Steven Speed Bryant

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After Summiting Mt. Everest, He Returned Home to Face His Demons

Adventure photographer Cory Richards shares his intimate struggles—with PTSD, alcoholism, infidelity—and how he found his way forward.<p><i>On April 8, explorer and photographer Cory Richards—National Geographic’s 2012 Adventurer of the Year—begins his third expedition to climb Mt. Everest.</i><p><i>As Richards</i> …

Mountaineering

Why Pygmies Are Dealing Weed to Survive

Indigenous communities in the Congo have harvested marijuana as long as they can remember. Now, with no land to call their own, they turn to selling—with dire consequences.<p>NORTH KIVU, Congo — Nana sleeps on a pillow of marijuana. It’s a trick his grandfather taught him to make the buds more potent, …

Cannabis

Stunning imagery from the Smithsonian’s 14th annual photo competition

With more than 48,000 entries, Smithsonian magazine has no shortage of images from which to pick a winner (on 28 March) for its 2016 competition. These are among the finalists from the travel, sustainable travel and people categories<br>• <b>View other entries and vote for your favourites</b>

Smithsonian

Keep Your Hands on the Wheel and Don't Look Down

It’s an exceedingly white January afternoon on America’s sketchiest road—white ­flurries rushing the windshield and swirling in the ­mirrors, white ridges and cirques disappearing among torn white clouds. Heck, even the road is white, though it won’t remain so for long. Dack Klein is behind the …

Cinco de Mayo

What I Learned from Living with a Navy SEAL

In 2010, Jesse Itzler—a successful businessman behind ventures ranging from a prepaid private jet company, to Zico coconut water, and even the Atlanta Hawks—decided to radically change his life. He wanted to become mentally tougher and thought that the best, or at least the most effective way to do …

Ultramarathons

Colossal diamond’s eerie glow Earns It a Fiery Name

Several weeks before it went on display in mid-November at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, minerals curator Jeff Post stood in …

Smithsonian

Emirates Offers First Class Passengers Seaweed-infused Pajamas

Emirates prides itself on providing one of the most luxurious first class experiences in aviation—and it’s all in the details.<p>This week the airline …

A Journey to the Homeland of Hot Sauce

Discover hot peppers and bright colors on every corner in Bolivia.<p>In a small courtyard in the sprawling Andean city of Sucre, Bolivia, Claudia Vicente Ventura unloads a bowl of chopped red and green chilies onto a flat stone. Wearing a blue apron and with her black hair plaited into two long …

South America

Video: In gesture of love, Alaska pilot donates kidney to flight attendant

March 16, 2017 update: The surgery to transplant a kidney from Alaska Airlines Captain Jodi Harskamp to Flight Attendant Jenny Stansel was performed …

Medicine

Olympian Mo Farah Slams Trump's Executive Order Against Muslims

The gold medalist is worried he won't be able to reunite with his family in Portland.<p>Sir Mo Farah, one of Britain’s most prolific athletes, condemned President Donald Trump’s executive order banning people from certain Muslim countries and raised concern it would keep him from returning to his home …

Immigration

150-year-old Diorama Surprises Scientists With Human Remains

While restoring a taxidermy diorama, researchers discovered a human skull hidden inside a mannequin.<p>Generations of museum-goers have stood rapt before a 150-year-old taxidermy diorama that shows a simulated lion attack—and contains a real human skull.<p>At the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, …

Anthropology

Human-Pig Hybrid Created in the Lab—Here Are the Facts

Scientists hope the chimera embryos represent key steps toward life-saving lab-grown organs.<p>In a remarkable—if likely controversial—feat, scientists announced today that they have created the first successful human-animal hybrids. The project proves that human cells can be introduced into a …

Genetics

The 30 Most Intriguing Musicians of 2017

The contemporary pop music world can sound mighty bland. Only a few of the musicians featured here are famous, but each has the potential to shake up …

New Albums

10 Incredible Trees You Can Still Visit, Now That Pioneer Cabin Is No More

The famed tunnel tree is no more, but there are more arboreal wonders to see in the world.<p>On January 8, the famed Pioneer Cabin tree, a giant sequoia …

Nature

A Historic Explorer Leads the Way on an Epic African Journey

Following the path of Leo Africanus to Timbuktu, a traveler encounters modern nomads.<p>In 1550, Leo Africanus, a Muslim-born diplomat and traveler who served Pope Leo X, produced the first geographical description of Africa to be published in Europe. More than 400 years later, Nicholas Jubber, a …

This black woman rode across America in 1930. On a Harley.

In spite of rampant racism, she was ‘very happy on two wheels’<p>Bessie Stringfield was a legendary force during the ripening of American motorcycle …

United States

Trump, Body Theology, And Justice

Body justice is being able to live as a human being in your own body and have it treated with respect. No groping, no sexual assault, no 'stop and frisk,' no throwing your body out because we just don't like your religion or national origin, and no shooting.<p>This is a concept unknown to presidential …

A New Speed Record Was Just Set on the Appalachian Trail. Will It Last?

Karl Meltzer completed the effort in 45 days, 22 hours, and 38 minutes. Was this record made to be broken?<p>Last summer trail runner Karl Meltzer was helping the legendary Scott Jurek attempt to set a new supported speed record on the Appalachian Trail (AT), urging him along to set a record that …

Hiking

The World’s Most Colorful Cities

It’s easy to spot the Venetian Island of Burano from the sea. The jewel-colored homes act like a beacon, which is what they were intended to be. …

The Surprising Way a Supermarket Changed the World

Picking up a basket while grocery shopping may seem second nature now, but the idea was once groundbreaking. And that was far from the only thing …

Let’s Talk About Millennial Poverty

We followed the path we were told to follow. So how did we end up more poor than our parents?<p>Nervously sitting in the WorkSource office in downtown …

Income Inequality

India's trains -- 'where all of life happens' | CNN Travel

India

#MahaloObama: Celebrating the Largest Protected Area in the World

Wildlife<p><i>The following is a blog post by Jim Robinett, Senior Vice President of External and Regulatory Affairs at Shedd Aquarium.</i><p>Kure Atoll, Kure Lagoon from Green Island.<br>© Susan Middleton<p>On Friday, the White House announced the passing of a bill to expand Papahānaumokuākea Marine National …

Conservation

Religious leaders aim to end gender-based violence in Ethiopia

<b>Crossposted from UN Women.</b><p>Religious leaders attending training in Mertolemariam town in February 2016. Photo: EOC<p>Archbishop Abune Markos from East Gojam Zone Diocese in Ethiopia believes in gender equality. He is committed to end child marriages and all forms of violence against women and girls in …

Ethiopia is Africa's next big tourist draw | CNN Travel

Africa

South Sudan violence leads 60,000 to flee, U.N. says

<b>(CNN) —</b> Violence in South Sudan over the past three weeks has prompted a massive flight of refugees into neighboring countries, according to the United Nations.<p>More than 60,000 people, most of whom are women and children, have fled the country since fighting began at the end of June, the U.N.'s …

Africa

Photographer Fights The Stigma Of Albinism With Stunning Photo Essay

Patricia Willocq's photos communicate the profound beauty in difference.<p>Photographer Patricia Willocq was raised in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where people with albinism are often the target of discrimination that, in the worst cases, endangers their lives. She recalls, from a young age, …

Dead And Company Is This Summer's Must-See Act

Monday, June 21, 2016 will be remembered by a lucky few not for the once in 50 years alignment of the full moon and summer solstice, but for the epic, almost four-hour Dead and Company concert at BB&T Pavilion in Camden, New Jersey. Dead and Company is the most important music story of 2016 and …

15 Maui Adventures That Will Keep You Active, Happy ... And Shark-Bite Free

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times for Maui in 2013. On the one hand, the valley isle was voted the best island in the world by <i>Conde Nast Traveler</i> readers for the 20th consecutive year.<p>On the other hand, it has experienced an unprecedented eight shark attacks so far this year, two …

See This, Skip That: Maui

The appeal of Maui goes well beyond the world-class beaches. Although those beaches – along with unblemished visuals that span from towering …