This week, we learned …
“You want milk, bread, water. You want batteries, you want canned meat. You want tuna. The guy who runs floral at H-E-B calls everyday: Can I start to ship floral? We don’t care about floral. People do not buy flowers in the middle of a hurricane.”
Photograph by Roland Balik, U.S. Air Force
Can you map a grocery store?
How does our educator get students thinking about the world with Google Street View?
Who needs spice when you have fresh bread and prosciutto?
Photograph by Clay McLachlan, National Geographic
How did capitalism put spice into European cooking?
Should indigenous citizenship shape state policies?
Trees like these in Central Park may save New York more than $500 million a year in healthcare, energy costs and environmental protection, according to new research.
Photograph by Simon Roberts, National Geographic
How can you find urban nature in your city?
Behold some world-famous, life-saving HeLa cells undergoing mitosis.
Photograph by Josef Reichig, courtesy Wikimedia. CC-BY-SA-3.0
How can mitochondria help trace human migration?
A dip into the official Icelandic horse registry reveals names such as Baldur and Bjork.
Photograph by Sela Yair, courtesy Wikimedia. CC-BY-SA-2.0
Icelanders are keeping their volcano names, too—take a look at Eyjafjallajokull.
The birds Darwin collected in the Galapagos inspired him and later scientists to develop the evolutionary principle of natural selection—the idea that animals evolve particular traits to suit their lifestyles.
Illustration courtesy National Geographic
If they adapt so well, why are they struggling to survive?
A legend says that the Athenian runner Pheidippides, naked and exhausted above, died after running 42 kilometers (26 miles) to tell the Athenians about the Greek victory over Persia at the Battle of Marathon. Would he have perished after five kilometers?
Illustration by Tom Lovell, National Geographic
What about ultramarathons?
It’s a zonkey.
Photograph by Dcgi, courtesy Wikimedia. CC-BY-SA-3.0
Meet the coywolf, our cutest hybrid.
What are solar flares?