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NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC EXPLORERS • These contributors have received funding from the National Geographic Society, which is committed to illuminating and protecting the wonder of our world.
THE LIFE AQUATIC • Extreme close-ups reveal details of the normally unseen but eye-popping organisms that occupy single droplets of seawater.
THE BACKSTORY • THIS PHOTOGRAPHER IS ON A QUEST TO DOCUMENT TINY CREATURES IN THE SEA, ONE DROP OF WATER AT A TIME.
How a Discovery Is (Dis)proved • A SCIENTIST OBSERVED ONE STARTLING CELESTIAL EVENT—AND THEN NO MORE, FOR YEARS. WAS IT A BREAKTHROUGH OR A FLUKE?
THE PERYTON EXPLANATION
Desert X AlUla: The Art of the Desert • AlUla’s oasis has inspired artists for millennia: Recently, Desert X AlUla has brought a fresh artistic resurgence to this striking desert landscape.
AI, learning the slopes
UNDER THE MOONLIGHT • WHILE MANY SPECIES CAN BE FOUND RELAXING IN SUNSHINE, TURTLES TAKE BASKING INTO OVERTIME.
Retina may help assess Alzheimer’s
COLORECTAL CANCER UP AMONG YOUNGER ADULTS
ADAMS CASSINGA • He fights for wildlife in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
THE FERTILE FOSSIL • For two decades, a single fossil has revolutionized paleontologists’ understanding of dinosaur skin. And it may yield still more surprises.
NO WAY OUT • A National Geographic team set out to retrace the doomed voyage of 19th-century explorer Sir John Franklin and search for clues to his disappearance in the fabled Northwest Passage. But the Arctic doesn’t give up its secrets easily.
A MYSTERY LOCKED IN ICE
THE GOLDEN AGE OF MUMMIFICATION • Excavations of an ancient mortuary complex in Egypt are shedding light on how the craft was once a booming business—and not just for pharaohs.
THE PAST IS PRESENT • NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PARTNERED WITH THE FOR FREEDOMS ARTIST GROUP ON A SERIES OF PHOTO ESSAYS INSPIRED BY AMERICAN HISTORY.
A KIND OF FREEDOM • The American story of Black equestrians
WE HELPED BUILD THIS COUNTRY • Uncovering the history of Chinese railroad workers
THE WORLD’S OLDEST COLONY • Crisis, struggle, and strength in Puerto Rico
UNLIKELY REFUGEES • At a sanctuary in Jordan, wild animals that survived war zones, injuries, and smugglers find respite.
A LASTING SAFE HAVEN
GRETCHEN KAY STUART • FROM OUR PHOTOGRAPHERS