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Dubai, United Arab Emirates: A global confluence of cultures

A geographical intersection among Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia, Dubai, the shimmering financial capital of the United Arab Emirates, is one of the most culturally diverse places on the planet. Some 90 percent of Dubai’s more than 3 million residents are citizens of other countries, an astonishing assemblage of expats representing all corners…

Will the Equal Rights Amendment ever be ratified?

“Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.” For nearly a century, those 24 words have been the subject of a longstanding battle to win women equal protection under the law. The proposed amendment is simple, but the fight…

December hot list: 5 essential experiences

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Harnessing AI’s power for better health

Using speech recognition to order rideshare trips with a smartphone app, filtering out spam, and conducting background checks are everyday examples of Artificial Intelligence (AI) at work. AI, which makes it possible for machines to learn from experience, is powering innovations that are transforming industries such as finance, manufacturing, retail, and transportation. While AI-powered self-driving…

These are our best animal photos of 2019

National Geographic photographers have always captured animals in nature at their most beautiful, fascinating, and mysterious. In 2019, a different theme dominated our photojournalism: animals, as they’re affected by us. In the Bolivian Amazon, John Paul Ampudia photographed a man soothing an injured armadillo rescued from a forest fire. In Vietnam, Brent Stirton captured a…

Last Sumatran rhino in Malaysia dies

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Very rare lion mummies discovered in Egypt

It’s difficult to imagine prides of lions roaming Egypt today, but as late as 1000 B.C. the big cats idled on the banks of the Nile—and some even lounged in palaces as domesticated pets for the royals. The lion (Panthera leo) was associated with the sun and the pharaoh, the most powerful elements of life…

Best new compact cameras for travelers

Travel generates moments you know you’ll remember forever: spotting an elusive blue whale, reveling in a colorful street festival, reaching the summit of that windy peak. Sometimes the experience is so transformative you want to share some of that magic with family and friends. As the photo engineer for National Geographic, I design and build…