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Venus and Jupiter Pose For Pretty Pics 'Round the World
The planets meet up in sunset skies this week, inspiring beautiful photos—where's yours?
Amazon’s Wildlife Threatened By Hydropower Dams, Study Says
“We’re watching extinction unfold in front of us,” scientist says of the impact of Brazil’s Balbina Dam.
Alaska's Seal Hunt Lasted Only A Few Days Because It's So Hot
The hunt for bearded seal was abnormally short because of melted ice. Native Alaskans worry about losing their traditional foods and culture.
What Do Florida and a Comet Have in Common? Sinkholes
Mysterious pits on the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko may have formed when the ground beneath them collapsed, say Rosetta mission scientists.
Race and Gender Shape Views of Science in Surprising Ways
A poll finds women tend to oppose genetically modified food and animal research, and African Americans are optimistic about population growth, regardless of political party.
Great White Sharks Surround Paddleboarders in California
A rare look beneath the Southern California waves shows young great whites in action.
How Will We Feed a World of Nine Billion People?
The key, says the author of a new book, is to use water better, close yield gaps, eat less meat, and family planning.
Six Pictures of Beautiful, Bizarre Worms That Slink Or Swim
It’s International Polychaete Day, so let’s give these humble, but critical-to-the-food-web, animals their day in the spotlight.
Backpacks on Seabirds Hint at Their Navigation Secret
Shearwaters navigate the open ocean based on their memories of smells that waft in from different directions, a new study suggests.
Watch: Mother Raccoon Helps Baby Learn to Climb Tree
A new video shows a raccoon climbing lesson—a vital skill that allows the North American mammals to escape predators.
Exclusive: Pilot of Solar Plane Shares Secrets of 5-Day Flight
Swiss pilot battles exhaustion and weather during endurance mission.
NASA Photos Show China’s Plan to Meet New UN Climate Pledge
NASA satellites reveal how quickly solar panels are covering the Gobi Desert as China becomes the world’s leader in solar power.
Rainbow of Fluorescent Corals Found—Why Do They Glow?
Deep beneath the waves of the Red Sea, scientists have discovered corals that fluoresce in a range of colors, likely because it helps their algae friends.
Which Power Plants Emitted the Most Mercury?
The Supreme Court ruled against an EPA regulation limiting mercury from power plants. Top emitters in 2013 were in Texas, Missouri, and North Dakota.
World Will Gain a Leap Second on Tuesday: Here's Why
Leap seconds have caused widespread problems in the past—but there's a reason we keep adding them to the world's clocks.
SpaceX Rocket Explosion Raises Worries About Space Station
Astronauts aboard the International Space Station are due to run out of food and other supplies in about two months.
Super-Spiky Ancient Worm Makes Its Debut
This bizarre new species of 'super-armoured' worm gives us a glimpse into the diverse world of animals living at the roots of our tree of life.
North Carolina’s “Perfect Storm” for Shark Attacks
An unusual combination of factors has led to an increase in bites.
This Week's Night Sky: Star Triangle Hides Behind July 4 Fireworks
Earlier in the week, Venus and Jupiter will snuggle close together.
Venus and Jupiter Get Bright and Tight in This Week's Sky
Two bright worlds meet up in sunset skies this week.
Iconic National Parks Move to Eliminate Landfill Trash
Yosemite, Denali and Grand Teton will attempt to recycle and compost millions of pounds of visitor-generated trash.
Solar Plane Makes Second Attempt to Reach Hawaii
Elon Musk, A Man of Impossible Dreams, Wants To Colonize Mars
The visionary creator of SpaceX and the Tesla wants to bring solar power to the masses, people to Mars, and, maybe, retire there himself.
Two Nations Show Good News, Bad News for Africa's Elephants
Visits to Gabon and Tanzania shows the head of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that commitment from the top makes all the difference.
Dramatic Photos Show Brazil’s Crippling Drought
São Paulo’s 20 million people are suffering in a historic crisis.
How Do Elephants and Other Animals Sneeze?
A long trunk can make for an especially explosive event. Whales, iguanas, and even fish also have unique methods of sneezing.
14 Pictures Show Thrill of Boxing, World's Fight Cultures
On the eve of a world boxing championship, we look at the many styles of hand-to-hand combat around the world.
Why Time Will Stop For a Leap Second
Even Graphics Can Speak With a Foreign Accent
Different cultures use color and other visual cues to send completely different messages.
Ranger Killed, Others Injured in Africa's Oldest National Park
Scores of rangers have been killed in Virunga National Park in recent years. But 2015 had been relatively peaceful.
Why the Confederate Flag Made a 20th Century Comeback
The popularity of the Confederate battle flag today has more to do with the Civil Rights Movement than the Civil War.
Black Bears Are Rebounding—What Does That Mean For People?
The North American omnivores have expanded their ranges in recent years thanks to healthier forests and stricter laws—which means more run-ins with people.
Beyond Marriage: Photos of LGBT Life
The Supreme Court has struck down bans on same-sex marriage. In light of the decision, here are photos of LGBT life from the archives.
Week's Best Space Pictures: Auroras Bloom and an Exoplanet 'Bleeds'
The northern lights bloom over Earth, while radiation blasts an exoplanet's atmosphere.
Lost Myanmar Empire Is Stage for Modern Violence
Centuries ago the region around Mrauk U was a realm of remarkable ethnic harmony. Today it is roiled by sectarian violence.
Could Flying Bikes, Cars Be Next? Toyota and U.S. Army Explore
Hoverbikes and boards that lift off the ground are no longer sci-fi. Even the U.S. Army is considering how to use them.
Map Shows Which American Cities Are Most Racially Segregated
Some of the racial tensions in the news today may stem from how communities separate themselves by race.
Why Are So Many Shark Attacks Happening in North Carolina?
Controversial Export of Elephants to China Appears Under Way
A grim fate likely awaits young elephants plucked from Zimbabwe's wild.
Electric Light Means Later Bedtimes
A study finds Argentinian hunter-gatherers without electricity sleep longer than those with power.
Inside the Fight to Stop Giraffes’ ‘Silent Extinction’
Numbers of the famous African animal have fallen by nearly half in the past 15 years, prompting urgent—and sometimes risky—actions to help.
Photographer Revisits Places Where Hate Crimes Happened
It happens on a city street, in a field, or in a historic church. Charleston is only the latest in a litany of sorrow.
Watch: Mother Rabbit Viciously Attacks Snake—Find Out Why
In a new YouTube video, a female cottontail attempts to disembowel a snake preying on its young—a strategy to prevent it from returning to the nest.
Where Young Girls Are Worshipped as Living Goddesses
Worship of the Kumari, Living Goddesses who represent the divine, has increased post-earthquake to make amends for offending Mother Earth.
Invasive Pacu Fish With Human-Like Teeth Found in New Jersey
But fish’s testicle-eating reputation is a myth, scientists say.
New Species: Hairy-Chested Yeti Crab Found in Antarctica
The deep-sea crustacean, which lives near hydrothermal vents, is only the third species of yeti crab known to science.
Racehorses Are Getting Faster—It Could Be Evolution
In Britain, horses have improved their race times since 1850, especially those that run short distances. But why is another question.
Will Humans Survive the Sixth Great Extinction?
Species are disappearing at an alarming rate, a new study finds. Author Elizabeth Kolbert says that raises questions about our survival.
Rare, Huge Basking Shark Caught Off Australia
The giant fish hasn’t been seen there in 80 years.
Volcanoes on Venus May Still Be Awake
Data from the now-defunct European Venus Express orbiter show that volcanoes are erupting on the planet known as “Earth’s Evil Twin.”
This Week's Night Sky: See Auroras and the Moon’s Great Wall
Grab a telescope and watch for the aurora borealis, which could dance across the sky Monday night.
Why Elephants Are Recovering in Uganda as They Decline Overall
The country’s ambassador to the United States explains how Uganda has managed to grow its elephant population by 600 percent, though challenges remain.
Historian Uses Lasers to Unlock Mysteries of Gothic Cathedrals
A tech-savvy art historian uses lasers to understand how medieval builders constructed their architectural masterpieces.
Ancient Man Had Neanderthal Great-Great Grandfather
Why Austrians Set the Alps Ablaze
The hills are alight with burning shapes during this traditional summer spectacle.
What Do Mayonnaise and Hollandaise Have to Do With Math?
The answer is in a book by Eugenia Cheng that explains how cooking plus a sense of humor adds up to an appreciation of mathematics.
5 Facts About the Surprisingly Wide World of Animal Mummies
For starters, most mummies are accidental, naturally preserved by lack of oxygen, or, in some cases, bat poop.
For Father’s Day, 15 Images of Awesome Dads
Spanning 100 years and eleven countries, these photos show the tenderness and love between fathers and their children.
Watch a Ton of Ivory Get Crushed in Times Square
The U.S. government and conservationists are making a show of their opposition to the ivory trade.
Is It Hot in Here? Turtles' Sex Can Depend on Temperature
Pope Francis Will Be a Powerful Voice on Climate Change
The forceful encyclical, reflecting the pontiff’s spiritual and personal views, aims to influence key world decisions on greenhouse gases.
First Day of Summer: 4 Things to Know About the Summer Solstice
It's almost summer in the Northern Hemisphere—but does it mean the Earth is closer to the sun?
Amazing Pictures: Baby Chameleon Doesn't Know It Hatched
The newborn, curled tightly in an egg-shaped ball, offers a rare insight into the life of a developing reptile.
Restored Anti-Nuke Sailboat Launches Again on a Peace Mission
The Golden Rule drew attention to U.S. atmospheric nuclear tests in the Pacific in 1958 and helped start a movement that led to a ban.
Zookeepers Come To Aid Of Georgian Zoo After Flood
After severe floods in Tbilisi, Georgia, elite zookeepers from the Prague Zoo help exhume hundreds of animal bodies from the waist-deep muck.
Week's Best Space Pictures: A Satellite Burns Up
In the latest images of our universe, stars collide and a satellite goes up in smoke.
Italy's Artifacts Police Wage Global War, Recover 137,000 Objects
“Culture commandos” combine the roles of archaeologists, paleontologists, art historians, and combat-trained shock troops.
A Quick Guide to Spotting Graphics That Lie
We tend to believe what numbers say, but just because they're on a chart, that doesn’t make them true.
11 Heart-Wrenching Pictures Bring Refugee Crisis to Life
There are more refugees than ever, the UN reported Thursday. These photos show the human element of a global crisis.
DNA From Elephant Dung, Tusks Reveals Poaching Hot Spots
DNA Solves Mystery of Ancient American Skeleton's Origins
Kennewick Man was related to modern Native Americans, renewing debate about reburying the iconic remains on tribal land.
A Ton of Ivory Was Crushed in Times Square … Here’s Why
Kangaroos Are Lefties—Why Handedness Is Rare Among Animals
The preference for using one hand likely emerged after red and eastern gray kangaroos started walking upright, just as it did in humans, a new study says.
What Could Live in a Real Jurassic World? A Chickenosaurus
Reviving dinosaurs from ancient DNA will never happen, but real-life genetic engineering is turning birds more dino-like.
Father's Day: 5 Benefits of Dads That May Surprise You
Bedtime stories, roughhouse play, and sharing household chores can influence children's health and well-being in enormous ways, new research shows.
How Healthcare for Wild Animals Could Stop the Next Pandemic
As diseases such as Ebola and MERS jump from creatures to humans, we need to keep a closer eye on wildlife illnesses.
Everest Shifted in Nepal Earthquake But Remains Same Height
Scientific debate continues on world’s tallest peak.
Finding More Ammo Than Animals In Huge African Rain Forest
In Cameroon’s remote Dja Faunal Reserve—a World Heritage Site—expedition’s findings raise concern for forest elephants, gorillas, and other animals.
Lopsided Cloud of Dust Discovered Around the Moon
Passing comets kick up the dust, new data suggest, deepening a mystery posed by the first lunar astronauts.
Astronomers Glimpse Very First Stars in the Universe
Bright galaxy is home to huge, superhot early stars that lived fast and died young.
Meet the Bug That Turns into a Rotting-Flesh Stink Bomb
Shore earwigs spit out a vile-smelling substance that causes predators to instantly spit them out—a first in insects, a new study says.
Vatican Was Going Green Long Before Pope's Climate Decree
Pope Francis is eloquent and driven, but is just the latest in a line of Catholic leaders attempting to push environmental issues higher on the church agenda.
Caterpillars Take Looking Like Poop to a New Level
Perfecting the art of looking like poo, caterpillars curl their bodies like a pile of bird droppings.
This Week's Night Sky: Gaze Up at a Stellar Snow Globe
Grab a telescope to turn a fuzzy dot in the night into a cluster of thousands of stars.
Raccoon Rides Alligator in Florida—Is It For Real?
A photograph of a raccoon appearing to hitch a ride atop an alligator has made the rounds on the Internet—but is it real?
DDT Linked to Fourfold Increase in Breast Cancer Risk
Nearly everyone in the 1950s and 1960s was exposed to the pesticide, and its use continues in Africa. Three generations of women are involved in the research.
How the Battle of Waterloo Changed the World
On a horrible day 200 years ago, two great commanders, Napoleon and Wellington, fought a decisive battle and the world turned upside down.
The Surprising Way Jellyfish Put Themselves Back Together
The moon jellyfish has a leg up on Humpty Dumpty—if it loses an arm, the ocean dweller can repair itself in a newly discovered process.
What You Should Know About Shark Attacks After Recent Bites
Two teens recently lost their arms. Why sharks attack—and how to reduce the risk of the very rare encounters.
Graphic Shows Who’s Buying and Selling Animals Globally
See how animals, and their body parts, are traded around the world in the first of a new series of information graphics from National Geographic.
Tiny Team Uses Satellites to Bust Illegal Fishing Worldwide
Nonprofit organizations use new technology to combat "pirate" fishing, with help from Google.
World’s ‘Thinnest’ Light Bulb, Made From Graphene, Debuts
Discovery could eventually transform computers as well.
What's the Magna Carta? 10 Surprises on Its 800th Birthday
The document that laid the foundation for democracy was sanctioned by Britain’s worst monarch, "Bad King John."
Hollywood's Hummingbird Rehabber Tells All
Author Terry Masear runs a rescue service for injured or orphaned hummingbirds and has seen rock stars cry over injured chicks.
Awareness Day Seeks to End Abuses Against Albinos
Activists and the United Nations stress the need to teach about albinism to combat violence and discrimination.
Do Animals Laugh? Tickle Experiments Suggest They Do
Studies of laughing chimpanzees and rats offer clues about our evolutionary past—as well as our mental health.
14 Dizzying Pictures of Roller Coasters and Thrill Rides
On the anniversary of the roller coaster, we show a visual merry-go-round of amusement park rides.
Chimpanzees Deemed Endangered by U.S.—What's It Mean?
Captive apes now enjoy the same protections as their wild brethren, but many retired research chimps still don't have a place to go, advocates say.
Island Nation Burns Boats to Deter Illegal Fishing
The president of Palau decries those who are "raping our marine environment.”
Why Are Most of Tanzania's Elephants Disappearing?
Recent revelations that Tanzania's once vast herds are vanishing come as no surprise, says leader of the Environmental Investigation Agency.