How New Tech Tools are Redefining Exploration

New technology is bringing us closer to answering questions that we thought were unanswerable—but that doesn’t mean we’re getting close to truly understanding our planet. The fact is, the more we learn, the more questions we have. That’s why National Geographic has always been on the cutting edge of exploration. From the first underwater photograph … to the first flight over the South Pole … to James Cameron’s record-breaking solo dive in 2012 to the Earth’s deepest point. Today, we’re still building tools when what’s needed doesn’t exist, such as our Crittercam, which lets us study lions and other amazing creatures up close … or Emerging Explorer Topher White’s innovative use of recycled cell phones to listen for illegal clear-cutting deep in the Amazon jungle.