Behind the scenes of "behind the scenes at National Geographic"

Have you seen that "behind the scenes at National Geographic" photo where those guys are running from a bear? It's pretty amusing. But it's a fake. Super duper, 100 percent fake. So where did it come from? » 1/19/15 5:42pm 1/19/15 5:42pm

The best National Geographic readers' photos of 2014

This Guy's Job Is to Hack Cameras for National Geographic Photographers

If you've ever dreamt of a weird feature you wanted your camera to have for a specially specific purpose, the guy to call would be Kenji, National Geographic's very own tinkerer extraordinaire. Head over to their very own Proof blog for a peek inside his workshop. » 12/08/14 11:30am 12/08/14 11:30am

The best pictures from National Geographic's Photo Contest 2014

Everybody knows what the best thing about the end of the year is. It's easy. No, it's not Christmas presents. Or seeing family over the holidays. The best thing about the end of the year is National Geographic's Photo Contest. It's a tradition where we get to see just how awesome the world around us is. » 10/28/14 1:04am 10/28/14 1:04am

Learn Just How Crazy Russian Smokejumpers Are

To be a smokejumper — the front-line firefighters who parachute into forest fires — in the US, you've already got to be a little unhinged. To do the same job in Russia, with antique equipment, for no pay, you must be certifiably insane. » 9/23/14 4:00am 9/23/14 4:00am

The horrible beauty of Mount Hood, Oregon

Wow, the winners of the National Geographic Photo Contest are unreal

National Geographic just announced the winners of the National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest for 2014. They're all so fantastic you'd swear they aren't real. Like the one above, which is so fantastic that it looks like a photoshop. But it is real—a stunning picture by Marc Henauer of Green Lake in Tragöss, Austria. » 8/04/14 10:40pm 8/04/14 10:40pm

Hundreds of flying rays is one beautiful nightmare

I don't know where buildings start or end in this crazy Hong Kong photo

National Geographic's Photo of the Day—captured by Simon Kwan—shows Hong Kong in all its glorious urban madness. When I first saw it I thought it was a collage made with multiple shots and mirrored images. It's not. It's just the city photographed from Beacon Hill. » 7/22/14 2:36am 7/22/14 2:36am

The Right Way to Flip a Coin (And Other Things Going Deep Taught Us)

One of the most earth-shattering things that David Rees has learned about flipping a coin: It's not random. "It's a physical process," he says. "And if you can reduce the number of variables involved, you can control the outcome." Yes, it is possible to learn how to flip a coin, and Rees can show you how to do it. » 7/21/14 4:35pm 7/21/14 4:35pm

Scientists Are Mapping the Ocean's Plastic Because 99 Percent Is Missing

Last week, some strange news swept the science internet: Much of the plastic scientists expected to find on the ocean's surface is gone, and no one knows exactly where it is. Now the scientists behind the research have shared a first-of-its-kind map of ocean plastic with National Geographic--and it could be key to… » 7/17/14 11:11am 7/17/14 11:11am

The Bone-Chilling Freezer Where 10 Miles of Ancient Ice Are Kept

Since 1993 the USGS has been extracting ice cores from glaciated regions of the world and storing them for research. Scientists keep them in a gigantic walk-in freezer—the National Ice Core Laboratory—located just outside Denver. It's so freaking cool. » 7/14/14 2:48pm 7/14/14 2:48pm

Dive Into the World's Biggest Cave

Our species owes a lot to caves. The natural rock formations have been homes, religious sites, art galleries, and graveyards for humanity's earliest ancestors.The July issue of National Geographic magazine delves into some of the planet's most expansive cave systems, located in the wilds of China. » 7/02/14 12:00pm 7/02/14 12:00pm

This city from another world is right here on Earth

Melting Arctic Ice Is Drastically Changing National Geographic's Atlas

When the the 10th edition of the National Geographic world atlas is released this fall, it will look markedly different from previous versions. That field of endless white usually covering the very north of the planet will be dramatically reduced to reflect the real-life shrinkage of the Arctic ice sheet. » 6/10/14 1:00pm 6/10/14 1:00pm

The Ship-Breakers Who Tear Apart Dead Cargo Vessels By Hand

On the Bangladeshi coast of the Bay of Bengal, past-their-prime oil tankers and cargo vessels are beached on the muddy shore like industrial, open-air graveyards. There, these massive ships are taken apart by men—"ship-breakers"—who toil hand-to-metal for minimal wages on the toxic, exceptionally dangerous sites. » 5/06/14 10:20am 5/06/14 10:20am

The best nature photo of the year is this badass polar bear

This is the Grand Prize Winner of National Geographic's best photo of the year competition, taken by Seattle-based photographer Paul Souders. It's titled The Ice Bear, and it features a female polar bear staring at Paul from underwater. It's an outstanding image, but I think the rest of his series are equally good—or… » 12/19/13 6:45pm 12/19/13 6:45pm

Now You Can Explore Gorgeous National Geographic Maps With Google

A well-drawn map isn't just a functional chart, it's a thing of beauty. National Geographic has been making gorgeous print maps for over 120 years, and thanks to a new partnership, over 500 of them will be available online, powered by Google Map Engine. » 12/07/13 10:00am 12/07/13 10:00am

This Guy's Contraptions Help Wildlife Photographers Get Insane Shots

Being a National Geographic photographer demands going to great lengths to capture unique shots of wild—often dangerous—animals. It's a task that sometimes requires some very custom-built gear. Luckily, there's one man whose sole job is to craft these amazing gadgets. » 10/30/13 3:40pm 10/30/13 3:40pm