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National Geographic MagazineNational Geographic Magazine

National Geographic Magazine November 2018

The latest news in science, exploration, and culture will open your eyes to the world’s many wonders. Get a National Geographic digital magazine subscription today and experience the same high-quality articles and breathtaking photography contained in the print edit.

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National Geographic Society
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12 Issues

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what’s coming

NAT GEO TVTrek Into the Field on the New Season of ExplorerFollow new Explorer host Phil Keoghan—well known for his work on television’s The Amazing Race—as he travels to the Himalaya, the Amazon, and other intriguing spots to meet National Geographic explorers on the front lines of research and adventure. Now in its 11th season, Explorer is part of a multiplatform project that includes an online field-journal forum, as well as live events. The season premiere airs November 12 at 10/9c on National Geographic.BOOKSSee the World Like Never BeforeReady to be enlightened? The 2019 National Geographic Almanac is a great place to start. New discoveries and top travel trends share space with deep dives into topics such as the science of addiction. Thanks to brilliant photographs, infographics, and illustrated time…

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keeping goals in sight

In 2015 at the United Nations, world leaders adopted 17 goals aimed at reducing poverty, inequality, and other global ills by 2030. Such goals have long been championed by philanthropists Bill and Melinda Gates. So in 2017 the Gates Foundation launched Goalkeepers, an initiative to spur action and track progress toward the goals. Its 2018 status report says there have been “mind-blowing improvements in the human condition”—but it also calls for more investment and innovation in fighting poverty lest progress against it stall. I recently sat down with the Gateses for a rare joint interview on the new report.Susan Goldberg: I’ve just read the Goalkeepers report. Why did you decide to start doing this?Melinda Gates: Because we think that the news—that the world has made this incredible progress, this increase…

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when children lack nutrition

This is childhood malnutrition at life-size: Each of these children is severely malnourished—and the red circle around each photo equals the circumference of that child’s arm. The circle is much larger if a child is not malnourished, as the key below shows.Despite some gains against global hunger, malnutrition in children under age five left 22.2 percent of them stunted (too short for their age) and 7.5 percent of them wasted (too thin for their height) in 2017. UNICEF’s Diane Holland says catching acute malnutrition early is key to bringing children back to healthy growth. The “MUAC bracelet” (right), used to measure mid-upper-arm circumference, helps gauge the severity of acute malnutrition so a child can be given lifesaving treatment and care.MUAC (MID-UPPER-ARM CIRCUMFERENCE)HUNGRIEST COUNTRIESFood scarcity and malnutrition span the globe. Of…

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an uncommon kingdom

LOOKING AT THE EARTH FROM EVERY POSSIBLE ANGLEWilliam Eddy was an environmentalist, filmmaker, author, and teacher who “made the link between my fantasy and the reality of the Kingdom,” Lavoué says. Eddy died at his home there in 2016, at age 88.Vermont writer Archer Mayor calls the Northeast Kingdom “a retreat for the eccentric.” One of its museums specializes in everyday objectsanother includes stuffed wildlife among its exhibits.“In the Kingdom I imagined,” Lavoué says, he gave fanciful titles to some residents. Josie Ann Monroe, a bow-and-arrow hunter who studied custom butchery and worked as a meat cutter, was “my princess.”Retiree Emelia Laramee, a widow, told Lavoué that she’s “always lived” in the Northeast Kingdom. She chops the wood she uses to heat her home and to cook, so he nicknamed…

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the backstory

THERE’S A HABIT in some of the more remote sections of Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom. When you drive up to a person’s out-of-the-way home, you honk your horn and wait before exiting your vehicle. So the dogs can gauge your intentions. It’s a form of politesse. It’s also not too dumb an idea.Locals call it simply the Kingdom. The full title purportedly was bestowed in the 1940s by a politician. But whatever the origin, the place deserves a special label. Even in a state as different, occasionally ornery, and notoriously freethinking as Vermont, the Kingdom stands out.In the state’s northeast corner, it covers roughly 2,000 square miles, comprises three counties, and contains fewer than 64,000 people. Some 80 percent of it is forest. Distinct from the rest of Vermont in many…

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a sun-powered sail into space

DO YOU KNOW THE CURRENT phase of the moon? Most of us don’t have any idea; nowadays we hardly need to know. But before there were streetlamps and electric lights everywhere, people watched the night sky diligently. So when a very bright comet appeared in 1607, people were frightened and fascinated.German astronomer Johannes Kepler thought deeply about what he saw that year. He reasoned that the spectacular tail of what we now call Halley’s comet (named after English scientist Edmond Halley, who computed its orbit) was probably caused by the sun’s warmth somehow evaporating or liberating material from the comet’s surface. Kepler imagined exploring those star scapes: “Given ships or sails adapted to the breezes of heaven, there will be those who will not shrink from even that vast expanse,”…

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