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March 30, 2014: Skiing Everest, Mission Blue, Search for Michael Rockefeller, Violent Animal Reproduction, and More

Join radio host Boyd Matson every week for adventure, conservation and green science. This week his guests try to solve the mystery of the disappearance of Michael Rockefeller, figure out if Mother Nature is really trying to kill you, ski off the seven summits including Everest, look inside the city of Damascus during the Syrian War, dive into Mission Blue with Sylvia Earle, look at how much food we waste each year, take a walk on the surface of Mars, and find out what we should pack on a camping trip.

Top 25 Photographs from the Wilderness #18

Africa is our closest representation of the “Pleistocene megafauna”, the massive land animals considered archetypical of the last ice age, the mammoths and mastodons, sabre-toothed cats, and giant sloths, horses, bears, tortoises, and much else that disappeared with the subsequent rise of humankind. To walk in Africa’s wild places is to listen to yourself and understand your place on…

October 20, 2013: Paddling and Kite Surfing East Africa, Reenacting Civil War Battles and More

This week on National Geographic Weekend, join host Boyd Matson as we paddle board and kite surf in East Africa before meeting disaster, reenact the Civil War’s second bloodiest battle, motorcycle through the Middle East while searching for enlightenment, and combine rock & roll with genetics while trying to save humanity from infectious disease.

Your Best Names for the Odd Picket Fence Maker

From the Tom Sawyer spider to the flytrap fungus—see some of National Geographic readers’ name suggestions for what built a mysterious “picket fence” in the Amazon.

What Created This Mysterious “Picket Fence” in the Amazon?

Strange web-like structures found in the Amazon have scientists baffled—what do you think it is?

7 Demonic Creatures: Thorny Devil, Satanic Gecko, More

From “demon” ants to satanic geckos—see some of nature’s most devilish-looking creatures.

(More!) Pink Grasshoppers, Plus the First Wild Bear Sighting

At the research site: More pink grasshoppers, invertebrates galore, a few lizards and the first wild bear sighting!

Top 25 Photographs from the Wilderness #12

Explore the wilderness with us… Edward O. Wilson was awarded the Hubbard Medal at the 125th Anniversary Gala of the National Geographic Society last week. Here we share some of his quotes from a 5 decade long career that revolutionized our thinking on the natural world. Within the next 10-15 years we will see the…

Top 25 Photographs from the Wilderness #11

Explore the wilderness with us… This week we share the “golden wilderness”! The rich colors and textures of the wild can never be replaced or surpassed. Within the next 10-15 years we will see the last-remaining wilderness area on earth dominated by the demands of growing human populations and undermined by accelerated climate change. When…

Your Suggestions For Naming the Decoy-Building Spider

Dozens of readers have suggested a name for a newfound species of decoy-building spider. What would you call it?

Top 25 Photographs from the Wilderness #4

Explore the wilderness with us… Within the next 10-15 years we will see the last-remaining wilderness area on earth dominated by the demands of growing human populations and undermined by accelerated climate change. When the earth’s last wild places are gone, all we will have are fenced off protected areas dependent on constant intervention to persist…

Today’s Mercury Flyby Is Brought to You by the Word “Intriguing”

At 4:40 EST today NASA’s MESSENGER space probe passed just 124 miles (200 kilometers) over the nearest planet to the sun. The move marked the closest approach MESSENGER will make during its second Mercury flyby, part of its maneuvering to settle neatly into orbit in 2011. The first flyby in January produced some amazing pictures…

Along Came a Spider

As anyone who’s recently cleaned their attic can tell you, unexpectedly finding a large spider sitting in a dark, hidden part of your home can elicit excitement, consternation, and sometimes a family squabble. Apparently it’s no different if you are a planetary scientist, even when the home in question is the solar system and the…