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TripAdvisor Review of Mars

HAL 9000 posted this TripAdvisor review of the planet Mars by a user named Curiosity. I don’t think he’s having a good time. Link-Thanks, Marilyn Terrell!

Behind the Scenes With Where the Hell Is Matt?

Surely by now you’ve seen the awesome video Where the Hell Is Matt? 2012. Marilyn Terrell of National Geographic has a look behind the scenes, because she was there taking pictures when Matt Harding recorded a portion of the dance video on the USS Abraham Lincoln last August! Read about the experience, and see a [...]

Elephant Underpass Reuniting Kenya Herds

Migrating elephants are just doing their thing, but cause damage to farms and fences, and run into trouble on highways. But an underpass beneath Nanyuki-Meru road in northern Kenya, built just for the elephants, allows herds to pass through the area with ease. It was completed in 2010, and hundreds of elephants have been seen [...]

Humongous Conservation Area Created in Africa

A new conservation area called KAZA has been established in Africa that unites five countries and dwarfs previous wildlife conservation programs. It symbolizes cooperation between nations as well as the fact that wildlife doesn’t share our concept of boundaries. Spanning an area of Africa almost the size of Italy, the Kavango Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area, or [...]

Manhattan’s Modest Art Collectors

Herb and Dorothy Vogel of New York City are not rich, but they have an amazing collection of art. Herb retired after years of sorting mail at the Manhattan Post Office. Dorothy was a librarian. They lived simply and spent all the extra money they could come up with on artworks, for their entire married [...]

About Slacklining

Andy Lewis performed a slacklining routine during the Super Bowl halftime show, and amazed the audience. If slacklining is new to you, you can find out all about this extreme sport (or is it an art?) in an interview with climbing legend Dean Potter at National Geographic News Watch. Oh, yeah, that’s him in the [...]

Winners of the 2011 National Geographic Photo Contest

National Geographic has selected the winning images for their annual contest, and they are amazing. Pictured above is Kent Shiraishi’s photograph of a frozen hot spring at a resort in Biei, Japan. It won an honorable mention in the nature category. View the other winners at the link. Link -via Marilyn Terrell

Danny Macaskill: Industrial Revolutions

(vimeo link) National Geographic selected ten amazing people for their Adventurers of the Year. You can read about each one and then vote for your favorite to win the People’s Choice Award (through January 18th). One of those finalists is rider Danny MacAskill, whose stunt videos have gone viral over the past couple of years. [...]

Revenge of the Meerkat

(YouTube link) Mattias Klum tries to get meerkats to sit still for photographs. The meerkats, however, don’t take him seriously at all. -Thanks, Marilyn Terrell!

Explosions and Tourism

From the eruption in the background and the weapon of choice, you can see that being a park ranger at Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is not like the job your local park ranger holds. These rangers must protect themselves and the park’s mountain gorillas from both poachers and [...]