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How Looted Antiquities are Funding Terror

The ancient city of Palmyra was one of the most stunning archaeological sites in the Middle East before the start of the Syrian civil war. In May 2015, Islamic State fighters seized the city. The militants were in power for less than a year, but during their reign they transformed the ancient landscape into a…

Facing the “Anti-Everest” on Explorer: Point of No Return

A team of elite climbers must confront their personal demons of grief, doubt, and fear on a 150-mile journey from the sweltering jungle of Myanmar to a remote peak at the edge of the world. At the tail end of the Himalaya, Hkakabo Razi is reported to be the highest mountain in Southeast Asia, but…

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…

Why Is This Praying Mantis Wearing 3-D Glasses?

Looking into the eyes of the animal kingdom can teach us a lot about how we survive. The eye is an extraordinary part of our biological survival kit. From how it moves, to tracking other movement—when you study vision, you realize how much of what we’re seeing is an amazing creation of our nervous system.…

Exploring the Call of the Wild

For the first time ever, more than half of us live in cities; and by the year 2030, it is estimated that 60% of the world’s population will live in urban areas. We spend about 90% of our day indoors. But, switch on the TV and you’ll see an alternate universe where everyday people are…

What’s Happening at TCA? Wait, What is a TCA?

This afternoon we unveiled an exciting line-up of new specials and series at The Television Critics’ Association (TCA) press tour in Pasadena, CA. In case you were wondering, TCA is an organization of about 120 major television critics, reviewers and bloggers that get together twice a year to find out what cable and broadcast networks…

Exploring the Cult of Mary

The Virgin Mary is the most depicted and celebrated mother of all time. For two thousand years, she has been revered as the Blessed Virgin, the Queen of Peace, and the Mother of God. To truly understand the Virgin Mary however, we must understand the millions of believers who are devoted to her. National Geographic…

Why Is Bill Nye So Blue?

The science is clear. Our planet is warming. Weather patterns are shifting. Ice caps are melting and sea levels are rising. This affects all of us. Acclaimed educator and “Science Guy” Bill Nye realizes the reason he is feeling down is because he is in fact suffering from “climate change grief.” But with a little…

A Lost City is Discovered on Explorer: Legend of the Monkey God

Ever since the conquest of the Americas in the 16th century, legends have circulated of a mysterious city buried deep in the jungles of Central America. Called “the White City” or sometimes “The Lost City of the Monkey God,” it quickly took on mythic status. It was said to be the great city of a…

TONIGHT: Follow Ivory’s Bloody Trail to the Doorsteps of Africa’s Most Notorious Militias

Ivory poaching. The broad strokes of this tragedy are well known: in the last three years, upwards of 100,000 African elephants have been slaughtered for their tusks. If this death rate continues, the entire species will be extinct within the next two decades. But the carnage doesn’t end with the elephants. In a worldwide exclusive,…