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Does this cameraman have balls of steel or is he a candidate for a Darwin award?

I’ve never been in a situation where I’m being charged by a one-ton horned mammal, but if I was, I can almost guarantee my response would be to soil …

Discovery Channel

Hiking the Inca Trail

The security line at my home airport in Washington, D.C., isn’t where I expected to get my first reminder that I should have trained a little more for 19 days of trekking the mountains of Peru.<p>I assumed that lesson would be taught somewhere around 9,000 feet, on the Inca Trail. But before I even …

South America

National Geographic Travel

National Geographic Travel

National Geographic Travel

The Temptation of Punta de Mita

I hold three squirming baby turtles, about 12 hours old, in my hands, at sunset on a private beach in Punta de Mita, Mexico.<p>They are a dark, smoky gray color, and touching them feels like running my hands over rough sandpaper. After I carefully place them on the sand, I scoop the 86 baby turtles …

Mexico

New Film “The Summit” Examines the Deadliest 48 Hours on K2

Like most mountaineering tragedies the horrible events that occurred on K2 in August of 2008 left behind far more questions than answers. <i>The Summit,</i> a new documentary that hit movie theaters on October 4, puts into perspective the circumstances that led to the death of 11 climbers on the second …

Mountaineering

Alzheimer's treatment: landmark study gives hope for simple pill

Expert predicts future generations would see findings as historic turning point in fight against degenerative brain diseases<p>A landmark British study has raised the prospect of a pill that could treat brain diseases such as Alzheimer's by halting the death of neurons.<p>The research, performed on sick …

Comet Strike Evidence Found in Tutankamun's Brooch and the Sahara Desert

A comet strike hit the Earth long ago, and evidence has been discovered in Tutankhamun’s brooch by African and international researchers.<p>The comet …

Deserts