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Science Roundup: Swarm Intelligence, Longline Fisheries, and Insect Mating

Some interesting science finds you might have missed this week.<p><b>In the mad rush to cover the grand experiment called science, all kinds of exciting studies fall through the cracks. We've summarized three of the more interesting ones below for your reading pleasure.</b><p>Forge ahead to learn about insect …

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Top 25 Photographs from the Wilderness #16

We are rediscovering that only through sharing will we save this magnificent planet. Social media gives us the ability to share photographs, thoughts, ideas, and knowledge almost instantaneously with powerful effects. A great example of this is National Geographic’s “The Great Nature Project”. This …

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Animal Pharm: What Can We Learn From Nature’s Self-Medicators?

<b>Birds do it. Bees do it. Butterflies and chimpanzees do it.</b><p>These animals and many others self-medicate, using plants and other surprising materials to improve not only their own health but also the health of their offspring.<p>A video of capuchin monkeys at the Edinburgh Zoo shows them rubbing onions …

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How a National Geographic Icon Took On the Cortés Trail – National Geographic Blog

This month marks the anniversary of the fall of the Aztec capital Tenochtitlan—modern-day Mexico City—to the Spanish explorer Hernán Cortés in 1521. Cortés’ journey from Veracruz to Tenochtitlan was a winding route through tropical and mountainous terrain that took the Spaniards across more than …

“Extinct” Pinocchio Lizard Found in Ecuador

<b>It’s no lie—scientists have spotted a lizard with a nose like Pinocchio in an Ecuadorian cloud forest. What’s more, the long-nosed reptile was thought extinct, having been seen only a few times in the past 15 years.</b><p>“It’s hard to describe the feelings of finding this lizard. Finding the Pinocchio …

Cool Gadgets: New Smartphone App for PhotoPlus Expo

This post is the latest in the series Cool Gadgets, which profiles Kike´s selection of machines, inventions, tools, toys and gear in the interest of photographers, travelers and explorers.<p>PDN PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo has announced a new app for iOS, Android and BlackBerry devices …

Real-Life Astronaut Weighs In on ‘Gravity’

Human Journey<p>In the new film <i>Gravity</i>, a spacewalk goes horribly awry. A devastating debris storm leaves two astronauts, Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) and Matt Kowalsky (George Clooney), struggling to survive in space. Audiences and critics love the movie—it’s breaking box office records—but we wanted …

Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #49

Eleven out of 25 of this week’s amazing wild bird photographs came from India. There are almost 7,500 Wild Bird Enthusiasts following the Wild Bird Trust Facebook page in India and our five most popular cities in the world are in India. The Indian SubContinent is a birding paradise with a patchwork …

Mexico’s Secret Beach

I don flippers and a life vest, leave my goggles, smartphone, and camera behind, and line up to dive into the waters off the coast of Mexico’s Marieta Islands.<p>Clusters of people jump off ahead of me — couples, friends, families, all bobbing in the water like Halloween apples. I survey the landscape …

Europe’s Early Settlers Uncovered

Europe’s Stone Age settlers migrated in waves that replaced older hunter-gatherer cultures, suggests a study that looks at European DNA, both ancient and modern. The results reported in the journal, <i>Science</i>, answer questions about the peopling of modern-day Europe.<p>Some of our ancestors hunted wild …

5 Simple Tips for Communicating Science

Many scientists have a bad tendency: they often speak in a way that is incomprehensible to the general public.<p>I know what I am talking about because I am one of them. In our defense, traditional scientific training doesn’t typically prepare us to be effective communicators outside academic circles. …

The Ultimate Travel Destination

I’ve been transcribing two boxes of travel journals I keep stashed under my desk. I’m far from finished (deciphering bus-bounced scrawl on coffee-stained pages takes time), but a clear pattern has emerged. Wherever I was making my entry – geographically or mentally – one key part of the journey …

5 Trickster Animals That Play Dead

Wildlife<p><b>It’s almost Halloween, and the streets will soon be overrun with the undead—carrying trick-or-treat bags, of course.</b><p>But the animal kingdom is full of these tricksters 24/7. Check out five animals that play dead to stay alive.<p><b>A Watery Grave</b><p>Worried about shark attacks? Some experts say that …

Photographing Dolphin Intelligence

This August I had the chance to join National Geographic Photographer Brian Skerry on a 10-day expedition to the Bahamas to photograph wild atlantic spotted dolphins with researcher Denise Herzing.<p>Together, we traveled on a 60-foot catamaran between the island of Bimini and the White Sand Ridge …

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Coffee Around the World

Kenneth Davids is a coffee expert, an author, and a co-founder of Coffee Review, a site that serves as a coffee buyer’s guide. Davids conducts blind, expert cuppings of coffees and reports the finding in 100-point reviews, much like those that exist in the wine industry.<p><b>Some of the advice Davids</b> …

10 Summer Foods to Travel For in the U.S.A.

It’s hard to argue about it: summer is the best time of year when it comes to food. With fruit that tastes like candy, crisp, nourishing greens, and farm-fresh vegetables at your fingertips, it’s easy to pass as a gourmet chef by throwing something fabulous together.<p>My favorite summer food is …

European Parks—Mountains

See photos of the mountain landscapes and wildlife of Europe (including alpine scenery, national parks, and more) in this travel photo gallery from National Geographic.

Banning Lead Ammunition Could Give Condors a Chance

California becomes the first state to require that all hunting ammunition be lead-free.<p><b>California's namesake condors nearly went extinct in the 1980s, and only intensive management and captive breeding efforts brought the birds back from the brink.</b><p>Lead from ammunition remains a major threat to …