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Hangout to Cause an UpROAR for Big Cats

A week dedicated to nature’s fiercest felines, we’re celebrating these magnificent creatures by rounding up a team of big cat experts and photographers for our next Google+ Hangout on Tuesday, December 3rd at 12:30 p.m. EST (5:30 p.m. UTC).

The Original Plans for 9/11

By Patrick J. Kiger As horrifyingly deadly and destructive as the September 11 attacks on New York and Washington were, it’s perhaps even more chilling to realize that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the Kuwaiti Al Qaeda operative who has been indicted for planning the attacks, originally had something much bigger in mind. According to Mohammad’s 2008…

9/11 What-if Scenarios

By Patrick J. Kiger Unfortunately, there’s no way to undo the tragedy of the September 11 attacks. But just as we wonder how history might have been different had Abraham Lincoln chosen not to go to Ford’s Theater on that fateful night in 1865, or what might have happened had U.S. Naval Intelligence gotten wind…

9/11 and Global Consciousness

Chances are, you probably remember exactly what you were doing on the morning of September 11, 2001, at the moment when you first learned about the attack on the World Trade Center. And if you were one of the millions who stared in horror at the television images of smoke billowing from the crippled towers, you undoubtedly can recall the intense, excruciatingly painful surge of grief and anger and sadness that you felt.

Hurricane Video for National Geographic Television

The National Geographic Channel is looking for footage documenting your Hurricane Irene survival stories. Our television team is working diligently over the next several days to create a documentary covering this historic storm, and we want your experience to be a part of it.

Great White Shark Jumps on Boat, Stressing Everyone

Marine researchers chumming the ocean to lure sharks closer to their vessel off South Africa’s southwestern Cape coast got more than they wished for when a half-ton (500 kilogram) great white shark leaped into their boat.

Great Migrations: March of the Crabs

Princeton doctoral student Allison Shaw discusses the Christmas Island red crab’s improbable migration to the sea, and the forces that prompt and guide all animal migrations. Great Migrations premieres tonight in the U.S. on the National Geographic Channel. By Ford Cochran The largest programming event in the ten-year history of the National Geographic Channel, Great…

Making National Geographic’s Great Migrations

David Hamlin, the senior producer for National Geographic Channel’s groundbreaking new seven-part global television event Great Migrations, discusses the “rich, tenuous, urgent dramas” of Earth’s animals on the move, and the rewards and challenges of natural history filmmaking on an epic scale. By Ford Cochran The largest programming event in the ten-year history of the…

Cesar Millan shares rules for raising better dogs

Training a well-behaved dog begins, says Dog Whisperer Cesar Millan, with a respect for canine instincts and the recognition that dogs aren’t people. By Ford Cochran Renowned “Dog Whisperer” Cesar Millan stopped by National Geographic’s Washington, D.C. headquarters yesterday to discuss Cesar’s Rules: Your Way to Train a Well-Behaved Dog. The book, which Cesar authored…

Six Ways to Stop a Vampire

Ah, the eternal dilemma: How to stop the fiend that is (in Dracula author Bram Stoker’s words) “The Undead”? If you’re an entranced Bella Swan in Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series, you might not want to—at least not when the vampire in question is Edward Cullen. For the rest of us, here’s a guide to some…

Deciphering Peru’s Nasca Lines

The mysterious lines stretch for miles across southern Peru, spanning the plains adjacent to the bone-dry Atacama Desert, Earth’s driest. Seen from above, they depict animals and people, spirals, trapezoids, and other geometric forms—or simply run straight, paths to nowhere. Since they were first described by archaeologists in the 1930s and ’40s, people have speculated…

Headed Your Way: Expedition Week

The National Geographic Channel kicks off Expedition Week 2009 in the U.S. Sunday night with Search for the Amazon Headshrinkers—and an invitation to shrink your own head. The program retraces the journey of explorer Edmundo Bielawski, who returned from the Amazon in the 1960s with film of a human head-shrinking ceremony featuring a recently deceased…

Hooked on Sawfish: Zeb Hogan

National Geographic Emerging Explorer, aquatic ecologist, and megafish-finder Zeb Hogan travels to lakes and rivers the world over to document and protect the planet’s largest freshwater fish. Tonight, the National Geographic Channel premieres a new episode of Hooked that follows Zeb into the Australian outback in search of one of the most critically endangered—and peculiar-looking—fish…

Gathering Beneath the Human Family Tree

Genographic Project team colleagues were up in New York’s Queens borough landmark Astoria Park Monday night for an outdoor world premiere screening of The Human Family Tree. The documentary chronicles the globe-spanning ancestry of seven Astoria residents whose cheeks were swabbed on the same day. New York City Councilman Peter Vallone, Jr., welcomed viewers to…

Lost in Paisley: A Genographic Story

In anticipation of The Human Family Tree, a new special premiering on the National Geographic Channel August 30th, the Genographic Project has invited participants to share their family migration stories. If you’ve taken part in the Genographic Project and have a story to tell about your family’s past, by all means tell it! Here’s mine:…