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Two elephants in Thailand touched trunks to make what looks like an animal valentine. But do animals really love each other?

Jesús Rivas has the kind of job that would keep most of us lying awake at night hoping to keep the nightmares at bay: He does field research on anacondas, which can weigh more than half a ton. And he looks for them in swamps by feeling for them with his bare feet. This Five Days of Snakes story airs tonight on the National Geographic Channel.

Primatologist Mireya Mayor studies lemurs in Madagascar, and she has just been named a field specialist and on-air correspondent for National Geographic's EXPLORER TV series. A documentary on her research airs this weekend.

Adventurers Tina and Thomas Sjogren have arrived at the North Pole. The couple skied and swam their way on an exhausting, unsupported expedition that began in March. Tina has become the first woman to reach the North and South Poles and Mount Everest, sometimes known as Earth's "Third Pole."

Robert Young Pelton has traveled around the world visiting war zones and meeting rebel leaders. He returned from Afghanistan in December after spending a month traveling with the U.S. Special Forces, and General Abdul Rashid Dostum, a former commander in the Northern Alliance and deputy defense minister in the interim government. He discusses his experiences with National Geographic News.

The horrors unleashed by the recent eruption of Congo's Mount Nyiragongo have demonstrated once again our uneasy relationship with the fires that rage below Earth's surface. Now a husband-and-wife team are investigating a long-held theory that the moon may be a key in predicting volcanic activity.

In an exclusive phone interview with National, journalist Robert Young Pelton describes the situation in Afghanistan after Taliban prisoners being held at a fort in Mazar-e Sharif staged an uprising and battled National Alliance and U.S. forces. The first in a series of periodic reports from the field.

Africa has more rock art than any other continent—countless images at more than a million sites. Now, after surviving in some cases as long as 20,000 years, many of the images are being eroded and vandalized. Efforts are underway to save this precious heritage before it is too late. Adventure-photographer David Coulson is journeying to some of the most remote, inhospitable places on Earth to document giant-size prehistoric art. A photo gallery of some of his remarkable images is included with this story.

Edward Girardet has visited Afghanistan at least 40 times in the past 23 years to report on the country and its people. He describes his experience and insights in the December National Geographic magazine and in an interview with National Geographic News.