Travel

A nestful of amazing bird sightings

Publication: MSNBC.com   Date: June 4, 2009   View Article

Birders are a dedicated lot – rising at dawn to catch a glimpse of their feathered friends, traveling hundreds of miles to follow up on sightings reported in online discussion groups, and willing to stand still and silent for hours on end in hopes that their target du jour will flutter into view. Learn about 10 sightings of elusive and rare birds.

St. Patrick’s Day Facts: Snakes, a Slave, and a Saint

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: March 16, 2009   View Article

On St. Patrick’s Day—Tuesday, March 17—millions of people will don green and celebrate the Irish in, and around, them with parades, good cheer, and perhaps a pint of beer.

But few St. Patrick’s Day revelers have a clue about St. Patrick, the man, according to the author of St. Patrick of Ireland: A Biography.

“The modern celebration of St. Patrick’s Day really has almost nothing to do with the real man,” said classics professor Philip Freeman of Luther College in Iowa.

10 shipwrecks that capture our imaginations

Publication: MSNBC.com   Date: February 17, 2009   View Article

The Titanic, the 46,000-ton “unsinkable” ocean liner that struck an iceberg on its maiden voyage in 1912 and sank within hours to the bottom of the North Atlantic, is the world’s most famous shipwreck. But it’s not the only wrecked ship steeped in history – if not treasure – discovered on the bottom of the sea. Learn about nine more shipwrecks that have enriched our imagination.

Future Tech May Reduce Bird-Plane Collisions

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: February 7, 2009   View Article

To protect future flights, scientists are hard at work on ways to keep birds away from planes.

Most of today’s anti-bird-strike efforts are ground-based, focusing on making airports less inviting to birds by removing ponds, exterminating the bugs birds eat, firing noise cannons, installing artificial owls, and so on.

But the next frontier in bird-strike prevention is the sky.

Bird-disturbing radar, pulsing lights, and reflective coatings may someday make aircraft more visible to birds, so they have time to dodge oncoming planes.

Travel/Culture Photos Weekly: Voodoo, Archer, More

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: November 3, 2008   View Article

Captions for photos of travel destinations and cultural events around the world. Shots include a boat race in India, the Day of the Dead in Guatemala, voodoo priests in Haiti, and Dawat-e-Islami congregation goers in Pakistan.

Travel/Culture Photos Weekly: Culinary Olympics, More

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: October 20, 2008   View Article

Captions for photos of travel destinations and cultural events around the world. Shots include the Culinary Olympics in Germany, the Feast of Tabernacles in Israel, an eagle hunting competition in Kyrgyzstan, Lord of Miracles procession in Peru, and a tomato fight in China.

Travel/Culture Photos Weekly: Dog Race, Festivals, More

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: October 6, 2008   View Article

Captions for photos of travel destinations and cultural events around the world. Shots include the Liverpool Biennial, a vegetarian festival in Thailand, a dog race in Savannah, Georgia, a hot air balloon festival in New Mexico, and the Modern Sky Music Festival in Beijing.

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