National Geographic : 2012 Dec
• PHOTO TOP : REINHARD RADKE, NDR NATURFILM NG CONNECT Every month this page features our staff picks of National Geographic Society products and events. For more go to nglive.org. Free Download of the Month Rupa & the April Fishes Build San Francisco quintet Rupa & the April Fishes draws inspiration from the far-flung origins of its members. Led by singer and songwriter Rupa Marya---a practicing physician in her downtime---the band hopscotches across languages and genres on its latest album, Build. For a free download go to natgeomusic.net/free. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC ON TV Cheetah: Fatal Instinct Big Cat Week is back this month on Nat Geo WILD. Witness what life is like for the world's fastest land mammal: the cheetah. A young mother and her cubs (left) take the spotlight as they struggle to survive among enemies. Watch her nurture and protect her brood while simultaneously transforming them from roly-poly kittens into menacing hunters. LECTURE APP BOOK EXHIBIT BIRDS OF PARADISE For more on this month's feature story, join Tim Laman and Edwin Scholes as they share images, video, and tales from the field. Visit nglive.org for dates in the U.S. and Canada. INDIANA JONES Uncover the science behind modern archaeology and peruse artifacts and movie props---including the golden idol from Raiders of the Lost Ark (left)---in this interactive exhibit. Catch Indy at the Discovery Science Center in Santa Ana, California, through April 21. Go to discoverycube.org for ticket information. WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE COLOR? Find unforgettable photographs in every hue accompanied by essays on the meaning and symbolism of colors. Life in Color is available now, wherever books are sold ($40). LOOK & LEARN: ANIMAL ALPHABET National Geographic's app for preschoolers has six games packed with animal images, fun facts, and sound effects. Look for it in the App Store.