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National Geographic’s Best Pictures Of 2019

National Geographic’s 100 best images of the year-curated from 106 photographers, 121 stories, and more than two million photographs.

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Murder And Manifest Destiny On The Mosquito Coast

Murder And Manifest Destiny On The Mosquito Coast

Long Reads World

In 1999, a mysterious Greek entrepreneur bought and resold a series of tiny islands off the coast of Nicaragua, setting off a bizarre and tragic chain of events that included a reality-TV sensation and allegations of an insidious murder plot. The ensuing chaos brought to light a centuries-old question: Who does land really belong to?

How Rwanda Is Becoming The Singapore Of Africa

How Rwanda Is Becoming The Singapore Of Africa

Economics Videos World

Rwanda is now the 15th fastest growing economy in the world as its government has set out a clearly defined mission—they want to become the Singapore of Africa. To understand what this means, though, you have to understand what Singapore is.

The Imaginary American Town That Became A Tourist Attraction

The Imaginary American Town That Became A Tourist Attraction

World

Map-makers insert fake towns or trap-streets to catch out plagiarists. The most notable cartographic curiosity is Agloe, immortalized in John Green’s 2008 novel, Paper Towns. When its protagonist Margo disappears, she leaves oblique clues as to her whereabouts. The trail leads to somewhere and nowhere – Agloe.

The Healing Power Of Nature

The Healing Power Of Nature

Health Nature Psychology

River guides might know that nature is transformative for the human body and psyche; but the mechanism behind such profound change is less universally agreed upon and understood. The idea that immersing yourself in forests and nature has a healing effect is far more than just folk wisdom.

What Would Happen If Earth Started To Spin Faster?

What Would Happen If Earth Started To Spin Faster?

Nature Science

The equator spins at 1,037 mph, whereas Chicago takes a more leisurely (approximately 750 mph) pace. If we could speed up Earth’s rotation by one mile per hour, the sea level around the equator would rise by a few inches as water migrates there from the poles.

A Rare Glimpse of William Eggleston’s Polaroids

A Rare Glimpse of William Eggleston’s Polaroids

Art Photos

William Eggleston is often referred to as the godfather of color photography, and with good reason: he is largely responsible for raising the status of color photography to that of an art form, where previously it was relegated to the realm of advertising.

Dubai: Expectation vs Reality

Dubai: Expectation vs Reality

Cities Videos World

Dubai – perhaps the best-known city of the United Arab Emirates, with a reputation for attracting the glamorous and the wealthy. Less than 5% of its GDP comes from oil, but it essentially has made its success through diversifying into property real estate, aviation, trade, banking and finance. But what’s going on beneath the surface?

When Digital Nomads Come To Town

When Digital Nomads Come To Town

Cities World

Cities from Canggu to Medellín are welcoming tech workers, but locals complain they’re being priced out. Nomads cluster in safe and prosperous neighborhoods. The income differential between the nomads and the local professional class is immense. The result is runaway price inflation.

Donald Trump’s Worst Deal

Donald Trump’s Worst Deal

Long Reads Politics World

The President helped build a hotel in Azerbaijan that appears to be a corrupt operation engineered by oligarchs tied to Iran’s Revolutionary Guard. The Trump Tower Baku never opened.

Your Plastic Addiction Is Bankrolling Big Oil

Your Plastic Addiction Is Bankrolling Big Oil

Business Nature

As the world transitions slowly but surely away from fuel-guzzling cars, gas-powered buildings, and coal-fired power plants, fossil fuel company execs must count on growth that comes from somewhere else—and they see their savior as plastics.

Haunting Photos Of An Abandoned Italian Madhouse

Haunting Photos Of An Abandoned Italian Madhouse

Health Photos

When German-born photographer Andy Schwetz visited the Manicomio di Racconigi, an abandoned insane asylum in Italy, he was struck by the horror of the procedures performed there, from electroshock therapy to experimental operations.

A Corridor Runs Through It

A Corridor Runs Through It

Long Reads Nature

Imagine yourself as a modern-day alligator in central Florida, where 12 acres of wild land is sacrificed to development every hour. This is a story about what happens when the South’s creatures no longer have room to move — and about a project aimed at preserving the few corridors that connect what remains of the wild land.

How The Fossil Fuel Industry Is Attempting To Buy The Global Youth Climate Movement

How The Fossil Fuel Industry Is Attempting To Buy The Global Youth Climate Movement

Business Nature

Subjecting themselves to a cohort of skeptical students was an opportunity for oil and gas executives to boost their credibility in an era when many young activists will only engage with them with picket signs. Young activists say they’re seeing more of this “youth-washing” as the global youth climate movement gains momentum.

A Frozen Graveyard: The Sad Tales Of Antarctica’s Deaths

A Frozen Graveyard: The Sad Tales Of Antarctica’s Deaths

Nature World

Even with all our technology and knowledge of the dangers of Antarctica, it can remain deadly for anyone who goes there. Inland, temperatures can plummet to nearly -90C (-130F). Beneath layers of snow and ice on the world’s coldest continent, there may be hundreds of people buried forever.

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