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Why “Cosmos” is a Beacon of Hope

When I was little, the Discovery Channel ran cultural and wildlife documentaries and history specials. It was stuff that made me want to become a paleontologist. Now, the station runs shows like “Amish Mafia,” “Game of Stones,” and “Rods N’Wheels,” not to be confused with the similarly named -- and similarly themed -- “Fast N’Loud.” In these dark times, the upcoming Cosmos reboot offers a glimmer of hope.

Empty Canvases, Waiting to be Filled

Shoot Anywhere With These Five All-Weather Canvas Camera Bags

We know you love leather bags, and so do we. But there are times, say, when you’re toting your photography gear, that you need a more all-weather, utilitarian alternative. In fact, we'll say it now -- leave the leather for trips and commutes. We've rounded up our favorites and put them through their paces to come up with our list of the five best canvas camera bags for the discerning photographer.

National Parks? There's an app for that.

National Geographic National Parks App

A wise man uses his smartphone on vacation for rare occasions only — ok, and maybe some Angry Birds slingin’, too. The National Parks app by National Geographic (free, $1 per park guide) has us reconsidering that though. With its comprehensive and stunningly beautiful design, exploring 20 of America’s most popular parks has never been...

Revisiting the Sinking of the Titanic

Does the world need another take on Titanic? When the response involves James Cameron and National Geographic, the answer is always yes, as long as charcoal drawings aren’t involved. This latest installment of Viewfinder combines James Cameron’s fascination with the ocean, and state of the art computer animation to reproduce, arguably, the most famous shipwreck of...

Go deep, or go home

Timekeeping: Rolex Deepsea Challenge

Yes, they’re doing it again. Are we surprised? Not at all. In 1960, Rolex created the Deep Sea Special with the express purpose of joining Jacques Piccard and Lt. Don Walsh on their record-breaking descent to the bottom of Challenger Deep in their submersible, the Trieste. Unlike Mr. Piccard and Lt. Walsh, however, the Deep...

"I'm the King of the Sea World!"

In-Depth: Deepsea Challenger

Director James Cameron has been an avid diver and deep sea explorer for the past ten years, unbeknownst to the majority of us plebs. It’s like finding out that Jack Nicholson enjoys serious forays into quantum physics. And perhaps not even James Cameron, himself, could’ve imagined that his 1989 film, The Abyss was actually quite...

Daily Briefing: 11.15.2011

National Geographic Photo Contest 2011 Roundup The Atlantic One man, 100,000 toothpicks, and 35 years: An incredible kinetic sculpture of San Francisco This is Colossal Did Manny Pacquiao Just Become the Villain? Grantland Inside the Nest: iPod creator Tony Fadell wants to reinvent the thermostat The Verge Americans of the Year Esquire A Clear Explanation...

Daily Briefing: 11.11.2011

The Footage the NFL Won’t Show You Wall Street Journal (account required) George Clooney Talks Sex, Politics and Fame Rolling Stone How to Take Better Camera Phone Photos National Geographic Fall Cycling Gear Cool Hunting The Macallan X-Ray Boxes by Nick Veasey NOTCOT How to Calibrate Your HDTV and Boost Your Video Quality in 30...

Daily Briefing: 10.10.2011

In Food Commercials, Flying Doughnuts and Big Budgets NYTimes The Best in Southern Food Garden & Gun Steve Jobs and the Losing Battle Esquire How to Parallel Park Like a Man Art of Manliness Acquire Profile: Triple Aught Design Acquire Qwikster Is Gonester: Netflix Kills Its DVD-Only Business Before Launch All Things D National Geographic...

On Assignment for National Geographic by Camp 4 Collective

Have you’ve ever sat there at home, flipping through the pages of your favorite yellow-framed adventure magazine and asked yourself the question, “I wonder what it’s like to be an expedition photographer for National Geographic?” If so, then you’ll want to watch this film. Chronicling the epic lengths to which a photographer, in this case...