Otherworldly Images From National Geographic Traveler's Photo Contest

Every year, National Geographic Traveler invites readers to submit photographs of their travel experiences around the globe, but many of our favorite entries from this year's competition look like they could have been photographed on another world entirely. Here are some of our favorites. » 6/11/14 9:10am 6/11/14 9:10am

Antarctic timelapse aboard an icebreaker… for science!

The Nathaniel B. Palmer is an icebreaker operated by the US National Science Foundation. Cassandra Brooks, one of the 37 scientists the ship can accomodate for missions of up to 75 days and deep in the Antarctic winter, shot this timelapse video of the ship doing its stuff over a two month period while traveling… » 5/05/13 12:32pm 5/05/13 12:32pm

Holy crap, these entries from Nat Geo's 2012 Photo Contest are…

Last Friday was the deadline for National Geographic's annual photography competition. Winners will be announced on December 15, but in the meantime, The Atlantic's Alan Taylor has hand selected another 50 images from this year's extensive collection of entires. Jaw-dropping doesn't begin to describe them. » 12/03/12 8:20am 12/03/12 8:20am

What it's like to dive under a giant oil rig in Gabon

Over at National Geographic, marine ecologist Dr. Enric Sala is posting photos and accounts from his expedition, diving off the huge oil rigs in Gabon. The oil company TOTAL is allowing him and his team to dive off "several of their oil rigs." And this first view of the massive dark shape underwater, with coral… » 10/10/12 10:35am 10/10/12 10:35am

The battle of Shark vs. Octopus has a shocking ending

Syfy offered us the epic battle of Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus, but National Geographic gives us the real world battle of not-so-mega shark (a spiny dogfish, specifically) vs. regular-sized octopus. When this dogfish gets hungry, it thinks it will make a meal of the octopus in its aquarium tank. But it won't be so… » 9/08/12 7:30am 9/08/12 7:30am

Most Americans would rather have Barack Obama in the White House during…

American's have finally agreed on something in politics: Obama is the guy we want to fight off alien invaders. A new poll, sponsored by the National Geographic Channel, shows that 65 percent of Americans believe that Obama would be better at fighting aliens than Mitt Romney. And since 36 percent of respondents… » 6/28/12 12:00pm 6/28/12 12:00pm

Watch James Cameron's new CGI model of the Titanic sinking

As part of an upcoming documentary commemorating the one-hundredth anniversary of the Titanic disaster, National Geographic has released this updated animation of the sea-liner's collapse by noted detail stickler James Cameron. Using forensic data from the wreckage, Cameron and his team have amended the ship's 1912… » 4/05/12 6:20pm 4/05/12 6:20pm

Heartbreaking photographs capture the facial expressions of animals

National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore has a mission: to shoot (with a camera) Earth's endangered species in a studio setting, so that human viewers are forced to confront exactly who's going extinct face-to-face. So far, Joel's photographed 1,800 species, and shooting these creatures presents its own set of… » 1/24/12 2:10pm 1/24/12 2:10pm