National Geographic News

The Surprising Ways That Chickens Changed the World
To the ancients, the chicken was a kind of two-legged pharmacy.
Teen Inventor Sets His Sights on New Tests for Cancer, Pollution
Emerging Explorer Jack Andrakas won a major science fair in 2012 with his test for pancreatic cancer, and he hopes to take on pollution too.
New Online Archive Shows Colonial New York Was Rowdy, Filthy, Smelly
New York City now has a trove of 17th-century documents online, including ordinances that depict New Amsterdam as a raucous, drunken, smelly center of commerce.
Move Over, Rudolph: National Geographic's Favorite Reindeer Pictures
With Christmas just around the corner, National Geographic editors choose the most compelling pictures of reindeer and the indigenous people who depend on them.
What's the Difference Between Rabbits and Hares?
Hares are less social than bunnies, and their lively courtship and skittish behavior likely inspired the term "harebrained."
EPA Decides That Coal Ash, Which Pervades Our Homes, Is Non-Hazardous
The EPA's decision not to regulate coal ash as hazardous waste could affect how often it's recycled.
Watch: World's Deepest Fish Lurks 5 Miles Down in Mariana Trench
Video footage shows a delicate, transparent animal with a doglike head more than five miles down.
Explaining Mysterious 'Pancake Ice' on River in Scotland
These strange lily-pad formations occur when conditions are just right.
World's Most Ambitious Re-Creation of Prehistoric Cave Art to Open
With the help of modern artists and high technology, a replica of the famous art cave of Chauvet-Pont-d'Arc will open to the public in April.
Week's Best Space Pictures: Galaxies Collide, Gullies Get Frosted, and Cities Light Up
Colliding galaxies put on a show, Martian gullies meet Jack Frost, and cities glitter for the holidays in this week's best space pictures.
How Long Can the U.S. Oil Boom Last?
Fracking for shale oil has boosted U.S. oil production to near-record levels. But the industry faces two challenges: low prices and low reserves.
For Leopards in Iran and Iraq, Land Mines Are a Surprising Refuge
Targeted by hunters and threatened by shrinking habitat, Persian leopards fight for survival along the Iran-Iraq border.
Watch a Tortoise Rescue Another in Distress—Was It Trying to Help?
A viral YouTube video showing a tortoise pushing another back on its feet may be a case of aggressive courtship, expert says.
Could New York's Fracking Ban Have Domino Effect?
New York has banned fracking. Will other states follow suit?
Wolves and Bears Stage Comeback in Crowded, Urban Europe
Large predators are filling the forests and abandoned farmlands of Europe, a return to the wild not always comfortable for people.
Birds May Have Sensed Severe Storms Days in Advance
A flock of warblers suddenly left Tennessee in advance of severe thunderstorms, suggesting that they had sensed the weather and fled, a new study says.
Peculiar Extinct Fish With Spines Named for National Geographic
Natgeosocus sorini, which swam in subtropical seas about 36 million years ago, helps illuminate a rare, extinct family of fish.
Where Has All the (Sea Trash) Plastic Gone?
Scientists track down plastic sea trash to find out where it hides.
Deck the Halls With Matzo Balls. Going Home for the Holidays—to Miami Beach
Snowbirds go to Miami Beach for fun, sun, and to live la vida loca. Gate-crashers, IMHO. I was there first. I'm a native.
Delivering "The Pill" Wasn't Easy
When "the pill" was first sold, contraception was listed as a side effect.
Opinion: Why Cubans May Not Be Thrilled at New Relations With U.S.
Some Cubans have a lot to lose from an influx of American dollars.
Pictures: Alaska's Wondrous Bristol Bay, Now Off-Limits to Gas and Oil Drilling
Photographer Michael Melford is celebrating the announcement that the U.S. government will protect the area's waters from oil and gas development.
4-Foot Salamander Arrives in London as Face of New Conservation Effort
Professor Wu, a critically endangered Chinese giant salamander, is the face of a new effort to save these creatures in the wild.
72 Years Later, Snubbed Captain Credited With Downing German U-Boat
The U.S. Navy honors a late World War II captain of a ship that sank a German U-boat off Louisiana, based on new exploration.
Rosetta's Comet Lander Will Revive After Bumpy Touchdown, Scientists Say
Rosetta mission scientists grow hopeful for a revival of their stranded Philae lander.