Guillermo Altares

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Shark Monitor

Twice a week, Dr. Gregory Skomal leaves Chatham harbor, on Cape Cod, to count white sharks. A spotter plane finds them for him. “The bigger ones, usually, you can get close to,” Skomal said, the other day. “Most will veer away, though. They see the boat and say, ‘I don’t know what that shadow is,’ …

Cape Cod

The Writer Who Sparks the Finest Movie Adaptations

The Universal Story Generator exists. He lived in France in the second half of the nineteenth century, and Sandra Smith’s fine new selection and translation of his stories has just been published. The writer in question is Guy de Maupassant, who’s second only to Shakespeare in his inspiration of …

Literature

Elephant Conservation Outside the Box

Changing Planet<p>First Installment<p>In December, 1991, my boyfriend and I decided to spend a year traveling in Africa in between graduate degrees. But after being seduced by Africa, we never left. And from there, boyfriend became husband, and elephants the subject of my scientific career.<p>While working …

Ethical Eating: The Plants (and Animals) Are Watching Us

Are some things too smart to eat?<p>Maybe. Most of us aren’t comfortable at the thought of chowing down on such bright sparks as dolphins, chimpanzees, kangaroos<b>,</b> or border collies. Then there are pigs, which researchers point out are inquisitive, attentive, social, and (relatively) sharp as tacks. …

An Algerian Rebuke to “The Stranger”

“There were two who died. Yes, two,” Kamel Daoud writes in his meditative first novel, “Meursault, Counter Investigation.” “The first knew how to tell a story, to the point where everyone forgot about his crime, whereas the second was a poor illiterate whom God created only, it seems, to receive a …

War

Max Ophüls’s “From Mayerling to Sarajevo”

To those whose sense of history derives, as mine does, from the thumb-nail sketch offered in high school, the First World War arose from a tinderbox of overcommitted alliances that was ignited by the striking of a political match—the assassination of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand by the Serbian …

World History

The Horror of Amazon’s New Dash Button

Amazon’s new Dash Button, which will allow shoppers to reorder frequently used domestic products like laundry detergent or paper towels with the click of a real-life button, is not a joke. Many people assumed it was, mostly because the announcement came the day before April Fool’s, but also because …

Smart Homes

New U.S. Dietary Recommendations First to Consider Environmental Impact

Future of Food<p>"Linking health, dietary guidance, and the environment will promote human health," new guidelines say.<p>The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee issued its recommendations today, calling on Americans to eat less meat, watch their sodium intake, and start thinking about the environment …

Poachers of Pangolins

Changing Planet<p><i>This article is brought to you by the</i> <i>International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP)</i><i>. Read our</i> <i>other articles</i> <i>on the National Geographic Voices blog featuring the work of our iLCP Fellow Photographers all around the world.</i><p><b>Text and photos by iLCP Fellow Paul Hilton.</b><p>Pangolins …

“Serial,” Podcasts, and Humanizing the News

A week before he died, the <i>Times</i> media columnist David Carr moderated a panel at the New School called “Serial and the Podcast Explosion,” the first event in a series presented by the university’s newest major, Journalism + Design. Carr, bundled up in a fleece jacket, leaned back in his chair and …

Journalism

Bid in New York to extend legal rights to chimps fails, again

(Reuters) - Less than a month after a New York state appeals court ruled that chimpanzees do not have legal rights and cannot be released from captivity, a case involving a second chimp has been dismissed.<p>Attorney and animal rights activist Steven Wise in 2013 filed a habeas corpus petition - …

New York State

Google+ Hangout: Get to Know India’s Curious Big Cats

Changing Planet<p>As part of Big Cat Week on Nat Geo Wild, several National Geographic big cat researchers, photographers, and conservationists (including me) are joining together for a live video chat via Google+ Hangout Wednesday, December 3rd at 1 p.m. EST (6 p.m. UTC).<p>This is your chance to get …

OPINION: Can Elephants Survive a Continued Ivory Trade Ban?

Changing Planet<p><b>PART ONE: Here I respond to</b> <b>Christina Russo</b><b>’s</b> <b>in-depth examination,</b> <b>published in National Geographic News, of</b> <b>one of the more incendiary questions discussed in wildlife conservation circles: Should there be a legal trade in elephant ivory? I discuss some inaccuracies and misconceptions</b> …

Slovenia’s Ancient Roman Holiday

TravelIntelligent Travel<p>In the 2,000 years since Caesar Augustus laid one of <b>Ljubljana</b>’s first stones, then for a settlement called Emona, this city has often hidden in plain sight. No longer: As Slovenia’s capital cheers its bimillenary throughout 2014, it’s putting its treasures on parade.<p>Emonan …

How World War I Helps Explain Today's Middle East Bloodshed

Hitler's ambition sparked the Second World War, but the tinderbox of Eastern Europe was its fuel.<p>The Great War, as it came to be known, lasted four years, from 1914 to 1918. But its aftereffects haunted Europe and the rest of the world through the 20th century—and are still felt in our own times.<p>In …

Uncontacted Indians of Acre State, Brazil

Changing Planet<p><b>‘In the forest, we see with our ears,’ says José Carlos Meirelles, an expert on Brazil’s last uncontacted tribes.</b><p>During his recent expeditions into the remote rainforest of Acre state, contacted Indians told him that uncontacted Indians imitate different animals to express …

The leaked New York Times innovation report is one of the key documents of this media age

It’s an astonishing look inside the cultural change still needed in the shift to digital — even in one of the world’s greatest newsrooms. Read it.<p>The value of the homepage is decreasing. “Only a third of our readers ever visit it. And those who do visit are spending less time: page views and …

This Week in Review: Behind The Times’ big change, and the FCC’s proposal moves forward

Plus: New NSA details from Glenn Greenwald, explaining lack of digital innovation in local newspapers, and the rest of the week’s journalism and tech reads.<p><b>This week’s essential reads</b>: This week’s most important pieces are The New Yorker’s Ken Auletta on Jill Abramson’s firing, the Nieman Lab staff …

Immediacy vs. importance: The tension underlying how the NYTimes.com homepage gets made

In this excerpt of her new book — based on months spent observing the inner workings of the Times’ newsroom — Nikki Usher shows how some of digital news’ most important real estate gets allocated, minute by minute.<p><b>Editor’s note</b>: Nieman Lab friend and contributor Nikki Usher is out with a remarkable …

Insider’s Guide to the Western Front

TravelIntelligent Travel<p>A hundred years after the start of World War I, northeastern France is in the spotlight, providing a beautiful backdrop to experience in person the horror and heroism of the Great War.<p>You’ll need a car to fully explore the rural WWI sites in <b>Lorraine</b>, the epicenter of Western …

Canada Mauling Reflects Spike in Human-Bear Encounters

Attacks are increasing as more humans live in "bear habitat," scientists say.<p>When a black bear killed a female employee at an oil sands plant in a remote area of Alberta, Canada, on May 7, it was the first fatal bear attack reported in North America in 2014—but only the latest in a spate of attacks …

Children to mark WWI's 'Christmas Truce' with plays and football

It was spontaneous, reciprocal and became one of the most recognisable moments of first world war.<p>The fraternisation across no man's land between enemy troops during the "Christmas Truce" of 1914 saw weapons set aside, yuletide greetings and gifts exchanged and even, it was reported, football …

Thomas Piketty’s “Capital”, summarised in four paragraphs

It is the economics book that took the world by storm. <i>Capital in the Twenty-First Century</i>, written by the French economist Thomas Piketty, was …

La moda de los candados en los puentes, ¿romance o epidemia?

<b>Las autoridades de París instalaron paneles de plástico a lo largo de uno de los puentes más famosos de la capital francesa para evitar que las parejas de enamorados sigan poniendo candados.</b><p>El pont des Arts, que atraviesa el río Sena en las inmediaciones del museo del Louvre, ha sufrido severos …

Bicycling to Nirvana: Fighting Gridlock the Dutch Way

Major cities try to emulate Amsterdam's bike-friendly approach.<p>This month millions of Americans will pedal out onto the nation's roads during National Bike Month. But for the nation's roughly 800,000 bicycle commuters, May won't be different from any other month.<p>Frustrated with rising gas prices …

Paris to tourists: Stop locking down love

The tourist tradition of attaching padlocks to Paris’ Pont des Arts footbridge is ruining the structure – leading to some critics asking for the tradition to be outlawed.<p>Every year, thousands of couples make the pilgrimage to Paris’ Pont des Arts footbridge, where they attach to its railings …

France

Sharing homes, cars – and lawsuits

Recent challenges to travel’s sharing economy have included harassment and conflict, making 2014 the year that players like Airbnb and Uber are forced to grow up – or disappear.<p>An economy based on sharing seems as though it should evoke only warm, fuzzy feelings – but in the past week, a spate of …

Sharing Economy

Rescue of Ancient Ruin of Pompeii Follows New Plan

Restoration at the beleaguered archaeological site will be modeled on Herculaneum.<p>A ruin facing ruin, Pompeii looks to one of its doomed sister cities in its latest rescue effort. (Related: "The Real Pompeii.")<p><b>Italian officials this month unveiled details of the Great Pompeii Project, a</b> …

New Photos of Uncontacted Amazon Tribe Stir Uproar

Isolated tribal nomads are at risk as logging pressure mounts in the Amazon rain forest.<p>The release of new photographs of an indigenous group living in extreme isolation in the Amazon rain forest has stirred fresh controversy and new concerns over the fate of the region's so-called uncontacted …