Margaret Hwang

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The Top of America

<b>Story by Josh Sanburn</b> <br>Introduction by Richard Lacayo<p>For years after the 9/11 attacks, nearly all the activity at Ground Zero was downward—digging …

Why painful memories linger with us

If we didn’t forget pain, women would never go through childbirth twice – or so says the myth. But the truth is that agonising memories don’t always diminish.<p>If you visit someone with a newborn baby, their description of the pain of childbirth often includes the phrase “never again”. One friend …

Watch Jumbo Asteroid Zip Past Earth

A passing space rock should offer a rare, bright viewing treat for sky-watchers.<p>A mountain-size space rock will sail past Earth on Monday, offering stargazers a close look at an interplanetary pinball. Luckily, NASA says there is no risk of collision, but it will be a rare astronomically close …



Haiti Photos Then and Now: 5 Years After Earthquake, Much Rebuilding Remains

Photojournalist Allison Shelley documented Haiti for a year after the 2010 quake. She went back this month to check on rebuilding progress.

New York Times

Arctic's 'Penguins of the North' Find Workaround to Climate Change

New study finds that little auks are adjusting their food supply, raising questions of adaptation.<p><b>What's New:</b> The latest research on little auks, sometimes called "penguins of the north," reveals a surprising response to a rapidly warming Arctic: The birds make up for food lost to the effects of …

Global Warming

Why does food taste different on planes?

When your taste buds are way above the clouds, your normal sense of taste goes right out of the aeroplane’s window. Katia Moskvitch investigates why this happens, and how airlines are trying to find ways to get our appetites back on track.<p>If you think the food airline companies serve up is bland or …

The Tsunami's Wake

It was just after 10:30 a.m. when Noppasri Jailak received a panicked phone call from a neighbor about water surging through their street. The …

Natural Disasters

5 things to know about Obama and immigration

It's coming next week. Or next month. It'll protect 5 million undocumented immigrants from deportation. Or 3 million. Or less.<p>There's still a lot of uncertainty about President Obama's upcoming immigration executive order, since Obama himself has yet to make a final decision on an action to fix the …

Wives in Domestic Abuse Cases Say N.F.L. Culture Made Them Feel Trapped

Marcela Uliano da Silva’s Crusade Against the Golden Mussel

The microbiologist determined to save the earth by killing it...<p>Save the Earth by killing it? Sure. But only a little part of it. So goes the philosophy of young superstar Brazilian biologist Marcela Uliano da Silva, who wants to eradicate a foreign species encroaching on the Amazon River's shores: …

Lightning strikes in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada. See more standout submissions to the National Geographic Photo Contest: Photo by Jesse Rather

Week's Best Space Pictures: Ripples Run, Astronauts Walk, and a Star Pulses

Ripples race across Mars, astronauts go for a walk, and a star pulses in this week's best space pictures.

Q&A: Cave Art Older, More Widespread Than Thought, Archaeologist Says

Alistair Pike has determined the ages of some of humans' oldest art.<p>A human hand and a "pig-deer" drawn in an Indonesian cave at least 40,000 years ago put Asia in a virtual tie with Europe for the earliest known cave art. (See "Cave Paintings in Indonesia Redraw Picture of Earliest …

National Geographic Travel

National Geographic Travel

Fantastic Fungi: The Startling Visual Diversity of Mushrooms Photographed by Steve Axford | Colossal

<p>To think any one of these lifeforms exists in our galaxy, let alone on our planet, simply boggles the mind. Photographer Steve Axford lives and …

We love sunflowers! Your best photos

You can’t look at a sunflower and feel sad.<p>We asked you to post your sunflowers pics, and wow! You posted many great photos of sunflowers from all …


What exactly is twilight?

Sure, twilight is that magical time of day that lies between daylight and darkness. Astronomers, the experts on nighttime, recognize 3 twilights.<p>You …

J.K. Rowling Just Published a New Harry Potter Story

If you’ve been dying to read a story about what happens to Harry and Ron’s hair when they reach mid-30s — sporting “threads of silver” and “thinning …

Holiday "Beach Day" while flying over the beautiful Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Easter 2009) Photo by Mike Theiss @ExtremeNature


The World in a Cuppa (Tea)

Andrew McCarthy journeyed all the way to India in search of the perfect Darjeeling, and wrote about the experience for <i>Traveler</i> magazine, but you don’t have to go around the globe to sip on some of the world’s best brews.<p><b>Here’s a list of teas that are steeped in local tradition</b>—<b>and how you can try</b> …

National Geographic Travel

National Geographic Travel

Sarah Schoenfeld Makes Art by Dropping Drugs onto Film Negatives

What you're looking at is a sample of speed that was mixed with water and dropped onto an exposed film negative. Weirdly, it looks like speed feels.<p>That big photo in the middle is a sample of speed. It was mixed with water and then dropped from a pipette onto an exposed film negative. It was then …

California Report Warns of Worsening Economic Impacts of Drought

Parts of state to experience "pain and poverty," while officials roll out solutions.<p>A new scientific and economic report commissioned by California's state government warns that the ongoing drought crisis will cost billions in lost farm revenue and thousands of jobs, although wider impacts on the …

Double rainbow over Ollantaytambo in the beautiful Andes mountains of Peru. Photo by @jeffmauritzen

National Geographic Travel