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March 9, 2014: Racing the Iditarod With Twins, Time Traveling to a Black Hole and More

Join radio host Boyd Matson every week for adventure, conservation and green science. This week they ride 1,000 miles across Alaskan wilderness with a pack of dogs, hike quickly down the Appalachian Trail, lower scientists into sinkholes on tepuis, program robots to do household chores but not enslave the human race, break free of time on the edge of a black hole, be persecuted for our science, grow organic underwear, and explain evolution to children.

How a National Geographic Icon Took On the Cortés Trail

This month marks the anniversary of the fall of the Aztec capital Tenochtitlan—modern-day Mexico City—to the Spanish explorer Hernán Cortés in 1521.  Cortés’ journey from Veracruz to Tenochtitlan was a winding route through tropical and mountainous terrain that took the Spaniards across more than 200 miles (322 kilometers) and changed the course of history. Over…

September 8, 2013: Paddling Through Russia’s Remotest Rivers, Playing Matchmaker for Rhinos, and More

Join us this week, as we paddle 3,000 miles through the remotest rivers in Mongolia and Russia, try to help in Syria’s civil war by starting a children’s camp for refugees, create a dating game for rhinos, film Africa’s disappearing megafauna, and ride hogs across the United States.

Second President of National Geographic, Husband and Innovator … Discover there is more to Bell than the Telephone.

To celebrate the National Geographic Society’s 125 anniversary, National Geographic Live! is kicking off its season with a play honoring one of the Society’s most recognizable names: Alexander Graham Bell.

September 1, 2013: Speed Hiking From Mexico to Canada, Coming Face to Face With a Grizzly and More

This week, we set a speed record walking from Mexico to Canada, pack bear spray in the event that we encounter a bear, dog or family member who gets out of line, and cycle across the United States in just 42 days.

Epic Fails–NatGeo Explorers Tell All

Join our upcoming Google+ Hangout on Air with scientists and adventures revealing the chilling, thrilling, and surprisingly useful failures they’ve faced in the field.

August 4, 2013: Running 135 miles through Death Valley, Swimming with Navy Seals, and More

This week, we run 135-miles and gain 8,642 feet in altitude in a race through Death Valley, then we set a North American paragliding record, soaring 240 miles over eight hours, and finally, we meet a former Navy seal, living out her days eating fish and swimming for tourists at the Smithsonian National Zoo.

Rare Footage of Snow Leopards Caught by Mountain Yak Herder

A young yak herder, Wangchuk, captured this footage of snow leopards with camera traps provided by the Bhutan Foundation and biologist Tshewang Wangchuk, also a National Geographic Waitt grantee.  The yak herder, Wangchuk (who goes by only one name), is a 24-year-old young man who lives in the mountains of Bhutan, in Tsharijathang Valley near…

Six Great Explorers Honored at the Society’s 125th Anniversary Gala

Six exceptional individuals were honored last night at the National Geographic Society’s 125th Anniversary Gala celebration for their efforts to lead exploration, advance scientific understanding, conserve natural resources and expand knowledge of the world.

Fighting for the Last Tomato: Surviving a Field Season in Antarctica

By Cassandra Brooks and John Weller Things are getting desperate. The last of the browning lettuce disappeared unannounced weeks ago. The bananas barely made it through the first few meals. Our days of eating fresh mangoes, pineapple, tricolored bell peppers, cucumbers, radishes, and avocado (oh the delicious avocado!) are all gone. The last tomato –…

International Women’s Day: Photos and Quotes From Women Explorers

Celebrate International Women’s Day with great quotes from women explorers, and learn about the inspirational work they’re doing.

Nat Geo 125th Anniversary Celebration Reaches Space

Orbiting miles above the Earth, NASA astronaut Kevin Ford celebrates our shared passion for exploration and sends his best wishes for Nat Geo’s 125th anniversary.

Explorer of the Week: Becca Skinner

When photographer Becca Skinner was nine years old, a friend told her to give up on her dream of shooting for National Geographic. Despite her friend’s advice, Skinner achieved that dream with a Young Explorers grant that allowed her to document the post-conflict society of Banda Aceh, Sumatra—a province effected by the 2004 tsunami. What…

Is Innovation Over?

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

125 Years to the Day

On January 13, 1888, thirty-three men gathered to form a new scientific society. 125 years later, watching this video Hangout with explorers on all 7 continents, I think they’d be pleased to know it worked.