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Visualizing Alvin

Learn more about the history of the submersible Alvin and about his current expedition with artist and scientist Jer Thorp.

Deep Data: Art at 400 Fathoms

Jer Thorp begins a quest to illustrate the value of the deep ocean by making art at 400 fathoms.

May 11, 2014: Capturing the Spirit of Adventure, Saving Sea Turtles and More

Every week, embark with host Boyd Matson on an exploration of the latest discoveries and interviews with some of the most fascinating people on the planet, on National Geographic Weekend. Please check listings near you to find the best way to listen to National Geographic Weekend on radio, or listen below! Hour 1 – Adventurers who regularly push their limits of…

Landmark Adventure Science: public access to a cherished landscape leads to open access data

With temperatures hovering around minus 21 degrees Fahrenheit, six outdoor enthusiasts gear up for volunteer training on American Prairie Reserve. The blue skies and sunshine are deceptive. Standing too long in these temperatures will create a chill in one’s body that is hard to shake, no matter how much physical exertion is expended. The orientation…

June 16, 2013: Underwater Cave Diving, Seeking a Man-Eating Catfish, and More

As National Geographic’s annual Explorer’s Symposium came to an end, NG Weekend revisits some of our favorite adventures from the previous classes of Emerging Explorers. In the coming weeks and months, we will introduce the 2013 class of Emerging Explorers on the show. Here are some of our favorites from over the years…

Social Media: Pulse of the Planet?

In 2010, Hillary Clinton described social media as a new nervous system for our planet. So can the pulse of the planet be captured by looking at social media activity?

Will *You* Spot the First Truly Earthlike Planet?

UPDATE: In Wednesday’s press conference, the Kepler team announced the new public data includes readings on several hundred new planetary candidates. The findings increase the number of planet candidates Kepler’s found to 1,235. Of these, 68 are roughly Earth-size, 288 are super Earth-size, 662 are Neptune-size, 165 are Jupiter-size, and 19 are larger than Jupiter.…

Voyager 2 Speaking in Code

NASA may have to bust out an Enigma Machine to figure out what’s going on with the Voyager 2 probe, the second most distant human-made object in space. Yesterday mission managers at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena announced that the craft recently started sending back science data in a format no one on Earth…

Hubble Repairs Hit the Brakes

Oops, Hubble did it again. As the media touting Hubble’s revival late last night, NASA engineers ran smack into Murphy’s Law: A pair of seemingly unrelated glitches snarled efforts to fix the science data formatter, the bit on the space telescope that sends its collected information back to Earth. The primary formatter had failed on…

Today’s Mercury Flyby Is Brought to You by the Word “Intriguing”

At 4:40 EST today NASA’s MESSENGER space probe passed just 124 miles (200 kilometers) over the nearest planet to the sun. The move marked the closest approach MESSENGER will make during its second Mercury flyby, part of its maneuvering to settle neatly into orbit in 2011. The first flyby in January produced some amazing pictures…

Was Hubble a DeLorean in Another Life?

Sometimes it must seem like the Hubble Space Telescope is a time traveler. Within hours of Hubble making headlines because it shut itself down due to a serious mechanical failure, mission scientists released a survey of galactic diversity based on new Hubble images. NGC 253, Sculptor Group galaxy, 13 million light-years away —Image courtesy NASA,…