Exploration and Explorers

For as long as humans have been around, it seems we've been exploring our world, from the top of Mount Everest to the bottom of the Mariana Trench. Famous explorers like Neil Armstrong and Roald Amundsen have braved the frontiers of space and the frozen Antarctic continent. While the explorers of the past are often the most well-known and celebrated, the exploration of our world continues today, charting unknown deep sea communities and pristine jungles. Read below for the latest news on current expeditions to see what we're learning about our planet today.
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Finding the Strength to Reach the Ocean's Furthest Depths
Syntactic foam image
May 3rd, 2014
How do labs design the super foams that enable submarine exploration at the deepest depths?
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Scientists at Work: Stuck in the Antarctic Ice We Set Out to Study (Op-Ed)
Australian icebreaker Aurora australis
January 10th, 2014
Antarctica is a desolate place. It’s cold, windy and lonely. Everything about it is the exact opposite of my normal summer destination. But scientists value the continent like an uncut gem.
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Is There About to be a Dash for Antarctica's Resources? (Op-Ed)
A sundog in Antarctica
March 18th, 2014
Few places have captured the human imagination like Antarctica.
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4 British Women to Row Across Pacific Ocean for Charity
December 18th, 2013
Four British women are attempting to take on the Pacific Ocean next year, by attempting to row across the 8,446-mile (13,600 kilometers) expanse unassisted.
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National Geographic Names 2014 Adventurers of the Year
JP Auclair - National Geographic Adventurers of the Year
November 21st, 2013
National Geographic recently named 13 intrepid individuals as their 2014 Adventurers of the Year, and now, fans are invited to choose their favorite honoree.
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Explorers Eat Fried Tarantulas at Black-Tie Gala
March 17th, 2014
Goat testicles, earthworms, python and jellyfish were served here at the Waldorf Astoria Saturday night. But that wasn't out of the ordinary. The Explorers Club Annual Dinner famously dares its attendees to be adventurous with their palettes.
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Daring Japanese Explorer to Attempt Solo Trek to North Pole
North pole lake vanishes
December 18th, 2013
A Japanese explorer will attempt to hike solo to the North Pole next year, armed with only as much supplies as he can carry.
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