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October 5, 2014: Climbing Into Volcanoes, Swimming the Seven Seas and More

This week on National Geographic Weekend radio, join host Boyd Matson and his guests as they climb into volcanos to look for bacteria, invent environmentally and academically friendly ways to make tea, create the largest marine reserves in the world, make tiny soft robots, swim the seven seas, survive an avalanche, eat ice cream in the name of conservation, and swim with Great white sharks.

Bardarbunga: Jokulhaups Alert!

In Iceland, Bethany Ehlmann is touring with students to learn more about the dynamic geological processes that mold and carve our planet in order to learn about other planets, particularly Mars. As the recent earthquakes around Bardarbunga intensify and eruption appears imminent, warnings of Jokulhaups ring from the dells.

Top 10 Headlines Today: Habitable Planets, New Killer Whale Species…

The top stories on National Geographic’s radar today: Astronomers have found three potentially habitable worlds, DNA tests of a killer whale specimen may reveal a new species or subspecies, and …

Top 10 Headlines Today: “Einstein’s Planet,” Human Hearing Evolution…

The top 10 headlines on our radar today: A new planet has been discovered thanks to Einstein’s relativity theory, new research suggests that humans’ middle ear bones evolved early, and…

Top 10 Headlines Today: Philippine Volcano Erupts, Powerful Star Explodes…

The top 10 news stories on our radar today: A volcano in the Philippines has erupted and taken the lives of at least five people, NASA telescopes caught a glimpse of the most powerful star explosion ever seen, and…

Top 10 Headlines Today: Alaska Volcano Erupts, Moles Help Archaeologists…

The top 10 new stories on our radar today: Small eruptions have been detected at a volcano in Alaska, moles in the UK are helping archaeologists dig up ancient Roman artifacts, and…

April 28, 2013: Wingsuit Flight Through Caves, Saving Polar Bears in the Arctic and More

  Every week, embark with host Boyd Matson on an exploration of the latest discoveries and interviews with some of the most fascinating people on the planet, on National Geographic Weekend. Please check listings near you to find the best way to listen to National Geographic Weekend, or pick your favorite segments and listen now below! Episode: 1317 – Air…

Alaska Commemorates Centennial Anniversary of Novarupta Volcano Eruption

This month marks the centennial anniversary of the eruption of the Novarupta Volcano in Katmai National Park and Preserve, Alaska — the largest volcanic eruption of the twentieth century. On June 6, 1912, the giant eruption blackened the skies with smoke. With an eruption ten times the force of Mount Saint Helens in 1980, mountains collapsed…

Secrets of Earth’s Deepest Volcanoes

I’ll just say it up front: National Geographic Committee for Research and Exploration grantee Rich Brown did not discover diamonds on his recent research expedition to the Igwisi Hills Volcanoes in the Tanzanian highlands. Nor did he expect to find any. But the story behind his geological trek reveals the violent ways in which diamonds…

Definition of a [Habitable] Planet?

Ever since Pluto got voted off the island, most astronomers have defined a planet as a body orbiting a star—dead or alive—that is a) massive enough to be rounded by its own gravity, b) not massive enough to ignite itself into starhood, and c) domineering enough to have swept its neighborhood clean of smaller planetary…