This week, we learned …
The grid here is spacetime, and it’s being warped by the gravitational field of Earth.
Illustration courtesy NASA
How much do you know about general relativity? Take our quick quiz to find out.
Lambert Glacier is the largest and one of the fastest-moving glaciers in the world.
Image courtesy Canadian Space Agency/NASA/Ohio State University, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Alaska SAR facility
How fast is a speeding glacier?
“DNA says exactly the same thing as mathematical ancestry: Our family trees are not trees at all, but entangled meshes.”
Gorgeous map by Chakazul, courtesy Wikimedia. CC-BY-SA-3.0
Let the Genographic Project clue you in on genetics, DNA, and the human journey.
How do we identify pirates, anyway?
What was the Silk Road?
Arctic food webs include both marine and terrestrial organisms.
Illustration by Doris Dialogu, National Geographic
What are Arctic food webs?
This map of travel time to cities illustrates travel time to cities of at least 50,000 people. The map ranges from minutes (bright yellow) to nearly a week (dark purple).
Map from “A global map of travel time to cities to assess inequalities in accessibility in 2015,” Nature doi:10.1038/nature25181
Where are the most populated regions of the planet?
Commuters bustle through Nigeria’s busy capital city, Lagos. About 50,000 Chinese immigrants live in Lagos.
Photograph by Robin Hammond, National Geographic
Download your own map of Africa’s biggest economy here.
Chicken tikka masala is Britain’s unofficial national dish.
Photograph by Sarah Stierch, courtesy Wikimedia CC-BY-4.0
What is the Brexit?
Coastal erosion brought on by climate change has forced thousands of rural Vietnamese to cities like Hanoi.
Photograph by Mattias Klum, National Geographic
What are push and pull factors that impact Vietnam’s rural population?
CLICK TO ENLARGE! This graphic shows what colonizing Mars might look like, complete with a map of the planet.
Artwork by Stephan Martiniere, National Geographic.
What would a settlement on Mars look like?