A 23-year excavation into the life of Leonardo da Vinci

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Met curator Carmen Bambach reveals what she has learned about the world’s most famous Renaissance man.

Carmen Bambach, curator in the Department of Drawings and Prints at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, spent 23 years studying the life and work of Leonardo da Vinci. The culmination of her research, a 2,200-page, four-volume book, Leonardo da Vinci Rediscovered, will be published by Yale University Press this summer.

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Amazing photos taken by kids

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Makayla Hayes, 14, won the international grand prize in the 2011 National Geographic Kids photo contest for this photo.

When you hand a kid a camera you can get a glimpse into their world.  They have an interesting perspective on just about everything.  This year’s winners in the Fifth Annual National Geographic Kids International Photo Contest captured humorous quips, quirky sights, and poignant moments that may be impossible to see without a view finder. (Pics)

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Shelf Made from Recycled National Geographic Magazines

 

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A super shelving project!

Seattle-based designer Sean Miller turned a stack of old issues of National Geographic into a functional bookshelf.

First Sean coated the magazines with a a water/starch mixture and then he placed them under pressure for about a week to harden. Next he took a band saw to the consolidated stack and carved out space for a shelf…

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The Great Sperm Race – The Story of Human Conception As It’s Never Been Told Before

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National Geographic’s ‘Sizing Up Sperm’

A contest with 250 million competitors; only one winner… relentless obstacles, outrageous fatality rate.  Within 30 minutes of ejaculation, over 99 percent of the sperm will be dead or dying. But for those that remain it will be a vicious 14-hour fight to the end, with only one champion!

“Sizing Up Sperm” uses real people to represent 250 million sperm on their marathon quest to be first to reach a single egg! (Pics and video)

 

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Amazing Photos From National Geographic’s International Photography Contest 2009

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Curious gulls on Sanibel Island, Florida

National Geographic’s International Photography Contest attracts thousands of entries from photographers of all skill levels around the world every year. While this year’s entry deadline has passed, there is still time to view and vote for your favorites in the Viewer’s Choice competition. (Pics)

 

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