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March 30, 2014: Skiing Everest, Mission Blue, Search for Michael Rockefeller, Violent Animal Reproduction, and More

Join radio host Boyd Matson every week for adventure, conservation and green science. This week his guests try to solve the mystery of the disappearance of Michael Rockefeller, figure out if Mother Nature is really trying to kill you, ski off the seven summits including Everest, look inside the city of Damascus during the Syrian War, dive into Mission Blue with Sylvia Earle, look at how much food we waste each year, take a walk on the surface of Mars, and find out what we should pack on a camping trip.

Women-Powered Science & Exploration

National Geographic Emerging Explorer Gregg Treinish founded Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation, a nonprofit organization connecting outdoor adventurers with scientists in need of data from the field. He also organizes his own expeditions, contributing to research on wildlife-human interaction, fragmented habitats, and threatened species.  —- Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation (ASC) is dedicated to connecting passionate adventure athletes and…

Geography in the News: Death on Greenland

By Neal Lineback and Mandy Lineback Gritzner, Geography in the NewsTM and Maps.com CONSEQUENCES OF GREENLAND’S ERRATIC WEATHER              A recent BBC (May 1, 2013) article reported the death of the leader of a team attempting to hike across Greenland. Although Greenland authorities were able to rescue the remainder of the party by helicopter, 31-year-old…

LEONARDO’S BRIDGE: Part 3. “Vebjørn Sand and Variations on a Theme by Leonardo”

Vebjørn Sand is a contemporary Norwegian artist, who divides his time between the United States and Norway. In 1996, in viewing a special exhibition of drawings and replicas of Leonardo’s inventions, Mr. Sand became transfixed by the shear beauty and modernity of a bridge the Renaissance master had sketched in a notebook — a bridge…

Quantum Correlations: Chasing Ice Review: Prepare for “Glacier-Less National Park”

By Alaina G. Levine Like Ice? Recognize its importance to the health of the planet and the very existence of humankind? Then prepare to be horrified and generally freaked-out by a new documentary that shows in shocking detail how fast our glaciers are retreating, melting and disappearing. It’s history in the making, says James Balog,…

July 22, 2012: Biking Africa’s Indian Ocean Coast, Studying Life in Antarctica, and More

This week on “National Geographic Weekend,” join host Boyd Matson as we bike from Mt. Kilimanjaro to Cape Town, then we hire an army to defend a dig site in Niger, explore the world’s growing city populations, discover what Boyd has in common with The Terminator, hear about the unglamorous side to science exploration in Antarctica, wander around Australia’s Outback, earn recognition for a lifetime’s wok in biodiversity, and finally we dig up a tomb full of millions of embalmed puppies.

NG Weekend: Bonobo Handshake

This week on National Geographic Weekend radio, host Boyd Matson speaks with guests about bonobos, Mars rovers, the National Geographic Bee, New Guinea wildlife, elephants, Greenland, growing up Maasai, and the mysterious Red Sea rooster. Hour 1 When Vanessa Woods fell in love with a primate researcher, she soon found herself on a plane to…

The ‘scary’ changes in northeast Greenland

By Daniel Grossman from Copenhagen Hans Meltofte–spry and with a carefully trimmed mustache and beard–chooses his words with care, as scientists do when imparting their research. It surprised me, therefore, that this eminent ornithologist told me in Copenhagen this week that he had found recent changes in northeast Greenland, “scary.” Meltofte founded an ecological research…

120,000-year-old Ice Yields Clues to Climate of a Warmer Earth

More than a mile of ice core was pulled from the Greenland ice sheet by scientists this summer, setting a new record for single-season deep ice-core drilling. The researchers, from 14 countries and led by the University of Copenhagen, are on a quest to recover ice formed 120,000 years ago, the last time our planet…

Adventurers of the Year Named by National Geographic Adventure Magazine

Photo by Martin Hartley “Not really a great moment for us,” is how Rob Gauntlett (in the photo on the right) described his fall through sea ice into the Arctic Ocean. It was one of a number of scrapes with death that he and James Hooper, British teenagers fresh out of school, encountered on a…