This week, we learned …
Think about what water pollution is, and use inexpensive materials to make some “pops” of water in your own backyard.
These gorgeous little chokecherries are coming to fruit beside the parking lot for the Hellcat Swamp Trail area at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge on Plum Island in Massachusetts.
Photograph by Botteville, courtesy Wikimedia. Public domain
Learn how is Nat Geo’s new explorer Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim is raising the voice of indigenous knowledge about natural resources.
Gefilte (“stuffed” in Yiddish) fish is traditionally eaten during the eight-day Jewish holiday of Passover. “It may taste like cat food, but that’s why I love it,” says one man.
Photograph by Marcelo Träsel, courtesy Flickr. CC-BY-SA-2.0
Culture and food and ritual, oh my!
The Pink and White Terraces were destroyed in an 1886 eruption of Mount Tarawera, New Zealand. Today, they are buried beneath Lake Rotomahana.
Painting by Charles Blomfield, courtesy Wikimedia. Public domain
See if you can find LakeRotomahana!
Not heeding the call of the wild, wolves in various parts of the world may have started on the path to becoming dogs.
Photograph by Jim and Jamie Dutcher, National Geographic
How did wolves get domesticated, anyway?
Map by Iskandar Baday, National Geographic
Map Tangier Island while you still can.
Employees sort mail into sacks in the Lethbridge Post Office in Alberta, Canada.
Photograph courtesy the Galt Museum and Archives. Public domain
Do you celebrate World Post Day?
According to the good folks at the Met, this tablet most likely documents grain distributed by a large temple, although the absence of verbs in early texts makes them difficult to interpret with certainty. The seal impression depicts a male figure guiding two dogs on a leash and hunting or herding boars in a marsh environment.
Photograph courtesy the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Was the first person in history a cuneiform-using accountant?
Older cow elk like this one are good at playing hide-and-seek.
Photograph by M. Williams Woodbridge, National Geographic
Zoom in on these smart cervids with our gorgeous map.
Three of Jupiter’s 69 moons—Io, Ganymede, and Callisto—shadow the gas giant in this rare triple-eclipse of 2004.
Photograph by NASA
Does one of those moons harbor life?
Reinforced stainless-steel containers of radioactive cesium-137 sit in a 4-meter (13-foot) deep pool at the Hanford Site, a nuclear facility in Richland, Washington. Cesium-137, a nuclear fission product, must sit underwater for ten years until it is cool enough to be removed to a nuclear-waste storage site.
Photograph by Emory Kristof, National Geographic
How is Finland breaking new ground in finding a place for nuclear waste?