Author Archives: Cathy Hunter

About Cathy Hunter

I have worked as an archivist at National Geographic for over 20 years and particularly love learning more about our old expeditions.

The Time Is Out of Joint (Earth Current)

It seems we are always keeping track of time, but do we really even know what it is? Recent scientific studies are calling into question Sir Isaac Newton’s theory of time and the idea that it may represent a fourth … Continue reading

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On Everest, It Is Always the Wind

The man with three dreams: going on expedition with Admiral Byrd, working for National Geographic, and climbing Everest…Listen to an excerpt. It’s climbing season on Mt. Everest, so let’s take a look back at one of the pioneers of that … Continue reading

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Handyman, Camp Cook…Takes Good Pictures Too

An expert lab man and genius at improvising in the field, Richard Hewitt Stewart exemplified many of the qualities associated with National Geographic photographers. During his 42 years on staff, he continually had to produce high-quality images under the most … Continue reading

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First Day on the Job, April 1, 1899

On this day in 1899, a quiet revolution took place at the Geographic. The Society, founded in 1888, was still a small, mostly local, organization and struggling mightily to stay afloat. All of that would change after Alexander Graham Bell … Continue reading

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Our History Is Our Strength: A Tribute to Helen Churchill Candee

In recognition of Women’s History Month, Laura Newcomer chronicles the life of Helen Churchill (Hungerford) Candee (10/5/1858 – 8/23/1949), a world traveler, journalist, women’s rights activist, and contributor to National Geographic Magazine. “If I fail to obtain the house of … Continue reading

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Genocide in Your Gadgets? (Earth Current)

We love our gadgets, but do we know how they are made? Find out more in this story from The Christian Science Monitor and check out The Enough Project’s report on how well companies are doing at keeping conflict minerals … Continue reading

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Project Noah

National Geographic has invested in a new online application, Project Noah, that hopes to bring out the citizen scientist in all of us. It is easy to join and share your photos of nature with others around the globe. Yasser … Continue reading

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Does Love Conquer All? Last Known Photograph Sparks Hope for Future

By Laura Newcomer Described by researchers in 1852, photographed once in 1959, and not seen since— this 52-year-old photo in National Geographic provides the only evidence of the existence of a rare species of sea slug published in more than … Continue reading

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The Last Lions

Big cat numbers have dropped precipitously over the past few decades and no one understands this better than Dereck and Beverly Joubert, who have been living out of the back of a truck for most of those years, trying to … Continue reading

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Delivering Books via Boom-Boom (Earth Current)

When visiting Laos, book publisher Sasha Alyson noticed that most Laotians had few books to read and their children appeared to have none at all. So when the Bostonian pulled up stakes and moved there permanently, he taught himself the … Continue reading

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