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Every four years, the premier event at the summer Olympics is the 100 meter dash, the swift sprint that you can literally miss by sneezing. In the past two Olympics in London and Beijing, the man who won the race was the Jamaican phenom Usain Bolt. Bolt quickly earned the nickname of being the fastest man on earth, which no one has yet been able to take away.
Bolt’s talent is simply that he generates more power than other sprinters. Even more interesting, however, is how much energy he wastes, illuminating how much faster he could actually run.
For more than a decade, I’ve been fascinated by biomimicry, the way engineers take cues from animals to make airplanes fly faster or submarines glide more efficiently.
In Vancouver, British Columbia, we found one of the most advanced applications yet, with some seriously money-saving ways it can be used.
Cook stoves that run on wood or coal aren’t the most efficient way to cook. But we went to Vashon Island just west of Seattle to understand how cook stoves for developing countries are actually getting better—and with them, a whole host of other environmental issues.
The memorization required to be a London cab driver requires years of studying. In the process, it also makes drivers’ brains bigger.
If you don’t mind the smell, there’s lots to learn about the future of water and energy in the sewers under London’s streets.
As National Geographic’s Change Reaction projects travels through the UK this month, take a look at some of the best candid photos from the road.
National Geographic goes inside the Chelsea Flower Show, one of the world’s biggest gardening and horticultural shows. Even the Queen comes.
National Geographic is headed on the road to find some stories about our planet and it’s future. This time: the UK.
A new study tells you how happy your state is. But is it something a computer can really measure?
Drones have already transformed warfare. Here’s what they’ll tackle next.
Food innovation happens with everything we eat. Why don’t we ever hear about it?
Innovation permeates academics at Stanford University. We visit a few labs to see the inventions—big and small—that may change tomorrow.
Manure is a hefty waste product of dairy and livestock farming. One farmer shows us it can be a valuable tool to produce energy.
Imagine stepping into a house 25 times smaller than your current abode. We decided to check out just how small a 100-square-foot house actually is.
Modern gold mining has tools that California’s gold rushing 49ers could only have dreamed of. Some say the process may even be sustainable.
Most cities recycle about 50 percent of their waste. In Fresno, California, it’s a stunning 73 percent. But the goal is much higher.
How can growing cities solve pollution and air quality challenges? One Los Angeles artist thinks he has the answer.
Here it is, the set of wheels that will take all of us around the state, checking out the most innovative ideas. Hop in!
We heard all the suggestions and made a decision. Next week I’ll be making my way to California. It’s the epicenter of innovation, we realized, and a hotbed of great ideas. Got any tips?
I’ve long been fascinated by the study of traffic. How can we solve the problem that keeps us inching along mile after mile? Research on driverless cars is making bounds in safety, viability, and even road efficiency.
We’re trying something new. For decades, you’ve told us, your grandparents have sent you our paper edition. You’ve seen the photos, read the stories. But one thing your grandparents probably didn’t teach you was that geography can be social, too. You can follow your favorite photographers on Instagram, and interact with some explorers on Twitter and Facebook as they cross the planet and find amazing new things. Later this month, I’ll be starting an epic trip–and tweeting it, too.