Chris Hepler

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Could scientists create dragons using CRISPR gene editing?

<b>The mythical dragon has been associated with Wales for more than a millennium and famously graces the national flag.</b><p>But is it possible dragons could ever exist beyond the pages of Celtic mythology or the celluloid of fantasy film?<p>Academics have suggested in a recent essay the creation of large, …

Genetics

17 Of The Most Powerful Things Latinos Said In 2015 That Got Us Thinking

Diversity, immigration, feminism and more -- these celebrities covered it all.<p>Latinos gave us plenty to think about in 2015, and it's time to revisit some of the best mic drop moments of the year.<p>From pointing out Hollywood's lack of diversity to exemplifying the importance of redefining …

World’s Best Islands for Food 2015

“This is a foodie paradise and beach paradise rolled into one,” observed one voter in our WBA survey. The small British isle has a prolific food …

I can't shake this totally believable theory about the new 'Star Wars' villain

<b>Warning: There are spoilers ahead if you haven't seen "Star Wars: The Force Awakens."</b><p>There's still a lot we don't know about after seeing the new "Star Wars" movie. One of the biggest mysteries surrounds the new villain, Supreme Leader Snoke.<p>Since the moment I saw the character on screen, I've only …

Star Wars

Anne Frank foundation fights plans to publish diary online on 1 January

Seventy years after Anne’s death, an academic and a French MP say the diary is public domain, despite objections from foundation set up by Otto Frank<p>An academic and a French MP have said they will go ahead with plans to publish the diary of Anne Frank online on Friday, despite the organisation …

Anne Frank

This is what the entire universe looks like in one image

The universe is so vast it's almost impossible to picture what it might look like crammed into one field of view.<p>But musician Pablo Carlos Budassi …

FBI's UFO File: Proof of Roswell?

Does a recently discovered 1950 memo found in FBI archives prove that the U.S. government recovered flying saucers and alien bodies in Roswell, New …

Top 10 Incredibly Hot Weather Forecasters

<b>A TV show is really only watchable if there is some eye candy.</b><p>The television weathercasters are becoming more and more stunning and beautiful over …

The 15 Coolest Bookstores From Around the World

Rumor has it J. K. Rowling was inspired by Livraria Lello while writing <i>Harry Potter</i> (and teaching English) in Portugal. It doesn’t take long to …

Dazzling airplane patent puts seats on top of aircraft | CNN Travel

(CNN) — At last, a new airplane seating patent that doesn't try to squeeze more humans into a smaller space.<p>Instead, this concept aims to give passengers an even better view of the skies than the pilot's by seating them on top of the plane, inside a transparent bubble-style canopy.<p>U.S. aerospace …

Entrepreneurs turn billion dollar seafood waste into profitable products

From wallets to antibacterial fabric, innovators are turning once discarded fish waste into money<p>Since he started working on commercial fishing and crabbing boats as a teenager, Craig Kasberg loved being out at sea. Yet he was bothered by the amount of fish waste he saw being dumped back on to the …

Profit

The Latest Casting Choices For ‘Death Note’ Prompted Whispers Of Whitewashing

Margaret Qualley (whose credits include <i>The Leftovers</i> and the upcoming <i>The Nice Guys</i>) has been cast as the female lead in the Warner Bros. film <i>Death Note</i>, which is an interpretation of the Japanese manga series by Tsugumi Ohba. This follows on the heels of the news that Nat Wolff, the star of <i>The</i> …

How frogs switch vision to see in murky water

For nearly a century, scientists have puzzled over how freshwater fish and some amphibians, including frogs, can do something humans can’t.<p>They can …

Anonymous Just Declared War on ISIS

The group has been battling the Islamic State's online propaganda apparatus since January.<p>The hacktivist group Anonymous has declared all-out cyberwar against the so-called Islamic State. A video, posted to YouTube November 14—one day after the attacks in Paris for which the terror group has …

Three science ideas you'll be hearing more about in 2016

Who said scientists can't be world-famous celebrities? Earlier this month, nearly $22 million in Breakthrough Prizes were handed out to the world's top researchers in physics, the life sciences and mathematics. The $3 million Breakthrough Prizes, at twice the dollar amount of the Nobel Prize, are …

The Food Lab: Foolproof Onion Rings

Here's another exclusive excerpt from my book, The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science. I hope you enjoy it.<p>The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science<p>$33.89from Amazon<p>At their physical core, onion rings couldn't be more different from fried fish. But at their philosophical core, …

March 2014

Native Americans: Portraits From a Century Ago

In the early 1900s, Seattle-based photographer Edward S. Curtis embarked on a project of epic scale, to travel the western United States and document the lives of Native Americans still untouched by Western society. Curtis secured funding from J.P. Morgan, and visited more than 80 tribes over the …

Emergency Preparedness: Survival Fishing Techniques

Fishing can be a very rewarding pastime, but it can also be a life-saver in a survival situation, as fish are a great and healthy source of protein. …

Fishing

Machete Wielding ‘Baltimore Batman’ Fends Off Looters From Liquor Store

A man brandishing a machete and wearing a surgical mask apparently prevented a liquor store/bar from further looting in Baltimore.<p>The man, a bouncer …

Justice

HBO's Sci-Fi Thriller Westworld Will Have More Nudity Than Game of Thrones

This might be the first time TV actors have been asked to "form a table-like shape while nude."<p>HBO viewers are no strangers to nudity, but a new show called <i>Westworld</i> will likely have even more than we're used to seeing. A lot more. In graphic detail.<p>According to the <i>Hollywood Reporter</i>, extras in the …

21 Portraits That Gaze Into Your Very Soul

When it comes to portraits, it's hard to argue against the saying, "it's all about the eyes." The so-called windows of the soul can draw you in like few other features have to power to. There's a reason one of (if not the) most popular National Geographic cover ever was Afghan Girl by Steve …

Photography

Found: The First Mechanical Gear in a Living Creature

U.K. scientists find the first biological gears on a jumping insect half the size of a fire ant.<p><b>With two diminutive legs locked into a leap-ready position</b>, the tiny jumper bends its body taut like an archer drawing a bow. At the top of its legs, a minuscule pair of gears engage—their strange, …

What His Favorite Sex Position Says About Him

A guy spills all the dirty (and hilarious) details.<p>You can tell a lot about a guy from his shoes or his car or the way he treats people in general. But if you want real insight into his weird brain, check out his preferred sexual position.<p>One simple act that can be done in countless ways means …

Google and NASA Have A New Quantum Computer

Meet the D-Wave 2X<p>It looks like the holiday season came early for Google’s Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab.<p>Google, NASA, and the Universities Space Research Association announced today that they’re getting the D-Wave 2X, the newest and most powerful quantum computer on the market. The 2X …

Quantum Computing

This video is going viral because it might prove ghosts are real

The following HelloGiggles post is best read with the lights on. And maybe under your covers. Surrounded by teddy bears.<p>A woman in Ireland named Ashy …

Salamanders Lost, Found and Saved

Changing Planet<p><i>This article is brought to you by the</i> <i>International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP)</i><i>. Read our</i> <i>other articles</i> <i>on the National Geographic Voices blog featuring the work of our iLCP Fellow Photographers all around the world.</i><p><b>Text and Photos by iLCP Fellow Robin Moore</b><p><i>An</i> …

Why The Smartest Person Isn’t The Most Likely To Get The Job

Showing off how smart you are on your résumé could have a negative effect on recruiters. Attitude trumps IQ when it comes to success.<p><i>Genius</i>. The word has an undeniable cachet and implies capability beyond the ordinary. The pursuit of genius or at least being the smartest person in the room …