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What a Group of 2,000 Biologists Talks About May Surprise You

“We’re not [just] talking about ‘how to save a rhino,’” says Dr. James Watson, President of the Society of Conservation Biology at the biannual gathering in France.

Can Ultimate Frisbee Greenwash the Olympics?

The Ultimate Frisbee community has been buzzing this week with the news that the International Olympics Committee (IOC) has finally recognized its sport. Critics wondered whether a defiantly counter-culture sport can continue to grow as part of mainstream culture, and others braced for yet another round of jokes at the expense of the sport’s dignity,…

World of Dances #14

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.     Female dancers: Claire Mazza, Nasiyat Begalieva, Lauren Treat and Melissa Weber. Male dancers: Morgan Stinnett, , Samuel Lariviere, and Carlos Diaz. Ballet: Connecticut Ballet…

The Nuclear Family: New Book Examines Two Sides of the Atomic Bomb

From an early age I thought it was strange that my family had a connection to both sides of the atomic bombs, in a very intimate way. I hoped to write a book that showed one of the most important events in human history had more then one viewpoint. As the world becomes more connected, and…

Cave Art May Show What Happened to Giant Lemurs

Ghostly figures in charcoal appear to show a now extinct primate from Madagascar succumbing to a human hunter.

World of Dances #13

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.     Dancers: Claire Mazza and Morgan Stinnett Ballet: Connecticut Ballet Location: Cockaponset State Park (Connecticut) Learn more about World of Dances Print Collection Follow Kike Calvo on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Web, or LinkedIn  …

Dust and Dancing to Celebrate Indigenous Australia

Every two years, the Laura Aboriginal Dance Festival in Australia brings together people for a spectacle of sights, sounds, and dust.

Part 1: On the Front Lines in Wet’suwet’en Territory

After a whirlwind trip to New York and Washington D.C. last month to meet the 2015-16 Fulbright-National Geographic Fellows (an impressive group) and publicly present our projects at National Geographic headquarters, I am back in Canada for two more months of production. Since my last post (so long ago!), I’ve been traveling back and forth…

So You Want to be Successful on Instagram?

This post is the first in the “So You Want to be Successful  on Instagram?” series, which explores Instagram as the ultimate visual platform. Kike Calvo is a National Geographic Creative photographer whose travels you can follow on Instagram.   After gaining over 300 million users in around three years, Instagram has become the undisputable social network for visual…

The Story About Hiroshima and Nagasaki You’ve Never Heard

“Everything is connected,” exclaimed Takeshi Miyata as he walked along the railway at the Auschwitz death camps, almost 70 years after Jews were carted off to slaughter in the same location. “Jewish scientists escaped the Nazis, helped America build an atomic bomb, and it was dropped on me.” Anyone who entered Hiroshima and Nagasaki within two weeks of…

How can you eat, eat, eat–and stay healthy? Ask a blind cavefish.

Barbecues and clambakes. Ice cream and berry pies. Summer is the season of food, food and more food. Is there a way to binge and still stay healthy? For answers, look far underground, say scientists, to the denizens of darkness: blind cavefish. Biologists studied blind cavefish, Astyanax mexicanus, living in freshwater pools in deep caves…

Protecting the Sea, Strengthening People, and Nursing Sea Turtles Back to Health

“It’s not just about protecting our land and sea. What we do also strengthens our people to stand up and stand together. That’s the biggest thing for us.”

World of Dances #12

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.     Ballet: New York City Ballet principal Gonzalo Garcia. Location: New York City. Learn more about World of Dances Print Collection Follow Kike Calvo on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Web, Tumblr, or LinkedIn   Selected reading:…

World of Dances #11

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: Brittany Cavaco. Ballet: SLK Ballet. Location: Metropolitan Museum of Art. Learn more about World of Dances Print Collection With thanks to the Metropolitan Museum of Art for their permission.…

Ocean Education – Let the Games Begin

Co-authored by Stephanie Roach, Waitt Institute Program Manager The Waitt Institute team is made up of people who spent their childhoods playing at the beach, swimming in the calm turquoise Caribbean Sea, and learning about the amazing, diverse creatures that live beneath the surface. Each of us fell in love with the ocean at a young…