National Geographic Russia in March

The main story in the new issue of National Geographic Russia is on bioluminescence: the ability of many living things to emit light. On land, that includes the well-known firefly, several types of mushrooms, centipedes and even some insect larvae. But the real light show only happens in the oceans.

Also in this issue:

The era of disbelief: A skepticism about scientific facts is in vogue today. Many people find it difficult to believe what at first glance appears contrary to common sense. Are the scientists or skeptics correct? What are the consequences of disbelieving science?

Two Europes: Berlin and Athens are the two poles of modern Europe. Athens, the cradle of democracy and philosophy, is having difficulties recovering from economic crisis. Berlin, on the other hand, is a symbol of prosperity, actively developing and maintaining its image of a free city.

Icelandic horses: These diminutive horses with their dense, thick hair are a symbol of the “country of ice.” As roads appeared only relatively recently in Iceland, local horses, with their great stamina and endurance, were for a long time the primary means of transportation over the island’s vast expanses.

The issue went on sale March 3.