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Soot and Dirt Is Melting Snow and Ice Around the World

New report highlights increased loss in Greenland ice cap from dust and soot.<p>It's easy to imagine new snow so bright that we must avert our eyes even while wearing sunglasses. What scientists are discovering, though, is this brilliant whiteness of snow and ice is increasingly being dimmed by air …

Are 'grammar Nazis' ruining the English language?

Split infinitives make them shudder and they’d never end a sentence with a preposition. But linguist Geoffrey Pullum has a message for all grammar pedants: you're wrong<p>Imagine a world in which biology was taught using no textbooks written later than 1795; a world in which the advances of the …

Linguistics

How Humans And Squid Evolved To Have The Same Eyes

I see how you see.<p>Eyes and wings are among the most stunning innovations evolution has created. Remarkably, these features have evolved multiple times in different lineages of animals. For instance, the avian ancestors of birds and the mammalian ancestors of bats both evolved wings independently, …

Biology

Apples of Eden: Saving the Wild Ancestor of Modern Apples

The original apples still grow in Central Asia, but are threatened with extinction.<p><b>This story is part of National Geographic's special eight-month Future of Food series.</b><p><b>An epiphany came to Adrian Newton in the form of an afternoon tea. In 2009, the British forest conservation ecologist was</b> …

Seeking Roots of Consciousness, Scientists Make Dreamers Self-Aware

Method to create lucid dreaming may help researchers learn more about the brain.<p>Researchers have figured out how to make people aware of themselves during a dream: by zapping their sleeping brains with a weak electric current.<p>The sensation of "Hey, this is a dream!" is known as lucid dreaming. …

Seven Questions Writers Should Ask Before Publishing

Years ago, the only way to get published was to type the manuscript, send it to a publisher, and hope for the best. But book publishing has changed significantly. There are more opportunities -- and many more pitfalls. Here are seven basic questions that authors should ask themselves.<p><b>1. Is The</b> …

Moving stories: what do you do with your books when you change houses?

How do you maintain a library when you've got no room for your books? No, this isn't the start of a JL Carr novel; it's a genuine conundrum faced by bookish 20 and 30somethings across the UK. With relentlessly rising rents, and record numbers of young people having to move back in with their …

From 101 Creative Writing Exercises: Haiku

Posted by Melissa Donovan on February 15, 2018 ·<p>Haiku, from 101 Creative Writing Exercises.<p>Today’s writing exercise comes from my book, <i>101 Creative</i> …

How to Become a Nat Geo Photographer

<b>Reader Question:</b> How do I become a photographer for National Geographic?<p><b>My Answer:</b> Photography is really no different than any other pursuit in life if you plan to make a living at it. Unfortunately, there are very few full time salaried photography jobs. All the photographers who take pictures for</i> …

The Sixth Extinction: A Conversation With Elizabeth Kolbert

Humanity's "most enduring legacy" will be our effect on the rest of life on Earth.<p>In her new book <i>The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History</i>, Elizabeth Kolbert describes traveling the world to document the mass extinction of species that seems to be unfolding before our eyes. There have been five …

The Human Brain Now Reacts to Emoticons Like Real Faces

We're all familiar with the smiley emoticon, and its power to add levity, flirtation, and occasionally passive-aggression to our texts, chats, and …

Two Roads Diverged

<b>IT WAS A LITTLE PAST 5 AM</b> as we drove out from Jaisalmer into the alternately sandy and rocky terrain of the Desert National Park, a 3,162 …

7 Unique Ways Designers Display Books

Whether they've been tucked into nooks and crannies or color coordinated, here are the creative ways that designers store books.<p><b>1. As a staircase in a 640 square-foot apartment.</b>Tour the tiny New York loft by designers Bill Brockschmidt and Richard Dragisic.<p><b>2. On shelves lined with mirrors, which</b> …

Secret: Is anonymity worth it if you’re invisible?

If you’re keeping up with news in Silicon Valley, have a heavy conscience or just enjoy buzzy apps, then you’ve probably downloaded the new iPhone (s …

'I can’t look after my son any more, but at least I can look after his dog'

Before he was killed in Afghanistan paratrooper Conrad Lewis adopted one of the country's many stray dogs. Now his family have brought Peg back to the UK to live with them.<p>Paratrooper Conrad Lewis and the mongrel dog he adopted on patrol were constant companions amid the dangers of Afghanistan’s …