Oct 2022 - NGM Single Copy
A N I M A L M I N D S
This is a fascinating look at what science is discovering about the emotional lives of animals. In the article, Taliban Returns, for the first time in more than 20 years, there is a window to safely travel around Afghanistan overland on the Ring Road, a 1200-mile Soviet and US-built highway that traverses the range of a diverse, conflicted country. At a moment of grave uncertainty under the new Taliban, the route offers a rare chance to look beyond the hype and take full measure of the regime’s uneven policies and the plight of Afghans cut off from the world. Also, the beautiful, spectacular, and unique ice caves of the European Alps are some of the best in the world, and for thousands of years they have sat silently beneath the rocky mountainous landscape, coolly archiving information about changes to the environment above. Recently, they have also become an important avenue for scientific research, but the clock is ticking for the scientists who are working to understand them.