National Geographic's Best Pictures Of 2019 • Discoverology

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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The Fall Of The Berlin Wall In Pictures

The Fall Of The Berlin Wall In Pictures

History Photos

East Berliners get helping hands from West Berliners as they climb the Berlin Wall, which had divided the city since the end of World War II, near the Brandenburg Gate, early morning, Nov. 10, 1989. Germans celebrated the opening order that was announced by the East German Communist government hours before.

How Air Conditioning Created The Modern City

How Air Conditioning Created The Modern City

Cities Economics Nature

The shopping mall would have been inconceivable without air conditioning, as would the deep-plan and glass-walled office block, as would computer servers. The expansion of tract housing in postwar suburban America relied on affordable domestic air conditioning units.

The Cost Of Keeping Singapore Squeaky Clean

The Cost Of Keeping Singapore Squeaky Clean

Cities Economics Nature

Founding father and first Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew kicked off the Keep Singapore Clean campaign 50 years ago. The aim wasn’t just to make the city more pleasant. A cleaner city, Lee Kuan Yew reasoned, would create a stronger economy.

In Arizona, A Case Study In How Architecture Can Adapt To Climate Change

In Arizona, A Case Study In How Architecture Can Adapt To Climate Change

Architecture Innovation Nature

In Phoenix, just above the Sonoran Desert, an architecture firm has built an office space as a model of regenerative architecture, which uses existing natural resources to create more life. Through implementing a regenerative design, the firm has been able to increase biodiversity and sustainably harness the sun’s natural energy.

Who Killed Two Journalists In Ukraine? And Why?

Who Killed Two Journalists In Ukraine? And Why?

Crime Long Reads World

An investigation and trial has answered some of the questions about what happened to Andrei Mironov and the Italian photographer he was accompanying. Yet so much remains uncertain. Theirs is a story of the murky nature of facts in a war zone. It’s a story of elusive moral clarity in a land where death comes from who knows where.

The Promise And Peril Of Space Tourism

The Promise And Peril Of Space Tourism

Nature Science

The Overview Effect is a phenomenon chronicled by astronauts to describe a sudden sense of awe or divine recognition that they feel when they depart from the planet and then turn and look back at it. A space tourism industry is being built on the proposition of personal and existential transformation. But at what cost?

Chasing Colombia’s ‘Cocaine Hippos’

Chasing Colombia’s ‘Cocaine Hippos’

Nature World

After the Colombian National Police killed Escobar in 1993, zoos and private collectors acquired the animals, all except the hippopotamuses. They are only hippos in the wild outside Africa. Escobar started with four hippos. Today, a UC San Diego biologist estimates there are 80 to 100.

The Empty Houses That Foreign Aid Built

The Empty Houses That Foreign Aid Built

Long Reads Nature World

After the devastation of the 2004 tsunami, aid agencies promised to rebuild Indonesia “better.” Fifteen years later, their failures are all too obvious. The disaster hit Aceh the hardest. The evacuation buildings are unmistakably the shiniest features of the city’s newly built landscape.

How Long Will Australia Be Livable?

How Long Will Australia Be Livable?

Nature Science

As the country suffers through one of its worst droughts on record, and heat waves shatter temperature records not once but twice within the same summer week, some are asking whether Australians can afford to keep returning to the same parched, scorched landscapes.

Wild Juxtapositions Of Saudi Arabia Modern And Ancient

Wild Juxtapositions Of Saudi Arabia Modern And Ancient

Architecture Photos World

Few countries in history have experienced as sudden a transformation as Saudi Arabia. The discovery and exploitation of oil brought an unprecedented influx of wealth. Photographer Peter Bogaczewicz captures the past and present of the oil-rich kingdom as it undergoes dramatic transformation.

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