World Events

Earth Day Facts: When It Is, How It Began, What to Do

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: April 20, 2009   View Article

From not-so-humble beginnings in 1970, when 20 million participated across the U.S., Earth Day has grown into a global tradition, with a billion expected to take part in 2009. Find out when it is, how it started, how it’s evolved, and what you can do.

Valentine’s Day Facts: Gifts, History, and Love Science

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: February 11, 2009   View Article

Where did Valentine’s Day come from? (Think naked Romans, paganism, and whips.) What does it cost? And why do we fall for it, year after year? Read on.

Travel/Culture Photos Weekly: Voodoo, Archer, More

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: November 3, 2008   View Article

Captions for photos of travel destinations and cultural events around the world. Shots include a boat race in India, the Day of the Dead in Guatemala, voodoo priests in Haiti, and Dawat-e-Islami congregation goers in Pakistan.

Travel/Culture Photos Weekly: Culinary Olympics, More

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: October 20, 2008   View Article

Captions for photos of travel destinations and cultural events around the world. Shots include the Culinary Olympics in Germany, the Feast of Tabernacles in Israel, an eagle hunting competition in Kyrgyzstan, Lord of Miracles procession in Peru, and a tomato fight in China.

Travel/Culture Photos Weekly: Dog Race, Festivals, More

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: October 6, 2008   View Article

Captions for photos of travel destinations and cultural events around the world. Shots include the Liverpool Biennial, a vegetarian festival in Thailand, a dog race in Savannah, Georgia, a hot air balloon festival in New Mexico, and the Modern Sky Music Festival in Beijing.

Travel/Culture Photos Weekly: McCartney in Israel, More

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: September 29, 2008   View Article

Captions for photos of travel destinations and cultural events around the world. Shots include Durga Puja clay idols in India, Paul McCartney performing in Israel, the world’s largest jigsaw puzzle in Germany, an attempt at crossing the English Channel with a pedal powered ship, and the trip home for the Eid-al-Fitr holiday in Indonesia.

Interactive: Comparing candidates on science

Publication: MSNBC.com   Date: September 25, 2008   View Article

Concerned that critical issues such as climate change, stem cell research, scientific integrity and education are getting short shrift by the nation’s presidential candidates, a grassroots organization called Science Debate 2008 drew up 14 questions on science and technology issues for the presidential campaign. See how Republican John McCain and Democrat Barack Obama answered the questions.

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