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You Are Not Your Data (and a project update)

Last week was the Fulbright-National Geographic Pre-departure Orientation in Washington, D.C. In addition to getting a chance to meet the brilliant 2015-2016 Fellows, we (the 2014-15 cohort) gave presentations to the public about our projects.  I structured most of my talk around one question: what can you learn from your data? The short answer, of…

World of Dances #8

This post is the latest in the World of Dances series, which profiles ballet and dance photography in iconic, architectonically unique, culturally emblematic, rapidly vanishing landmarks or simply unexpected locations, that Kike captures about during his travels. This post is the latest in the Drones and Small Unmanned Aerial Systems Special Series, which profiles interesting information, research and thoughts on using drones, UAVs and…

Red, White, and Bison: This Iconic Animal Should be Named the National Mammal of the United States

This weekend, Americans will spend the 4th of July thinking of the things that make the United States great. Of course, that means independence and freedom, and probably barbecues and fireworks as well. But another of those quintessentially great things about America is the bison, an animal that has for too long gone unrecognized as the national icon that it is.

World of Dances #7

This post is the latest in the World of Dances series, which profiles ballet and dance photography in iconic, architectonically unique, culturally emblematic, rapidly vanishing landmarks or simply unexpected locations, that Kike captures about during his travels.     Dancer 1: Eileen Neryssa Frazer Ballet: Bachelor of Arts in Dance Pedagogy from Butler University. Former dancer at the National Ballet of Panama. Dancer 2: Leydi F.…

Dinner’s-eye View of a Saltwater Croc

If you were to look a saltwater crocodile in the mouth as it tried to eat you, this is what you’d see.

Obio Community Health Model “Wipes Away Tears” in Nigeria

Ranking a dismal 187 out of 194 World Health Organization member countries, Nigeria’s health care system offers anything but universal coverage. Most Nigerians must pay out of their own pocket for basic care of doubtful quality. But a pioneering community insurance scheme in the Niger Delta has demonstrated a viable way to deliver health care to thousands of people. It’s proof that affordable quality health care can be made available to all in Nigeria and the rest of Africa.

SCOTUS Overturns Mercury Rule

The Supreme Court, in a 5–4 decision, ruled that the Clean Air Act required the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to consider the costs of its Mercury and Air Toxics Standard (MATS) rule when determining whether it was “appropriate and necessary” to regulate mercury emissions from the power sector. The MATS rule requires coal-burning power…

Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship Awards Announced

Five Fellows from across the United States will receive grants as part of the 2015-2016 Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship to travel overseas and use multi-media storytelling techniques to build awareness of transnational challenges, the U.S. Department of State and the National Geographic Society announced yesterday. The Fellows were selected by the J. William Fulbright…

Large, Strange Fish at the “Last Wild Island”

After six weeks of searching for this rapidly vanishing species, it was cause for underwater celebration to finally lay eyes on sizable schools of the largest parrotfish species in the world.

New Research from C40 and Arup Shows How City Governments are Changing the World

Today, C40 and Arup released Powering Climate Action: Cities as Global Changemakers, a report that demonstrates cities are taking substantial steps on climate action by collaborating and leveraging partnerships not only with each other, but also with the private sector and civil society. Seth Schultz, C40 Director of Research, Measurement & Planning, said: “The Powering Climate Action report…

What the River Knows: Virgin River, Utah

I flow out of a cave at 9,000 feet elevation near Navajo Lake at Cascade Falls, Utah, descend toward Lake Mead at 1,000 feet, and empty into the Colorado River. The length of the Virgin River is 180 miles, however I am only the 33-mile stretch of the North Fork.

Africa’s Vultures Are Collapsing to Extinction

After millions of years of being beneficial to humans and our ancestors, these mighty scavengers are now falling prey to human vices.

Wings, Water, Wind, and Hope in Hawaii

Because the Hawaiian islands were created by volcanoes, all life had to arrive there either by water, wind, or wings. After many negative effects, can humans help preserve some of this delicate ecology?

Biking With Fresh Air, the Open Road, and an Awful Lot of Roadkill

Julie Hotz is biking from L.A. to Montana, then hiking to the Pacific Coast, recording every bit of roadkill she sees. It’s important information, and it doesn’t come free.

On Returning and Continuing On: The End of My Fulbright-National Geographic Grant

I’m writing this from a cafe in San Francisco, sipping on a coffee that I bought for the price of a nice breakfast in Mexico. I ordered the drink in English, a language which at least 75% of the people I’ve overheard talking on the street seem to speak. I can make convincing small talk…