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Breaking: Nat Geo & Gallup Announce 25 Happiest Cities in the U.S., Interviews & Visuals Available

National Geographic News Feed - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 14:42

** MEDIA ALERT **

National Geographic, New York Times Best-Selling Author Dan Buettner and Gallup Announce The 25 Happiest Cities in the United States

 Boulder, CO tops the list

 Spokespeople, Images and Exclusive Map Available for Press

National Geographic, Gallup and New York Times best-selling author and National Geographic Explorer Dan Buettner have announced The 25 Happiest Cities in the United States based on The National Geographic/Blue Zones® Index. The Index was specifically developed to measure a population’s happiness based on 15 metrics including civic engagement, walkability and healthful food options. Boulder, Colorado tops the list with walkability, access to nature and sense of community as contributing factors to its residents’ happiness.

Buettner mentions, “if you want to get happy, don’t try and change your belief system. Change your environment.” In National Geographic’s November cover story and newly-published The Blue Zones of Happiness, Buettner reveals the world’s happiest places (Denmark, Costa Rica and Singapore) and explains environmental and lifestyle factors that contribute to the overall happiness in these geographic regions. Pulling from years of experience studying the world’s most-thriving populations, Buettner, National Geographic and Gallup developed a methodology for measuring where Americans are living their happiest lives.

The full list of the 25 Happiest Cities, in order by National Geographic/Blue Zones® Index score, is below, and the full story is available here.

  1. Boulder, CO
  2. Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA
  3. Charlottesville, VA
  4. Fort Collins, CO
  5. San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA
  6. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
  7. Provo-Orem, UT
  8. Bridgeport-Stamford, CT
  9. Barnstable Town, MA
  10. Anchorage, AK
  11. Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, FL
  12. Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA
  13. Salinas, CA
  14. North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, FL
  15. Urban Honolulu, HI
  16. Ann Arbor, MI
  17. San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA
  18. Colorado Springs, CO
  19. Manchester-Nashua, NH
  20. Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA
  21. Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
  22. Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI
  23. San Diego-Carlsbad, CA
  24. Portland-South Portland, ME
  25. Austin-Round Rock, TX

MEDIA OPPORTUNITIES:

Spokespeople

Visual Assets

Photos and an exclusive map of The 25 Happiest Cities in the United States are available here along with the mandatory usage requirements. Please inquire for available b-roll.

For all our Blue Zones of Happiness content including news announcement, magazine story, and book information, visit natgeo.com/questforhappiness.

Media Contacts

**Press inquiries for Dan Buettner, please contact Ann Day, ann.day@natgeo.com, (202)912-6712.

**Press inquiries for George Stone, please contact Meg Calnan, meg.calnan@natgeo.com, (202)912-6703 or Hannah Sedgwick, hannah.sedgwick@natgeo.com, (202)912-6762.

 

 

National Geographic Magazine, November 2017

National Geographic News Feed - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 13:48
Click here for PDF

For press inquiries, please contact: Anna Kukelhaus at anna.kukelhaus@natgeo.com and Leah Jereb at leah.jereb@natgeo.com.


Ophelia has a bad influence on the Scottish wave

Booker Gliding - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 21:08
Storm Ophelia didn't bring much wind to NE Scotland so our trailers are still the right way up.
Having had a couple of weeks of stunning wave weather we now have lots of cloud, rain and the threat of Easterly winds; as Mr M Jagger once said; you can't always get what you want.
As any glider pilot knows, or soon finds out, the weather doesn't always play ball on expeditions, but the wait for the good weather is always worthwhile.
No flying for the last couple of days so we have been watching salmon jumping and visiting the transport museum.
We are hoping to take to the skies again tomorrow.


2017 National Geographic Holiday Gift Guide

National Geographic News Feed - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 15:24

 

This season, National Geographic is proud to offer a wide assortment of holiday gifts for everyone on your list, from the adventurers and travelers to photographers and curious kids.

Each gift aligns with National Geographic’s mission to further our knowledge and understanding of our world. These gifts that give back also support the non-profit National Geographic Society to fund future science and exploration.

View our full holiday gift guide at this link — bit.ly/2017NGHolidayGiftGuide

MEDIA CONTACT

For more information, product samples and editorial opportunities, please contact Hannah Sedgwick at hannah.sedgwick@natgeo.com.

 

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Blue Zones Solution comes… THE BLUE ZONES OF HAPPINESS: Lessons From the World’s Happiest People By Dan Buettner

National Geographic News Feed - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 14:52
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Blue Zones Solution comes… THE BLUE ZONES OF HAPPINESS Lessons From the World’s Happiest People By Dan Buettner

“I’ve spent much of the past several years studying the science of well-being and what makes us thrive. In this well-researched book, Dan Buettner presents us with the latest innovative and story-driven science on how to shape our surroundings in ways that make us happier and more fulfilled. Blue Zones of Happiness is a compelling read and a useful guide for a better life.”

Arianna Huffington, founder of The Huffington Post and Thrive Global

 

“Filled with realistic, constructive information, this book is a useful manual for individuals and communities to take the initiative toward happier, healthier lives.”

Publishers Weekly

 

New York Times bestselling author Dan Buettner has dedicated the last fifteen years to helping people live healthier, more fulfilling lives. His work has taken him around the globe to some of the most beautiful—and remote—regions, where he’s met and cohabitated with people of all ages and experiences to better understand how they live, eat, and socialize and how these factors contribute to their overall health and longevity. This work has resulted in three New York Times bestselling books (The Blue Zones, Thrive, The Blue Zones Solution). It also inspired Buettner to launch the largest preventative healthcare system in America, The Blue Zones Project, which is now established—and thriving—in 42 cities across the country.

And now, in a timely and eye-opening new book, THE BLUE ZONES OF HAPPINESS (National Geographic Books; on-sale October 3, 2017), Buettner turns the spotlight from health to happiness revealing surprising secrets of the world’s happiest places—and shows us how we can all apply the lessons of true happiness to our own lives.

Using his proven Blue Zones methodology, Buettner traveled to extraordinarily content—and uniquely different—happiness “hot spots” in South America, Asia, Europe, and the United States, to distill how the people in each region live in such a way that aligns with scientifically proven principles for true contentment. In THE BLUE ZONES OF HAPPINESS—and for the first time ever—Buettner delivers a world happiness consensus, which he developed with Gallup, the University of Pennsylvania, the UN, and a never-before assembled panel of the world’s leading happiness experts, to answer two pivotal questions: what can individuals do to make themselves happier? And, how can government act to make their citizens happier? The findings suggest strategies for boosting life satisfaction both in society and on in the lives of individuals.

In this inspiring book, Buettner offers game-changing tools for setting up life to be the happiest it can be and introduces readers to:
The World’s Happiness All-Stars: inspiring individuals whose ways of boosting well-being can influence your home and community as well.
• The Three Strands of Happiness: pleasure, purpose, and pride—that weave together in different ways in the world’s happiest places.
• The Blue Zones Happiness Test: to pinpoint areas in your life where change could bring more happiness—and then find practical steps to make those changes.
• What researchers on happiness consider: the top ways to create personal and nationwide happiness, as revealed by a blue-ribbon panel of world experts convened for this book.
• Boost happiness with the Happiness Power 9: Buettner’s final assessment of the most important lessons to be learned from the world’s happiest people and places.

Packed with fresh new insights and data about the evolving field of happiness, THE BLUE ZONES OF HAPPINESS takes readers on a much-needed journey of discovery, providing a blueprint for a happy life.

In addition, the November issue of National Geographic magazine features “The Happiest Places in the World” on its cover. The story by Dan Buettner, with photographs by Cory Richards and Matthieu Paley, looks at how geography is the biggest determinant of happiness, next to genetics. By merging the two leading scientific scales of happiness, Buettner takes a look at some of the happiest places in the world. The issue, which will be available online beginning October 16 at natgeo.com/questforhappiness, is on print newsstands on October 31.

About the Author

Dan Buettner is a National Geographic Explorer and the founder of Blue Zones, an organization that helps Americans live longer, healthier lives. His groundbreaking work on longevity led to his 2005 National Geographic cover story “Secrets of Living Longer” and three national best-sellers, The Blue Zones, Thrive, and The Blue Zones Solution. His forthcoming book, The Blue Zones of Happiness will be published by National Geographic in October 2017. He lives in Minneapolis and can be found on Facebook and Twitter and through his website bluezones.com.  

 

About National Geographic Partners LLC

National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 129 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching over 730 million people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on FacebookTwitterInstagramGoogle+, YouTubeLinkedIn and Pinterest.

 

THE BLUE ZONES OF HAPPINESS

Lessons From the World’s Happiest People

By Dan Buettner

National Geographic Books

On-sale October 3, 2017 | Hardcover | $26.00 | 288 pages

ISBN-13: 978-142621848

MEDIA CONTACT  

Kathleen Carter Zrelak

Goldberg McDuffie Communications

kzrelak@goldbergmcduffie.com | 212-705-4222

Breaking: Scientists Make Once in a Lifetime Discovery about Gravitational Waves- Interviews, Visuals Available

National Geographic News Feed - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 15:18

***Media Alert***

Breaking News:

Scientists Have Detected Gravitational Waves from Colliding Neutron Stars—A Once in a Lifetime Discovery

This once in a lifetime discovery is helping astronomers resolve a heated debate about the cosmic origins of gold and silver.

Interviews, Images & Video Available

 At press conferences held across continents, scientists today have announced the first detection of gravitational waves created by two neutron stars smashing into each other. Until now, all confirmed detections involved a deadly dance between two black holes, which leave no visible signature on the sky. The observations are helping astronomers verify some long-standing theories in physics and resolve a debate about the origin of gold and other heavy elements in the cosmos—discoveries made possible by the nascent field of gravitational wave astronomy 

Nat Geo Experts Available for Interviews: 

Space expert Nadia Drake is available for interviews out of San Francisco, CA.

Science and astronomy expert Victoria Jaggard is available for interviews out of Washington, D.C.

Science expert Michael Greshko is available for interviews out of Washington, D.C. Greshko is present at the Washington, DC press conference announcing the news this morning. 

 

***For interview or visual requests, contact the following:

Kelsey Taylor at kelsey.taylor@natgeo.com, 202-912-6776

Anna Kukelhaus Dynan at anna.kukelhaus@natgeo.com, 202-912-6724

Wave Bar still open

Booker Gliding - Sat, 10/14/2017 - 21:29
Still waving well in the Cairngorms. Today the wind was slightly south of west so we had wave in Glen Tanar as well as behind Morven. We also had the experience of launching into an easterly wind and then flying in westerly wave!  All the Booker pilots here on changeover day took a launch and climbed to between 10,000 and 15,000 ft. Week 2 starts tomorrow.

Looking along the Glen Tanar wave bar, working well from below 2500 ft. 

Windy but waving

Booker Gliding - Fri, 10/13/2017 - 22:12
Another westerly wind day on Friday, and in eastern Scotland that is a guarantee of wave. Sometimes the wind is a little too fierce though.  Wind at 10,000 ft was above 60 knots making climbs above that height tricky.  Dave and Terry Clements made it to 12,000 feet over Mount Keen in 315 and were the last to land. 
One of the fun parts of flying at Aboyne is landing on the narrow tarmac runways, the pic below shows the narrower north runway. The airfield now also has well mown flat grass either side of the runway, so plenty of room.

315 after landing (deliberately) short on Aboyne runway 27 north today.

Media Alert: Ground-Breaking Space Announcement Coming Monday, Interviews Available

National Geographic News Feed - Fri, 10/13/2017 - 18:13

***Media Alert***

Breaking News Coming Monday, October 16th:
New Discovery Sheds Light on One of the Biggest Mysteries in Space

Stay Tuned for a Ground-Breaking Announcement About Gravitational Waves

Interviews & Visuals Available Monday

In advance of an upcoming news announcement around gravitational waves coming this Monday, October 16, National Geographic will have a number of visuals and astronomy experts who can speak to the full account of this incredible find and its implications regarding the future of astronomy. Based on discussions among the scientific community, this announcement will be of incredible interest to consumers.

Nat Geo Experts Available for Interviews:

Space expert, Nadia Drake, is available for interviews

out of San Francisco, CA.

Science and astronomy expert, Victoria Jaggard ,is available for interviews out of Washington, D.C.

Science expert, Michael Greshko, is available for interviews out of Washington, D.C. Greshko will be present at the press conference announcing the news on Monday, October 16th.

 

**For press inquiries, please contact Kelsey Taylor at kelsey.taylor@natgeo.com or Anna Kukelhaus Dynan at anna.kukelhaus.com.

 

12 October Pete finds a new hair tonic

Booker Gliding - Fri, 10/13/2017 - 07:48
A very pleasant day at Booker. Lots of training going on. Well done Sam Husband, first flight in the Junior today and Mike Sheppard doing plenty of solo circuits with an eye on the Junior.

Thanks to Andy Monk for spending a day teaching James Clare and Martine and Steve for his enthusiasm to tow with the Robin.

Pete was painting his trailer with a very strange paint. It seems to have created an unusual crop of luxuriant hair. The bad news is, it has affected his memory----so where are the keys to my trailer then?

pete proudly shows off his new hair 

Another good day in the Cairngorms

Booker Gliding - Thu, 10/12/2017 - 22:56
Don Valley looking North from 19000 FtMore wave flying for most of us today. Tricky again to get away later in the day, but most of us made an early start. Most got to heights from 12000 ft to 19000 ft. Climbing alongside some classic very beautiful lenticular clouds added to the enjoyment.

Mega stack of Lennies over the Don Valley

booker welcome a new flexi course starter---Max Norfolk

Booker Gliding - Thu, 10/12/2017 - 08:44
Another low cloud day with blustery winds.

Welcome to max Norfolk who took to the skies for the first time today. Sporting conditions but fun,

Max is in Sales Management and races cars as his other interest.

Relentless Wave

Booker Gliding - Wed, 10/11/2017 - 22:23
A good day today with the classic smooth continuous 2 to 4 knot climbs from below 3000 ft right up to above 14000 ft. Bob S T4, Denis C 370, Jane M 118, John H HXH, Dave B & Nick H 315 all getting to Braemar and beyond, Chris R getting to Lochnagar at 10000 ft.  Climbing above 14000 Ft was tricky as the wind increased to 60 knots.  Loads of photos and gourmet updates to follow, but many of us are off for an early night with the possibility of very good conditions in the morning.

Aboyne wave still working well

Booker Gliding - Tue, 10/10/2017 - 20:11
Congratulations to Mike Shepard going solo in a proper flying machine. Meanwhile up in Scotland we also had a good day.  Air was a little unstable and the wave moved around a lot compared to a classic good day.  Those that launched early got away from Logie Coldstone just North of the lakes.
Notable flights for Dave in FI, Richard in 315, Denis in 370 and Jane in 118 all going cross country or getting above 16000 ft.  Those that launched late struggled to get away as the wave broke up low down. Some, including Simon Phelps in his ASW20 HUT, took a relight later in the day and had good wave flights.  Between us we had five gold heights, but only for pilots that already had gold!
Dinner report and photos to follow.

Mike Sheppard goes solo at Booker

Booker Gliding - Tue, 10/10/2017 - 16:58
10 October and the main body of the club is at Aboyne in Scotland.

Meanwhile back at HQ, cloudbases about 1200 ft and the occasional spot of rain.

Steve stepped into the breach to ensure we have a tow pilot, and Mike braved the weather to bash out a few circuits. So it was solo for Mike today---well done.

 Steve clearing the rain from the wings before getting airborne.
  Mike getting ready to solo after completing his PPL conversion training.

Ten thousand feet over Loch Muick, it must be Aboyne

Booker Gliding - Mon, 10/09/2017 - 20:12
Week 1 of the Aboyne expedition has kicked off well with Sunday and Monday both producing wave. On Sunday we were stuck with a lot of 3500 ft cloud so climbs above that were possible but tricky. The skies cleared at lunchtime on Monday with 370 and 315 visiting Loch Muick, Linn of Dee and beyond.  All of the newbies have now had a wave flight with Simon Phelps experiencing an 8 knot average wave climb in 315. We are getting to grips with the new airspace requirements for flights above 10,000 ft, but with care it was possible to stay under that today.  Terry and Dave took the last launch in 315, and despite a weak looking sky they got high enough to make it to Loch Muick at 6000 ft. Good weather ahead so check back for updates.
And for the all important culinary update that we know our readers find so informative.
Clearfield, last night  - Fish and chips, peas, tartar sauce, fruit cheesecake. Tonight, Spaghetti Puttanesca con Sardinas.
Birkelunn - Fancy Campbell Chilli last night. Tonight; Thai Red and Green Curry courtesy of the CFI.
Restaurant update; La Mangiatora in Ballater has re-opened as the Clachan Grill, fancy steak, but above the average gliding expedition pilot budget (eg dinner costs more than a 3000 ft aerotow).


Monday morning mist above the river Dee. Beats the rush hour view on the M4.
Above Logie Coldstone, Monday.
Terry and Dave take the last launch

Aerobatics Course - Now taking bookings

Booker Gliding - Tue, 10/03/2017 - 10:42
A reminder that every Winter, Graham Saw runs aerobatics courses on the first Saturday of the month.  These courses are a great way to brush up your handling skills and increase your confidence.  Suitable for pilots with 5 to 5000 hours. You do not need to be solo as all training is in a two seater with a safety pilot.
The BOOKING LIST IS NOW OPEN so if you are interested in attending one, or more, of these days put your name on the list in the clubhouse, or contact the office.   Smoke not included.


Macro Games to launch ‘NatGeo Color WILD’ in collaboration with National Geographic

National Geographic News Feed - Wed, 09/27/2017 - 14:36

WASHINGTON (September 27, 2017)—Macro Games, a Polish game developer, and National Geographic, one of the world’s largest scientific and educational organizations, has announced ‘Nat Geo Color WILD’, an interactive coloring app for mobile devices. The subscription-based game will feature content from the well-known National Geographic wildlife channel Nat Geo WILD. ‘Nat Geo Color WILD’ will launch in September 2017.

‘Nat Geo Color WILD’ is a coloring app suitable for coloring enthusiasts of all ages. The complexity of each image, including its size and number of areas to color, can be changed based on desired difficulty. Players can use their imaginations to fill in coloring-book versions of National Geographic photographs. While coloring, users can toggle between the coloring book page and original photograph. Many of the images feature common subjects on Nat Geo WILD and National Geographic including land animals, nature, ocean scenes and marine animals. After creating the image, it may be shared from Facebook, Google+ or published within the app.

“We are excited about the opportunity to work with such a respected brand as National Geographic. We’re looking forward to creating something that will be entertaining for game enthusiasts but also will encourage users to learn about wildlife” said Agnieszka Zemsta, CEO of Macro Games.

Nathan Moore, Vice President of Digital Product Licensing for National Geographic Partners, added, “‘Nat Geo Color WILD’ is a great opportunity for Macro Games and National Geographic to build on the widespread success of digital coloring books. With this app, users will engage with National Geographic photographs in a new and interactive way and add their own artistic vision to National Geographic’s window on the world. We look forward to seeing how the users of ‘Nat Geo Color WILD’ interpret the brilliance of nature.”

‘Nat Geo Color WILD’ is a subscription-based game that is free to download and play with in-app purchases. It will also be available on the App Store, Google Play and Amazon App Store.

About Macro Games

Macro Games is a Polish game developer and e-sports company. The company works on their own titles, and partners with licensed properties. Macro Games also manages two leading Polish portals for ‘Counter Strike’ and ‘Minecraft’ players. Thanks to the access a large community of players, it effectively manages the electronic distribution of software (selling keys and licenses for electronic products) and offers advertising space on their own platforms and applications.


About National Geographic Partners LLC

National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 129 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching over 730 million people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on FacebookTwitter, InstagramGoogle+YouTubeLinkedIn and Pinterest.

Best winter windsurfing in Europe for wind, waves and warmth

Windsurfing - Wed, 09/27/2017 - 13:51

Colder weather, ferocious wind chill and shorter days mean winter can be a bummer for water sports aficionados in Europe. Fortunately, wind and swells increase meaning the best winter windsurfing in Europe for wind, waves and warmth is less of a gloomy prospect. Picture the scene. You’re cowering behind your van in the car...

The post Best winter windsurfing in Europe for wind, waves and warmth appeared first on AWE365.

More wardrobes - and a car

Booker Gliding - Sun, 09/24/2017 - 20:08
The Vintage Glider Club re-convened today for some more fun in fabric and wood. COnditions were slightly more challenging for light gliders, with a brisk southerly breeze making an unorthodox approach to take off and landing directions necessary.

Hutter and Kite with a passing vintage car - an MG?
Hutter on tow
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Nick set up his mobile café and kept everyone going with hot drinks and biscuits.

Nick's tea barLuke Bishop went for a more modern approach and converted to the ASW19 - nicely flown in the cross wind.

Looking confidentMeanwhile in the trailer park Rob Turner was plodding up and down pushing a motor mower, tidying up the grass for us all - thanks very much Rob!

One man went to mow........

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