Giving birth used to be one of the most dangerous things a woman could do, until medical advancements about a century ago improved outcomes. So why might the United States—and one state in particular— be sliding backward in this key statistic?
Situations today may not be as dramatic as that in Romeo & Juliet, but it does still happen that parents oppose their children’s choice of partners.
Part of the Odyssey’s appeal is the element of surprise—would generation after generation dig into a story whose hero figures out exactly how to get where he’s planned to go and goes straight there?
Making friends with someone from a culture different from your own is a great way to expand your horizons. Read the article to learn what pitfalls to avoid.
Learn which countries do a good (and not-so-good) job of protecting the rights of children. Explore the links to learn more about how each country’s score is tabulated.
Why do we make connections with digital assistants when we know they don’t have feelings?
Four centuries and many changes to the English language have passed since Shakespeare wrote. Here’s why we still read his works.
In response to movies about supersmart apes, National Geographic compiled this slideshow about how smart apes really are.
Constructive conflict fuels progress far better than passive agreement does. Learn how great ideas and strong results can stem from disagreement.
A tesselation is a repeating visual pattern that can be as simple or as complex as its creator wants it to be. Try it for yourself by following the instructions in this online magazine by and for teens.
Cancer is not a disease that people catch—instead, it is the result of mutations, or changes at the cellular level. Find out how these tiny changes can make things go very wrong.
“Yeh-Shen” may be the oldest version we know of the Cinderella story, but it’s far from the only variation on this familiar tale. Find out about other versions that span the globe.
Author Rebecca Makkai reflects on how her father’s escape from Communist-controlled Hungary in 1956 still echoes in her life in the United States.
Climate change isn’t only about cars; find out what farmers are doing to help the planet.
Whether you find selfies annoying or empowering, they serve some important social purposes.
Learn about how a variation on a game of “fetch” can save lives.
Learn about this global organization that helps young people identify the challenges they can address in their own communities.
Each of us is the hero of our own story in the making. Learn about a project meant to capture those stories, and click the link at end of the article to find out how one story turned out.
The sun obviously affects us everyday, bringing light and warmth from 93 million miles away. But it’s not as constant and helpful as it might appear. Learn about the cycles of storms on the sun and how they affect all aspects of life on earth.
A sibling can be both an arch-enemy and an ally, often on the same day! Jeffrey Kluger, author of the book The Sibling Effect, discusses what makes our connection to siblings so strong.