This week, we learned …
Wasn’t doomsday supposed to happen in 2012?
Why are organ transplants so important?
This gorgeous view is a vista in Yasuni National Park, Ecuador.
Photograph by Steve Winter, National Geographic
What are the local and global effects of eradicating a rain forest?
You can practically smell this, can’t you?
Photograph by Stefan-Xp, courtesy Wikimedia. CC-BY-SA-3.0
What other ambitious clean-up project has Finland launched?
Map by National Geographic
Which of these whales do you think have the most valuable earwax?
This satellite image of the National Mall was captured on January 20, 2009—the first inauguration of President Barack Obama. The image shows the monuments and museums, as well as the masses of people between the Capitol (to the right) and the Lincoln Memorial (to the left).
Photograph courtesy GeoEye (DigitalGlobe)
How do geographers navigate crowds?
Don’t do this.
Photograph by Gerd Ludwig, National Geographic
The best travel Instagram photos are, of course, @NatGeo.
Help protect pollinators by building your own bee hotel!
Muhammad al-Idrisi drew this spectacular world map for King Roger II of Sicily in 1154, during the Islamic Golden Age. (Yes, the map is upside-down, not because it’s inaccurate but because it conforms with our standard way of seeing the world.)
Map by Muhammad al-Idrisi, courtesy Wikimedia. Public domain
What is globalization?
How does your heart work?
They would pay you to live here.
Photograph courtesy Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service
Could you survive in such an isolated setting?