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Two Traditional Languages Evade Extinction With the Internet

The Enduring Voices Project helps save two traditional languages from being erased with the power of the internet.

Headhunt Revisited

Text and Photos by iLCP Fellow Michele Westmorland, Headhunt Revisited project. In 1926, painter Caroline Mytinger and her friend, Margaret Warner, set out from San Francisco for a four-year adventure in the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea. With little more than $400, a few art supplies, and a trunk of clothing, they made their…

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.

November 17, 2013: Horse-Riding Across Asia, Roadtripping America With a Canine Copilot and More

This week on National Geographic Weekend, join host Boyd Matson, as we ride 6,000 miles across Central Asia, collect chicken feces to protect bees from wasps, cycle across Iceland, ponder the moose’s plight, and drive to every state with a canine copilot.

Why Do Mysterious Lizards Have Green Blood?

A Papua New Guinea skink may have evolved toxic green blood to fend off malaria-carrying bacteria, a scientist suggests.

Silent Plains … The Fading Sounds of Native Languages

‘All things must pass,’ sang George Harrison. With time, suns turn into ice, civilizations into dust, and species go extinct. And so ‘black dwarfs,’ ‘biodiversity loss,’ not to forget ‘Armageddon,’ have all become part of our daily alphabet. Strange planet… though the risk of a 6th species extinction wave is quite real (see my previous…

February 23, 2013: Base Jumping off Mt. Bute, Surviving Butterfly Exploration and More

Dean Potter is the mellowest adrenaline junkie out there. The soft-spoken free soloing, line walking, base jumping 2009 Adventurer of the Year has perfected sky flying, and appears in a recent National Geographic TV show, The Man Who Can Fly. He tells Boyd about his experiences flying off British Columbia’s Mt. Bute. In the first part of his interview, Potter explains to Boyd his love of free solo climbing and explains that sometimes, the safest way down a mountain is to fly off it.

January 20, 2013: Getting Attacked By a Rhino (While Riding an Elephant), Searching Far Into Space, and More

This week, we survive being attacked by a rhino while riding an elephant, we help plan South Africa’s answer to the Appalachian Trail, and we learn about the burial place of one of history’s greatest rulers – Genghis Khan.

Expedition Discovers New Species in PNG

  Annelids, amphipods, and mollusks…oh my! While these creatures would be quite a mouthful for Dorothy, scientists view them as invaluable bio-indicators in coral reef systems, signaling the health and integrity of the reef, and they are found in great abundance in the Madang Lagoon, which is nestled along the remote north coast of Papua New…

Cyclone Season = Change of Plans

The Climate Challenger Voyage is a community initiative inspired by The Nature Conservancy’s Manuai Matawai, who dreamed of building a traditional long voyage canoe and sailing around the Pacific to connect communities grappling with climate change through culture and conservation Two years later, Manuai and nine other crew members—members of the Titan tribe of Papua New Guinea—are…

“Nanopatch” Administers Vaccines Painlessly

Earlier this year Rolex announced the five winners of the 2012 Rolex Awards for Enterprise, who are being honored in New Delhi, India, on November 27. This profile looks at the work of Mark Kendall, bioengineer and innovative scientist who is developing the Nanopatch, a syringe-free method of giving people vaccines.

From Supizae to Taro to Ysabel

The Climate Challenger Voyage is a community initiative inspired by The Nature Conservancy’s Manuai Matawai, who dreamed of building a traditional long voyage canoe and sailing around the Pacific to connect communities grappling with climate change through culture and conservation Two years later, Manuai and nine other crew members—members of the Titan tribe of Papua New Guinea—are…

The Climate Challenger Voyage: Bobo, Buka and the Solomon Islands

The Climate Challenger Voyage is a community initiative inspired by The Nature Conservancy’s Manuai Matawai, who dreamed of building a traditional long voyage canoe and sailing around the Pacific to connect communities grappling with climate change through culture and conservation Two years later, Manuai and nine other crew members—members of the Titan tribe of Papua New Guinea—are…

The Climate Challenger Voyage: The Journey Begins

The Climate Challenger Voyage is a community initiative inspired by The Nature Conservancy‘s Manuai Matawai, who dreamed of building a traditional long voyage canoe and sailing around the Pacific to connect communities grappling with climate change through culture and conservation. Two years later, Manuai and nine other crew members—members of the Titan tribe of Papua New Guinea—are…

September 16, 2012: Earth’s Earliest Mummies in Peru, Glacial Lakes on Mountaintops, and More

This week on “National Geographic Weekend,” join host Boyd Matson as we dodge cannibals in Indonesia, dodge polar bears while digging up dinosaur bones, educate the country’s future leaders, laugh along with hyenas in South Africa, climb mountains to save people living under glacial lakes, fight over the Ganges’ erosion in India, explore Peru’s national forests for new species, and photograph all of the units of America’s National Park System.