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Hiking the John Muir Trail: Going Out to Go In

“I only went out for a walk, and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.” ~ John Muir<p>Drawing wild-eyed wanderers and scruffy-haired men from around the world, the 211-mile John Muir Trail has a reputation of immeasurable proportions. Making its way …

The Classical Origins of Great TV

<b>As the final half-season</b> of <i>Breaking Bad</i> edges toward its conclusion, hero-turned-villain Walter White, a mild-mannered chemistry teacher who began cooking crystal meth and has now become the kingpin of his own drug cartel, may be forced to dispose of his pupil and filial sidekick, Jesse (and …

7 Reasons Why Coffee Is Good For You

Coffee isn't just warm and energizing, it may also be extremely good for you.<p>In recent years and decades, scientists have studied the effects of coffee on various aspects of health and their results have been nothing short of amazing.<p>Here are 7 reasons why coffee may actually be one of the …

How to Save Africa’s Elephants

In the 1980s, I did a stint as a wildlife researcher in Kenya. I witnessed a decade of unprecedented slaughter of African elephants by poachers, out to profit from rising ivory demand in Asia’s fast-growing economies of the day.<p>By 1989, more than 600,000 elephants had been killed—half of Africa’s …

Secrets of Whale Shark Migration Revealed

The world's biggest fish travels far and wide, a tracking study shows.<p><b>The world's biggest fish are hungry migrators on a mission, according to a tracking study that mapped whale sharks' long journeys around the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean to a favorite feeding hot spot off the Yucatan</b> …

Whoops, Humans Officially Blew The Planet’s Budget This Week

If we made an annual balancing sheet for our use of the Earth’s resources, Tuesday was the day we went into the red. “Earth Overshoot Day” is coming earlier every year.<p>Ever wonder how humans are able to consume so many resources–water, trees, crops, etc.–on a planet with a limited capacity? Well, …

Sustainability

Five Reasons to Eat Watermelon

Studies link the summer treat to many health benefits.<p><b>Big, sloppy slices of watermelon served at a picnic table are the quintessential summer snack—sweet enough to be dessert but, as several recent studies remind us, good for our health as well. (And only 84 calories per wedge!)</b><p><b>1. It soothes sore</b> …

How To Tweet & Blog From (Almost) Anywhere In The World

As National Geographic’s Digital Nomad, it’s my job to be connected—all the time. While on assignment, I have tweeted from all seven continents, from the middle of the ocean, from the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro, and from the of inside King Tut’s Tomb. How do I do it? It’s not always easy, but after a …

Hundreds of Panther Sightings Reported in Florida

Changing Planet<p>Hundreds of sightings of panthers roaming wild in Florida have been reported by the public to the state’s Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) website launched a year ago, the agency said in a news statement.<p>As of August 2013, the public had submitted 790 sightings to …

12 Yoga Poses To Undo The Damage Of Your Desk Job

You may <i>joke</i> that your job is slowly killing you, but it might actually be true.<p>And while job-related stress seems like the main culprit when it comes to health and your career ( it can have negative health effects as far ranging as increased heart attack risk, depression or premature aging), …

Expert tips for your first trek to the Indian Himalaya

Yearning to explore the forbidding peaks of the Indian Himalaya, but not sure where to start? These expert tips from a seasoned trekker will help you dodge the newbie mistakes and ensure your journey exceeds expectations.<p>Planning your trip<p>Thorough planning (or lack of it) can make or break a trip, …

Associated Press News

Gear up to see some great balls of fire streaking through the sky this month. According to NASA research, the upcoming Perseid meteor shower produces more meteors than any other annual shower, earning it the title of "fireball champion." http://oak.ctx.ly/r/97e1 Photographer David Kingham took this amazing composite image of the Perseid meteor shower from Snowy Range in Wyoming on August 12, 2012. http://www.davidkinghamphotography.com/night/h626c32b#h626c32b

How a Swath of 20-Somethings Have Tuned In to 1920s Pop

It has been called New Orleans jazz, Dixieland (a term that most of the musicians playing it despise), and most recently, “trad” (short for “traditional”) jazz. Ever since Benny Goodman exploded onto the pop-music scene in 1935 and ignited the swing era, the earlier jazz of the 1920s has been …

What You Need To Know About Vaccinations And Medication Before Traveling Abroad

Before traveling abroad, many people have questions about how to protect themselves from foreign bacterial or viral illnesses. The threat of infection can be scary for travelers, but supplied with all the right information, they can vastly improve their odds at staying safe.<p>The first step a …

Former Astronaut Launches Kickstarter Bid for Plasma Rocket Documentary

A former astronaut's rocket company is raising money via Kickstarter to make a short documentary that explains the technology behind a propulsion …

These Colorful, Dramatic Cliffs Are a Half Million Years Old

<b>Location: South Dakota<br>Established: November 10, 1978<br>Size: 244,300 acres</b><p>They call it The Wall. It extends for a hundred miles through the dry plains of South Dakota—a huge natural barrier ridging the landscape, sculptured into fantastic pinnacles and tortuous gullies by the forces of water. Those …

National Parks

Visit This Unique, Tropical National Park

The oft-overlooked American territory of Samoa is home to a national park spanning rain forest, beach, and coral reef.<p><b>Location:</b> American Samoa<b><br>Established:</b> October 31, 1988<b><br>Size:</b> 13,500 acres (9,500 land, 4,000 marine)<p>For some 3,000 years, the people of Polynesia's oldest culture have been keenly …

National Parks

The Pursuit of Happiness: Sequoia Style

<b>“To practice any art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow. So do it.” – Kurt Vonnegut</b><p>I arrived in Sequoia National Park on a personal quest.<p>I had heard about a grove of trees within the Giant Forest that had been dedicated to National Geographic a long way back. As the …

Jane Goodall on Why We Should Help the Serengeti

Animal-rich region is the "essence of Africa," famed scientist says.<p><b>Serengeti National Park in Tanzania is home to the largest migration of land animals on the planet: More than two million mammals roam its 11,500 square miles (30,000 square kilometers).</b><p>But like so many natural areas in today's …

Opinion: Why Are We Still Hunting Lions?

How can we save lions when Americans are killing them for sport?<p><i>Editor's note: Jeff Flocken is North American director for the International Fund for Animal Welfare.</i><p><b>The United States government is considering whether to add lions to the list of species protected by the Endangered Species Act. Such</b> …

Chad Captures Man Accused of Killing 192 Elephants Since August

Chadian authorities captured a man they accused of leading a group of poachers that killed 89 elephants in a single night in March, Environment …

Our Footprint in Seven Facts

<b>4) By 2050 about 70% of the world’s population will live in cities, nearly as many people as are alive today.</b> This exodus is largely occurring in …

NSA collecting phone records of millions of Verizon customers daily

The National Security Agency is currently collecting the telephone records of millions of US customers of Verizon, one of America's largest telecoms …