Alzheimer’s Tests on the Horizon? nationalgeographic
Can Alzheimers disease be predicted? And if it could, would you want to take the test?
Those questions are being sparked by three new studies, each of which presents a potential method for foretelling, years in advance, the memory loss and cognitive impairment that are...
than those who
Rwanda Genocide: The Art of Remembering and Forgetting nationalgeographic
If you arrive in Rwanda today to witness ceremonies commemorating the genocide that began here 20 years ago, you might expect the country to be a mournful place. Up to a million people were murdered by their neighbors in roughly a hundred days, and you could reasonably...
Roman Catholic priest
Peter Matthiessen in the World, 1927-2014 nationalgeographic
Peter Matthiessen, one of Americas great writers, died on April 5, after a long life of explorations, adventures, varied literary labors, and service to good causes, and a couple years of quiet struggle against leukemia.
He was 86, at home in Sagaponak, New York, with...
National Book Award
Q&A: Pets Are Becoming People, Legally Speaking nationalgeographic
We love our pets. About 90 percent of owners consider their pets part of the family. More than 80 percent of us would likely risk our lives for them. Last year, we spent $55 billion on the animals that share our lives.
This is all fairly new. Dog and cat ownership has...
5 Foods Will Be Harder to Produce in a Warmer World nationalgeographic
The reality of climate change has already hit farms, ranches, and orchards around the globe, according to the latest report from the UNs Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. While some crops will grow better in a warmer world, the report found that the negative...
climate change has
many other fruit
Colleague and Friend Remembers Slain Photographer Anja Niedringhaus nationalgeographic
Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Anja Niedringhaus was killed on April 4, 2014, while covering presidential election preparations in Afghanistan for the Associated Press. Her photographic work spans more than 25 years of major international events and conflicts. Her...
for the Associated Press
Q&A: Ken Burns Discusses His New Documentary, The Address nationalgeographic
Perhaps no one has been able to bring American history alive in the way that documentary filmmaker Ken Burns has over the past several decades, with blockbusters such as The Civil War, Baseball, and The Dust Bowl.
Now the Emmy Award winner is breathing fresh life into...
World's Oldest Decimal Times Table Found in China nationalgeographic
Q: How much is 230 times 10?
A: The number of years humans have been calculating with decimals.
A crack team of scholars in Beijing learned this last year when they solved a 23-centuries-old puzzle. And it only took them five years.
The complex mathematical problem arose...
New Golden Age for Pterosaurs, Flying Reptiles of the Dinosaur Era nationalgeographic
Pterosaurs were the most magnificent fliers of all time. With wings of skin stretched over bone, they soared over the heads of dinosaurs below.
Their ranks included fuzzy little flappers the size of a bat and enormous soaring species with 33-foot (10-meter) wingspans...
million years ago
fourth finger supported
Plane Search Shows World's Oceans Are Full of Trash nationalgeographic
Before Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 went missing, sea trash was not a global headliner.
But as hundreds of objects sighted off the Australian coast as possible aircraft debris turn out to be discarded fishing equipment, cargo container parts, or plastic shopping bags,...