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Brad Scriber is the Deputy Research Director for National Geographic magazine, with an emphasis on researching energy topics. He also contributes to NG Daily News, the Great Energy Challenge, and Pop Omnivore. Follow @bradscriber on Twitter.

Shackleton Comic Brings Antarctica’s Heroic Age of Exploration to Life

A century ago, Ernest Shackleton planned the first trek from shore to shore across Antarctica. During their journey, he and the crew aboard the Endurance became stranded in ice along the Antarctic coast and nearly perished. Now their story is being told in a beautiful new graphic novel from artist Nick Bertozzi. The comic showcases their…

Do Lemurs Have Personalities?

Lemurs have identifiable personality traits that are consistent from situation to situation, a new study says.

Do Lemurs Have Personalities?

Lemurs have identifiable personality traits that are consistent from situation to situation, a new study says.

What the “Arrested Development” Chicken Dance Really Says About the Bluth Family

The dysfunctional Bluth family returns this Sunday with 15 new episodes of the canceled sitcom Arrested Development via Netflix. And you know what that means: more chicken dancing! Arrested Development is built on recurring jokes but one of the biggest crowd-pleasers of all is the Bluth family chicken dance, deployed to taunt other family members,…

National Geographic HQ Makes a Scene on the FX Spy Series The Americans

  If you’ve been watching the FX network’s retro spy series, The Americans, which has its season finale tonight, you may or may not have noticed a recurring cameo by the National Geographic headquarters building as seen from the window of the show’s FBI headquarters (that’s us in the picture above, with our flat roof…

Nat Geo Photographer Tells All About Buzkashi, the Afghan Sport Involving a Headless Goat (and the Subject of an Oscar-nommed Film)

In Buzkashi Boys, an Academy Award nominee for live action short film, two boys in Kabul dream of winning fame on horseback in Afghanistan’s aggressive national sport, buzkashi, where riders compete for control of the headless body of a goat. To learn more about this unusual sport, Pop Omnivore’s Brad Scriber talked with photographer Matthieu…

A Not So Suburban Suburbia: Possibilities for Our Urban Future

There are nearly seven billion people on the planet, and more than half of them live in urban areas. Close your eyes and try to picture that. Do you see the towering density of Tokyo or Mumbai? Well, you’re partly right. Megacities with populations topping 10 million are part of the picture, but our urbanization…

Aspen Environment Forum Looks at the Human Role in Global Calamities

Yesterday evening, the opening panel of the 2011 Aspen Environment Forum looked at our increasingly disaster-prone world and asked how we can cope with calamity on a more and more crowded planet. Stewart Brand of the Long Now Foundation, Bill McKibben of 350.org, Thomas Lovejoy of George Mason University, and Marcia McNutt of the U.S.…