon road frames. Yep, this hardtail 29er’s M.O. is clear: to climb really fast. And it’s …

Cave Art May Show What Happened to Giant Lemurs

Changing Planet<p>Until now, Madagascar did not even make the list of regions around the world with prehistoric cave art. But recently, faint charcoal sketches of animals, humans, mythical creatures, and enigmatic symbols were discovered by Roger Randalana and his staff of rangers as they explored the …

Lemurs

5 Easy Ways to Soothe Your Aching Feet

Treat your pedal pushers right to prevent numbness, pain and hot spots<p>Cycling isn’t as hard on your feet as, say, running, but that’s not to say our sport is always foot-pain free—especially once you get into longer distances, where swelling and pressure can add up to seriously aching dogs. Foot …

What the River Knows: Bagmati River, Nepal

Changing Planet<p><i>In this series, “What the River Knows,” by Basia Irland, the artist and water activist writes from the perspective of each river, using the first person. Installments are published in Water Currents every other week on Mondays. The first post is about the Ping River in Chiang Mai,</i> …

That Fatty Taste, Like Pluto, May Have a Hard Time Earning Respect

In the last few weeks, there’s been a slew of headlines announcing fat as the newest taste scientists have discovered in our palate. A new study in the journal <i>Chemical Senses</i> suggests that people can in fact distinguish the taste from the other five—sweet, salty, sour, bitter, and umami. But is …

Nutrition