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Table Of Contents: December 2015

How the Virgin Mary Became the World’s Most Powerful Woman

Mary barely speaks in the New Testament, but her image and legacy are found and celebrated around the world.

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The Science of Delicious
Taste receptors, volatiles, gustatory cortex: There’s more to yum than you might think.

New New York
The bird’s-eye views of the skyline make it clear: This city may never sleep, but it surely does change.

Haiti on Its Own Terms
When young Haitians photograph their nation, determination shines through the hardship.

Out of the Shadows
Leopards can adapt to living near humans—so well, in fact, that we may not know they’re around.

NGM Photographers on Instagram
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Visions of Earth
Each month, National Geographic features breathtaking photographs in Visions of Earth.

Your Shot
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