Archives for March, 2016

7 Surprising Things You Can Do With Your Body After You Die

While we may not like to think about our ending, death is a fundamental part of the life cycle—a touchy subject, but an inevitable one. For most, there are two conventional options—you are either buried or cremated. While these traditional methods are the most accepted, more creative and environmentally-friendly alternatives have emerged. Take a look…

We Traveled to 22 Countries to Ask One Question: Who Is God?

We visited 22 countries around the globe to ask everyday people six big questions. Who is God? What happens after we die? Where do we come from? Where does evil come from? Do you believe in miracles? How will the world end? In the Street Spirituality web series, people from all walks of life share…

8 Classic Photos to Get You in the Springtime Spirit

Spring in the northern hemisphere officially begins this Sunday, March 20th—coinciding with International Happiness Day! In celebration of blossoming flowers, fresh air, and sunshine during the warmer months ahead, enjoy some of our favorite springtime memories from National Geographic Magazine issues of the past century: From 1972: A robin guards its nest within the branches…

How Stress Can Be the Key to Your Survival

We’re headed to the wilderness to put your brain through the ultimate test of survival of the fittest. Are you a fight or flight kind of person? Do you laugh in the face of danger? How do you handle those stressful moments of crisis? On this week’s episode of Brain Games, meet our four participants:…

Dr. Oakley Is Back For an All-New Season of Yukon Vet

For Dr. Michelle Oakley, spring in the Yukon means things are really heating up. She’s one of the few big animal vets across an area as big as Texas, and she’s back for another season. Working 24/7–logging thousands of miles on the ground, on water, and in the air–is all part of the job for…

The Pill: Newfound Power for a Generation of Women

Just one medication is so prevalent that it is dubbed simply “The Pill”—it was referred to as the key to liberation (Loretta Lynn’s 1975 song), listed as of one of the seven wonders of the modern world (The Economist, 1993), named a driving force behind women overtaking men in professional roles in the U.S. (Forbes,…

The Survivor Brain and Your Brain’s Basic Instincts

This Sunday on the season finale of Brain Games, host Jason Silva travels to Colorado Springs where he meets several people who personify the word “survivor” and puts their brains to the test in a battery of challenges engineered to demonstrate what it takes to be a super survivor. Viewers will discover the key to tapping…

8 WILD Ways to Get Into the St. Patrick’s Day Spirit

Bring on the shamrocks and leprechauns, we’re feeling lucky and seeing green this St. Patrick’s Day. But what better way to do as the Irish do, than to celebrate the Emerald Isle’s wildlife? Meet some of Ireland’s most tough and tireless, cute and cuddly native creatures. 1. Irish Setter This canine is known for its friendly, playful,…

Why People Have Physical Reactions to Unpleasant Sounds

If you thought you only had five senses, think again! The five senses you were taught as a kid—touch, taste, sight, smell and hearing—were just the beginning. This week on Brain Games meet your brain’s super senses that guide you through life. Ever thought about how you stay upright while walking? Or why keeping track of time passing is harder…

The Powerful Portrait of Earth That Changed a Generation’s Perspective

On December 24, 1972, a photo of Planet Earth from NASA’s last Apollo space mission helps mankind realize we’re all in this together. Within a few hours of leaving Earth, the astronauts were able to turn their cameras back around to see the whole illuminated globe and take one of the most iconic images of Earth,…