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Escape to Japan's Oki Islands

Japan seduces and dazzles travellers with its buzzed-up, sprawling, ultra-convenient big cities. But if you’re weary of crowds and vending-machine-packed streets, get yourself to Matsue in Western Honshū and hop a ferry to the slow life on the remote and fascinating Oki Islands.<p>Newly added to the …

Watch a 98-Year-Old Man Create Beautiful Images in Microsoft Paint

A short documentary showcases the art of Hal Lasko.

How Maps Unlock the Mysteries of Chinese Names

For instance, are people named “Tall” actually tall? This, and other questions, are examined through cartography.<p>Recently, <i>The Atlantic</i> published a post about maps that I created via this website showing the geographic distribution of surnames in China. While the maps were interesting, they also …

Nikon Small World 2013

Nikon has just announced the winners of the 2013 Small World Photomicrography Competition. Started back in 1974, the contest invites photographers and scientists to submit images of all things visible under a microscope. I was fortunate enough to have been asked to be a judge in this year's …

Cockpit View Flying Into New Zealand Is Wondrous (VIDEO)

For all of the annoyances that can come from air travel these days, something like this video from thewillyballs comes along to remind us why we absolutely love to fly.<p>Click play to take in this wondrous cockpit view of a plane flying into Queenstown, New Zealand. We'd recommend watching this in …

Finders Keepers: 6 Places to Hunt for Bling

(photo: Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire Mine)<p>When 12-year-old Michael Dettlaff and his family visited an Arkansas state park recently, he had no need to buy a souvenir at the visitor center on his way out. While exploring the Crater of Diamonds State Park, the boy found a 5-carat diamond worth up to …

2012 March 5 - Flying Over the Earth at Night

<b>Flying Over the Earth at Night</b> <b><br>Video Credit:</b> Gateway to Astronaut Photography, NASA ; <i>Compilation:</i> Bitmeizer (YouTube); <i><br>Music:</i> Freedom Fighters (Two …

Astronomy

Opinion: Despite Changes, Mount Everest Is Changeless

A climber who scaled Everest 30 years apart ponders a changing mountain.<p><i>Editor's Note: This piece is adapted from the last chapter of the new National Geographic book The Call of Everest, available wherever books are sold.</i><p><b>Last spring I spent a month at Mount Everest Base Camp for a photographic</b> …

Jordan Desert

The Great Temple

Petra, Jordan

Lost Lands Found by Scientists

Atlantis was a myth, but real-life lost lands do exist.<p><b>A lost continent off the coast of Brazil may have been found, scientists announced this week.</b><p><b>Granite boulders dredged from the seafloor off the coast of South America two years ago could be remnants of a long-vanished continent, according to</b> …

Check out our editors' favorite outdoor scenes from the photo contest this week, including this cute image of penguin chicks cuddling together in Antarctica. http://on.natgeo.com/10SXich Photo and caption by Richard Sidey, 2013 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

Lena Waithe Talks Ready Player One, Steven Spielberg, And Honing Her Confidence

Movies<p>The latest movie news, casting updates and rumors, trailer sneak peeks, and expert reviews on MTV.<p>Movies<p>Blake Lively rallies fan support while …

Wonder Woman Fan Film Shows Us What The TV Show Could Have Been

Our hopes of seeing a good Wonder Woman movie or series have been repeatedly dashed of late. David E. Kelley’s Wonder Woman TV show failed for obvious reasons. The CW was casting a Wonder Woman show called <i>Amazon</i>, but it’s been delayed for now. That leaves the <i>Justice League</i> movie, which has been …

Superman, Batman & Wonder Woman and Library of American Comics

The classic newspaper adventures of Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman are being reprinted. “We’re thrilled to announce a comprehensive publishing …

You Can Now Enjoy Cole Sprouse In Comics Form Thanks To Riverdale

Comics<p>Comic Book News, Reviews, Previews, and Commentary. Get info on well-known characters and comic movies for real comic book fans.<p>Comics<p>An …

7 Secrets We Learned About The 'LEGO Marvel's Avengers' Game

Gaming<p>Find out what the hottest game news, new game releases.<p>Gaming<p>Actors from the 'Harry Potter' films will also reprise their roles in the …

Batman: Arkham Origins review

I'm the goddamn Batman, perched atop a snow-covered hat shop and planning my next move. I could go try to find Black Mask--that bastard put a price …

Superhero Bits: Batman Arkham Origins, Ant-Man, Spider-Man, Man of Steel, Iron Man 3 – /Film

When is the new <b>Batman Arkham Origins</b> game hitting the shelves? How is <i>Guardians of the Galaxy</i> director <b>James Gunn</b> screwing with his fans? Want to see …

Comics

Fotopedia – Fotopedia is Coming Soon

6 Things To Do In Asia Before You Die

Whether you prefer to meet a holy monkey, eat sushi for breakfast, receive a monk's blessing, helicopter over the Himalayas, or just enjoy the myriad unique views -- we've rounded up a bucket list of things to do, eat, see, shop for, and experience in the wide world of Asia.<p>Check out six of these …

Traveling on the Threshold

They say that it's more fun to go 60 mph in a car built for 40 than to go 100 mph in a car built for 300. If you've ever driven fast in a slow car, or slow in a fast car, you know this is true.<p>I think this is why: the thrill from driving fast isn't really about speed. It about experiencing a …

Then + Now: Machu Picchu

Hiram Bingham first set eyes on Machu Picchu in 1911. Though he did not discover the striking citadel in the clouds (locals, many of whom served as Bingham’s guides, had known its whereabouts for centuries), he intended to reveal it to the world.<p>That chance came when the National Geographic Society …

This is the dream deferred

The neighbors downstairs are shouting again, banging doors, their muffled voices rising through the floor. You shuffle through the stack of books by …

Audiobooks

What Travel Has Taught Me About 'Reality'

"I'm moving to China next week," I explained to bank teller, when she asked me how I was doing. "So I'm feeling a bit nervous at the moment. And you?"<p>Rather than answering my question, the woman signaled to her colleague to come over her as she processed my deposit. "It's that vagrant who was …

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> …