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Ashleigh N. DeLuca

Ashleigh N. DeLuca is an Editorial Coordinator at National Geographic Magazine. Previously, she studied communications and gender studies at The George Washington University.

After The Dark World: What’s Next for Thor and His Hammer?

Anticipating another “Thor” movie, we asked a Scandinavian folklore expert to suggest what the Norse god of thunder might do next.

A Historian’s Perspective on “12 Years a Slave”

In 1853, Solomon Northup published a harrowing tale of being kidnapped and sold into slavery despite being born a free man.  Last week, film director Steve McQueen brought Northup’s words to life with the box office hit 12 Years A Slave.  Dr. Kellie Carter Jackson, an African American Studies professor at Harvard University, thought the…

Real-Life Astronaut Weighs In on ‘Gravity’

In the new film Gravity, a spacewalk goes horribly awry. A devastating debris storm leaves two astronauts, Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) and Matt Kowalsky (George Clooney), struggling to survive in space. Audiences and critics love the movie—it’s breaking box office records—but we wanted to know if Gravity offered an accurate depiction of life (and a…