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The Ocean’s Unsung Heroes – Hooray for the Little Guys & Just Keep Swimming!

When most people think about ocean creatures, they picture large charismatic species like whales, penguins, polar bears, sharks and turtles. These magnificent animals are the “celebrities” of the oceans and tend to received significant public and scientific attention. In fact, they are even play starring roles in Hollywood movies, such as Happy Feet, Dolphin Tale,…

Does Donald Duck Read National Geographic?

Donald Duck turned 79 this week. His illustrator Carl Banks once said he used to “rob from the Geographic” for ideas.

From Dr. Seuss to Disney, a Surprising History of Propaganda

When I was younger, I watched a lot of the Disney Channel. My favorite content was the old-school cartoons, featuring the likes of Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and gang, although the Goofy spots were my favorite. One time I caught a program about Disney’s propaganda films from World War II. Those animated shorts are rarely…

Pumpkins for Halloween for Disney Animal Kingdom’s Wildlife

Disney’s Animal Kingdom joined a number of leading zoos today in treating their animals to Halloween pumpkin treats. The animals are entirely unaware of Halloween, of course, but their keepers seem to welcome any opportunity to have fun for themselves and visitors — while the animals no doubt welcome a change of diet and an…

Hubble Space Telescope’s New Classic

This past Saturday, April 24, marked 20 years since the launch of the Hubble Space Telescope aboard the space shuttle Discovery. Hubble was released into orbit the following day, but it wasn’t until May that astronomers got a look at the first pictures from their shiny new observatory. The scientists—and eager members of the public…

Space Shuttle Discovery on Its Way!

Intrepid “shuttle geek” Susan Poulton is winging back home today after witnessing the space shuttle Discovery’s successful predawn lift-off from Florida’s Kennedy Space Center. —Image courtesy NASA Look out for further Poulton pictures and ruminations from the scene, but in the meanwhile, here’re a few details on STS-131. Marking the fourth to the last shuttle…

Full Moon in Your Face!

Tip ‘o the backyard telescope to the folks over at EarthSky, who have a skywatcher alert that this Friday, December 12, the full moon will be closer to Earth than it has been for the past 15 years. If the weather cooperates, viewers will see the whole round, shining face of the moon at its…