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Race for Water Odyssey against Plastic Pollution – The Countdown Begins

Less than one month from the big launch, the R4WO teams are putting the final touches on the expedition’s preparations. Technical details are adjusted, and bonds between team members grow stronger through training sessions in Lorient (France). Everything falls into place under optimal conditions before the trip to Bordeaux, R4WO’s first stop.   Final Tests:…

Celebrating the Year of the Hoofed Creature that Bleats and Eats Grass

Issues of translation and intent is always challenging when working with several languages. On Wednesday, I had the good fortune to be invited to my friends’ home to celebrate the year of the hoofed creature that bleats and eats grass. How people are discussing this holiday in the media makes me think more about labels and how they are created, especially as it relates to my own work.

What’s Living Under These Elephant Seals?

Most people come to the Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas) to see elephant seals and penguins. Ginny Edgcomb came for the microbes.

Is “Extinct” Forever? Central Asia’s Caspian Tiger Traverses the Comeback Trail

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I imagine a tiger. He’ll move through the forest and his days Leaving his traces on the mud banks Of a river whose name he doesn’t know. In his world there are no names or past Or future, only the certainty of now. —Jorge Luis Borges, The Other Tiger In reeds tinged red in the…

Manx: How a Unique Island Got Its Voice Back

Celebrate the successful revival of the Isle of Man’s ancient tongue as UNESCO marks International Mother Language Day.

Search for the Giant Chinese Swamp Cypress: Meet the Tree Team

For this National Geographic-sponsored expedition to save the Critically Endangered Chinese swamp cypress (Glyptostrobus pensilis), we have brought together a dynamic group of people from the U.S., Scotland, and Laos. Let me introduce you to our team. We broke up into three groups to conduct surveys in promising watersheds of the Nakai-Nam Theun National Protected Area…

Bats Big and Small in the World’s Oldest Desert

Vying with desert elephants for a spot at waterholes at night, NG Young Explorer Grantee Theresa Laverty begins her search for insect-eating bats along northwestern Namibia’s dry riverbeds.

A Day in the Life of a Researcher in Search of Rats

The last twenty-four hours on Fernando de Noronha have been non-stop, non-sleep, and action filled, and not just because it’s been Carnival in Brazil.

Using Ancient DNA to Uncover the Hidden History of Patagonia

How far will Genographic Project scientists go to help reveal where we came from? Geographically-speaking the answer may be Puerto Williams, the southern tip of Chile.

Google Science Fair 2015: What Will You Try?

The annual Google Science Fair is back, bringing together the biggest ideas and the greatest experiments from young people all around the world, and you are invited to be a part of it.

Mapping Rio de Janeiro’s Christ the Redeemer in High-Definition

This post is the latest in the Drones and Small Unmanned Aerial Systems Special Series, which profiles interesting information, thoughts and research into using  drones, UAVs or remotely piloted vehicles for journalism and photography, that Kike learns about during his travels. 3D UAV mapping technology is delving into uncharted territory, finding applications for the union of UAV hardware and image processing software…

500 Years on a Tropic Island in 500 Words or Less

When studying invasive species on a remote island, it helps to know the island’s history. And this one’s good.

Disability as Big Business in Phnom Penh

Disability is big business​ in Phnom Penh, capital of Cambodia. ​On almost every street​ ​there is a sign, sometimes several in a row, advertising massages by blind people. In addition to these ubiquitous blind massage businesses, there are also shops advertising clothing and accessories ​”​made by people with disabilities.” I am inclined to be wary of businesses that use ​t​h​is marketing approach, a wariness intensified by its currency in Cambodia.

Swamp Stomping, Animal Sightings, and the Value of Trails

Halfway through the #Glades2Gulf Expedition, explorers offer tips on navigating Florida’s back country, give an update on the species seen so far, and put some numbers to the value of nature trails.

Gardens: The World’s Oldest Therapists

Co-authored by: Patsy Benveniste, Vice President, Community Education Programs Barb Kreski, Director of Horticultural Therapy Services Chicago Botanic Garden If you grew up prior to the invention of tablets and smart phones, it’s likely that you have nostalgic memories of playing in the backyard with friends or feeling the sun on your back as you helped your…