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The Passport is the New Diploma

My daughter Mackenzie just turned 7. At her birthday party at the Playseum, she stood in front of a child’s version of a world map—no country names, just illustrations of objects like whales and palm trees and pandas. I watched, astonished, as she pointed out dozens of places—Paris, Antarctica, …

National Geographic Travel

summer journal: writing

This summer I’m trying to get my kids to do a bit of reading and writing everyday. The reading bit is no problem–I have a heathy addiction to the …

Lego

Adrian Myers: Where Nazis Were the Prisoners | Nat Geo Live

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Group Fights to Preserve Beirut’s Roman Heritage

BEIRUT, LEBANON—A shortage of trained personnel and the lack of a director at the culture ministry’s directorate of antiquities have been blamed for …

Hungarian Archaeologists Search for Suleiman’s Heart

SZIGETVAR, HUNGARY—Suleiman the Magnificent died in 1566 while his Ottoman troops besieged the fortress of Szigetvar. Tradition holds that the …

A decade of World Archaeology - World Archaeology

<b>Ten years ago, CWA was launched on its maiden voyage of discovery. Here, Editor in Chief Andrew Selkirk flicks back through the pages to reflect on</b> …

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Scientists May Have Source For A.D. 1257 'Mystery Eruption'

Scientists think they've identified the source of a massive volcanic eruption that occurred in A.D. 1257 and spread telltale traces across the globe.<p>The culprit in the "mystery eruption" appears to be the Samalas volcano, part of the Mount Rinjani Volcanic Complex on Indonesia's Lombok Island, an …

Build DIY Floating Shelves With Ana White

We could not be more thrilled to introduce Ana from Ana-White.com who’s swinging by with an amazing build-it-yourself project for anyone who’s ever …

Now You Can Go To Harvard And Learn Cooking Science From Top Chefs

It's one part Food Network, one part Mr. Science, two big handfuls of DIY, and probably going to be a whole lot of fun.<p>Science and Cooking: From Haute Cuisine to Soft Matter Science is a free online course from the online university edX, promising to teach you and thousands of your closest friends …

For Middle-Aged Women, Stress May Raise Alzheimer's Risk

Like most middle-aged women, I am stressed out. The work, the family, the aging parents — all things that jolt me awake at 3 a.m.<p>Does this mean I'm setting myself up for Alzheimer's in old age? Well, maybe.<p>Researchers in Sweden say that women who reported stress in midlife from experiences like …

The Shutdown's Squeeze On Science And Health

In addition to shutdowns of national parks (including Alcatraz Island and Yosemite) and the supplemental nutrition program for women, infants and children, the mandatory furloughs are affecting a wide range of government science and health agencies. Here's a snapshot:<p>The "most painful consequence …

J.J. Abrams Wants The New 'Star Wars' Film To Feel Like The Original

Director J.J. Abrams, who is notoriously secretive over his projects, spoke with Entertainment Weekly briefly about the film, saying he wants to bring the series back to its roots.<p>"We are working really hard to make a movie that feels as emotional and authentic and exciting as possible," says …

Star Wars

Asia: 10 lessons learned with the heart of a photographer

Human Journey<p>My mind races. It is five AM and I have not fallen asleep. I am awake after traveling from Bangkok to Tokyo, and from Tokyo to New York. It has been weeks that I have been touring Asia, with many lessons learned. Happy to report there have been no mishaps in any of the expeditions so …

World Leaders Who Killed Their Lovers

The allegation that Kim Jong-un had an ex-lover killed has echoes in history.<p><b>It's good to be the king. It's sometimes less good to be the king's paramour.</b><p>From England's Henry VIII, who notoriously had two of his wives beheaded in the 16th century, to current North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un, …

The History Behind The Phrase 'Don't Be An Indian Giver'

"You can't take it back! Don't be an Indian giver."<p>Sound familiar? It's the schoolyard taunt that's been used for generations by children (and others) to describe people so ungenerous that they take back gifts as soon as they are given or immediately demand a present in return.<p>Comedian Louis CK …

6 wildly offensive comments from America’s titans of industry

Zuckerberg’s new super-PAC prospectus reminds us he’s ready to “move fast and break things,” democracy included<p>“The poor we shall always have with us,” said the Bible, and lately there are more of the poor than ever—over 50 million at last count. But that doesn’t stop wealthy Americans from saying …

Soil in Burials Could Point to Cause of Death

RIBE, DENMARK—Scientists examined the soil around the 800-year-old remains of a 10- to 13-year-old child found buried in what was once a medieval …

Does Language Shape What We See?

At this very moment, your eyes and brain are performing an astounding series of coordinated operations.<p>Light rays from the screen are hitting your retina, the sheet of light-sensitive cells that lines the back wall of each of your eyes. Those cells, in turn, are converting light into electrical …

New Method to Test Ancient Bone for DNA

STAVANGER, NORWAY—A Norwegian conservator at the University of Stavanger's Archaeological Museum has developed a new method to determine whether …

Archaeology

New Tunnel Discovered Under Hadrian’s Villa

ROME, ITALY—A small hole in the ground hidden by bushes has led scholars to the biggest tunnel yet found beneath Hadrian’s second-century A.D. villa …

The Fading World of Daguerreotypes

At Elements today, Michelle Nijhuis explores the history and inevitable demise of the earliest photographic images, from the nineteenth century. While primitive compared to today’s photographic techniques, the complexity of the daguerreotype process often resulted in images containing such a …

Cormac McCarthy’s Three Punctuation Rules, and How They All Go Back to James Joyce

Cormac McCarthy has been—as one 1965 reviewer of his first novel, <i>The Orchard Tree</i>, dubbed him—a “disciple of William Faulkner." He makes admirable …

Stone Age Chefs Spiced Up Food Even 6,000 Years Ago

The French may have coined the term "gourmand" a few hundred years ago, but it looks like humans were flexing their foodie muscles thousands of years before that.<p>Scientists have found the first direct evidence that European hunter-gatherers flavored their roasted fish and meat — probably deer — …