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How Creativity Drives Human Evolution

What's distinctive about humans is that we can imagine something and then make it real.<p>What makes us human? Is war an inevitable part of the human condition? These are some of the questions that anthropologist Augustín Fuentes explores in his new book, <i>The Creative Spark: How Imagination Made Humans</i> …

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The Importance of Face-to-Face Conversation | The Art of Manliness

It is the evening of September 19, 1931.<p>Three men stroll down Addison’s Walk, a picturesque footpath that runs along the River Cherwell on the …

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This is an ongoing series of constructed photographs rooted in the forest. These works, carried out in Surrey, Hampshire and Wales,involve site specific interventions in the landscape, ‘wrapping’ trees with white material to construct a visual relationship between tree, not-tree and the line of horizon according to the camera’s viewpoint.

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Rock Wall Artwork

The Greatest Car Ever Built

Like a lot of Vanagonauts, I joined the tribe thanks to a wayward ski, surf, and climbing bum. This guy was from Crested Butte, Colorado, and everyone referred to him as Turtle, in part because of the white pop-top camper shell that covered his back at night. Turtle’s van had an equally befitting …

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New Caledonia Expedition: Green Umbrellas in the Reef

Changing Planet<p>Imagine you’re on the first day of vacation, arriving in the Florida Keys, Cozumel, Cabo Pulmo, the Bahamas or another beautiful beach destination. Now it’s time to go swimming and sunbathing on the beach, but you have to be careful. To protect against a sunburn you may need the help …

Skywatchers Enjoy Comet Bonanza

Changing Planet<p><b>Backyard astronomers in the Northern Hemisphere get an eyeful this week, when four comets will be visible with binoculars or small telescopes in the early morning sky.</b><p>First up, the most famous of the bunch is Comet ISON, which is currently speeding towards its close encounter with …

Good Vibrations: 7 Animals That Use Vibrations to Communicate

<b>Although we can’t always perceive them, vibrations provide a critical way of communicating for many animal species.</b><p>Scientists think vibrational communication is an ancient sensory mode—one that is still widely used throughout the animal kingdom. Animals from tiny insects to jumbo-size elephants …

New Caledonia Expedition: A Treasure Trove of Stunning Sea Life

Changing Planet<p>Yesterday we explored the remote Huon Island and its lagoon, and experienced the most vibrant refuge for marine life, including an incredible diversity of species. In this photo essay you will see the azure waters of the Huon lagoon, a little jack using a shark’s wave pressure to …

This Week’s Most Intriguing Discoveries

It's raining cats and dogs—and unicorns. Here's the week's five most intriguing discoveries.<p><b>Super typhoon Haiyan was unquestionably the week's top story, after it pummeled the Philippines and left its citizens in distress. (See "5 Reasons the Philippines Is So Disaster Prone".)</b><p>In between covering …

National Geographic Photo Contest 2013

National Geographic has once again opened its annual photo contest, with the deadline for submissions coming up on Saturday, November 30. One first-place winner will be chosen from each of the three categories, and the winning photographs will be published in National Geographic magazine. The …

Weird Newfound Asteroid Sports Six Comet Tails

Changing Planet<p><b>A newly-discovered asteroid masquerades as a bizarre comet, one that astronomers in a new study are outright calling, “weird and freakish.”</b><p>First spotted by the Hawaii-based Pan-STARRS sky survey telescope this Spring, the bizarre object caught astronomers’ attention because of its …

Jellyfish Wave, Moons Dance, and Sun Winks

The Jellyfish Nebula "swims" in space, the dust settles on a Martian volcano, and a "greyhound" races through the cosmos in this week's best space pictures.

Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #52

Streamertails, kingfishers, lovebirds, boobies, todies, peacocks and pigeons! Please visit the new Wild Bird Trust website (www.wildbirdtrust.com) and become part of a journey that will change your life! You do not need to donate. You do not need to sign up for the newsletter. All you need to do is …

Reader Recs: World’s Best Ghost Towns

A zombie craze is sweeping the globe — with more films and television shows centered around the undead popping up in popular culture than ever before. Eerily abandoned cityscapes and bereft countrysides devoid of life are a common feature of zombie-ridden, post-apocalyptic worlds, but there are …

Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #51

Wildlife<p>Just look at the prehistoric-looking shoebill of Africa… This unique bird settled in the swamps of central and East Africa where they patented the technique of smashing their bizarre bill and head through papyrus to catch small catfish. Another example of the amazing diversity of birdlife. …

Time to Move On? The Case Against Daylight Saving Time

Changing our clocks twice a year doesn't save us energy or money, experts say.<p>Clocks "fall back" this Sunday, November 3, and people are again asking: Why do we bother with daylight saving time?<p>The latest Rasmussen Report from March 2013 found that only 37 percent of Americans surveyed thought …

How to Safely Watch a Solar Eclipse

Soak up these safety tips for skywatchers wanting to take in the beauty of a solar eclipse.<p>We've all heard the warnings before: Looking directly at the sun, whether it's with your naked eyes or through an optical aid, can be extremely dangerous.<p>This holds true on any regular sunny day—and when …

6 Sky Events This Week: Taurids, Lagoon, and Neptune

Changing Planet<p>The moon and Venus help guide sky-watchers this week to the Lagoon nebula. Credit: N. A. Sharp, REU Program/NOAO/AURA/NSF<p><b>Sky-watchers will see a sprinkling of shooting stars, bask under autumn’s brightest star pattern, and take a dip in a cosmic lagoon.</b><p><b>Taurid meteors</b>. Look toward the …

Mount Sinabung Volcano Erupts, Spews Ash 4 Miles High

Mountain rumbles to life for third time in recent months.<p><i>Mount Sinabung, a volcano in western Indonesia, erupted on November 3 for the third time in recent months, according to news reports.</i><p>The 8,530-foot-high (2,600-meter-high) mountain spewed ash up to 4.3 miles (7 kilometers) high, requiring the …

Two Young Explorers Create First Map of the Future Patagonia National Park

Changing Planet<p><i>Marty Schnure and Ross Donihue are National Geographic Young Explorers recently back from the field. They’re currently producing maps of the future Patagonia National Park from their office in San Francisco. To learn more about their project, visit Maps for Good.</i><p>——-<p>The past nine …

A River Runs Through It: Olympic National Park

A hundred years after the first hydroelectric dam opened on the Elwha River in Washington’s coastal <b>Olympic National Park</b>, river advocates cheer the near completion of the biggest dam removal project in U.S. history.<p>After a century in captivity, the steep, muddy Elwha again gushes seaward as it …

Pictures: Space Spooks Come Out to Play

In space, no one can hear you scream. But you'll try anyway, after seeing this Halloween's spooky space pictures.

" PLUME II. La sostenibile pesantezza dell' aria" Watercolor- Ink- Acrylic 60x80 2013

Shake: Hilarious High-Speed Photographs of Dogs Shaking by Carli Davidson | Colossal

<p>Published just today, Shake is a new book of photos from Portland-based photographer Carli Davidson who used a high speed camera to capture …

Best Microscopic Photos of 2013 Announced by Nikon

New-found Earth-size Exoplanet Doomed

<b>Astronomers announced this week that they have spotted a rocky Earth-size planet beyond our solar system, the smallest alien world accurately sized by observers to date.</b> <b>However, the super-hot planet is no second Earth, and according to theories, the distant world some 700 light-years away from</b> …