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Jared Diamond on Aging in our Society


National Geographic explorer-in-residence Jared Diamond studies traditional tribal societies and has written several books, including Collapse, The World Until Yesterday, and the Pulitzer prize winner Guns, Germs, and Steel. In this talk, he offers insight into how tribal societies deal with aging and offers some lessons modern societies can learn from them.

If you’d like to meet and travel with Jared Diamond, he’ll be aboard National Geographic Explorer for an expedition in the high Arctic this summer (June 21, 2013). A few cabins are still available.

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Why Galpagos is Bucket-List Worthy

Lindblad Expeditions Founder Sven Lindblad on the draw of the Galápagos Islands.

Polar Bears Inspecting Spy Cameras

BBC produced a documentary on polar bears in Arctic Svalbard, the same ice bears we encounter on our Arctic cruises. The BBC’s team designed a few cameras that they hoped would blend in with the environment and get them up-close footage without disturbing the bears. What they discovered was that these polar bears are as curious of us as we are of them – something guests aboard National Geographic Explorer learned firsthand last year.

Photos of the Year

See our top photos from 2010 taken by guests and Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic certified Photo Instructors. All photos were shot on our Galápagos cruises, Arctic cruises, Antarctic cruises, Baja California cruises and British Isle cruises.

A Day in the Rain Forest & Crossing the Canal

A guest on our Costa Rica & Panama cruise shared his impressions of the rain forest and the canal. This short video was shot over the holidays on a day spent on Barro Colorado Island in Lake Gatun in the Panama Canal.

Polar Plunges and the 300 Club

Photo by Sisse Brimberg, National Geographic Photographer

Try joining the ’300 club’ next. From a guide to life at the South Pole:
"When the temperature hits -100 degrees one of the things to do is to jump into a sauna, then run out into the cold with or without your clothes to experience a sudden temperature difference 300 degrees. It’s called joining the 300 club."
This advice comes from the builders of the recently unveiled, $271 million IceCube telescope built underground at the South Pole. Read about the IceCube or browse the guide. And if you’re interested in a polar plunge, join us on an Antarctica cruise.


A Chance Encounter with an Orca Super Pod

Mountaineer Peter Hillary describes a chance encounter with the beginnings of an orca super pod in this video. Orcas normally travel in much smaller units, but they’ll occasionally gather to choose mates from outside their family circle. These super pods are very rare and normally only gather for a few hours. Guests aboard National Geographic Explorer encountered one on our Antarctica cruise last week.

Photos of the Week: December 20th

Atlas of Remote Islands, by Judith Schalansky

Atlas of Remote Islands

The beautifully designed Atlas of Remote Islands arrived in our New York offices last week and sat on my desk for a few days. Colleagues who dropped by invariably picked it up and paged through it, commenting on the book’s wonderful hand drawn maps and interesting anecdotes about each island.
The tagline on the book’s cover is ‘Fifty Islands I Have Never Set Foot on and Never Will,’ though I suspect that many of our Facebook fans and blog readers have landed on at least one of the islands featured in the book. Our Antarctic cruises aboard National Geographic Explorer make a stop at Deception Island, and many guests fly to Easter Island after their exploration in Antarctica. Our upcoming Epic 70 voyage will be the first time many of our naturalists explore Ascension Island, which, according to Atlas of Remote Islands, entered into the space race in January of 1960 and has an eclectic past that includes spies, naturalists and NASA.
We wondered how to best get these books into the hands of our blog’s readers, and took a cue from National Geographic’s Intelligent Traveler blog.
We have three free copies to give away. If you’d like one, simply tell us in the comments below which remote island you’d most like to explore and why. We’ll choose three by Friday at noon, December 17th and email the winners.
And if exploring islands intrigues you, be sure to check out our new expedition, An Island Odyssey: Azores, Madeira & Channel Isles.