This week, we learned …
Illustration by Stefan Fichtel, National Geographic
Who is Homo naledi?
Antarctica’s valleys could be deep lakes.
Photograph by Maria Stenzel, National Geographic
What’s going on in Antarctica?
Astronaut Megan McArthur rests in her sleeping bag on the space shuttle Atlantis.
Photograph courtesy NASA
How else does space impact the human body?
Bighorn sheep react to sounds in Banff National Park, Canada.
Photograph by Jenn Ackerman and Tim Gruber, National Geographic
Find your park, love your park, enjoy your park. Quietly.
The latest research investigates rock art of the San people, like this gorgeous hunting scene.
Photograph by Chris Johns, National Geographic
How old is the creative impulse?
Coastal ecosystems like this one in Italy may help preserve rangelands in the Midwestern U.S.
Photograph by David Littschwager, National Geographic
Create your own imaginary ecosystem, from top to bottom.
It’s missing pink flamingoes.
Photograph by Ad Meskens, courtesy Wikimedia. CC-BY-SA-3.0
Avoid the lawn! Start xeriscaping.
A cemetery sits atop the remaining part of a mountaintop in West Virginia.
Photograph by Robb Kendrick, National Geographic
Navigate the geography of coal in the U.S.
The Horn of Africa region (including Kenya, here) is also prone to drought—but the impacts of climate change alone are not enough to create famine, experts say, so long as they are managed.
Photograph by Lynn Johnson, National Geographic
Investigate the paradox of undernourishment.
Mobile phones are helping to take conventional laboratory-based science into the field, the classroom and the clinic.
Photograph by Michael Melford, National Geographic
Put your pocket lab to use with the iNaturalist!