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Testing the Genetic Diversity of College Students in New York City

Two-hundred university students trudged through the snowy New York City streets to swab their cheeks and trace their ancient ancestry with the Genographic Project on Monday evening at the American Museum of Natural History. Students from over eight local Universities were given the unique opportunity to test their DNA with the Geno 2.0 DNA Ancestry…

Youth Change Ireland’s (Water) Course

The dry Colorado River may be starkly different from the green landscape and rushing rivers of County Mayo in western Ireland, but students in the county have become water ambassadors – teaching themselves, their families, and their community about the importance of water conservation efforts. Water was a hot topic at Ireland’s National Science Week,…

NatGeo’s 1st. Archaeology Student Award in Guatemala

The International Maya Symposium held every year in Guatemala City brings the best archaeological discoveries of the season to the National Museum.  It is a gathering of academics, scientists, epigraphers, the public and archaeology students that currently participate in research projects.  Thanks to an initiative by Missions Programs SVP Sarah Laskin and EVP Terry Garcia,…

Hawaiian Cultural Charter School Demonstrates Food Sustainability

Kua o ka ‘La ——— the syllables roll off the tongue as only the Hawaiian language can, like the white crested waves  rolling up the black sand volcanic beaches. Literally  it means  “back of the sun”. This unique event occurred  within the sound of the surf where the school depends on the sun! This environmental…

Congo Game Ranger Conservationist Atamato Gunned Down

I was in the Congo a few months before this tragedy in association with The Frankfort Zoological Society which was awarded a $3.42 million grant from the European Union. We were tasked with writing a Master Plan for the recovery of The Kundelungu and Upemba National Parks devastated by war and corruption. Upemba,  where Atamato…

ESA LEGO-izes Its Rosetta Comet-chasing Craft

In the 1980s, my very first LEGO set was Spacelab, and I spent *hours* working with those finger-numbing blocks to model what should have been NASA’s first outpost on the moon. It had a space McDonald’s and everything. Alas, my brilliant work was never presented to any space agency, and several pieces of my prototype…

Floodgates Open on Two Wild Days

Before dawn, as promised, buses lined up in a field beside the enormous Homestead-Miami Speedway to carry scientists, National Park Service rangers (here from across the U.S.), and National Geographic staff to the Biscayne visitor’s center, home to BioBlitz Base Camp. Empty trails… … and a placid, rocky beach by Biscayne Bay… … belied the…