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Cuba’s New Now
The people respond to reforms with excitement, black humor, and a large dose of skepticism.
It’s All in the Bubbles
Scientists have discovered the secret of the emperor penguin’s amazing underwater speed.
Vikings and Native Americans
A strange strand of yarn is helping uncover a lost chapter of New World history.
Sailing the Dunes
In his wheelless paraglider, photographer George Steinmetz flies over deserts, guided by dunes.
Cheetahs on the Edge
They’re shy and delicately built. They can’t roar. But the threatened cat is a shrewd survivor.
Arkansas Delta, 40 Years Later
A VISTA volunteer, he made black friends, was beaten by whites. Now he and his camera return.
This month, we use cutting-edge photo technology to capture unique images of the fastest sprinter on Earth.
The Moment: Shooting Stars
To capture emperor penguins in flight, Paul Nicklen used polar survival skills he learned as a child.
Decorate your desktop with beautiful images from this month’s issue of the magazine.
Visions of Earth
Each month, National Geographic features breathtaking photographs in Visions of Earth.