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- Where the Bone-Eating Snot Flower Worm calls home (hint! look inside a dead whale)
- How the Silver-Spotted Skipper Caterpillar is able to fling its “frass” more than 5 feet
- Why the Red-Billed Oxpecker has a taste for ticks.
A few treats from the book:
Who domesticated the very first dogs?
Why did George Washington send a small dog to a British general?
When did Dalmatians become friends with firefighters?
Which dog starred in 26 movies and had his own chef and chauffeur?The close relationship between humans and beloved canine companions spans more than 15,000 years. During this time dogs have guarded us, worked with us and marched off to war with us. They’ve saved our lives, kept us company and helped us with daily tasks. Their story is our story.
MARS Considers Imminent Human Life on the Red Planet:
By award-winning journalist Leonard David, with foreword by Ron Howard
WASHINGTON (Sept. 26, 2016)—Right now, plans are being put in place and procedures honed to get humans to Mars.
MARS: Our Future on the Red Planet (National Geographic Books; on sale Oct. 25; ISBN 978-1-4262-1758-6; 304 pages; $30) considers the imminent settlement of humans on Mars. Backed by extensive research and written by award-wining journalist Leonard David—who has covered space for 50 years and was co-author of Mission to Mars with Buzz Aldrin—the book is part of a major National Geographic Mars initiative* this fall, including a documentary in partnership with Ron Howard, whose foreword opens the book.
So, what is life on Mars going to take?
- A parachute the size of the Rose Bowl will be necessary to land a crew on Mars from the spacecraft in which they travel.
- Mars has the largest volcanoes and deepest canyons in the known solar system, and anyone on the surface of the planet is exposed to lethal levels of radiation.
- Earth is far: two years away and that’s when the window of return is open.
There’s a whole lot we don’t yet know and MARS takes those crucial questions head-on:
- Researchers posit the “Earth Out of View” phenomenon as one example of potential psychological effects. Unlike astronauts who often report awe and insight when viewing Earth from space, people on Mars may not see the earth in their night sky at all.
- The toll of a two-year journey through space, let alone life on a new planet, will have drastic physical effects on every human being living under those conditions. Astronaut Scott Kelly recently spent a year in space and grew over an inch!
- Immediately upon landing, we will need to make changes to Mars if we are to survive. The ethics of altering the ecosystem of yet another planet is no small question.
In MARS, David investigates the red planet as never before, introducing Mars not merely as backdrop to swashbuckling science fiction but as they very real setting of humanity’s next home.
*National Geographicwill extend the MARS experience in an unprecedented cross-platform experience with a six-part documentary series on the National Geographic Channel in November, digital companion prequel “Before MARS” that will launch prior to premiere, a digital virtual-reality experience at MakeMarsHome.com and a MARS Experience installation in New York this October. MARS will be the November cover story of National Geographic Magazine; will be featured in a National Geographic Kids book, MARS: The Red Planet,” on sale Sept. 27; kids media and educational materials; a touring NG Live speakers series; and ongoing Mars coverage on nationalgeographic.com.
About Leonard David
Leonard David is an award-winning space journalist who has been reporting on space activities for over 50 years. He frequently contributes to the website Space.com as their “Space Insider Columnist” and is the coauthor of Buzz Aldrin’s Mission to Mars. In 2015, he became the first recipient of the American Astronautical Society’s (AAS) “Ordway Award for Sustained Excellence in Spaceflight History” in the category of journalism, and in 2010 he received the National Space Club Press Award.
About Ron Howard
Ron Howard has made a lifelong career in television and film, winning numerous accolades and awards as actor, director and producer. He is co-chair with Brian Grazer of Imagine Entertainment, which has recently partnered with National Geographic on Breakthrough as well as Red Planet.
About National Geographic Partners LLC
National Geographic Partners LLC, a joint venture between National Geographic Society and 21st Century Fox, combines National Geographic television channels with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic Studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, catalog, licensing and e-commerce businesses. A portion of the proceeds from National Geographic Partners LLC will be used to fund science, exploration, conservation and education through significant ongoing contributions to the work of the National Geographic Society. For more information, visit www.nationalgeographic.com and find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, YouTube, LinkedIn and Pinterest.
Our canine companions also serve in the line of duty and under fire, whether helping police protect our home turf or accompanying soldiers on missions abroad.
In Paws of Courage: True Tales of Heroic Dogs That Protect and Serve (ages 10+, $12.99), readers will cheer for the hero dogs featured in this collection, profiled with stunning photos and inspiring tales of bravery, friendship, heroism, and devotion. From Sergeant Stubby, the first dog to be given a rank for his work during WWI, to Spike, who served on more than 100 combat missions in Afghanistan to dogs who serve closer to home at places like Ground Zero, the Seattle Police Department and in airports across the nation, canine heroes are spotlighted in five different sections that detail the various roles dogs have played throughout the years.
Opening with a forward from Ronald L. Aiello, President of the U.S. War Dogs Association, the book also features text boxes with questions that kids would ask paired with answers from military-dog handlers and each section concludes with information on related topics.
"The bonds between more than 20 military and law enforcement dogs and their handlers are lovingly and proudly shown in this compact, fact- and photo-filled offering. The narratives are heartfelt, and there are enough photographs of the pooches in action to please any dog lover......will make readers want to go home and hug the doggie heroes in own their lives" -- Booklist
Reviews for PAWS OF COURAGE:
This compact, photo-filled book celebrates service dogs of all kinds as Furstinger profiles more than 20 real-life combat, rescue, police, and tracker dogs, among others. Furstinger explains how various breeds’ physical, behavioral, and biological characteristics enable them to excel. Descriptions of the powerful bonds between service dogs and their handlers, as well as happy service dog retirements, contribute to a lively and touching narrative.
Myriad canines loyally serve in a variety of roles aiding their human companions; National Geographic portrays the efforts of 24 working dogs. The photographs will make this highly appealing to dog lovers who will also find the brief text and short chapters easy to manage.(Nonfiction. 9-14)
The bonds between more than 20 military and law enforcement dogs and their handlers are lovingly and proudly shown in this compact, fact- and photo-filled offering. The narratives are heartfelt, and there are enough photographs of the pooches in action to please any dog lover. [This book]... addresses a wide range of interests and age levels and will make readers want to go home and hug the doggie heroes in own their lives.
New York, NY, January 2015 - Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic has announced that following the Antarctic season in early 2016, the National Geographic Orion will set course for Europe where she will spend spring, summer and fall on a highly curated series of 22 one-week voyages.
The voyages will provide a unique take on a familiar geography, with innovative itineraries that will explore Portugal, Spain, France, England, Ireland, Holland, Belgium, the Baltic Republics and Scandinavia.
“A ship like National Geographic Orion depends heavily on past guests, and a vast majority of her past guests have been to the Kimberley and the South Pacific. We are committed to providing them the most compelling opportunities available on the Orion, and have listened to their feedback for new destinations,” stated Sven Lindblad, Founder & President of Lindblad Expeditions.
The voyages will be led by an extraordinary team with a diverse scope of expertise about the countries being explored covering ancient & modern history, political science, art, viniculture and music, as well as leading active options such as hiking, biking and kayaking. Special speakers will be drawn from the top tiers of journalism, science, and world affairs to add relevant insights as part of the ‘Global Perspectives Speakers’ program, and each voyage will feature a National Geographic photographer. The itineraries have been designed to afford guests the option to take consecutive voyages to discover a range of destinations.
On board dining will continue to be an integral part of the experience and will feature degustation menus by one of Australia’s renowned international chefs, Serge Dansereau, principal of Sydney’s The Bathers’ Pavilion. The cuisine will be influenced with the flavors of the region.
The 102-guest National Geographic Orion’s size and level of comfort will be highly appealing for European travel. The interior is spacious and offers a range of modern public rooms with panoramic views. Her public rooms include a window-lined main lounge, as well as an observation lounge and library at the top of the ship. In addition, a dedicated theatre provides a unique setting for specialist presentations, films or slideshows.
For more information or to book your Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic experience today, visit http://www.expeditions.com/, call 1-800-EXPEDITION or your travel agent.
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In Ultimate Survival Alaska, National Geographic Channel Presents
an Epic Competition Series
Where the Only Prize Is Survival
“No watch, no GPS, no phone. Nothin'.
Just the wits and the gear on my back.
And that's the way it should be done.”
–Tyler, Survival Expert
Ultimate Survival Alaska Premieres Sunday, May 12, at 10 PM ET/PT
(WASHINGTON, D.C. – April 17, 2013) They are some the toughest, most extreme survivalists that Alaska has to offer. Going head to head, eight men of a rare breed are about to take the ultimate test of survival in Arctic conditions that only National Geographic could inspire. No tent, phone, watch or GPS. Three thousand miles across Alaska’s wild. This is hardcore. This is old school adventure. Now bring it on.
Starting Sunday, May 12, at 10 p.m. ET/PT (before moving to its regular time, Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/PT beginning May 19), go off the grid with Ultimate Survival Alaska, an epic new series that follows these survival experts on a 10-leg expedition in the brutal and dangerous Alaska terrain. The opponents’ only goal is to make it out alive using just the gear they can carry in their packs. (For more information, see www.natgeotv.com and twitter.com/NGC_PR.)
Dropped in the middle of the Alaskan wilderness by bush plane, they have 72 hours to make their way to the finish point for that leg of the expedition. Using raw, mountain-man ingenuity, they’ll navigate through treacherous glaciated river valleys, barren ridgelines and high mountain peaks, battling hunger, hostile predators and perilous weather conditions along the way.
Says Willi, one of the eight explorers, “I've done so many big peaks on basically all the world's continents. I've done six Everest expeditions. All of us that do this sort of thing. At some fundamental level, we’re not normal, well-adjusted, modern civilized human beings. We're all throwbacks. Because modern life is not enough of a test for us.”
Navigating risky routes that traverse some of the most hostile territory on the planet, they’ll rely on hard survival skills passed down through generations. Like the original National Geographic explorers, for those who succeed there is no grand prize, just the well-fought pride of having conquered the grueling challenges that a beastly Mother Nature can throw at them.
Now, meet Alaska’s most formidable challengers:
Dallas Seavey, 26 years old: The youngest person to ever to win the Iditarod, a grueling thousand-mile race across the state of Alaska through some of the world's toughest conditions.
Tyrell Seavey, 28 years old: Like his brother Dallas, he hails from a legendary family, known by many as Alaskan royalty. He has run the Iditarod twice and won the Jr. Iditarod.
Marty Raney, 56 years old: A veteran mountain guide who has led more than 20 expeditions on and around Denali, the highest peak in North America.
Matt Raney, 30 years old: Marty’s son and an expert in survival. He helped build his family home with Marty with nothing but a chainsaw and the logs on their property.
Austin Manelick, 24 years old: Since the age of 5, he has practiced subsistence hunting under the watchful eye of his Alaskan wilderness guide father.
Willi Prittie, 57 years old: A professional mountain guide for almost 38 years, Willi is considered to be one of the leading climbing and logistical experts in the region.
Tyler Johnson, 36 years old: From exploring Kathmandu to climbing 27,000 feet with no oxygen in Nepal, Tyler is fearless.
Brent Sass, 32 years old: He’s done six 1,000-mile dog sledding expeditions for the Yukon Quest, and has guided excursions through any and all of Alaska’s many landscapes.
Arctic Hell: Sunday, May 12, at 10 p.m. ET/PT
Mission: Travel nearly 50 miles in 72 hours from the Brooks Mountain Range, a remote chain that stretches 600 miles from east to west, reaching elevations of nearly 9,000 feet, to Takahula Lake.
The men pick their route: some take the higher land, some follow the river. Expert climber Willi Prittie leads Brent Sass and Tyler Johnson into the high mountains. The bearing they're traveling navigates through rugged peaks, reaching elevations over 4,000 feet. Right from the start, Willi blazes a trail through the high mountains, which exposes them to rugged topography … and wolves. Veteran mountain man Marty Raney is leading his son Matt and survival expert Austin Manelick through the river valley — a direct but treacherous route to the finish — facing 35-degree waters and 15 mile per hour current. Drama ensues when the crew separates in deadly swamp land. Brothers Dallas and Tyrell Seavey navigate a route along the barren ridgeline, traversing wide open terrain with little cover. These born racers are determined to be the first to arrive.
River of No Return: Sunday, May 19, at 9 p.m. ET/PT
Mission: Travel nearly 200 miles in 72 hours down the Yukon River, including a treacherous stretch of rapids.
The men are divided into two groups, building two competing rafts. Mountain man Marty Raney is ready to take charge, building a colossal raft weighing in at nearly 2 tons which he hopes will be sturdy enough to beat the rapids. After spending five hours on construction, the five-man crew get on their way, but hunger starts to take its toll. Dallas Seavey, his brother Tyrell and survival expert Austin Manelick are meticulously engineering a smaller raft that’s speedy and maneuverable to tackle the turbulent Yukon. Tyrell makes a homemade fishing net to get some food. But a partially submerged sandbar and water and rocks tearing at their raft make the crew struggle.
Into the Void: Sunday, May 26 at 9 p.m. ET/PT
Mission: Travel 25 miles through the snow-capped peaks of the Tordrillo Mountains, over 72 hours.
Helicopters leave the eight explorers on a snow-capped summit. The men split into three groups and approach a 300-foot cliff one team at a time, rappelling down in high winds and low visibility. The men must descend a ravine, and then traverse eight miles of the Triumvirate Glacier. Austin and Tyler circumvent the glacier, traveling along the mountain ridgeline. Mountain man Marty Raney, his son Matt and Brent Sass take a low elevation route and are the first to cross the glacier. Expert climber Willi Prittie and the Seavey brothers navigate far from the icebergs, fighting across 33-degree river water. In Strandline Lake, with 11 miles to go, Tyler and Austin are the last crew to arrive, and Austin's showing signs of hypothermia.
Ultimate Survival Alaska is produced by Brian Catalina Productions for the National Geographic Channel. For Brian Catalina Productions, Brian Catalina is executive producer. For National Geographic Channel, executive producer is Robert Palumbo; Senior Vice President of Programming and Development is Alan Eyres. Executive vice president of programming is Michael Cascio; and president is Howard T. Owens.
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National Geographic Channels
Based at the National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C., the National Geographic Channels US are a joint venture between National Geographic and Fox Cable Networks. The Channels contribute to the National Geographic Society’s commitment to exploration, conservation and education with smart, innovative programming and profits that directly support its mission. Launched in January 2001, National Geographic Channel (NGC) celebrated its fifth anniversary with the debut of NGC HD. In 2010, the wildlife and natural history cable channel Nat Geo WILD was launched, and in 2011, the Spanish-language network Nat Geo Mundo was unveiled. The Channels have carriage with all of the nation’s major cable, telco and satellite television providers, with NGC currently available in 84 million U.S. homes. Globally, National Geographic Channel is available in 440 million homes in 171 countries and 38 languages. For more information, visit www.natgeotv.com.
Wicked Tuna Captains Fight Tirelessly for Bluefin Fishing’s Top Spot, as Second Season Draws to Shocking CLOSE
Power Plays and Bruised Egos Are Forgotten as the Crews Rely on Raw Skill and Sheer Determination to Haul in the Most Exciting Catches of the Season –
And One Captain Suffers a Devastating Loss
Two-Part Wicked Tuna Finale Begins Sunday, May 5, at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT, and Concludes Sunday, May 12, at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT
(Washington, D.C. – April 22, 2013) A storm brews on Gloucester’s horizon as the final weeks of bluefin season begin for the fishermen on National Geographic Channel’s hit series Wicked Tuna. Season two began with the introduction of a cocky young captain named Tyler McLaughlin and his crew on the fishing vessel Pin Wheel. As the season draws to a close, McLaughlin runs neck and neck with last year’s champion, Dave Carraro of the FV-Tuna.com, threatening to unceremoniously dethrone Carraro and swipe his title as bluefin champion. Their epic battle plays out in a two-part season finale beginning Sunday, May 5, at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT and concluding Sunday, May 12, at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT. For more information, visit www.natgeotv.com/wickedtuna and follow on Twitter at https://twitter.com/NGC_PR and https://twitter.com/WickedTuna.
In a tremendous late-season effort, Paul Hebert, who was fired from the crew of FV-Tuna.com with just five weeks left in the season, continues to edge closer to his astounding goal of catching $50,000 worth of bluefin as a standalone captain of the fishing vessel Lisa & Jake. Hebert proves himself a formidable opponent and, given a full season as captain of his own boat, stands to challenge the other captains in their pursuit of the top spot next season.
Meanwhile, Captain Dave Marciano continues to rise above seemingly insurmountable issues aboard the Hard Merchandise, meeting every mechanical challenge he faces with an extraordinary bluefin catch that buys him time and keeps him in the game. After crushing losses this season, the Bounty Hunter limps toward the finish line with just two catches so far for the season. The pained faces of Captain Bill Monte, his wife Donna and first mate Scott, left an indelible mark on viewers who watched as an unlucky harpoon throw left Bounty Hunter empty-handed yet again after a valiant struggle to haul in a big fish. And, realizing the difficulty of going it alone, Captain Ralph of the Odysea re-enlists fan favorite first mate “Pirate,” who has been absent this season. But will Pirate bring the booty, or will Ralph wind up regretting his decision to bring him back?
Fishing enthusiasts have responded with high praise for the second season of Wicked Tuna. Devoted fan and newly appointed CNN anchor Chris Cuomo (@ChrisCuomo) tweeted that he was “Ridiculously pumped” for new episodes of the series and that he “Love[s] how these guys make a living while being conscious of improving the tuna population.”
Wicked Tuna follows a group of spirited fishermen from Gloucester, Mass., as they make their living the way it’s been done for centuries — man versus fish, rod versus fin, one catch at a time. The stakes are unforgiving, but the paydays can be huge, as the fleet navigates the frigid waters of the North Atlantic, searching for the magnificent and elusive bluefin tuna. One “monstah” catch can bring in as much as $20,000, but with a short fishing season and dwindling tuna populations, Gloucester’s fishermen are fighting for their economic survival every time they set sail.
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Season Two Finale Episodes Include…
Wicked Tuna: Money on the Line
Sunday, May 5, 2013, 9:00 PM ET/PT
In the first episode of a two-part season finale, Gloucester’s reigning bluefin champion, Dave Carraro of the FV-tuna.com, starts the last week of the fishing season with a $20,000 lead over New Hampshire rival the Pin Wheel. For young Captain Tyler, the goal has always been to prove himself to the veteran Gloucester fleet and to make Pin Wheel the top-earning boat of the season. Captain Paul Hebert of the Lisa & Jake wants to fulfill his goal of earning $50,000 in just five weeks as captain, while Captain Marciano is desperate to put away money for his family and resurrect a season marred by pulled hooks, boat breakdowns and short fish. Longtime friends Captain Bill Monte of the Bounty Hunter and Captain Ralph Wilkins of the Odysea decide to fish inshore together to avoid the steep expenses associated with offshore fishing.
Wicked Tuna: Endgame
Sunday, May 12, 2013, 9:00 PM ET/PT
In the second season finale, a storm brews on the horizon as the final week of bluefin season continues. The FV-Tuna.com remains in the lead but hasn’t caught a fish yet this week to build its lead. Nearest rival the Pin Wheel has two fish on deck from earlier in the week and has a third in its sights. Over on the Lisa & Jake, Paul caught three fish already this week and is well on the way to reaching his $50,000 goal. The storm threatens to force the Hard Merchandise back to shore, but with one already on deck they hook up again and fight for a second catch to end the season strong. When both FV-Tuna.com and Pin Wheel hook up for what will likely be their final time this season, their now epic rivalry draws the season to its shocking and heart-pounding conclusion.
Wicked Tuna is produced for National Geographic Channel by Pilgrim Studios. For Pilgrim Studios, executive producers are Craig Piligian and Mike Nichols. For National Geographic Channel, executive producer is Robert Palumbo, vice president of production and development is Lynn Sadofsky, executive vice president of programming is Michael Cascio and president is Howard T. Owens.
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National Geographic Channels
Based at the National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C., the National Geographic Channels US are a joint venture between National Geographic and Fox Cable Networks. The Channels contribute to the National Geographic Society’s commitment to exploration, conservation and education with smart, innovative programming and profits that directly support its mission. Launched in January 2001, National Geographic Channel (NGC) celebrated its fifth anniversary with the debut of NGC HD. In 2010, the wildlife and natural history cable channel Nat Geo WILD was launched, and in 2011, the Spanish-language network Nat Geo Mundo was unveiled. The Channels have carriage with all of the nation’s major cable, telco and satellite television providers, with NGC currently available in 85 million U.S. homes. Globally, National Geographic Channel is available in more than 440 million homes in 171 countries and 38 languages. For more information, visit www.natgeotv.com.