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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…

Fly Baja and See Why Baja

Escape the polar vortex and go Doors Off Over Baja California

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…

Courting Death by Cold Water

I hate cold water. I always have. I have never liked like cold swimming pools or swimming holes, no matter how hot the outside temperatures were. When I moved to Alaska, my dislike of cold water grew. I learned that is was possibly the most dangerous thing in the state, more dangerous than the bears or avalanches. Cold water was an unforgiving killer and I swore to avoid it as much as possible.

Dreams of the World: Promoting Dialogue Throughout Asia with Jost Wagner

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. “My dream is to change the way we meet and communicate. If we want to change our communities we need to create hospitable spaces where participants can engage in meaningful dialogue…

Dreams of the World: Mechanisms of Immune Defense against Viruses with Akiko Iwasaki, Yale University

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.   ¨My dream is to make vaccines that protect humans from infections diseases and cancer, ¨said Akiko Iwasaki, professor of Department of Immunobiology and Department of Molecular Cellular and Developmental Biology…

Dreams of the World: Flight Simulation of Robotic Birds with Cameron Rose, UC Berkeley

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 able to contribute one day to advancing the field of robotics enough to achieve something even close to the level…

Dreams of the World: Innovative Aerial Projects with Clay Folden

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 has always been to travel the world and capture its diversity and allure,¨ said Clay Folden, a 25 years-old freelance cinematographer who lives…

Adventure Science Scouting in Africa: Top 10 Photos

National Geographic Emerging Explorer Gregg Treinish founded Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation, a nonprofit organization connecting outdoor adventurers with scientists in need of data from the field. He also organizes his own expeditions, contributing to research on wildlife-human interaction, fragmented habitats, and threatened species. In that spirit, his blog posts appear both here on Explorers Journal and in Beyond the Edge, the…

December 1, 2013: Running the Amazon from New Source to Sea, Fact Checking Thanksgiving and More

This week on National Geographic Weekend radio show, join host Boyd Matson, as he and his guests paddle the length of the Amazon River, see Jerusalem through the eyes of its citizens, debunk Thanksgiving’s creation myths, and taking selfies with tigers.

So You Want to Fly Drones?

This post is the latest in the Drones and Small Unmanned Aerial Systems Special Series,  which profiles interesting information, thoughts and research into using  drones, UAVs or remotely piloted vehicles for journalism and photography, that Kike learns about during his travels.    After attending DARC, a Drones and Aerial Robotics Conference in New York, I decided to become an expert in reporting…

Hi-Def Space Selfies Coming To Your Web Browser Soon

Coming soon—take the ultimate selfie from space!   Two high-definition cameras are on their way now to the International Space Station. There, they will aim to revolutionize how we view our planet and ourselves. A Canadian-based company named UrtheCast will offer the world’s first near-live HD video and imagery of Earth from space, using the…

Scenes from the Philippines: Post-earthquake, Post-typhoon

Guest blog by Dr. Amanda Vincent, Director and Co-founder of Project Seahorse  It’s been an incredibly difficult few weeks for the central Philippines. Following a 7.2 magnitude earthquake last month that caused considerable loss of lives and homes, the Visayas region was hit on Nov. 7th by Typhoon Haiyan (a.k.a. Yolanda), one of the very strongest…

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.

FAA Releases Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Roadmap

  This post is the latest in the Drones and Small Unmanned Aerial Systems Special Series,  which profiles interesting drone information Kike learns about during his travels.  The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today released its first annual Roadmap outlining efforts needed to safely integrate unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) into the nation’s airspace. The Roadmap addresses current…