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WATCH: Amazing Video Reveals Why Roaches Are So Hard to Squish – Phenomena: Gory Details

Have you ever stomped a roach, just to have it skitter away unscathed?* Or seen one disappear into an impossibly small crack?

Now scientists have figured out how they do that, and the results are terrifying.

The American cockroach (Periplaneta americana, aka “the big ones”) can squeeze through a …

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Around the World in San Francisco

“Do you like fortune cookies?” an elderly Chinese woman named Maggie asks me as I sketch one afternoon.

We’re sitting on a sidewalk bench outside a store specializing in woks, rows of red paper lanterns strung overhead between buildings. On a nearby street corner, a man plays a two-stringed erhu, …

San Francisco Bay Area

A Year in the Wilderness: Followed by Wolves – Week 16, Post 9

There are wolves all around us; scientists estimate there are close to 500 wolf packs in Northern Minnesota. We encounter their tracks almost every day and their ghostly howls often pierce the frigid night air, but we rarely see them. Normally wolves run away when they sense the presence of humans …


What’s Behind That Box of Valentine’s Chocolates?

Valentine’s Day is on the way, and with it—in many parts of the world, at least—a veritable explosion of pink and red hearts, roses, treacly greeting cards and…chocolate! Lots of chocolate. Like, 58 million pounds worth, eaten in just the U.S. alone during Valentine’s week.

(By the way, we don’t …


Getting in Touch With the Belemnites – Phenomena: Laelaps

Fossiling does a body good. At least that’s what I told myself as I tied my boots and pulled a slicker over my shoulders to shield myself from the drizzle coming down on the stretch of Charmouth shoreline. The cold I had been fighting since I left London called for bedrest, not soaking myself on …

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That moment when a 6 foot tall dorsal fin of an orca slices through the water as it descends towards you and your boat. That is the time when you place your snorkel in your mouth, grab an underwater camera and quietly slip over the edge of the zodiac into the slightly cool waters of northern Norway. Something in your gut tells you that you might be foolish for meeting this great species face to face but rationale is overrated when you put your trust and faith in the most intelligent top predator on this planet. With @cristinamittermeier @goranehlme and @hannestrager for @sea_lebacy #NHK_Denmark #orca #norway #adventure #gratitude #followme #tagforlikes

@TimLaman photo. Magic light in the woods after a fresh snow at Walden Pond, after the storm this past Saturday morning. #WaldenPondProject, #WaldenPond, #WinterWonderland, #Massachusetts, #HenryDavidThoreau, #NewEngland, @thephotosociety, @NatGeoCreative.

How to Protect Yourself Against the Zika Virus

In the wake of reports of outbreaks in Latin America and the Caribbean, the World Health Organization now believes that the mosquitoes that spread the Zika virus, Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus—the same species that transmit dengue and chikungunya—will eventually make their way to all nations …

Zika Virus

Tragedy in an Instant, Photographed for a Lifetime

“I will continue to photograph, film, and document major points in Saleh’s life for as long as he continues to welcome me into his world. Our lives have woven together, and Saleh’s indomitable spirit continues to inspire me every day.”—Deanne Fitzmaurice

On November 11, 2003, when I was a staff …


Need to Punch Some Holes In Mars Rocks? Practice Here. – Phenomena: No Place Like Home

Not all rocks are created equal. It’s a mundane but inescapable fact that turns out to be particularly problematic if you’re designing a drill for a robot that will be poking holes in Mars.

But who really worries about such things? A team at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where the newest Mars …

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10 Essential Accessories for the Drone Traveler

The latest in the Drones and Small Unmanned Aerial Systems Special Series, in which Kike profiles interesting information, research and thoughts on using drones, UAVs and remotely piloted vehicles for journalism and photography.

As the sUAV industry keeps on growing, drones are becoming ubiquitous …


@TimLaman photo. Walden Pond, the morning after the storm. Yesterday morning at the partially frozen Walden Pond after a snowfall. For those of you who live in the warm parts of the world where it never snows, it may be hard to understand, but there is something incredibly beautiful about a sunny morning after a fresh snowfall. #WaldenPond, #Massachusetts, #WinterWonderland, #reflections, #HenryDavidThoreau, #NewEngland, @thephotosociety, @NatGeoCreative. Follow my #WaldenPondProject on my feed @TimLaman.

Surgeons, masquerading as flight attendants, in sync. @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety #mirrors #surgicalmask #flightattendant #flightsafetydemonstration #insync #nottheboyband #isthisreallyhappening #onboard #plane #kiev #ukraine @ Boryspil International Airport

Photo by @TimLaman. Outtake from my upcoming @NatGeo story on Wild Orangutans and their plight. An adult male Sumatran Orangutan taking a mid-day rest in the Batang Toru Forest of Sumatra. Sumatran orangutans are the most threatened of the two species, with less than 7000 remaining in the wild! #EndangeredSpecies, #orangutan, #Sumatra, #Indonesia, @thephotosociety, @natgeocreative, #IndonesiaBiodiversity

How the landscape of life should be -- toys, strewn across the floor while on layover in the Kiev international departure terminal. @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety #Kiev #Ukraine #airport #toys #cleanuplater #joy #intransit #shadows #sun #red #colors #life @ Boryspil International Airport

Wyoming’s Proposed Mountain Lion Trapping Bill Contradicts Science

This January, a bill called HB0012 was introduced in the Wyoming legislature that, if passed, would allow any person with a valid hunting license to kill a mountain lion using a trap or snare. This bill is not based on valid science, and the negative consequences for mountain lions, other wildlife, …


In Bali, Bamboo Architecture Offers Model for a Sustainable Future

BALI, Indonesia—How do you build a future out of grass? On the Indonesian island of Bali, one organization has set out to do just that. Ibuku, an architecture and furniture design firm based outside of Denpasar, Bali’s capital, is using Dendrocalamus asper bamboo—or petung in Balinese—to construct …


A humpback whale throws its tail high in the air as it descends to gather a mouthful of herring in the fjords of northern Norway. As of yesterday, the whales have headed south so we too shall head south, back to #Canada. We could not be more excited about the visual assets we have gathered for @sea_legacy. Thank you @HanneStrager and @goranehlme for such a fun and successful expedition. Much more to follow. With @cristinamittermeier @frederikwolffteglhus @goranehlme @sea_legacy

A humpback whale lunges through a ball of herring, using the surface and gravity to send the nutritious fish into the back of its cavernous mouth. Our time in the northern Norway is coming to a close and we now look forward to the next expedition with @sea_legacy in British Columbia. Please follow us on our journey as we work towards marine conservation. With @cristinamittermeier, @goranehlme, @NHM_Denmark.

Protecting Nicaragua’s Natural Paradise for Jaguars and Other Wildlife

Bosawás Biosphere Reserve in northeastern Nicaragua is home to extraordinary natural areas and abundant wildlife. Covering close to 20,000 square kilometers, the reserve features more than 300 types of trees, at least 368 bird species (representing close to half of all the birds found in the …


Anyone else in #PortOfSpain #Trinidad for #Carnival2016? #Erzuli the #LaDiablesse at #TraditionalMas, played by @traceysankar. The character, also known as a Devil Woman, roams at night with eyes like burning coals and a face like a corpse, but hides it under a beautiful wide-brimmed hat with often with a veil over her face. She is dressed exquisitely in a blouse with puffy sleeves and long, petticoated, skirts. She has one cloven foot, which she tries to hide under her long skirts. She turns up at village dances, where she charms the men and then asks one of them to take her home. She leads the unfortunate soul deep into the woods and then suddenly she disappears. Unable to find his way home, the man stumbles around in the dark woods until he either falls into a ravine or a river to his death or gets attacked by wild hogs. #truelove on assignment for @natgeotravel

I’ve Got Your Missing Links Right Here (6 February 2016) – Phenomena: Not Exactly Rocket Science

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“You are worthy”: Melissa Wilson Sayres’ wonderful letter to students, on the subject of harassment.

Beautifully written piece on how body clocks affect our …

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Hidden Epidemic of Fatal Infections Linked to Heart Surgeries – Phenomena: Germination

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Lower #RuthGlacier, #DenaliNationalPark, Alaska. From my feature in this month's @natgeo magazine. The silt that gathered on the surface of this part of the glacier made it feel like we were walking through a soft edged charcoal drawing.

Smells like pine in here. #sawdust

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What Travelers Need to Know About the Zika Virus

Latin America and the Caribbean are in the early stages of a rapidly developing health crisis that may pose a dire threat to people all over the world, but you would never guess it after talking with travelers who have trips to the region already booked.

As I spoke with colleagues who are soon to …

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To Prevent Zika Birth Defects, CDC Suggests Abstinence – Phenomena: Germination

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has responded to the discovery that Zika virus can be transmitted sexually, recommending that if pregnant women’s partners have traveled to areas where the virus is circulating, they either rigorously use condoms, or abstain from sex til the pregnancy …


Inés, from Oaxaca, Mexico, sweeps up leaves and trash in a McDonald's parking lot in Santa Monica, CA. @runa_photos, @natgeo, @panospictures, @thephotosociety