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Jasmine’s Mumbai

Born-and-bred Mumbaikar <b>Jasmine Desai</b> is a technology journalist — and, like the subject she covers, her city is constantly changing. Though she’s the first to admit it’s not the “relatively quiet place” it once was, there’s a method to the madness…if you know what to look for. “No place is as …

Spring Means Crawfish Boils in Louisiana

Changing Planet<p><b>Why do Louisianans eat these weird looking things?</b><p>It isn’t spring in Louisiana without an inaugural crawfish boil. Crawfish (not <i>crayfish</i>) season spans from March to June. Louisiana spring festivities are marked with Crawfish. I can’t imagine Easter and May graduation parties without …

Hundreds of Rare Pig-Nosed Turtles Rescued at Airport

Illegally traded reptiles were destined for Europe or Asia, authorities say.<p><b>Nearly 700 endangered pig-nosed turtles were confiscated at Soekarno-Hatta airport in Jakarta, Indonesia, on March 15, according to news reports.</b><p><b>Awen Supranata, the head of the Jakarta Natural Resources Center, believes the</b> …

Photo Tips: How to Shoot the Cherry Blossoms

Photographers, charge your batteries and clear your memory cards! The cherry blossoms are nearing peak bloom along the Tidal Basin in Washington, D.C., and we know you’re dying to get that perfect shot.<p>The <b>National Cherry Blossom Festival</b> kicked off on March 20, but due to a belated spring, the …

New Research: Marine Reserves Can Stoke Local Economies

Wildlife<p>Pierre-Yves Cousteau comes face to face with a dusky grouper in Cabrera Archipelago National Park (Parque Nacional del Archipielago de Cabrera) in Spain. Photo by Enric Sala/National Geographic<p>On April 3, 2013, National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Enric Sala and a team of colleagues …

Watch Comet Glide by Galaxy this Week

Changing Planet<p>Over the course of the next few nights this week two cosmic superstars will appear to glide by each other in our Earthly skies. Skywatchers are reporting already seeing comet Pan-STARRS approaching the iconic Andromeda Galaxy (M31). The two objects will appear to be at their closest …

The Orizaba Traverse: 230 Miles of Biking, Climbing, and Packrafting in Mexico

<i>Jim Harris is currently on a National Geographic Expeditions Council assignment with Gregg Treinish to look for wolverine DNA evidence in Mongolia. Read updates on the expedition here.</i><p>Windmilling his kayak paddle into the pushy breeze, Luc Mehl, 34, pulls onto the sandbar at the mouth of Mexico’s …

Shark-Tooth Weapons Reveal "Lost" Shark Species

Early Pacific Islanders' weapons used teeth from sharks no longer found there.<p><b>Shark-tooth weapons once used for warfare in the Central Pacific have revealed two locally extinct shark species, a new study says.</b><p>Historical records show that natives of the Gilbert Islands (map), now part of the country …

Top 10 Headlines Today: Closed Multiverse Portal, Lost Shark Species…

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Searching for the Wolverines of Mongolia

Wildlife<p>Where would you go to track down the largest weasel known to man, the wolverine? Don’t forget to take into consideration its sharp teeth and claws, its fierce hunting abilities, and its propensity for remote environments.<p>National Geographic grantee Gregg Trenish and his team decided to …

The Continental Divide Trail: Hiking the Spine of the United States

Have you ever considered quitting your job and hitting the trail for something like, say, 3,100 miles? Sounds like a pretty extreme backpacking trip, huh? My coworker, Peter Sustr, just left Outdoor Industry Association to tackle the Continental Divide Trail, a fabled route that follows the spine …

Hyper-Local Tours in NYC

Having recently played “tourist” in my own hometown (see previous post), I felt inspired to explore more of New York from an out-of-towner’s perspective. I’ve already done the Circle Line cruise, all the major museums, a city bus tour, and even a bike trip through Harlem, so I was looking for a new …

How Long Until a Drone of Your Own?

Changing Planet<p><b>By Donta Jackson</b><p>I met my first drone playing Call Of Duty: Black Ops. In the game, you can control one of these unmanned flying vehicles to hover and fire missiles to destroy enemy territory. In real life we also associate drones with death from above. The news constantly reminds us …

Follow the Curious Traveler’s Road to Wellness

<b>Curiosity.</b> It’s why the first explorers set sail, why people built rockets to the moon, and what moves each and every one of us to travel.<p>That’s why we’re sending our <b>Curious Traveler</b>, Shannon Switzer, on a quest to uncover off-the-beaten-path places and experiences that rejuvenate mind, body, and …

Tadpole Sees Through Eyeball on Its Tail

Wildlife<p><b>A rose by any other name would smell as sweet—but does an eye in any other place see as sharply? The answer may be yes—a finding that could help people with blindness or other eye disorders, a new study says.</b><p>Recent experiments show that tadpoles bred with eyes surgically implanted in their …

Berlin Unexploded Bomb Shines Light on Buried Threat

An unexploded World War II bomb discovered this week is the tip of the iceberg.<p><b>Berlin traffic ground to a halt on Wednesday after a bomb was discovered 20 feet from a train track near the city's main station. Hundreds of people were evacuated from nearby hotels and apartments, schools in the area</b> …

EPA Proposes Clean Air Measures for Gasoline, Finalizes MATS Rules

Changing Planet<p>The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Friday announced its proposed Tier 3 rules, which would reduce allowable amounts of sulfur in gasoline and help automobiles’ catalytic converters capture more pollutants. The new measures would reduce sulfur in gasoline by more than …

Fact Checking 6 Persistent Science Conspiracy Theories

Conspiracy theories that are easily debunked by science still persist.<p><b>Conspiracy theories are as American as apple pie. A national poll released this week by Public Policy Polling (PPP) found that some popular conspiracy theories in the United States have persisted for years, like the belief that a</b> …

Shedd Aquarium’s Queen Conch Study—A Holistic Approach to Counting an Endangered Marine Invertebrate

Wildlife<p><b>This, my second article highlighting current field research initiatives of Chicago’s</b> <b>Shedd Aquarium</b><b>, is a look at one of the two most important fisheries in the Bahamian Archipelago—and efforts to address the decline of a shellfish population that has been harvested since Pre-Columbian times.</b><p>…

Top 10 Headlines Today: Real Lord of the Rings, Scientists Read Your Dreams…

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Four Two-Headed Creatures Defy the Odds

Wildlife<p>We recently covered a two-headed bull shark fetus that was found by a fisherman and described by scientists in a journal. That story got more than ninety comments and more than four thousand Facebook likes, and it got us thinking about what other two-headed creatures might have been …

Revisiting My Teenage Crush on Jurassic Park (and Getting the Scoop on the Movie’s Dinos)

Wildlife<p>In 1993, as a dinosaur-obsessed 13-year-old, I saw <i>Jurassic Park</i> in surround sound—the first movie released with the technology. For months I’d anticipated the film: reading fan magazines, making clay dinosaurs, and of course rereading Michael Crichton’s best-selling novel.<p>This week, nearly …

Oil Spill Spotlights Keystone XL Issue: Is Canadian Crude Worse?

An Arkansas pipeline spill is focusing new attention on a question that may be decisive in the Keystone XL debate: Is oil from Canada’s tar sands more damaging than conventional crude?<p>David Hatfield, an Arkansas wildlife photographer and minister, rose before dawn on Monday and headed to Lake …

The Simple Truth About Good Composition

<b>Reader Question:</b> What is meant by good composition and how do I achieve it?<p><b>My Answer:</b> Tip No. 1: Don’t constantly put subjects in the middle of the frame. Whether it is the horizon in a landscape or a person in a portrait, dead center is rarely the best place to put them in a picture because it …

Did the Real T. Rex Resemble the One in Jurassic Park?

Scientists know much more about Tyrannosaurus rex than they did 20 years ago.<p><i>Part of our weekly "In Focus" series-stepping back, looking closer.</i><p><b>No dinosaur is more cherished than Tyrannosaurus rex. The Cretaceous king of the tyrants epitomizes the size, ferocity, and bizarre nature of dinosaurs</b> …

Landmark Cooperation Brings the Colorado River Home

Wildlife<p>In most years, little water makes it past Morelos Dam just south of the U.S.-Mexico border, which leaves the Colorado River and its delta dry. Photo by Cheryl Zook/National Geographic<p><i>This post is part of a series on the Colorado River Delta.</i><p>Standing at Morelos Dam, the last in the long line …