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Join a Live Twitter Chat With Health Expert Dr. Tieraona Low Dog

Are you ready to take charge of your health? In her new National Geographic book Healthy at Home: Get Well and Stay Well Without Prescriptions, Dr. Tieraona Low Dog guides you through the art and science of healing at home. Whether you’re learning how to keep a calm persona or make your own herbal remedies, Dr. Low Dog…

Angry Birds: Fed up, Feathered, and Furious

In the lighthearted NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC ANGRY BIRDS: 50 True Stories of the Fed up, Feathered, and Furious (National Geographic Books; ISBN 978-1-4262-0996-3; on-sale date: Sept. 25, 2012; $13.95 paperback), author and avian expert Mel White reveals fascinating facts about angry bird behavior and tips on how to stay clear of the furious fowl. “Each amusing anecdote, which…

Celebrating the Remarkable Mark Catesby

By Jonathan Alderfer, National Geographic Birding Books Editor  Three hundred years ago, in 1712, an unheralded Englishman named Mark Catesby arrived in America. His trip began with a visit to Williamsburg, Virginia, but the discovery and description of the little-unknown flora and fauna of the Colonies became his obsession and he stayed for seven years.…

A Soldier’s Sketchbook: From the Front Lines of World War II

As we remember and honor today all the men and women who did war service, National Geographic has published A Soldier’s Sketchbook, the remarkable drawings and memories of Joseph Farris, an internationally published cartoonist whose works have appeared in the New Yorker and many other major publications.

Heatwaves and Blizzards — Which is the Best Evidence for Global Warming?

By Mark Lynas Congratulations are due to North Texas this summer, for smashing the heat record set in 1980 of 69 days of triple-digit temperatures. With the mercury touching 106 degrees in Dallas on Tuesday, September 13, a new heat record was set for that day too. But no-one will be celebrating the 46 additional…

A Brief History of the Astronomical Telescope IV: Did Leonardo Invent the Telescope 100 Years Before Galileo?

  Unbeknownst to me in the 2005 PICMET talk, André Buys was in the audience. A professor at the University of Pretoria in South Africa, Buys was a nuclear engineer, and an avid amateur telescope maker. In the following two years Dr. Buys delved deeply into Leonardo’s surviving codices, and even built a replica of…

Dodging Twisters with Tim Samaras

Rachel Graham, a friend with National Geographic Books, wrote to let me know they’d made a video to promote Tornado Hunter: Getting Inside the Most Violent Storms on Earth. The book chronicles some of the monster funnels National Geographic grantee Tim Samaras has seen up close, and his harrowing adventures deploying cameras in their paths.…