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Mayans: Chill out, world not ending anytime soon

Article: Mayans: Chill out, world not ending anytime soon

Sorry, Internet prognosticators, but the world isn’t ending in 2012. At least, it’s not going to end this year because of some crazy Mayan prediction. Archaeologists at the Mayan site of Xultún (in modern day Guatemala) have discovered a 2,000-year-old calendar on the wall of a scribe’s house. According to National Geographic, the calendar includes dates about 7,000 years into the future. That means the world will actually end some time around 9012, so ha!

Caption this photo of a whale shark

Article: Caption this photo of a whale shark

Photographer Mauricio Handler snapped this remarkable photograph of a whale shark feeding near Isla Mujeres, Mexico for National Geographic piece on one of the largest swarms of whale sharks ever spotted in 2009. Lucky for the diver in this picture that they only feast on plankton and tiny fish eggs.

Incredible Nat Geo photograph

Article: Incredible Nat Geo photograph

What you’re seeing above is not a painting – a fact my feeble mind can barely comprehend. It’s actually a photograph taken in Namibia by Frans Lanting for National Geographic: Tinted orange by the morning sun, a soaring dune is the backdrop for the hulks of camel thorn trees in Namib-Naukluft Park. [Hat tip @doctorklein]

For NatGeo, things are looking UP

Article: For NatGeo, things are looking UP

Let’s start the weekend on an UP note with the National Geographic Channel’s brightly colored balloon launch. Inspired by the premise of the 2009 Pixar film UP, the makers of the NatGeo series “How Hard Can It Be?” decided to see whether it was possible and what it would take to launch a house into the air with the aid of only a bundle of balloons. Usually things exist in animation because they’re impossible to achieve in real life, but as you can see in the pictures the balloon launch was successful.

Young filmmakers challenge viewers to "Find Your Footprint"

Article: Young filmmakers challenge viewers to "Find Your Footprint"


The last time I mentioned young filmmakers, I was discussing college students. Turns out they’re not the youngest people making environmentally-themed documentaries: the National Geographic and P&G Future Friendly “Find Your Footprint” contest solicited short films from elementary school classes in which the kids shared their ideas for conserving natural resources.

Photos from the very last Kodachrome roll

Article: Photos from the very last Kodachrome roll

If veteran photographer Steve McCurry’s name sounds familiar, it may be because he was the man who shot the iconic photograph of the Afghan girl that appeared on the June 1985 cover of National Geographic. That famous photograph was taken on Kodachrome film and when McCurry heard that Kodak was going to discontinue it, he…

"Lovely photograph" wins National Geographic 2010 photo contest

Article: "Lovely photograph" wins National Geographic 2010 photo contest

Aaron Lim Boon Teck was the grand prize winner of National Geographic’s 2010 photo contest with this spectacular photo. He explains: “Trekkers [who] were able to make it up to the crater rim on time [were] able to camp overnight to witness the eruption [the] whole night long,” Boon Teck, of Singapore, wrote with his…

The gayest animals on Earth

Article: The gayest animals on Earth

I mean really. We have written on this blog over and over again about gay animals, birds in zoos, homo animals in the wild. But there really is nothing much gayer than the goddamn flamingo. Hello!? Neon pink? Super skinny! And the prettiest damn thing in the world. Pipe down peacock! It’s true. Gay guys…

First ever seamless photo of an entire redwood tree

Article: First ever seamless photo of an entire redwood tree

Photographer Nick Nichols, National Geographic and a team of technicians created for the first time a seamless photograph of an entire ginormous single redwood tree. This composite photo of the 1,600 year old tree was stitched together from 84 separate photos. Here’s a behind the scenes video of how this was accomplished.

Myth busting piranhas (not in 3D)

Article: Myth busting piranhas (not in 3D)

I have a couple friends who love B movies, gorier the better. So unsurprisingly they saw PIRANHA 3D and couldn’t stop talking about it (spoiler alert: dismembered male member flying at your face…in 3D). In case you were wondering, James Cameron hated it. Apropos, the National Geographic blog “dislike films that vilify animals—even a species…

Visions of the Earth

Article: Visions of the Earth

I did a double take at this photograph taken by Amit Dave that was published by the National Geographic as part of their “Visions of Earth” series which features breathtaking photos from around the world “as seen through a photographer’s eye.” National Geographic explains this photo above: Parched people mob a vast well in the…

National Geographic image collection

Article: National Geographic image collection

I know I am supposed to be the gay voice around here finding all the camp YouTube videos and writing about Lady Gaga, fashion, and decorating. But we gays appreciate beauty of all sorts like the ugly duckling beauty of Babs and train wreck beauty of Liza. But gays are often times fascinated by the beauty of nature and animals and the world. National Geographic has recently published a book called National Geographic: The Image Collection. The images are broken into four sections: exploration, wildlife, people & cultures, and science & climate change. I cannot stress the importance or beauty of the collection.

Four days with a leopard seal (and some poor penguins)

Article: Four days with a leopard seal (and some poor penguins)

This video clip, of Paul Nicklen’s encounter with a giant leopard seal, is sweet and frightening all at once. Mr. Nicklen, a National Geographic photographer, tells the story of a 4 day meeting with the huge sea-going mammal. The images are shocking. Seals get that big! He stayed in the water! WTF!? But the story is sweet too.…

50 years of space exploration in a giant poster

Article: 50 years of space exploration in a giant poster

National Geographic released an amazing gigantic online infographic depicting our humankind’s exploration of space over the past 50 years. The geekier corners of the Internet, including this one (being a geek is a badge of honor, friends! Or at least that’s what I told myself while growing up) went predictably agog over this. There have…

Buying Green Products With National Geographic

Article: Buying Green Products With National Geographic

There is a great Green Guide [www.thegreenguide.com] on National Geographic’s Website that shows you a few categories of products that you can use to save energy and have a healthy household. There is even an online shop called EVO [www.thegreenguide.com] included in the Green Guide. You can get an assorted selection of tips on topics…