Photographing Civil War reenactments using period technology helped Richard Barnes create a fascinating blur of past and present.
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Siberian hunters once relied on mammoths for their meat. Now, their tusks are the prize. These relics—exposed by climate change, and hunters’ increasing efforts to dig them up—can fetch tens of thousands of dollars, inspiring a bustling trade.
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Stunning Brain Map Reveals Tiny Communication Network
In images that one researcher likens to a “Google Map” for brains, a deep dive into a mouse’s gray matter shows how its smallest parts communicate, driving the much larger machine of its body.
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The menacing, magnificent storm clouds of Wyoming come to swirling life in this time-lapse, "Stormscapes," by photographer Nicolaus Wegner. He braved lightning and the erratic fury of supercell storms to capture these images in the summer of 2013.
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PHOTOGRAPHY AND PRODUCTION: Nicolaus Wegner
MUSIC: David Donges
Third generation Ice Racer Jimmy Olson says he was born to build and drive. With a custom built engine and studded tires, Jimmy takes the wheel and hits the ice for a heart-pounding ride around the track.
Tigers are secretive by nature, making it difficult to estimate their populations in the wild. But Dr. K. Ullas Karanth of the Wildlife Conservation Society employs an ingenious solution: he uses remote "camera traps" to photograph unsuspecting tigers and identifies them later by their unique stripe patterns. As a result, he has helped develop a more reliable way to count—and protect—tigers in India's Western Ghats.
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Scheduled for completion in 2014, Turkey's Ilisu Dam will generate nearly 2 percent of the country's electricity. It will also submerge dozens of towns on the Tigris River, including 12,000-year-old Hasankeyf. The dam also threatens to dry up Iraq's Mesopotamian marshes some 1,000 miles (1,609 kilometers) downstream, affecting the people and wildlife who depend on the marshes for survival.
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Meet Our Vintage Collection Archivist, Bill Bonner
Bill Bonner presides over eight million images as the longtime keeper of National Geographic’s vintage collection. He’s a keeper not only of photographs, but memories—and he treats each like it’s the greatest treasure in the world.
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"It could be pretty grim," says California's chief of snow surveys, looking toward the summer months. During one of the worst droughts in centuries, state officials are concerned. The snowy stockpile of water in the Sierra Mountains is the state's real reservoir, supplying about a third of the water used by farms and cities when it melts each spring and early summer. National Geographic followed California’s top snow surveyor on a recent snow inspection, and he's sounding the alarm.
Some shark species have long been known to school or form groups with their own kind, but researchers for the first time near Hawaii document schooling of several different shark species. Researchers affixed small cameras on shark fins to see this behavior for the first time without any human presence.
Protected tiger habitats can also serve as a haven for many other types of animal and plant life. That's the message "Kids for Tigers" is spreading to India's young people as the program works to connect their love for tigers to a broader passion and respect for the environment.
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Termites building a mound don't need central guidance, or even to communicate directly. Researchers at Harvard University's Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering have built robots that work with similar autonomy, as Dr. Justin Werfel explains.
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For George Steinmetz, a motorized paraglider is the perfect perch for capturing Earth's most captivating landscapes.
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Horses changed life on the Great Plains forever, shaping everything from hunting methods to social status. For Native Americans today, horses endure as an emblem of tradition and a source of pride, pageantry, and healing.
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Road salt use in the U.S. exceeded 17 million tons in 2013. This year cities, states, and municipalities across the country are clamoring for more salt due to a particularly severe winter. New York City is replenishing its supplies this month with large shipments from Chile.
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At National Geographic, we know that love takes many forms. Passion for the planet, lust for learning, natural instincts, and good old-fashioned romance—we celebrate them all.
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