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World Cup<p>The least red-white-and-blue (if you don’t count Russia!) major sporting event in our time will be the most chaotic, entertaining, and …

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Anish Kapoor Redecorates Versailles’ Gardens

The British-Indian artist is causing a stir at the royal château with large modern sculptures on the famed ‘tapis vert’<p>“IT’S VERY SHOCKING!” an elderly Frenchwoman cries as she interrupts her promenade down the main axis of the Gardens of Versailles to point out a massive boulder, spray-painted a …

Art

Does Donald Duck Read National Geographic? – National Geographic Blog

<b>Donald Duck’s official birthday is June 9, 1934, according to his Disney bio—and his friends at National Geographic want to wish him a happy 79th.</b><p><b>Evolution of a Duck</b><p>Donald’s June birthday is based on his film debut in the Silly Symphony story “The Wise Little Hen.” He was a secondary character, but …

Surprise Factor in How Stars Die: Sodium

The sodium content of sunlike stars determines if they skip a phase of death.<p><b>The way that stars spend their last years is largely shaped by their sodium "diet," according to a surprising new study published on Wednesday.</b><p>The study could upend current theories about how some stars that are similar to …

Guides Are Portals to the Outdoor World—Let’s Give Them the Support They Need

Think back to how you started on your path to adventure. Do you remember someone who took you under his or her wing and showed you the way? The seeds of your most treasured outdoor experiences probably germinated with the help of some sort of mentor—perhaps an outfitter or guide.<p>I’m fresh on the …

Where will the polar bears go as the Arctic ice melts under their feet

Wildlife<p>The Arctic regions are home to a variety of wildlife, including polar bears (Ursus maritimus). Polar bears are generally solitary animals. At first glance, more than white, are cream-colored. In fact, the outer coat is hollow and translucent and perfectly fulfills its function of …

New Candidate for World's First Bird

Discovery of the feathered Aurornis stokes the debate over the first avian.<p><b>For over a century and a half, the prehistoric Archaeopteryx has been celebrated as nature's earliest bird.</b><p>The iconic Jurassic creature was covered in feathers yet retained the teeth, claws, and bony tail from its …

The Right (and Left) Stuff: Why Countries Drive on Different Sides of the Road

Changing Planet<p>No matter how many times you go to a country like England or Japan, it’s still a little shock to get off a plane and see people driving on the left side of the road. That is, if you’re from the roughly 75 percent of countries that drive on the right side of the road. Wrong in this …

The Great White Whale Fight

The Georgia Aquarium wants to import 18 wild-caught Russian beluga whales.<p><b>The Georgia Aquarium is proposing to import 18 white whales, belugas, captured in Russia's Sea of Okhotsk—three to keep for itself, the rest to distribute to five other marine parks.</b><p>This reverses a trend. There have been no …

The Icon: Sydney Opera House

The billowing Sydney Opera House was a gamble when it started. Literally.<p>Costs were estimated at $7 million, but the building’s final price tag came to $102 million, with the money coming mostly from the State Lottery. And the punters who paid for it had to wait to hear the fat lady sing — the …

June 9, 2013: Cooking Cicadas, Colonizing Mars, and More

Every week, embark with host Boyd Matson on an exploration of the latest discoveries and interviews with some of the most fascinating people on the planet, on <i>National Geographic Weekend.</i><p>Please check listings near you to find the best way to listen to <i>National Geographic Weekend</i>, or pick your …

Rare Video of “Giant Sea Serpent” Oarfish Caught

Wildlife<p><b>Scientists at the GulfSERPENT Project recently captured an oarfish on video near the Gulf of Mexico. Since the video was released, it has appeared on numerous websites and blogs calling it the “first-ever” video of a “sea serpent” and other glamorous names. While these titles may help to</b> …

Dog Disease Infecting Tigers, Making Them Fearless

The big cat is catching canine distemper from domestic dogs, experts say.<p><b>Cats and dogs don't usually mix. But a domestic dog virus is posing a new threat to endangered tigers in the wild, experts say—partly by making them less fearful of people. (See tiger pictures.)</b><p>Forced into increasingly smaller …

Protein for All: Fish and the Future of Food

Human Journey<p>The seas that swirl around us are actually pretty resilient—despite what we often hear about the ocean and the ways it is imperiled. Ecosystems driven to the brink after things like oil spills can actually recover quite quickly. The greenhouse gases we pump into the atmosphere are, in …

Farming Sea Cucumbers in Madagascar…for Economic Hope and Conservation

<b>By Taylor Mayol, Blue Ventures</b><p>Look at a map and find Madagascar, the fourth biggest island on Earth, just off the coast of east Africa. Focus on the dry southwest and find the town of Toliara, capital of this impoverished region.<p>Now imagine a drive northwards through the searing heat along a bumpy, …

Antarctic's Ice Shelves Melting From the Bottom Up

Ice shelves lose more mass where the ice meets the sea than previously thought.<p><b>Antarctica's ice shelves are losing it.</b><p><b>Conventional wisdom holds that ice shelves—the seaward extension of glaciers on land—lose most of their mass by shedding icebergs. But new research finds that there's another</b> …

When Head Meets Soccer Ball, How Does Your Brain Fare?

Brain abnormalities, memory loss found among frequent "head-butters."<p><b>Soccer players who frequently head-butt the ball—a commonly used tactic for passing or scoring in a game—may be risking brain injury, memory loss, and impaired cognitive ability, according to a study published in the journal</b> …

How Diving Mammals Stay Underwater for So Long

Positive charges on oxygen-binding proteins are key to diving mammals' success.<p><b>Imagine holding your breath while chasing down agiant squid (Architeuthis dux)—multi-tentacled monsters wielding suckers lined with tiny teeth—in freezing cold water, all in the dark. That would take a lot out of</b> …

Best and Worst Animal Fathers

Wildlife<p>We did it for Mother’s Day—now it’s time for equal treatment. In time for Father’s Day, what are the “best” and “worst” animal fathers?<p><b>Best:</b> <b>Owl Monkeys</b><p>Owl monkey fathers surely rank among the best. As seen in the video below, for many months after birth, the father cares for the young ones, …

Windowseat Lounge Provides Privacy in Public Places

A seat that loops over the head of the sitter provides a sense of enclosure and privacy in busy public environments like airports and hotel lobbies, …

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