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March 9, 2014: Racing the Iditarod With Twins, Time Traveling to a Black Hole and More

Join radio host Boyd Matson every week for adventure, conservation and green science. This week they ride 1,000 miles across Alaskan wilderness with a pack of dogs, hike quickly down the Appalachian Trail, lower scientists into sinkholes on tepuis, program robots to do household chores but not enslave the human race, break free of time on the edge of a black hole, be persecuted for our science, grow organic underwear, and explain evolution to children.

The Vibrant Marine Ecosystem of the Arctic Polar Night

Fresh snow crackles under my feet as I step out of the airplane onto the cluster of Norwegian islands called Svalbard. It´s slightly past noon but still I am looking up at a black sky full of stars and dancing Northern lights. It is so dark that I can hardly see the outlines of the…

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…

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…

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…

October 20, 2013: Paddling and Kite Surfing East Africa, Reenacting Civil War Battles and More

This week on National Geographic Weekend, join host Boyd Matson as we paddle board and kite surf in East Africa before meeting disaster, reenact the Civil War’s second bloodiest battle, motorcycle through the Middle East while searching for enlightenment, and combine rock & roll with genetics while trying to save humanity from infectious disease.

Dreams of the World: From Fighter Pilot to Drone Advocate

  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.  ¨I have many dreams. I dream that I can help this nation make the leap to the Jetson’s age, in terms of the…

The Drop Cam Project – An Exploration Science Initiative

The Drop Cam Project – An Exploration Science Initiative (DAY 1 ) The University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and the Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy, in collaboration with the National Geographic Society, has created a new “Exploration Science™” Program.   The Drop Cam Project is among the first…

Robot Ants Could Make Us More Efficient

Like real ants, artificial insects choose the shortest route home—giving insight into how people can better move and communicate, a new study says.

LEONARDO’S BRIDGE: Part 1. “The Master of all Trades”

Leonardo (1452-1519) created no more than 17 paintings during his lifetime. This part-time artist, who created the two most famous paintings in the history of art, was a consummate scientist-engineer, imbuing his art with science, and his science with art. Although he had virtually no formal education, he possessed relentless curiosity, which in combination with…

Lessons from a Little Yellow Submarine

On a foggy night, a little yellow submarine is docked in Monterey Bay. The research submersible is about to introduce a group of young people to a whole new world and possibly a new line of work.  Youth Radio’s Denise Tejada went along for the ride.   Chris Randolph and Bailey Da Costa are juniors…