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National Geographic

  1. A Friendly Chat About National Geographic’s Comic Store Heroes

    Shameless Self-Promotion

    It's being billed as a subsititue for those who can't make it to Comic-Con this year. National Geographic Channel's Comic Store Heroes follows three staffers of Midtown Comics in New York as well as their customers and every day comic book fans, on their road to New York Comic Con. The comparison is evident - is this another Comic Book Men? Thor Parker, the Social Marketing and Events Director for Midtown, and I are here to tell you "no." Why am I joining in the conversation? I'm one of the fans featured in the special airing tomorrow, July 13, on the National Geographic Channel. Hit the jump to hear what Parker and I have to say about the special, the evolution of geek culture, the comparisons with CBM, and lots more! 

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  2. New CGI Envisioning of How the Titanic Actually Sank [Video]

    Everyone knows that the Titanic sank almost 100 years ago when it hit an iceberg. That much is common knowledge. How exactly it sank, on the other hand, has been the focus of plenty of speculation. As a lead up for a new documentary on the legendary disaster that will air this Sunday, National Geographic has released a new CGI rendering of what the disaster looked like according to James Cameron and his team of researchers. 100 years later and we're still trying to nail down the details, but we've figured out one thing for sure: Never call your ship unsinkable out loud, it's bad luck.

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  3. This Is a Photograph

    According to National Geographic, the painterly picture above is actually a photograph.

    Tinted orange by the morning sun, a soaring dune is the backdrop for the hulks of camel thorn trees in Namib-Naukluft Park.
    Remarkable. (NatGeo via Kottke.org | Photographer's page)

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  4. Balloon-Suspended Up House Built In Real Life

    If National Geographic wanted to get us interested in their Mythbusters-sounding new series How Hard Can It Be?, mission accomplished: As a promotional stunt, they managed to take a 16x16x18' house aloft using 300 8' helium balloons. The house reached an altitude of over 10,000 feet and flew for about an hour. More pics and video below:

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  5. The Most Average Human on the Planet [Video]

    Does this guy look familiar? Did you go to highschool with him, or maybe you saw him on the street with one of those yappy little dogs. No, wait, he works with your dad; you've totally seen him there. Odds are that you've probably seen someone like this man. With the revelation that the Earth now houses 7 billion human beings, National Geographic set out to determine the most typical person on the planet. According to their research, the most typical person is (among other things) a 28-year-old, right-handed, Han Chinese man, with a cellphone, and no bank account. Armed with the knowledge of world's most average man, NatGeo wanted to give him a face. Researchers took 190,000 images and created a composite image that should, more or less, represent most of the human population. Think of it this way, if aliens picked a point on the Earth and landed there, odds are this is the first person they'd see. Was that the sound of your paradigm shifting? Don't be too surprised. We all live in our own little worlds, based off our past experiences, or families, our friends, upbringing, and geographical area. We're a myopic species. Maybe this guy isn't what you think of when you imagine a composite human, but it probably should be. However, that will be changing. NatGeo goes on to say that by 2030, the most typical human will be from India. The good folks at NatGeo have compressed their research into a fun video with some catchy music, embedded below. Take a look. and change your view on humanity.

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  6. In 2011 The World’s Population Will Hit 7 Billion

    National Geographic's amazing video on human population milestones in 2011 took us by surprise. After all, the world's population reached 6 billion when I was in middle school.  That wasn't that long a- Oh god it was more than ten years ago. (By the way, we highly recommend watching in HD and fullscreen.) (via Sociological Images.)

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  7. World’s Largest Cave Can Fit Skyscraper, Has Jungle

    No, this isn't a teaser poster for a Minecraft or Cave Story movie. This is a picture taken within the Vietnamese cave, Hang Son Doong, the world's largest cave. Even though it's the world's largest cave, it was only discovered around twenty years ago, and features a segment inside that can fit a half-mile block of 40-story buildings. The cave also features an underground jungle, which you can check out past the break.

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  8. Those 6 Million Forms of Communication Probably Don’t Include Koro

    Koro is a new (well, old) language discovered in 2008 by a couple of field linguists, doing research in northeastern-most state of India. They announced their findings, along with their efforts to date to preserve it against its eventual extinction yesterday. Koro is spoken by only about 800 people in Arunachal Pradesh, and the most striking thing about it is its uniqueness. According to Gregory Anderson, the director of the nonprofit that funded the research:

    Their language is quite distinct on every level—the sound, the words, the sentence structure.
    The researchers themselves said it was "as distinct from [the languages] spoken by other villagers as English is from Russian."

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  9. Brave Cameraman Films a Massive Dust Storm from Within

    National Geographic cameraman Bob Poole was in Mali filming elephants when he encountered much bigger game in the form of a massive dust storm. The dust storm blocked out the sun for more than four hours, making the world within darker than night at its height, then bathed in freakish red light on its way out. Poole: "It seems like we've been transported to Mars." He's not exaggerating. (National Geographic via PetaPixel)

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  10. Hard Core Video of the Day: Octopus Kills Shark

    No, we're not talking about a Syfy Channel exclusive movie. National Geographic has posted footage taken from a zoo aquarium tank where keepers decided to introduce some Spiny Dogfish Sharks. According to the narrator, they were hoping that their sharks, despite their omni-carnivorous diets, wouldn't decided to make a meal of their Giant Pacific Octopus.

    And then shark corpses kept showing up at the bottom of the tank. Understandably eager to know what was killing their animals, the keepers set up some cameras, and the footage they captured is below.

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