National Geographic

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The Dogs of War

On America’s combat canines and their handlers.

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Wild Obsession

The perilous attraction of owning exotic pets.

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Remember This

Inside the minds of two people, one with the world’s best memory and one with the world’s worst.

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Far From Home

On the foreign workers of Dubai, who now make up 90 percent of the city’s population.

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The Case of the Missing Ancestor

A cave in Russia, a long-lost tip of a pinkie bone, and the discovery of a new kind of human being.

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To Walk the World, Part One

A writer embarks on a seven-year trek from Africa to Tierra Del Fuego.

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The War for Nigeria

How sectarian violence has made life in northern Nigeria “incomprehensibly frightful.”

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Conflict Minerals

“Turns out your laptop—or camera or gaming system or gold necklace—may have a smidgen of Congo’s pain somewhere in it.”

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Last Song for Migrating Birds

On the slaughter of songbirds migrating across the Mediterranean.

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Maxed Out on Everest

On the dangerous glut of visitors looking to conquer Mt. Everest, where there is sometimes a two-hour wait to climb the Hillary Step.

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First Australians

An Aboriginal community’s attempt to maintain a 50,000-year-old way of life.

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“We Gained Hope.”

The story of Lilly Grossman’s genome.

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New Old Libya

In the wake of revolution, Libyans envision their future.

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Stranded on the Roof of the World

Afghanistan’s Kyrgyz nomads survive in one of Earth’s most remote places, a pocket of land 14,000 feet high where the currency is sheep, the dream is a road, and many will go an entire lifetime without ever seeing a tree.

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Into the Unknown

In 1912, 300 miles deep on a trek into the uncharted Antarctic wilderness, Douglas Mawson lost most of his crew and supplies. The story of how he got back.

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Restless Genes

How the compulsion to explore is coded in the human genome.

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Man on Fire

The story of one Tibetan’s protest.

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The Tunnels of Gaza

Life and death in an underground economy.

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Murdering the Impossible

A profile of Reinhold Messner, the greatest mountain climber of all time.

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The Secrets of Sleep

We know we need it, but we don’t know why.

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Days of Reckoning

On Yemen’s uncertain future.

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In the Shadow of Wounded Knee

How the Oglala Lakota healed from a massacre.

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Tomorrowland

On Astana, the grandiose new capital that Kazakhstan built on the site of a remote Tsarist fort, and its striving young inhabitants.

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A Thing or Two About Twins

The search for what makes identical twins different.

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Unfrozen

On the autopsy of a 5,000-year-old murder victim.

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Rift in Paradise

On the battles, both between humans and animals, in Africa’s overpopulated Albertine Rift.

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Beautiful Brains

On the minds of teenagers.

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Land of Shadows

On the future of Myanmar.

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The Coming Storm

What overcrowded and swelling Bangladesh can tell us about how the planet’s population, more than 1/3 of which live within 62 miles of a shoreline, will react to rising sea levels.

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Opium Wars

Stuck between the Taliban and the U.S. Military, Afghanistan’s farmers risk their lives both when they grow, and when they refuse to grow, fields of poppies.

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Taming the Wild

The search for the genetic distinction that allows certain animals, humans included, to be domesticated.

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Fifty Years at Gombe

On the golden anniversary of her first trip to study chimps, an ode to Jane Goodall.

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A Life Revealed

Seventeen years after taking the iconic "Afghan Girl" photograph for National Geographic, Steve McCurry went back to find her.