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Views of Sarajevo From Young Explorers

National Geographic Young Explorers Grantees Cara Eckholm and Amanda Rivkin have been on the ground in Sarajevo this month. They’re pursing the story of the new urban landscape in Sarajevo, delving into the triumphs and tensions of a city that not long ago was ravaged by war. Through interviews with Sarajevo’s citizens Cara and Amanda are…

12 Twitter Handles You Should Follow

Nearly 16,000 of you follow C40 Cities on Twitter – and we do our best to keep you up to date with everything important when it comes to cities and climate change. Each day, more and more voices join the conversation about cities and climate action happening in the Twitterverse, and we’re pleased that so many of…

NASA Shutdown Unleashes Beautiful Astronaut Photos on Twitter

Despite the two-week old  government shutdown and NASA’s official online presence going completely dark, astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) have still been tweeting away and sharing some pretty spectacular snapshots. During the shutdown, NASA has kept Mission Control lights on at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, making sure that all communication lines…

What’s in Your Genes? Join a Twitter Chat with Geneticist Spencer Wells

When National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Robert Ballard, best known for his discovery of the R.M.S. Titanic, first participated in the Genographic Project, he expected to confirm what he already knew of his British-Dutch ancestry. But could his DNA tell him more about his ancient relatives? Dr. Ballard decided to “swab” with National Geographic’s Genographic Project to…

August 11, 2013: Holding our Breath in Underwater Caves, Biking Across Kyrgyzstan Mountains, and More

Join us this week, as we explore the labyrinth of underwater caves deep under Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula for clues of its Mayan past, cycle solo through Central Asian mountain passes to climb remote peaks, and debunk American historical myths from the Wild West to the Surfin’ Safari.

Social Media: Pulse of the Planet?

In 2010, Hillary Clinton described social media as a new nervous system for our planet. So can the pulse of the planet be captured by looking at social media activity?

10 Twitter Tips for Photographers and Artists

With each new day we are becoming photographers and artists who use more and more social networks, and in particular, many are beginning to enter the world of Twitter. Very simply, I wanted to focus on some ideas that might be interesting in your handling and positioning within this application that allows us to send messages…

Digital Disaster Response to Typhoon Pablo

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) activated the Digital Humanitarian Network (DHN) on December 5th at 3pm Geneva time (9am New York). The activation request? To collect all relevant tweets about Typhoon Pablo posted on December 4th and 5th; identify pictures and videos of damage/flooding shared in those tweets; geo-locate, time-stamp and categorize this content.

Is Facebook Better Than Sex? Opinions Differ.

It’s a battle of the surveys, as one finds that Facebook and email are more irresistible than sex, while another asserts that sex offers far more happiness and pleasure than online pursuits.

Measuring Happiness Tweet by Tweet

Researchers at the University of Vermont are measuring the happiness of society by looking at the language used on Twitter. The verdict? Overall happiness–at least among Twitter users–has declined over the last three years.

In Space, Anyone Can Hear You Tweet

By James Robertson It seems like something the crew of the International Space Station should have had by now–access to the World Wide Web.  But now, after a software upgrade this week, the crew of the station can watch all the YouTube cat videos they want from miles above the Earth. The first thing astronaut…