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Google Science Fair Hangout: What’s Your Utopia?

TH Culhane isn’t interested in some fantasy perfect world, just a better, more beautiful carrying-out of the real one. How could you help make it happen?

A Dog Named Bean: A Tail of Survival and Hope

Sponsor Content: This content is brought to you by Purina Better With Pets.  “My life changed forever in the spring of 2012 when I was fortunate enough to come across the most incredible, beloved little puppy,” began Dr. Stan Marks. Bean was a rescue pit bull who was brought to the UC Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital…

Printing Pet Prosthetics: The Story of TurboRoo

Sponsor Content: This content is brought to you by Purina Better With Pets.  At the Purina Better With Pets summit, host John Hockenberry introduced speaker Mark Deadrick as a “rocket scientist.” Mark says he’s actually more of a “rocket surgeon” whose San Diego-based company, 3dyn, uses 3D printers to make parts for aerospace companies. Because of his…

Reinventing Shelters for Humans and Pets

Sponsor Content: This content is brought to you by Purina Better With Pets.  Rita Garza considers herself very fortunate. In the past 18 months, she has been able to combine her “two passions: improving services and increasing awareness for victims of domestic violence” with her “deep love for animals.” Rita works for Urban Resource Institute (URI) in…

Imagining a Better Future With Pets

Sponsor Content: This content is brought to you by Purina Better With Pets.  When Dan Smith went to work at Purina in St. Louis 27 years ago, he thought, “I’ve always had pets; this’ll be fun.” After he had spent some time at the company in the research and development division, he realized he had found…

How a 14-Year-Old Inventor Treats Pet Anxiety

Sponsor Content: This content is brought to you by Purina Better With Pets.  As the Purina Better With Pets host John Hockenberry said, “she’s a little intimidating.” Fourteen-year-old Brooke Martin is an award-winning inventor from Spokane, Washington, an honor student, the head of a company, and, not incidentally, a poised and passionate speaker. She introduced herself…

Will 2014 Be the Year of the Ocean?

The United Nations says 1998 was the Year of the Ocean, but I beg to differ. I’m fairly convinced that next year will be the year we see world leaders begin to take responsibility for the future of our ocean, and start to turn words into action. We’re also going to see an innovation explosion…

December 1, 2013: Running the Amazon from New Source to Sea, Fact Checking Thanksgiving and More

This week on National Geographic Weekend radio show, join host Boyd Matson, as he and his guests paddle the length of the Amazon River, see Jerusalem through the eyes of its citizens, debunk Thanksgiving’s creation myths, and taking selfies with tigers.

Is Innovation Over?

A prominent social scientist says our best innovating days are behind us. Not a chance.

The Change Reaction Manifesto

We’re trying something new. For decades, you’ve told us, your grandparents have sent you our paper edition. You’ve seen the photos, read the stories. But one thing your grandparents probably didn’t teach you was that geography can be social, too. You can follow your favorite photographers on Instagram, and interact with some explorers on Twitter and Facebook as they cross the planet and find amazing new things. Later this month, I’ll be starting an epic trip–and tweeting it, too.

#JoinOurCore: Talking social innovation in the Dragons Den

Earlier this week I was invited to London to spend an hour talking to the twenty-five “Join Our Core” semi-finalists, a social entrepreneurship competition set up through a collaboration between Ben & Jerry’s, Ashoka UK and VSO. It’s vital that we not only continue to encourage and inspire young people into the field, but that…

The Congressman, IBM’s Watson, and a Big-Dream Future

Watson, the IBM machine that proved its “Jeopardy!” dominance on national TV one year ago, remains a bright example of the way that research can make our future better, writes U.S. Congressman Rush Holt in this guest post. But it is up to us to make that future real by making the necessary investments in R&D, he adds.

Technology, Anthropology, Conservation and Development: A Personal Journey

In Digital Diversity, a new series of blog posts for Nat Geo News Watch starting today, innovator, anthropologist and National Geographic Emerging Explorer Ken Banks shares exciting stories about how innovative technologies and mobile phones are being used throughout the world to improve, enrich, and empower billions of lives. This first post sets the stage.…

Prelude to PopTech 2010: ‘Brilliant Accidents, Necessary Failures, Improbable Breakthroughs’

The PopTech 2010 conference–an annual gathering of “visionary thinkers, leaders and doers in science, technology, design, the corporate and social sectors, entrepreneurship, education and the arts”–kicks off this Wednesday in Camden, Maine. By Ford Cochran Curated by futurist and National Geographic Fellow Andrew Zolli, the event (much of which will be webcast live Thursday through…

Bioneers Seek, Share Solutions Inspired by Nature

Over the next three days, catch 2010 Bioneers Conference highlights streamed live here on Nat Geo News Watch. By Ford Cochran Kenny Ausubel coined the term “Bioneers” two decades ago to describe social and scientific innovators whose solutions to human problems derive from nature and natural systems. Ausubel’s vision became the nonprofit Bioneers, which promotes…