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Painted Bodies of Africa

In this episode of National Geographic Live, photographers Angela Fisher and Carol Beckwith join forces to explore the art of using skin as a canvas. The practice is performed among many African tribes to attract the opposite sex, to differentiate oneself from the enemy and to access the spirit world. (Caution: Perhaps NSFW, owing to tribal nudity).

Hurricanes 101

National Geographic offers a brief crash-course in how hurricanes form and why they can become so destructive. The average hurricane, for instance, releases as much energy in a day as half a million atomic bombs.

Nat Geo Donates to Obama

Two days before the Nov. 6 election, the National Geographic Channel will broadcast Seal Team Six: The Raid on Osama Bin Laden. How coincidental that this world premiere will fall so close to the election, seeing as how the events depicted occurred a year and a half ago. Rest assured, it has nothing at all to do with the fact that the film comes from The Weinstein Company, under the helm of Harvey Weinstein, a major Obama donor, who hosted a $35,800-per-person fund-raiser for the president on Aug. 6, attended by Anne Hathaway, Aaron Sorkin, Anna Wintour and other celebrities. ¬†As Dorothy was admonished in The Wizard of Oz, “Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain.”

Chameleons: Home Alone

Once she’s created a burrow for her eggs, the female flapneck chameleon of Africa hits the road again, never to return. The eggs take a full year to hatch, but the baby chameleons can fend for themselves, without any training, from the moment they are born. H/T National Geographic

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