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Listen to a mash-up of other great commencement speeches.
Behold, the Los Angeles River at Griffith Park around the turn of the century.
Photograph courtesy USC Libraries Special Collections and Wikimedia. Public domain
How have other cities used land near rivers?
Cyberpunk seal unicorn! In just nine months, sensor-equipped elephant seals and Weddell seals collected 10,000 observations on ocean conditions in the Amundsen Sea. Photograph by Lars Boehme, Sea Mammal Research Unit, University of St. Andrews
What other seals have done data-collection duties?
Behold, the future of shipping and oceanography.
Photograph courtesy NOAA. Public domain
Learn why underwater drones are cheaper, easier, and more accessible than ever.
Old (left) and new (right) maps of the Ebola outbreak zone. Map by Cyrus Sinai, courtesy The Atlantic
What is Ebola?
Tokyo’s Shinjuku Station, above, is the busiest transit hub in the world, serving more than 3.5 million people every day. Blue lamps at the ends of platforms deter suicide attempts. Melodic jingles alert passengers to departing trains. Our favorite: High-pitched noise generators, inaudible to the over-25s, disperse loitering teenagers.
Photograph by Chris 73, courtesy Wikimedia. CC-BY-SA-3.0
How do cities manage public transportation?
St. Paul Johnson High School’s varsity badminton team after winning their ninth state title. Photograph by Mark Fischbach, courtesy Deadspin
Learn how Title IX helped make the dynasty possible.
More than 7,000 items were collected from the Chugach region of Alaska by German ethnographers in the 1880s. Some were bought, but many were dug up from burial sites without consent.
Photograph by Erika Larsen, National Geographic
What other indigenous peoples have tried to encourage cultural repatriation? Use our resources to dig deeper.
This Muslim girl is praying in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Photograph by Kitra Cahana, National Geographic
Hey, Muslims in the U.S. can get ready for Eid with Party City.
What books are our explorers reading?
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Get an introduction to Spanish, one of the easier languages for English-speakers to learn, with our fun set of beautiful, downloadable illustrations.