Blink, but you still can’t miss them.
National Geographic has revealed the magazine’s Photographs of the Year, a collection of remarkable images that chronicle global culture, scientific advances, nature’s most intimate moments and more in one expansive, stunning display.
The 29 photographs, selected from a whopping 2 million images by a group of 165 photographers, are available for viewing in the December 2023 issue of the magazine.
These are just five of the most surprising moments of the year caught on camera.
Swimming to new lengths
The cover of the 135-year-old magazine shows a deadly banded sea krait in a literal blue sea, swimming to the surface of the Pacific Ocean for a breath of air. The creature is seen inside a Palau marine sanctuary, which protects an area larger than California with nearly 200,000 miles of water.
The December edition of National Geographic with its “Photos of the Year” is now available. National Geographic
The sanctuary opened in 2015 and is the sixth largest in the world. Although ringed sea kraits (semi-aquatic snakes of both the sea and land) contain some of the deadliest venoms in nature, they are considered remarkably docile and rarely have fierce interactions with humans, according to the Aquarium of the Pacific. Males can reach up to 50 inches in length.
The tradition of the Amazon pink dolphin
An ancient tradition of the indigenous people of the Amazon involves the tradition of pink dolphins. Photo by Thomas Peschak
A captivating image shows indigenous Ticuna women in the Amazon wearing extraordinary pink dolphin costumes made from Yanchama tree bark.
The Ticuna have long believed that a pink dolphin is a charming man who goes to their parties to get drunk and excite women, according to Vogue Italia.
According to the myth, enchanted women would go with him to the river, where they would then turn into dolphins.
Returning to the moon
Astronaut Zena Cardman trains in an 80-pound suit to prepare for lunar gravity.Photo by Dan Winters
For the first time since 1972, the United States will return to the Moon to expand astronaut capabilities for deep space exploration.
NASA astronauts, including Zena Cardman (above), are already training for these Artemis missions, named after the twin sister of the Greek god Apollo. In the image, Cardman is seen performing a high-fidelity test on Earth wearing an 80-pound training suit to anticipate gravitational changes on the lunar surface.
The broader goal of the trip is to create a lunar outpost called Gateway as an orbital base.
Lab diamonds promise a new eternity
A New York company has made lab-grown diamonds using ordinary carbon dioxide.Photo by Davide Monteleone
A New York-based startup called Aether has managed to convert the carbon dioxide in our air into lab-grown diamonds, and a magazine image reveals a dazzling 2-carat princess cut.
Lab-grown diamonds have become increasingly popular compared to mined ones as more and more couples say “I do” to the most cost-effective scientific advancement.
“I think it won’t be too far in the future when lab-grown diamonds will probably outsell natural diamonds in the engagement market three to one,” Lindsay Reinsmith, founder and chief operating officer of Ada Diamonds, previously told The Post. .
Pig organs to save human lives
Yale researchers successfully reanimated dead tissue in a pig’s brain. Photo by Max Aguilera – Hellweg
This mysterious image shows Yale researchers successfully reanimating dead brain tissue from a pig by combining it with a large amount of drugs and oxygen.
In medical science, the exploration of pig body parts for xenotransplantation into humans has made enormous progress in recent months.
A NYU Langone patient survived two months this year after receiving a pig kidney, and a Maryland man lived six weeks with a pig heart transplant. Doctors attribute the organs’ temporary success to the ability to remove and add genes so that they fuse better with the human body.
These advances come at a time when more than 103,000 people are waiting for an organ donation in the United States, and 17 of them die every day.
Preparing for the worst
American and Finnish soldiers train north of the Arctic Circle amid global tensions.Photo by Louie Palu
In the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine last February, soldiers are seen crawling over snowy terrain while wearing skis as the US and Finnish militaries began joint training operations north of the Arctic Circle.
Soldiers are seen crawling across snowy terrain while using skis during an exercise that took place shortly before Finland, a nation bordering Russia, joined NATO in April.
The war in Ukraine, along with Russia’s threats to detonate nuclear devices against the country, has experts very concerned about a nuclear war breaking out.