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In the Agulhas

Human Journey<p><i>On board with Lindblad Expeditions Southern Africa and Indian Ocean tour.</i><p>March 27, 2015 – The Agulhas current flows down the east coast of Africa from the north. It’s described as “narrow, swift, and strong” on our briefing material aboard <i>National Geographic Orion.</i> As it reaches the …


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My Favorite Place in Northern Ireland: Giant’s Causeway

One usually gets to the <b>Giant’s Causeway</b> by way of Bushmills. It doesn’t hurt that there’s a distillery in the village that makes that great Irish whiskey.<p>I’d driven north from Belfast on narrow roads that stitch the Irish hills together like an old quilt. Somewhere in County Antrim I encountered a …


Bombing Range Is National Example for Wildlife Conservation

Changing Planet<p>Walking through a wildlife underpass from Nokuse Plantation to Eglin Air Force base feels like traveling back in time.<p>On the one side is Nokuse: a 54,000-acre private conservation property and site of the largest private longleaf pine restoration project in the world. While there are …


Introducing Germination: Diseases, Drugs, Farms, and Food

When I was a kid, my favorite part of school wasn’t class — even though I loved studying, and liked showing off what I knew. It wasn’t the uniforms, though my boarding school’s dresses and blazers, and shoes for indoor and outdoor games, were a puzzle that came together differently every time. And …

Public Health

Mexico’s Unknown Cities: Naucalpan and Ecatepec

Changing Planet<p>Mexico City’s Distrito Federal is the nation’s largest urban administrative unit. Of the 22 million residents of the metro area, 8.8 million live in the D.F. If you were to ask most Mexicans what the country’s “second city,” the runner-up in terms of population, most would likely …

Mexico City

Easter Chicks Are Adorable Salmonella-Spreaders

They’re so cute. They’re so fluffy. And they <b></b>just might make you sick.<p>They’re baby chicks: those enchanting balls of fuzz that, with the arrival of spring, will soon begin populating the garages and backyards of small-scale farmers and urban locavores—and, this weekend, will be perched on top of …

Environmental Health

Easter Chicks: Cute, Fluffy, and Probably Bad For You

In the United States—and for that matter in much of the world—the foodborne disease <i>Salmonella</i> is a major public health problem. Here, it causes an estimated 1 million cases every year. We tend to think of those cases, and most foodborne illness, as minor episodes of needing to stay close to the …

Environmental Health