This week, we learned …
A new survey hints that students at high-achieving schools have higher rates of anxiety, depression, and substance abuse.
Photograph by Lynn Johnson, National Geographic
Learn how one educator encourages students to get outside in a no-stress atmosphere.
The beautiful basin of the Klamath River is one of the most contested in the U.S.
Map by Allan Cartography, Inc., National Geographic
Who are the stakeholders in the Klamath basin?
Climate change may be contributing to the demise of the gorgeous baobab trees.
Photograph by Albert Moldavy, National Geographic
How is the baobab a part of Africa’s incredible physical geography?
A new study examines the overall environmental effects of eating different kinds of foods, comparing the energy required, greenhouse-gas emissions produced, release of nutrients harming water quality, and compounds causing acidification; and also looking at freshwater demands, and the use of pesticides and antibiotics. Overall, the food production with the lowest impact is fisheries on small schooling species like sardines.
Photograph by Andrea Nguyen, courtesy Flickr. CC-BY-SA-2.0
What would happen if everyone stopped eating meat?
A cargo container ship enters the port in lovely Savannah. Georgia.
Photograph by Paul Brennan, courtesy PublicDomainPictures. Public domain
How are the 17 million shipping containers currently roaming the planet enabling globalization?
Antarctica needs humans to protect it. It also needs humans to stay away. What’s a potential visitor to do?
Photograph by Paul Nicklen, National Geographic
What’s going on in Antarctica?
A new study claims that at least one good thing may have emerged out of the extensive Soviet occupation of East Germany: A deep and lasting legacy of gender equality, in schools and in the labor market.
Photograph of East German children by George Garrigues, courtesy Wikimedia. CC-BY-SA-3.0
What might gender roles have to do with STEM success in the West?
Is this what Noah’s ark looked like?
Photograph by Gnissah, courtesy Wikimedia. CC BY-SA 3.0
How are droughts and dams impacting the Garden of Eden?
Cell phones are replacing town criers, announcing the arrival of sunrise (and fasting) during Ramadan.
Photograph by Jonas Bendiksen, National Geographic
Learn how Party City is also changing the way Ramadan is observed.
May the force be with you.
Olivine is one of the most common minerals on Earth, and what puts the green in green sand like this. Gem-quality olivine is called peridot.
Photograph by Brocken Inaglory, courtesy Wikimedia. CC-BY-SA-3.0
Where are those gems coming from?