Sharon Sandheinrich

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Pope Francis meets with YouTube creators to 'promote empathy'

As part of the VI Scholas World Congress, the Catholic Pope has for the first time met with a bunch of YouTube creators for the purpose of promoting empathy.<p>The 11 creators were from 10 different countries around the world, and have 27 million subscribers between them. Louise Pentland of the UK, …

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The Powerful Picture That Changed a Girl’s Life

<i>Editors note: This story was updated on March 19 to provide more context on the use of agrochemicals in Argentina.</i><p>*****<p>Aixa Ponce Cano was born in the small town of Avia Terai in rural Argentina with tumors on her back and moles covering her body. Her mother, like most other people in Avia Terai, …

Is Travel Insurance Worth the Cost?

<i>National Geographic Traveler</i> editor at large <b>Christopher Elliott</b> is the magazine’s consumer advocate and ombudsman. Over the past 15 years he has helped countless readers fix their trips.<p><b>Here’s his latest advice:</b><p><b>Reader Question:</b> My friend had a heart attack while vacationing. He had to be medevaced …

Insider’s Guide to County Kerry

TravelIntelligent Travel<p><b>Kerry</b> is the most westerly county in Ireland, with Brooklyn, New York, jokingly referred to as “the neighboring parish.” But its people don’t think of it as remote. For them, the rest of the world is to be pitied for being remote from Kerry.<p>> What to Do<p><b>The Skelligs</b>, by far …

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What the Real Irish Eat on St. Patrick’s Day

Ready for another round of watery green beer and corned beef with limp cabbage? Me, neither. St. Patrick’s Day doesn’t have to be all about bad food. In fact, the quality of Irish food is on the rise as more people are beginning to discover the island nation has much more to offer than cliches.<p>For …

Tune in: LIVE Twitter Chat With Explorer Paul Rose

Wildlife<p>Since 2009, National Geographic’s Pristine Seas project has been working to help protect some of the wildest places in the ocean. From the freezing Arctic to remote islands in the pacific to wild African coastlines, the team has conducted expeditions to 12 of the most remote, untouched …

Mountaineering’s Top Award Winners Announced—Including Rock Climbers Caldwell, Honnold

Three teams of climbers, including Americans Tommy Caldwell and Alex Honnold, will be honored with a Piolet d’Or, mountaineering’s highest award, during the ceremony that is scheduled to take place April 9 to 12 in Chamonix, France, and Courmayeur, Italy.<p>“I’ve always joked that if I won a Piolet …

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Sciencespeak: Whale Pump

Whales can poop almost anywhere they want. They have the entire ocean to relieve themselves in, so most of the planet can theoretically be their toilet. Yet, despite having a near-universal lavatory pass, cetaceans often relieve themselves near the surface. In the words of marine biologists Joe …

Small, Shrinking Mercury Is a Planetary Space Oddity

Mercury is more than just a dead, roasted chunk of rock. In fact, the solar system’s smallest planet is proving to be surprisingly lively. Well, not in the sense that anything actually lives there, though scientists don’t discount the possibility that some of Mercury’s nooks and crannies could help …

Never, Ever Interrupt Mating Giant Tortoises

Changing Planet<p>Run like shell. (Photo by Neil Gelinas)<p>At 183 years old, Jonathan the Aldabra tortoise is the oldest known living animal in the world, and I’ve just had an unexpected encounter with one of his younger relatives here on Assumption Island.<p>I’ve come as leader of the National Geographic …

Pitcairn Islands Become World’s Largest Single Marine Reserve

Changing Planet<p>With bright colors and crazy teeth, this Titan triggerfish was one of the most memorable characters encountered on the Pristine Seas Pitcairn Expedition. (Photo by Enric Sala/National Geographic)<p>Today the U.K. government announced the creation of the world’s largest contiguous marine …

Darwin’s “Strangest” Beast Finds Place on Tree

“<i>Toxodon</i> is perhaps one of the strangest animals ever discovered,” wrote Charles Darwin, a man who was no stranger to strangeness. He first encountered the creature in Uruguay on November 26th, 1834. “Having heard of some giant’s bones at a neighbouring farm-house…, I rode there accompanied by my …

Eat This, Not That: Taboos and Pregnancy

Food taboos are as universal as food. It stands to reason then that they have helped us through the years in our efforts to avoid killing ourselves. As it turns out, some of the most fascinating food taboos dovetail with another basic human desire–reproduction.<p>All around the world, there are all …

Carnivorous Croc Cousin Stalked the Triassic Carolinas

Science & InnovationLaelaps<p>Movies have teasers. Books have sample chapters. And for fossils, there are photos of “unnamed taxa” in presentations and figures shared in hushed corner conversations.<p>At paleo conferences held over the past few years, I kept seeing glimpses of a strange fossil animal …

8 Spring Gear Essentials

Spring is a time of renewal, regeneration, and rebuilding. And while that traditionally means getting to work on shedding the layers of fat you might have acquired for your long winter of hibernation, it also extends to the spirit, too: Sometimes a new daypack or pair of sunnies is just what it …

Ethiopia Burns Entire 6.1-Ton Ivory Stockpile

Changing Planet<p><b>ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia —</b> At a ceremony today in the capital, Ethiopia burned its entire 6.1-ton ivory stockpile. The event was held at the Gulele Botanical Garden, close to the headquarters of the Ethiopian Wildlife Conservation Authority (EWCA), where the ivory had been stored.<p>Deputy …

Sniffing Out What’s ‘Edible,’ Legal in Marijuana Dining

Last fall I received a media invitation to a cooking demonstration. Nothing strange there: A charismatic chef advocated using the best locally grown ingredients to an enthusiastic audience reaching for samples of tomato soup, grilled cheese sandwiches, and truffle popcorn.<p>But this demo came with a …

I Heart My City (in the Spring)

Spring is upon us (at least for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere), and we’re embracing it with open arms by highlighting seasonal must-dos from our amazing I Heart My City community.<p><b>From music festivals to flower shows, beaches to wineries, here are 20 ways to make the most of the next few</b> …

Book in Brief: The Antarctic Dive Guide

I’m not going diving in the Antarctic anytime soon. I’ve averse to cold, I haven’t reupped by PADI certification since I was 16, and, frankly, I don’t have the cash to get there. But, all the same, I’m glad Princeton University Press sent me a copy of Lisa Eareckson Kelley’s <i>The Antarctic Dive Guide</i>.<p>…

6 Stand-Out National Wildlife Refuges

America’s national parks get plenty of laudatory ink, but what about its wildlife refuges?<p>As the name suggests, these wild sanctuaries were created to safeguard the habitats native animals need to survive and thrive in an ever developing world. Together, they protect 150 million acres of land and …

Fifty Shades of Grey Star Jamie Dornan Wants You to Know He Isn't Really a Sick Psychopath

Susan Meiselas—Magnum Photos<p>Susan Meiselas—Magnum Photos<p>Susan Meiselas—Magnum Photos<p>Susan Meiselas—Magnum Photos<p>Donna Ferrato<p>Donna Ferrato<p>Bruce …

Now You Can Own a Piece of Disney's Magic Kingdom

Disney; Imeh Akpanudosen—WireImage<p>Disney; Imeh Akpanudosen—WireImage<p>Disney; Todd Williamson—Invision/AP<p>Disney; Brian Dowling—PictureGroup/AP<p>Disney; …

The World's Water Supply Could Dip Sharply in 15 Years

Global water resources may soon meet only 60% of the world’s water demands, the United Nations warned in a dire new report.<p>The World Water …

5 Things to Know on World Down Syndrome Day

Illustration by Peter Oumanski for TIME<p>Illustration by Peter Oumanski for TIME<p>Illustration by Peter Oumanski for TIME<p>Illustration by Peter Oumanski …

There's New Evidence About How Life on Earth Began

How did life on Earth start? Did it emerge from the primordial ooze as is popularly believed, or did it land here from a comet or some other …

What Starbucks Can Learn About Race From Chipotle

“Must a cup, or bag, suffer an existence that is limited to just one humble purpose, defined merely by its simple function?” an obscure philosopher …