Now's Your Chance To Talk to James Cameron and Jane Goodall About Science

Mallory Ortberg · 01/13/13 01:29PM

Everyone could do with a little extra science today, if only to distract themselves from the blank and empty yawn that is a Sunday afternoon. To celebrate their 125th anniversary, National Geographic is hosting a free-for-all interview with James Cameron, Robert Ballard, Jane Goodall and "explorers in the field on every continent." You can join the conversation here; explorers will be taking questions for the next hour.

Baby Seal Tries to be Fierce

Maureen O'Connor · 03/23/12 05:04PM

National Geographic Digital Nomad Andrew Evans visited a remote Antarctic island populated by fur seals, and made a video of the absurdly cute baby seals he met there. Check out the baby seal trying to be fierce at 0:15. He thinks he's roaring with fury, but the sound he creates is akin to a toddler's naptime snore. [Cute Overload, Digital Nomad, @WheresAndrew]

National Geographic Asks: Are You Typical?

Marisa Gladstone · 03/03/11 03:15PM

National Geographic magazine is conducting a year-long series examining the state of the global population and our impact on the planet. In this video, they pose the question, are you typical? Watch to find out who the world's most typical person is today, and who it could be in the future.

Maybe NASA Isn't Completely Worthless

Jeff Neumann · 04/22/10 07:20AM

NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory released images of the sun taken in March that include a "prominence eruption" and other crazy things that can take out satellite communications and power grids on Earth.

Asteroids, End Times, and You

Daniel Barnum-Swett · 02/19/10 01:57PM

Naked Science's experts asserted Earth will end via asteroid impact, and seemed pretty excited about the news. How can we avoid the eschaton? Launch nukes into space and put lasers on the moon to blast rogue rocks and intergalactic hamsters.

Inside the Mad Labs of "Body Worlds"

Florabel Mulvaney · 02/18/10 01:31PM

Oh, dead bodies. Whatever do we do with you? Taboo explores disposal, suicide, and life after death, but most fascinatingly takes us inside them—to the lab of Gunther von Hagens, who first brought the world innards on display.

Getting It On, Taboo Style

Florabel Mulvaney · 02/11/10 02:55PM

This week, Taboo explored the topic of "Strange Love". Realdolls, negotiated infidelity, child marriage, and polygamy were on the docket, and things got pretty hot 'n' provocative.

(Not So) Taboo: Potheads and Zealots and Junkies, Oh My!

Florabel Mulvaney · 02/04/10 03:32PM

So last night's Taboo didn't really go out on a limb as far as bringing us unbelievable freakiness that's actually stigmatized. But they did give us lots of drugz, and the folks who turn to 'em to ease(?) their troubles.

Taboo: Living on the Fringes of Society

Florabel Mulvaney · 01/28/10 03:10PM

This week's Taboo was all about misfits! But not your run-of-the-mill Daria kind. Featured here were wannabe amputees, exiled Bangladeshi river dwellers, and—most abhorrent of all—freegans!

Taboo's Episode on Fat Americans Reveals the Weight of Love

Jessica Poolt · 01/21/10 06:12PM

Obese Americans face tons of problems in this day and age— especially in the love department! While sassy cam-girl/activist, Deirdra, juggles several "bi-sizual," fat admiring boyfriends; bedridden 650 lb. Alan hasn't had sex with his wife in 10 years.

cityfile · 01/20/10 04:02PM

• As rumored, the New York Times plans to begin charging readers to access stories on the NYT website. It will be a metered system (so only "frequent readers" will be affected), and it doesn't start until 2011. And faithful subscribers to the print edition won't be forced to pay anything extra. [NYT]
• What are the chances Conan lands at Fox? It could happen, but there are plenty of reasons why Fox might decide to back away from a deal. [WSJ]
• The news biz: Talks to bring Ted Koppel back to ABC News appear to have fallen through; Megyn Kelly is getting her own show on Fox News; and CNN has announced it's partnering with hipster mag Vice, oddly enough. [NYO]
• Condé Nast's Fairchild unit has a new chief. Gina Sanders, Lucky's publisher (and Si Newhouse's niece) will now be running the show. [WWD]
• The Sundance Film Festival kicks off in Park City, Utah tomorrow. And it's shaping up to be fest's "most important" year ever, supposedly. [NYT, WSJ]