• April 17, 2013   BY Cindy Huang  

    Watch Visual Effects artist Joe Letteri explain how the science of light diffusion made digital characters more realistic. It was near midnight in the winter of 1998 when computer graphics researcher Henrik Jensen made a discovery about light. While playing … Continue reading

  • March 20, 2013   BY Jaywon Choe  

    Hari Sreenivasan interviews Joanne Davies about her plans to trek across Antarctica and finish what Sir Ernest Shackleton started. Next year marks the 100th anniversary of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s historic, ill-fated and ultimately failed expedition to become the first person … Continue reading

  • January 16, 2013   BY Rebecca Jacobson  

    This is an edited version of a video produced by Jill Granger. To view the original video, click here. Carrie Lewis and Kelly Steele’s fifth grade students slide and spin across the classroom floor, doing the hustle, the robot and … Continue reading

  • November 29, 2012   BY Rebecca Jacobson and Jenny Marder  

    After five years spent documenting the behavior of glaciers, photographer James Balog has concluded that the term “glacial pace” is an oxymoron. Once, his teammates saw a chunk of ice roughly the size of southern Manhattan — from 34th Street … Continue reading

  • November 8, 2012   BY Rebecca Jacobson  

    Louis Uccellini, head of environmental prediction for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, explains the unique challenges of tracking Hurricane Sandy. Update: 6:15 p.m. ET | As Superstorm Sandy barreled its way west from the Caribbean to the Mid-Atlantic states … Continue reading

  • September 28, 2012   BY News Desk  

    Who says a car needs a driver? California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a law on Tuesday that makes it legal for driverless cars to travel on state highways. This opens California roads to the cars — an important step for … Continue reading

  • September 27, 2012   BY Rebecca Jacobson  

    On Sept. 16, after five years of trying, a female giant panda at Smithsonian’s National Zoo finally gave birth to her second cub. Zookeepers were overjoyed; director Dennis Kelly called it “a great day for pandas.” But a week later, … Continue reading

  • September 7, 2012   BY Jenny Marder  

    At Florida International University, 12 giant fans mimic the intensity of a Category 5 hurricane, pummeling rooftops, building materials and solar panels with winds reaching 157 miles per hour. A team of researchers led by civil engineer Arindam Gan Chowdhury … Continue reading

  • September 6, 2012   BY Saskia de Melker and Mike Fritz  

    Gerardo Torres used to be afraid every day for his life. “I was very careful when I was driving around not to make any mistakes or bring any attention from the police,” he said. For the past 20 years, he … Continue reading

  • August 24, 2012   BY Rebecca Jacobson  

    [ DUE TO RIGHTS RESTRICTIONS, VIDEO IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE ] National Geographic magazine’s September issue looks at the impact of steadily warming temperatures and changing weather patterns on severe storms, droughts, forest fires and other extreme weather events. This … Continue reading

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