Jason Liu

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BatCaver: Working to Protect North American Bats from White Nose Syndrome

Changing Planet<p>When I was a graduate student studying bat ecology, I was keen to learn how to properly explore caves– a crucial skill, since the animals go underground to hibernate in the fall, reappearing only in springtime. During my first cave experience near Calgary, wedged between two rocks …

Vancouver Island

Oxygen Discovery Could Complicate Search for Alien Life

The strange, duck-shaped comet that ESA’s Rosetta spacecraft has been orbiting for more than a year just got a bit stranger: Like plants on Earth, the comet is blowing molecular oxygen, O2, into the space around it. Molecular oxygen is thought to be rare in the cosmos – or at least exceptionally …


National Geographic Travel

The Little-Known, Disfiguring Disease That’s Coming Our Way

I tell a story over on the news side of <i>National Geographic</i> today, about an intrepid team of explorers who plunged into nearly impenetrable Honduran rainforest in order to groundtruth the legend that it concealed a fabled “white city.” They succeeded (and you can read that story in the October issue …

Public Health

Winners of Nikon's 2015 Small World Contest Reveal the Microscopic Beauty of Our World

The winners and honourably-mentioned images were recently announced for Nikon's 2015 Small World Photomicrography Competition. Submissions were collected from professionals and amateurs alike; the contest is open to anyone with a passion for microscopy and photography. With a rich pool of …

Nature Photography

National Geographic Travel

Your Shot: The Power and the Beauty of Dirt

We come from dirt, and to it we shall return someday.<p>The universal symbolism of this concept is clear in our burial rites. In western Christian funeral services, the phrase “ashes to ashes, dust to dust” is said over the body. In the Jewish tradition, the family of the deceased tosses shovelfuls of …


National Geographic Travel

The Artists Who Paint Dinosaurs

The strange beauty of paleo art<p>I have a theory about why kids love dinosaurs. You might think it’s their size, their ferocity, the number and sharpness of their teeth. It is all of these things, but it is something else, too.<p>Dinosaurs are remote from us in time. They belong to an alien realm. They …


National Geographic Travel

Annual Tomatina Festival in Spain


Fuzzy Nautilus Rediscovered and Filmed After 30 Years

Changing Planet<p>It’s really nice to see an old friend after a long absence.<p>Thirty years after the discovery of the fuzzy, slimy, <i>Allonautilus scrobiculatus</i>, I returned to Papua New Guinea to see if this remarkable living fossil had survived the decades of shell hunting and environmental degradation …


In Nagasaki, New Art Exhibit “Antimonument” Rethinks The Bomb

Human Journey<p><i>Visual artist Shinpei Takeda stands in front of his exhibit titled</i> “<i>Antimonument.” Photographs By Ari Beser.</i><p>“What is Antimonument supposed to mean?” I asked Ryuta Imafuku, cultural anthropologist at the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies.<p>“There is no such thing as ‘supposed to,’” …


The New Orleans Superdome: a great American comeback story

In the days after Katrina, the Superdome became the symbol of a city falling apart. The stadium’s recovery meant the rest of New Orleans would be back too<p>Of all the stadiums in all of the US, none is more improbable than the dome that rises like an autumn moon over Poydras Street. Earlier this …

Baton Rouge

27 Stunning Lakeside Campsites

Photo by Matthew Hosford, Explorer for The Outbound<p>There's something special about waking up at sunrise to a glassy mountain lake outside your tent. If you're ready to make this a reality, check out this list of lakeside campsites and start planning your next adventure.<p>1. Mono Lake<p>California | Car …

MERS Cases Increasing in Saudi Arabia, And The Hajj Is Coming

When last we checked in on the elusive disease MERS—Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, caused by a virus related to the cause of the worldwide SARS epidemic in 2003—it had been brewing in the Gulf states for three years, but was triggering international alarm because of an outbreak in Korea.<p>That was …

Public Health

Panda Cubs Make Debut Appearance in Ya’an China

Giant Pandas

National Geographic Travel

Are Fences the Solution for Protecting Africa’s National Parks?

Wildlife & Wild Places<p><b>With the expansion of human populations, instances of human-wildlife conflict become increasingly frequent. One proposed solution to protect both people and wildlife is the implementation of fences around established protected areas. Many conservation scientists argue that</b> …


National Geographic Travel

Why These Photos of Windows Around the World Have Gone Viral

Portuguese photographer André Vincent Gonçalves started out taking snapshots of colorful windows in his native Évora; his "Windows of the World" project has since grown—and gone viral. Gonçalves spoke to <i>Conde Nast Traveler</i> about the windows that inspire.


National Geographic Travel

Spacecraft Set to Rendezvous With Pluto Briefly Goes Silent

<i>Update, July 5:</i> Teams have sorted out what happened on board the New Horizons spacecraft, and normal science operations will resume July 7. “The underlying cause of the incident was a hard-to-detect timing flaw in the spacecraft command sequence that occurred during an operation to prepare for the …

Solar System

Rats Taught to Detect Land Mines in Cambodia


Adidas Knit These Sneakers Entirely From Ocean Plastic Trash

The shoe company is letting you help get plastic out of the ocean–with your feet.<p>As engineers work to find new ways to pull some of the trillions of pieces of plastic trash out of the ocean, companies are coming up with new uses for it. Like soap bottles, surfboards, and now shoes: Adidas just …


6 Secret Tricks For Photographing Fireworks With Your Phone

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Single-Celled Creature Has Eye Made of Domesticated Microbes

The oceans are full of eyes. Giant squid scan the depths with the world’s largest ones, which are oddly similar to those of the sperm whales that hunt them. Mantis shrimps watch for prey using eyes that work like satellites. Starfish stare through the tips of their arms, chitons look up through …