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October 19, 2014: Creating Electricity From Food Waste, Arresting Poachers and More

This week on National Geographic Weekend radio, join host Boyd Matson and his guests as they unearth the habits of the world’s largest-ever carnivore, digest kitchen waste to cook dinner, eat like a 500 year old king, stalk Chernobyl’s ruins, trace tree rings’ roots, write a novel about elephants with a plot twist, kayak to protest dams, prosecute poachers in Mozambique, and see the unseen as a large format film.

World’s Largest Lake Cleanup Dive Raises Awareness…About Ocean

On Saturday, Paul Rose put on a dry diving suit and walked to the end of a pier on scenic Lake Windermere, the largest natural lake in England. He plunged into the cold water. “I had been underwater for 30 seconds when I bumped straight into a complete toilet,” Rose told Water Currents. Rose, a…

Geography in the News: Shakespeare’s Geography

By Neal Lineback and Mandy Lineback Gritzner, Geography in the NewsTM and Maps.com SHAKESPEAREAN ENGLAND Summertime brings dozens of Shakespeare festivals to cities and towns around the United States. During the festivals, actors perform both Shakespeare’s most famous plays and some of his more obscure work. While festivals occur in states from Alabama to Utah,…

Photographer’s Journal: Up Close and Personal with British Otters

British photographer Charlie Hamilton James’s charming close-ups of otters grace the February 2013 issue of National Geographic Magazine. Here, he tells us how he captured such clear images of the shy creatures and their watery world, and explores the question: Can otters smell underwater?

Of National Geographic Maps and Urban Legends

Rarely a year goes by that I am not asked the following question: “Is it true that, for copyright purposes, National Geographic cartographers always embed an error or two on their maps?“ I always respond with an emphatic NO! Quite the opposite is true of maps published by National Geographic. National Geographic cartographers strive for…

The Living People in Charge of Dark Age Treasure

A lively conversation among experts and the audience of an NG Live! event fills in the gaps and adds new life to the story of the largest hoard of Anglo-Saxon gold ever found.

A Brief History of the Astronomical Telescope III: Newton and his Reflecting Telescope

  “Nature and Nature’s Laws lay hid in night. God said, ‘Let Newton Be!’ And all was light.” .                                                   — Alexander Pope.   Galileo died in 1642 after a turbulent…

A Royal Wedding Primer

Do you know who the Baron of Renfrew is? If you are planning to watch the royal wedding of William and Kate Middleton this Friday it’s time to brush up on London and all things royal. Take a trip back in time through the pages of National Geographic, with articles and photos showing the royal traditions and pageantry that will be echoed this week.

Giant Prehistoric Bird With Teeth Found Near London

Image courtesy of Senckenberg Research Institute and Natural History Museum An ancient relative of modern ducks and geese that skimmed the swampy wetlands of what is today England had a 16-foot wingspan and a beak full of crocodile-like teeth, scientists said on Friday. Announced in the journal Palaeontology, the findings were based on a skull…