Shalini Upadhyay

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David Gruber: Seeing the Ocean in Neon

Researcher discovered a never-before-seen world of glowing ocean creatures.<p><i>Editor's Note: David Gruber is one of National Geographic's 2014 Emerging Explorers, a program that honors tomorrow's visionaries—those making discoveries, making a difference, and inspiring people to care about the</b> …

Jamestown Colonists Resorted to Cannibalism

A gruesome discovery in a trash deposit at Jamestown points to cannibalism.<p><b>Archaeologists have discovered the first physical evidence of cannibalism by desperate English colonists driven by hunger during the Starving Time of 1609-1610 at Jamestown, Virginia (map)—the first permanent English</b> …

What Is The Tiny House Movement? What are Tiny Houses?

What are tiny houses? The tiny house movement? Tiny living?<p>Simply put, it is a social movement where people are choosing to downsize the space they …

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The Cheapskate Guide: 50 Tips for Frugal Living

Confession time: I’m a cheapskate. Some would say frugal, which sounds much more positive, but in reality I can be a real cheapskate.<p><b>I am fairly</b> …

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I was walking through an airport in the early morning, and wanted to get a cup of coffee to wake me up. But then I saw a long line at Peet’s Coffee, …

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As Oil and Gas Drilling Competes for Water, One New Mexico County Says No

Changing Planet<p>The Mora River upstream of Watrous in Mora County, New Mexico. In an effort to protect its water sources, Mora County has banned oil and gas extraction on county land. Photo: J. N. Stuart/Flickr/cc<p>In drought-plagued New Mexico, water is gold.<p>And this week, Mora County in the northern …

Pictures: Bolivia Seeks Economic Energy in Vast Lithium Stores

In a flood-prone expanse high in the Andes, Bolivia holds the world's largest lithium reserves. Can this crucial battery ingredient provide an economic charge?

Pictures We Love: Best of April

International pillow fights and frost-covered flowers are among our photo editors' picks of the most interesting news pictures from April.

No Ethical Way to Keep Elephants in Captivity

Changing Planet<p>After reading the April 23, 2013, NewsWatch online post, “Captive Elephant Management: Interview with Knoxville Zoo’s Curator of Elephants,” by guest blogger Jordan Carlton Schaul, I felt compelled to respond. I am the president, and co-founder, of the Performing Animal Welfare …

New Zealand Longfin Eels: Freshwater Species of the Week

Wildlife & Wild Places<p>New Zealand longfin eels may not be pretty, but they are ecologically important. Photo: Gusmonkeyboy, Wikimedia Commons<p>New Zealand’s large, slow-growing longfin eels (<i>Anguilla dieffenbachia</i>) are on a “slow path to extinction,” according to an April report by the parliamentary …

The Greenest Ways to Get Around

Human Journey<p><i>Note: In response to reader feedback on this post, the makers of the infographic below updated it and resent us a copy, so we reposted it at 2:52 PM on May 7, 2013. The infographic was not created by National Geographic.</i><p>You’ve probably heard by now that how you get around has a big …

Gombe 2013: The Case of the Missing Chimps

Wildlife & Wild Places<p>A foot and knuckle print left in the sand by a chimp recently traveling along the shore of Lake Tanganyika<p><i>Lisa O’Bryan is in Gombe National Park in Tanzania, where Jane Goodall began the first studies of chimps in the wild. Lisa is in the forest to try to better understand the</i> …

Lessons From Conquering a Couloir

The other weekend, I climbed my first couloir. To be honest, I wasn’t even sure what a couloir was. I knew it was a mountain feature—but I figured it was somewhere in the realm of too extreme for me.<p>I’ve always been intimated by technical mountaineering. So how did I find myself in the backcountry …

Top 25 Photographs from the Wilderness #11

Human Journey<p>Explore the wilderness with us… This week we share the “golden wilderness”! The rich colors and textures of the wild can never be replaced or surpassed. Within the next 10-15 years we will see the last-remaining wilderness area on earth dominated by the demands of growing human …

Q&A: Odd Couples of the Animal Kingdom

Wildlife & Wild Places<p><b>Your spouse may baffle you at times, but does he latch on to your rear as a miniscule parasite 500,000 times smaller than you?</b><p>That’s what a male seadevil does. Is your honey 50 times your size and liable to eat you after a snuggle? Let’s hope not, else she’d be a garden spider.<p>…

If Bilbo Baggins built a zero-energy hobbit home, this is what it would look like

Many zero-energy, efficient green homes look like boxes. Maybe they’re repurposed shipping containers, or maybe they’ve just got those clean, …

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> …

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7 Travel Trends You Need to Know Now

Last week, I had the pleasure of attending the Virtuoso Symposium in Buenos Aires, an annual event that this year drew more than 400 top travel advisors, brands, and hoteliers together from 33 countries. (The Virtuoso network sells almost $10 billion in travel annually through its network of 340 …

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