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Regrets? I’ve Had a Few (Earth Current)

People say it all the time. “If only.” “If only I’d remembered our wedding anniversary.” “If only I’d taken that other job.” “If only I’d brought my umbrella to work today.” Regret is a distinctly human trait, but computer researchers … Continue reading

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Wrapped up in Books: Songs for National Library Week

“Such sweet compulsion doth in music lie.” – John Milton What do National Geographic librarians do on their days off? Would it surprise you to learn that they continue to obsess about libraries and books? When I’m not at work, … Continue reading

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Invasive Munchies (Earth Current)

Invasive species have profound negative effects on ecosystems. They can displace or cause the extinction of native plant and animal life, increase soil erosion and fire hazards, clog waterways and damage the economy. On the plus side, however, some of … Continue reading

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Librarian at NGS: Nice Work If You Can Get It

What do National Geographic librarians do, you ask? Among other things, we help track down interesting facts like the ones used in this new video for the “Population 7-Billion” series. It makes for a satisfying day’s work. Among the fascinating … Continue reading

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Why Yes, I Would Jump off a Bridge! (Earth Current)

How many exasperated parents have asked, “If your friends jumped off a bridge, would you?” when their children succumbed to peer pressure? It is a fact of life that teens are influenced by their peers to take risks, and a … Continue reading

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A Dinosaur’s One-Fingered Salute (Earth Current)

“National Geographic News” reports that a new dinosaur species has been unearthed in northeastern China. [See an artist’s rendition here.] Linhenykus monodactylus cuts a distinctive figure because it is the only known one-fingered dinosaur. Perhaps, this specimen is sending us … Continue reading

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2010: Year of Disasters (Earth Current)

Where natural disasters were concerned, 2010 was a particularly deadly year. According to insurance company Munich RE, a total of 950 natural catastrophes were recorded last year–ranging from storms and floods to Haiti’s devastating earthquake–resulting in deaths of 295,000 people … Continue reading

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It’s All in Your Head (Earth Current)

If someone asked you, “How big is your social network?” how would you answer? Maybe you would look at the size of your address book, the number of groups you belong to, or, perhaps, you’d count up your Facebook friends. … Continue reading

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Nice Fish Finish Last (Earth Current)

Liza Minnelli once sang, “Everybody loves a winner,” and according to researchers at Stanford University, Liza might have been on to something. The scientists found that a male African cichlid fish may fall out of favor with his female paramour … Continue reading

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