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Learning Big Answers From Small Creatures

Studying bats in Madagascar, Cara Brook reflects on what the small things can tell us about the big picture.

Epic Mountain Hike Leads to Discovery of New Microbes

“Diatoms are to microscopic organisms as grizzly bears are to mammals. They are beautiful for their intricate designs and symmetry, and amazing for their incredible variety.”

DNA Reveals Unknown Ancient Migration Into India

As the Genographic Project celebrates its 10th anniversary, team scientists announce intriguing results from a study of more than 10,000 men from southern Asia.

3-D Modelling Corals on the Real Skull Island

On Skull Island, the skulls of head-hunting victims lie entombed beneath the skulls of their captors, while under the waves, a living treasure of coral is being enshrined digitally for all to see.

Exploring the Underground Mysteries of Socotra

Once they’d made the difficult journey to the cave entrance, the real journey began for these explorers on the trail of ancient rock art.

Last Ice Area Expedition Launches

Climate projections forecast the total disappearance of summer sea ice in the Arctic by 2040, with the exception of one place: the “last ice area,” north of Greenland and Ellesmere Island in Nunavut. This area will likely harbor the largest concentration of Arctic wildlife that depends on the sea ice edge for survival, including bowhead…

When Civil War Made Humans Prey for Carnivores

In the third episode of Through the Prides, we learn how immigrants evade predators as they walk across Kruger National Park and we speak to carnivore experts about what would compel a lion to hunt a human. [VIEWER DISCRETION ADVISED]

Bat Man of Borneo

Trudging through piles of guano up to 70 feet high, Donald McFarlane is getting to know the secrets of bats deep in the caves they call home.

Divers Search for Tiny Animals in Iceland’s Fissures

“The reason I wanted to learn to dive, ” says National Geogrphic grantee Jónína Ólafsdóttir, “was because I wanted to see different areas and species that you can’t access very easily.” This far north, she’s found what she’s been looking for.

Primate Survey Raises Question: Are Uganda’s Northernmost Chimpanzees Vanishing?

We set out to confirm whether chimpanzees remain in northern Uganda, and which other primates are supported by the magnificent Otzi Mountains on the South-Sudanese border. Here’s what we found.

Exploring Civilization Beyond the Walls

Huge walls may separate cultures, but it’s how we interact across those boundaries that reveals the real story of civilization.

Survivors Discuss What It Takes to Walk ‘Through the Prides’

In the second episode of Through the Prides, former walkers tell us what it takes to safely make it through the park. Meanwhile, Constance Nyathi’s fate is decided when she visits Home Affairs to apply for a permit to visit her ailing father in Mozambique.

Creating a ‘Lei of Hope’ for the World’s Oceans

Oceans are not too big to fail, says National Geographic Explorer Sylvia Earle. Can one boat’s journey send that message?

3 Surprising Discoveries From the Archaeology of Food

The archaeology of food is filling in the gaps between all the grand monuments and intricately crafted objects that occupied researchers and the public for generations.

Whales Surprise Baja Paddlers

The sudden appearance of two ocean giants didn’t phase grantee Justin DeShields: “I’m just like high off the experience of ‘oh my god there’s humpbacks just hanging out with us.'”