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Late Monsoons and Agricultural Improvisation in Telangana, India

Dark clouds and the low rumble of thunder sprawled across the sky interrupting my interview transcriptions.  Finally, I thought.  The rains have come.  Since I arrived in late May, I’ve joined Telangana farmers in weeks of 100-110 degree weather.  Monsoon rains signal the beginning of the most important phase of agriculture, a welcome sign in…

Legendary Black Leopards Appear on Camera Traps

Krithi Karanth is a conservation biologist working in the Wildlife Conservation Society-India Program, which has been camera-trapping critters big and small for more than 20 years. In these photos, the mysterious black leopard can be glimpsed.

A Mummy Rots in Kolkata

A mummy at the Indian Museum has been rotting in its display case thanks to a broken air conditioning system

June 8, 2014: Diving From 90 Feet Above Havana Bay, Free the Dancing Bears and More

This week on National Geographic Weekend, join host Boyd Matson and his guests as they run for peace through the Middle East, honor hero war dogs, play matchmaker for dolphins, safely cycle through crowded city streets, pick the perfect outdoor gear, dive from 90 foot cliffs competitively, recover a 500 year old sunken ship, farm the planet’s oceans, and save a species and a community at the same time.

June 1, 2014: Slackline Between Hot Air Balloons, Curing “Invisible Diseases” 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 – Slacklining…

Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #67

Building a global community around the freedom and beauty of bird in the wild as ambassadors for the natural ecosystems that they depend upon is our mission. They are the music, decoration and character of every terrestrial habitat on the planet and have been around since the dinosaurs. They are the witnesses and ambassadors of…

New Frog Mates Doing Handstands, Does “Pottery”

A new species of frog with some bizarre mating rituals has been discovered in India, a new study says.

My Return to the Future of Farming: Organic and Genetically Modified Cotton in India

Andrew Flachs searches India for answers to hard questions at the intersection of technology, agriculture, and society.

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…

14 New “Dancing Frogs” Discovered in India

The spectacular haul more than doubles the number of Indian dancing frogs, a family named for the bizarre courtship displays of their foot-waving males.

Video: Tigers Draw Tourists and Support for India’s Parks

Tigers are symbols of power and beauty, the “King of the Cats”. Everyone wants to see one in the wild. But are hordes of visitors hoping for the thrill of getting up close to the lord of the jungle good or bad for India’s wildlife sanctuaries?

Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #65

We cannot overstate the dedication of wild bird photographers around the world. Birds are extremely risk-averse and getting close is a time-earned skill born of years learning about their behaviour. Knowledge of your camera is essential with no room for error before this bird takes off. The wild bird photographs in this week’s collection are…

Why Have Tigers Been Feared and Revered Throughout History?

Talking Tigers: Part 5 of a 12-part series Throughout human history, the diverse peoples who populated the vast Asian continent have had one thing in common: They feared and revered the tiger. Throughout this cat’s range, their stealthy, illusory habits—suddenly appearing and disappearing in dense forests, often at night—elevated them to the status of otherworldly beings.…

March 9, 2014: Racing the Iditarod With Twins, Time Traveling to a Black Hole and More

Join radio host Boyd Matson every week for adventure, conservation and green science. This week they ride 1,000 miles across Alaskan wilderness with a pack of dogs, hike quickly down the Appalachian Trail, lower scientists into sinkholes on tepuis, program robots to do household chores but not enslave the human race, break free of time on the edge of a black hole, be persecuted for our science, grow organic underwear, and explain evolution to children.

Gibbon Conservation Center Working to Save South Asia’s Hoolock Gibbons & Other “Small Apes”

During my stint in India last year, I did not journey across the Silliguri corridor to northeast India’s seven sister states. I knew of few westerners or East Indians who had done so. Nonetheless, I was eager to visit Assam—the centralized state in the northeast region of the country. Unlike most foreigners visiting the Bengal…