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Unraveling the hidden secrets of Chicago's Pedway

For years, I was mostly proud of my Chicago living skills.<p>I have Lower Wacker Drive down pat. I know of several spots near cultural or shopping venues where you can park on the street for free. And no, I will not share.<p>But there is one crucial goal that eluded me, one Chicago nut I never …

Horse And Tiny Pit Bull Have The Most Adorable Game Of Tug Of War

This writer is a New Yorker with wanderlust. She loves good food, music, the beach, and storytelling.<p>We can learn a lot from animals, especially when …

The Working Dog’s Pastoral

It’s almost impossible for me to introduce this story without acknowledging just how much I love dogs. When I saw photographer Andrew Fladeboe’s stunning portraits of farm and sheep dogs in Norway and New Zealand, I was hooked. Since technology and industry have changed the way we work, animals are …

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10 Keys to Being a Good Photographer

Human Journey<p><b>Training:</b><p>Although photography is considered an art, and many people are born with the skills and talent to achieve good photographs, training in any field is essential. As David Griffin, the Director of Photography at National Geographic said in a speech in Washington, <i>nowadays everyone</i> …

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How Did Porcupine Repel 17 Lions? Explaining Viral Video

A zookeeper explains how the rodent defended itself against the big cats.<p>When the going gets tough, the prickly get going—especially in the case of a plucky porcupine that recently fended off 17 lions in South Africa's Londolozi Game Reserve.<p>In late October, wildlife guide Lucien Beaumont came …

24 Dogs Making the Most Hilarious Faces

Oh, dogs – so expressive! Anyone who thinks they don’t have feelings or personalities has no idea what kind of entertainment they’re missing out …

Paleontologist Finds Dinosaur Paradise, Including First Dino Known to Swim

Nizar Ibrahim scoured the deserts of northern Africa to paint the most complete picture of a mid-Cretaceous ecosystem ever described.<p><i>Editor's note: Nizar Ibrahim is one of National Geographic's 2014 Emerging Explorers, which honors tomorrow's visionaries—those making discoveries, making a</i> …

Whale Encounters in Arctic Svalbard

Changing Planet<p>Whales came close to being extirpated from the waters around Svalbard after Europeans harvested them for three centuries for blubber and baleen. One species, the bowhead, also known as the Greenland right whale, was reduced from perhaps 50,000 to fewer than a hundred individuals in …

4 Videos: Threatened Birds Face Polar Bears, Poop-Sniffing Reporters

Changing Planet<p><b>As National Geographic this week presents a special series on the plight of threatened bird species around the world, Winged Warnings, we highlight some of our most recent and best videos about species facing extinction.</b><p>With fewer than 800 adult Cape parrots left in the wild, …

Here's Why You And Your Dog Look So Much Alike

Dog owners are often accused of making connections that don’t exist. “He just <i>knows</i> when I’m sad, somehow.” “She always wakes me up to go out before …

Striking Photos Showcase the Elegant Beauty of Big Cats

Using only a simple, dark background, Vincent J. Musi captures the elegance of lions, leopards, tigers, and more. The South Carolina-based photographer works for National Geographic and shot these breathtaking images as part of a series titled <i>Big Cats</i>. His photos showcase incredible, up-close …

First Impressions: Working With Jane Goodall

Former senior editor talks about bringing the primatologist's work to the pages of National Geographic.<p>As a senior editor at <i>National Geographic</i> for 37 years, Mary Smith worked with prominent research grantees—including primatologist Dian Fossey, paleoanthropologists Louis and Mary Leakey, and …

More Big Whales in Ocean Could Mean More Fish, Scientists Find

New study reveals how scientists and fisheries managers underestimated the massive mammals.<p>Scientists and fisheries managers have long underestimated the valuable role large whales play in healthy ocean ecosystems, a new study suggests. And, scientists add, those commercial fishermen who complain …

Stunning Pictures: Inside Africa's Last Wetland Wilderness

Parrot Who Was Among Last of Its Kind, Said to Have Inspired ‘Rio,’ Dies

Named Presley, the Spix's macaw was returned to Brazil from the U.S. in 2002.<p><b>A rare blue parrot that was among the last wild-born members of its species and was believed to have inspired the movie Rio has died outside São Paulo, Brazil.</b><p>The bird was a Spix's macaw named Presley, and he was around 40 …

Travel Lens: Joel Sartore’s World

<b>Joel Sartore</b> is, among other things, a lifelong Nebraskan, an Eagle Scout, and a veteran photographer for <i>National Geographic</i> magazine. He’s also someone who cares deeply about the fate of our planet, and all the species that depend on it, including us.<p>His long career makes that priority clear. …

Seeking Roots of Consciousness, Scientists Make Dreamers Self-Aware

Method to create lucid dreaming may help researchers learn more about the brain.<p>Researchers have figured out how to make people aware of themselves during a dream: by zapping their sleeping brains with a weak electric current.<p>The sensation of "Hey, this is a dream!" is known as lucid dreaming. …

Tigers in Traditional Chinese Medicine: A Universal Apothecary

Wildlife<p><i>Talking Tigers: Part 6 of a 12-part series</i><p><b>For centuries, tigers have inspired awe, reverence and sometimes, terror, in the humans they’ve lived beside. They command the Asian landscape as the top predator—immense, magnificent, muscular animals armed with razored claws and massive canines.</b> …

Saving Goat Islands, Jamaica

Human Journey<p>Text and photos by Robin Moore, Fellow at the International League of Conservation Photographers<p><b>Guardian of the Reptiles</b><p>“You’ve got to respect another life, so that the other life can respect yours,” says Booms, whose real name is Mr. Kenroy Williams, a young Jamaican who has devoted …

Defending Madagascar’s Frogs From Invading Fungus

Wildlife<p>Madagascar is known for rich amphibian diversity, including the <i>Mantidactylus grandidieri</i> pictured, which may be at risk from invasive fungus. (Photograph by Jonathan Kolby)<p>It all started as an idea one afternoon seven years ago. Having recently learned about the devastating amphibian …

79 Insane Facts That Will Change The Way You Look At The Animal Kingdom

And you thought people were weird.<p>1. A chameleon's tongue can be as long as its body.<p>2. Great white sharks can detect a drop of blood in 25 gallons of water and can even sense tiny amounts of blood from three miles away.<p>3. The blue whale's tongue weighs as much as an adult elephant.<p>4. Houseflies …

11 Photos Of Twin Polar Bears That Will Make Any Crappy Day Better

These 14-week-old polar bear twins were presented to the public with their mother for the first time Wednesday at Hellabrunn Zoo in Munich, Germany. Sometimes you just need to smile.

The Flattest U.S. States? Not What You Think

Kansas is not the flattest state, despite common perceptions.<p>When Jerry Dobson moved to Kansas in 2001, he was bombarded with questions and quips about the "flatness" of his new state. He had spent his life in the mountains of Georgia and Tennessee, so he had been used to dramatic topography.<p>So …