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Nicole Glass

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Nicole Glass is a Washington, D.C.-based freelance journalist and a contributing writer at National Geographic News Watch. She also writes for USA TODAY, The Huffington Post, Russia Today (RT TV) and Demand Media. Previously, she was Assistant Editor and later Weekend Editor of FrumForum.com, David Frum's political news outlet (now a part of The Daily Beast).
She grew up abroad, has moved more than 15 times and has visited more than 40 countries.
Visit her website, www.nicoleglass.com to see her published works and follow her on Twitter @NicoleSGlass.

Nairobi entrepreneur prepares to become first Kenyan climber to summit Mount Everest

Next spring, a 39-year-old climber from Nairobi hopes to become the first Kenyan man to summit Mount Everest – a feat requiring tremendous endurance, strength and determination. Steve Obbayi, a tech entrepreneur who taught himself how to write software and was a former high-school rugby star, plans to push himself to the limit when he…

The Return of Grand Cayman’s Blue Iguana: From Near-Extinction to Endangered

In 2002, between 10-25 blue iguanas remained in the wild. Today, there are 750. By incubating eggs in his home office and gathering plants to feed the baby blues, Fred Burton and his team have brought back a species that was nearly extinct. While these 5-foot-long majestic creatures are still a rare sight, they are…

Save the Saiga: Poachers Responsible for a Dwindling Population

The grasslands of Russia and Kazakhstan are host to an animal that has roamed the earth since the Ice Age, but may soon become extinct: the saiga, a hump-nosed antelope whose population has declined by more than 95 percent since the early 1990s. The critically endangered saiga, which stands just about two feet tall, is in…

World’s Largest Shark Sanctuary Protects Cook Islanders’ ‘Guardians’

The Cook Islands established the world’s largest continuous shark sanctuary last month, enforcing heavy fines on violators who are found with any part of a shark on board their vessel in the 1.997 million sq. km (771,000 sq. miles) Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). The sanctuary protects all sharks from targeted fishing and aims to prevent possession, sale, and…

Alaska Commemorates Centennial Anniversary of Novarupta Volcano Eruption

This month marks the centennial anniversary of the eruption of the Novarupta Volcano in Katmai National Park and Preserve, Alaska — the largest volcanic eruption of the twentieth century. On June 6, 1912, the giant eruption blackened the skies with smoke. With an eruption ten times the force of Mount Saint Helens in 1980, mountains collapsed…

Grand Cayman Tries to Eradicate Invasive Green Iguanas

Perched on a fence, glaring down from a shady palm tree or wriggling quickly across the road are the Cayman island’s most populous visitors: the green iguanas. These dinosaur-like lizards, native to Central and South America, have made Grand Cayman their home since the 1980’s, when they multiplied in the wild after they were brought over…

Obscura Day 2012: A Day of Local Exploration

Obscura Day, 2012: A day of local exploration and a celebration of wonder and curiosity. From nighttime tours through Alcatraz to rooftop camping in Brooklyn, this year’s day of exploration will trigger a movement of unique discoveries throughout the world. Rather than travel abroad in search of adventure, Obscura Day advocates finding the wonders in…

New York Projects Aim to Make the City More Sustainable

New York City’s eight million residents and skyscrapers, built on one of the world’s largest natural harbors, have made the country’s largest city one of the most polluted. Air pollution is a leading environmental threat to the health of the city’s residents. But a New York nonprofit, ioby, has helped 101 urban projects raise a…

North Korean Defector Brings Artwork to DC

Washington, D.C. will host a unique, temporary art exhibit from April 13 – 30, depicting images of North Korean oppression, propaganda and satire – an exhibit that takes us on a journey through the mind of a North Korean defector – Song Byeok. “They will be shocked, surprised. Who’s gonna dare make a painting like…

Mental Athletes Increase Brain Size in 15th US Memory Championship

Nelson Dellis left Saturday’s US Memory Championship with gold medals around his neck and a trophy in his hand. He had broken new records, memorized 303 random numbers in five minutes, and recited the order of two decks of cards. The second-time champion was living proof that a 28-year old with an average memory can…