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Day for night, 2020.

Were you around to catch the total solar eclipse visible over the United States in August 2017? If so, you know just how fascinating it is to experience darkness in daytime. The world around you falls eerily quiet. Birds stop singing. The wind is still. The fading sunlight takes on odd tints, and strange shadows ... Read More >

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24 Jan 2019
Posted in Flora & Fauna, History, Nature

Day of the (golden) jackal.

Once upon a time, farmers in Western Europe sought to protect their livestock from wolves. Today, that’s changing.

According to a group of researchers, golden jackals (Canis aureus) now far outnumber Europe’s wolf population. The latest official jackal count is 117,000; by contrast, wolves in Europe number about 17,000.

Smaller than our homegrown coyotes, the 20-pound ... Read More >

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Think pink?

If you’re playing with the idea of a journey to Japan during sakura, when millions of cherry trees are in full bloom, you should start the planning process now for 2020 (it’s essentially too late for 2019). This is an extraordinarily busy time in Japan, but one you ought to see for yourself if ... Read More >

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27 Sep 2018
Posted in Nature, Special Offers, Travel with us

…Or up to the top.

Two of the abovementioned mega-yachts—Le Boréal and L’Austral—also cruise the waters in and around the Arctic Circle. If you haven’t yet seen what’s at the top of the Earth, what are you waiting for?

We have a matching special offer aboard these ships to get you to the Far North: By 31 October 2018, book passage ... Read More >

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27 Sep 2018
Posted in Nature, Special Offers, Travel with us

To the bottom of the Earth…

The Ponant fleet of small ships that take Crusoe travelers to Antarctica are among the finest on these waters. We think you should give them a try, and to that end, we have a special offer for you: By 31 October 2018, book passage on a Ponant ship to Antarctica departing November 2018 through March ... Read More >

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20 Sep 2018
Posted in Nature, News

And now for some good news.

The Reef and Rainforest Research Center, a nonprofit organization that monitors the state of natural sites, has been keeping an eye on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. The RRRC recently reported that there are signs that the reef has been recovering due to a milder-than-usual summer as well as cooperation between science, industry, and ... Read More >

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Peru’s tater tot.

If you’ve seen the 2015 film “The Martian,” then you know that Hollywood has been toying with the notion of growing vegetables on Mars, should man ever live on the Red Planet.

Turns out that real scientists have been toying with the same idea. And the veggie of choice? The humble potato.

Scientists in Peru have simulated ... Read More >

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Time to get nudi.

It’s September again, which means one thing, if you’re in Port Stephens, just north of Sydney, Australia: It’s time for the annual sea slug census.

For one weekend this month, citizen scientists on Nelson Bay join forces with experts to search for, document, and photograph as many nudibranches (“nudis,” to the locals) and other ... Read More >

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27 Jun 2017
Posted in Flora & Fauna, Nature, News, Tidbits & trivia

They shoot trees, don’t they?

Here’s something you might not have known: According to a recent study, deforestation from logging, agricultural production, and other economic activities adds more carbon dioxide to the atmosphere than the sum total of cars and trucks on the world’s roads.

Scientific American explains. “The reason that logging is so bad for the climate is that ... Read More >

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Antarctica in 2018

Four New York Times journalists recently joined scientists in Antarctica to get a firsthand look at how ice at the bottom of the planet is changing. The result is a three-part series that explores what is happening to Antarctica as the planet warms.

Here’s some good news: R. Crusoe & Son now has Antarctica departure ... Read More >

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