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Expedition Diaries: The Falkland Islands 2

This post is the latest in the series  Kike Calvo’s visual diary as a National Geographic Expert on the South Georgia and Falklands Expedition aboard the National Geographic Explorer. Drones and Small Unmanned Aerial Systems Special Series.    Follow Kike Calvo on Facebook, Twitter, Web, Tumblr, LinkedIn or Instagram.   Learn more: The South Pole: A Narrative History of the Exploration of Antarctica (National Geographic Adventure…

From the Battlefield to the Boardroom: An Interview with General John E. Michel

Dr. Jordan Schaul interviews distinguished Brigadier General John E. Michel for National Geographic News Watch. Eyewitness War on the National Geographic Channel “follows the men and women of the armed forces through the chaos of battle with real-life, first-person footage. ” The show features “dangerous missions and the perils of war through the eyes of our…

Expedition Diaries: South Georgia

This post is the latest in the series  Kike Calvo’s visual diary as a National Geographic Expert on the South Georgia and Falklands Expedition aboard the National Geographic Explorer.  South Georgia always has a surprise for the explorers of the extreme south. And sometimes beyond the rugged grandeur of its breathtaking glaciers, surprises in the island come…

Expedition Diaries: The Falkland Islands

This post is the latest in the series  Kike Calvo’s visual diary as a National Geographic Expert on the South Georgia and Falklands Expedition aboard the National Geographic Explorer.  We made it back to the ship. After two days being exposed to the strong prevailing westerly winds, I can still feel the sensation of resisting…

Catch the Space Station This Week on TV and in the Skies Above

What’s it like to live and work in space? On Friday, March 14, at 8 p.m. EDT you will find out, thanks to an exciting two-hour live National Geographic TV Channel broadcast from the International Space Station (ISS) and NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. The National Geographic Channel, in partnership with NASA, are…

Expedition Diaries: Ushuaia Bay and the Beagle Channel

This post is the first of Kike Calvo’s visual diary as a National Geographic Expert on the South Georgia and Faulklands Expedition aboard the National Geographic Explorer.  As I walked into the National Geographic Explorer I was transported to a space of exploration and discovery.  A soft light was caressing the old atlases, all well lined…

So You Want to Shoot Aerial Photography Using Drones?

This post is the latest in the series Dreams of the World, which profiles interesting people Kike meets during his travels. Drones and Small Unmanned Aerial Systems Special Series.  If there is a question that gets asked over and over in the many emails I get in response to my Drones and Small Unmanned Aerial Systems Special Series, it is ¨What gear and…

Dreams of the World: Riley Morgan, Drones for Good Enthusiast

Dreams of the World: One Dream a Time. This post is the latest in the series Dreams of the World, which profiles interesting people Kike meets during his travels. Drones and Small Unmanned Aerial Systems Special Series.  ¨There is a big difference between my quadcopter and a Predator or an actual drone with hellfire missiles on it,¨ said Riley Morgan, a 14 year-old New…

February 9, 2014: Cycling and Climbing Through a Sufferfest, Surviving a Traumatic Brain Injury and More

Join radio host Boyd Matson every week for adventure, conservation and green science. This week, they endure a 750-mile climbing and biking Sufferfest, crash during Olympic snowboard halfpipe training leading to a traumatic brain injury, try to save the Great Barrier Reef from dredging, launch the “coolest” space mission ever, chase Shackleton’s legacy across frigid Antarctic waters, enjoy the restorative health benefits of a 30-million person crowd, celebrate with winners’ dominant body language, and investigate 10 deaths high in a Russian mountain pass.

Drone Journalism Used to Cover Presidential Elections in Central America

This post is the latest in the series Dreams of the World, which profiles interesting people Kike meets during his travels. Drones and Small Unmanned Aerial Systems Special Series.  For the first time in the history of journalism in El Salvador , drone technology was used to cover presidential elections. The newspaper La Prensa Gráfica, used a small quadcopter to capture images and footage…

February 2, 2014: Walking from Siberia to Australia, Prepping Putin’s $51 Billion Bash and More

This week, join host Boyd Matson and his guests as they walk from Siberia to Australia, celebrate Putin’s $51 billion Olympic bash, get to the historic bottom of Groundhog Day, cycle 11,000 miles from Norway to South Africa, spend 200 days in a year deep inside of caves, dodge the bubonic plague in Madagascar, and search for the last of Africa’s glaciers.

January 19, 2014: Waging War Against Whalers, Paragliding Above Pakistan and More

Join host Boyd Matson as he and his guests sleep high on sheer mountain cliffs, wage war against whalers, consume bacteria in pursuit of better health, crash during paragliding takeoff in Pakistan, eat invasive species, and photograph 30 years of warfare in Afghanistan.

Dreams of the World: 40 Years Roaming the Skies with Gene Payson

Dreams of the World: One Dream a Time. This post is the latest in the series Dreams of the World, which profiles interesting people Kike meets during his travels. Drones and Small Unmanned Aerial Systems Special Series.  ¨My dream is to be a photographer like Kike Calvo!¨ said Gene Payson, President of Troy Built Models.  ¨Second to that, I enjoy all aspects…

Saving the Big Cats of Central Mozambique

It wasn’t too long ago that Central Mozambique was considered lost territory for the big cats, a place where they would soon no longer roam wild and free. But today an effort is underway to hold the line against extinction and ensure that the African lion has its rightful place here into the foreseeable future.  This thanks…

The Story Behind the Photo That Inspired Walter Mitty’s Journey

In the newly released film The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Ben Stiller plays Walter, an introverted photo editor at a magazine who frequently daydreams of being somewhere else or someone else entirely. When he can’t find an important photo negative taken by an acclaimed photographer (played by Sean Penn) for the magazine, he decides…