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6 Pictures Highlight Climber Dean Potter's Extreme Moments
Climber, runner, BASE jumper: athlete Dean Potter continually pushed the boundaries of some of the most extreme sports in the world.
How Dean Potter Reinvented Climbing, Jumping, Flying
The BASE jumper who died over the weekend said facing his fear of falling to his death is what drove him.
Millions of Spiders Rain Down on Australia—Why?
In what's called a mass ballooning, the tiny arachnids used silk strands to catch air currents on their way to a new home.
Dean Potter’s Extreme Life in 7 Hair-Raising Videos
The pioneering climber, highliner, and wingsuit BASE jumper died while BASE jumping over the weekend.
Surprise: Jumping Spiders Can See More Colors Than You Can
Some species of jumping spiders use filters in their eyes to see colors like red and orange—an unexpected discovery.
This Week's Night Sky: See Saturn Shine as Lord of the Rings
Saturn will appear as a cream-colored star to the naked eye, and telescope users can gaze at its sunlit rings.
Will Big Game Hunters Trade Bullets for Tranquilizer Darts?
A dart hunt of an endangered antelope in Texas sparks debate over a new "green" approach to catch-and-release hunting.
Bedbugs: Coming to a Bed Near You
People take extreme measures to get rid of bedbugs. Some have been driven to suicide, says author.
Watch a Flying Hoverboard: Will We Soon Be Levitating?
The Hendo uses magnets to move riders on a cushion of air. A faster version debuts in October and skate parks may follow..
Ancient City Defied Rome, Now Faces Threat of Islamic State
ISIS closes in on World Heritage Site of Palmyra in Syria. Will this 2,000-year-old city face the same fate as Nimrud and Nineveh?
Do Bugs Sleep? Why They're Surprisingly Similar to People
Some insects, like honeybees and fruit flies, slumber just like us—and can get sloppy without their Zzzs, research shows.
12 Extraordinary Pictures Show Animals Headed for Extinction
On Endangered Species Day, there are thousands of species that may not be around for long.
Will Marijuana for Sick Kids Get Government to Rethink Weed?
The drug’s ability to reduce seizures in some children has softened opposition to research and may someday lead to changes in government policies.
Week's Best Space Pictures: Tornadoes Wreak Havoc And Galaxies Shine
Satellites capture a wild week in Earth's atmosphere, and telescopes capture galaxies in all their shining glory in this week's most amazing views from space.
Space in Motion: Watch Gorgeous GIFs of Mars Sunset, Spinning Giant Asteroid
Two of this week's most intriguing views of space combine NASA images into animated form.
Emirates Airlines Bans Hunting Trophies of Lions, Rhinos
The world’s biggest international carrier joins South African Airways in banning transport of trophies of exotic wildlife such as elephants and rhinos.
Watch: Mother Owl Takes On Snake—and Wins
A predator approached at night, but mama owl was ready to protect her young owlets.
Discovered: Quartet of Quasars, a 10-Million-to-One Find
It gets stranger: The four quasars are nestled in a gigantic cloud of cold hydrogen gas that theories say shouldn’t exist either.
Do Sunscreens' Tiny Particles Harm Ocean Life in Big Ways?
Residues from consumer products may stop sea life from developing normally.
For Nepalis, Earthquakes Send Humans Warning From the Gods
In Nepal the gods speak through disasters, and shaking ground is seen as a wake-up call to humanity.
How Indiana Jones Actually Changed Archaeology
Blockbuster film series led to spike in archaeology courses, careers.
Is Exotic Diet Giving Giant Tortoises a Boost in Galapagos?
Watch: Ants Use Giant Jaws to Catapult Out of Death Trap
Trap-jaw ants can escape predators' sand pits by using their powerful jaws to fling themselves away from danger, a new study finds.
Will Everest's Climbing Circus Slow Down After Disasters?
Avalanches and earthquakes prompted the cancellation of two seasons—and more soul searching about the ethics of climbing the world's tallest peak.
Forget Renaissance Italy—Modernity Got Going With the Vikings
The North Sea is small, but its cultural influence spread from Dublin in the west to Poland in the east, says author.
14-Year Old Wins National Geographic Bee Championship
Ten finalists from a field of four million contestants competed on geographic knowledge.
10 Pictures Capture Shock of Another Nepal Earthquake
A second major earthquake—magnitude 7.3—rattled Nepal on the heels of a 7.8 magnitude quake that killed thousands in April.
Rare Spanish Shipwreck From 17th Century Uncovered Off Panama
The cargo ship went down in 1681 with crates of swords, nails, and bolts of cloth.
Geological Hell of Nepal Earthquakes May Not Be Over
A magnitude 7.3 quake sets off a new wave of deadly destruction and landslides, a reminder that region is one of world’s most quake prone.
Video of Yellowstone Bear Chasing Tourists Isn't What You Think
In a viral video shot last week, a black bear mother and her young seem to chase panicked tourists in Yellowstone National Park. But that's not what really happened.
This Week's Night Sky: Spot a Trio of Spiral Galaxies
A Darwin Finch, Crucial to Idea of Evolution, Fights for Survival
One of the world's rarest birds, the mangrove finch has dwindled to a habitat the size of just 12 city blocks. Here's how scientists are trying to bring it back from near-extinction.
How Tornadoes Form and Why They’re so Unpredictable
A look at storm science after severe weather kills in the Midwest.
How Tallahassee Beat the Old South at Its Own Game
On the battleground of an epic presidential election, George W. Bush may have claimed the state by 537 votes, but Al Gore will always have Tallahassee.
Why to Fight for the World's Last Wild Places
A 9,000-mile long journey in the steps of two writers who celebrated the American West.
Why Do Animals—Including Your Dog—Eat Poop?
Most snack on feces because it contains some undigested food—and thus vital nutrients—that would otherwise go to waste, experts say.
15 Adorable Pictures of Mothers and Children Around the World
For Mother’s Day, see our favorite photos of families, from Mali to Mongolia.
Watch: WWII Planes Fly Over the Nation’s Capital
On 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day, salute to veterans fills the skies
Nepal Desperate for Helicopters to Reach Shattered Villages
Mountainous terrain, washed out roads, government bureaucracy slow relief to remote regions.
Watch: Crab Tickles Shellfish for Hours to Find Love
Newly released video shows how male pea crabs gain access to females—and it's behavior never before seen in a crustacean.
Week's Best Space Pictures: The Sun Flares For Cinco de Mayo
Plus, see Saturn's "Death Star" moon and pull out your 3-D glasses for a new view of Ceres in this week's most intriguing views from space.
Solar Plane Set for 5-day “Earhart Leg” of Epic Flight
Swiss pilot has little room for error during a long journey over Pacific
Which California Crops Are Worth the Water? Check for Yourself
As the historic drought continues, see which top export crops are efficient at turning water into nutrition—and which aren't.
NASA Technology Finds Nepal Survivors by Their Heartbeats
FINDER technology deployed for first time in real disaster situation.
Medieval Death Sculptures Were Least Flattering Selfies Ever
Sculptors in England and Wales may have paid doctors for corpse models in order to carve full-body portraits of the wealthy, says scholar.
After Oil Spill, Unique Mangrove Forest Faces More Threats
A new report calls the December 2014 accident a “serious wake-up call”—although its effects appear less serious than first feared.
Energy Vampires Suck Up Home Power: 5 Ways You Can Stop Them
Your home’s gadgets and appliances, even when in “sleep” or “standby” mode, are jacking up your utility bills. Here’s what you can do.
First Rhinos in Massive African Airlift Released in Botswana
It's the first stage of the world’s largest rhino airlift, meant to protect a dwindling population of the animals.
Where Will the Great White Shark Celebrity Mary Lee Go Next?
The 3,456-pound top predator shot all the way from Maryland to New Jersey overnight.
7 Things You Don't Know About Mother's Day's Dark History
The holiday started as an antiwar statement. But battles over who owned Mother's Day kept coming.
These Long-Suffering Animal Mothers Deserve a Day Too
Human mothers carry a child for only nine months, while some animals—including sharks, elephants, and even scorpions—can be pregnant for years.
Farthest Galaxy Spotted Yet Is 13 Billion Light-Years Away
The star cluster, only 15 percent the size of the Milky Way, dates to just 670 million years after the big bang—not long after the first stars turned on.
Astronomers May Have Found Volcanoes 40 Light-Years From Earth
Wild temperature swings on a distant exoplanet called 55 Cancri e could be evidence of gigantic eruptions on a super-Earth.
Bill Nye: We Can Afford to Go to Mars—Here's How
Instead of landing on the first mission to Mars, the Science Guy wants to focus on getting to Mars orbit instead.
Watch a Mysterious Lake Disappear Down a Hole
Oregon’s Lost Lake drains down a lava tube every year, only to reappear on schedule.
Searching for Clues to Mystery of Ancient Americans
Among the things they left behind are beautiful ruins, a gorgeously woven basket and a nearly impossible to get to granary on a cliff.
Watch: Cave-Climbing Fish Found—Is It Evolution in Action?
Filmed shimmying up a cave wall in Ecuador, the catfish is likely a known species with a never before seen behavior, a new study says.
Pictures: Baby Goats, More Animal Survivors Rescued in Nepal
An animal-rescue team is scouring villages near Kathmandu to help the four-legged survivors of the devastating earthquake, many of which are important to their families as sources of income or pets.
Watch: Cigarette Butts, World's #1 Litter, Recycled as Park Benches
A growing movement targets cigarette waste as a solvable problem.
Is Captive Lion Hunting Really Helping to Save the Species?
Global pressure is building to end the importation of lion trophies from "canned" hunts in Africa. But those hunts are getting more popular.
Can This Scientist Unite Genetic Engineers and Organic Farmers?
Pamela Ronald isolates genes in rice that feeds millions. Her integrative approach to agriculture could be an even bigger game-changer.
Trash Trucks Go Electric With Help From Tesla Co-Founder
Ian Wright calls his range-extending generator a "game-changer" for the trucking industry.
New Glowing Millipede Found; Shows How Bioluminescence Evolved
Some California millipedes first evolved bioluminescence to cope with harsh desert living, according to scientists who may have cracked the mystery of glowing millipedes.
This Week's Night Sky: Mercury Hits Prime Time
Venus guides the way to a pretty star cluster, and remnants from Halley’s comet streak by in the night.
How Austin Helps So Many Young Creatives Find Themselves
For many, Austin is where you come to find that thing inside you that makes you you.
How Geography Shaped American History, Law and Politics
Many of the divisions today between “red” and “blue” states correlate sharply with geography, says author.
How Injured Birds Get New Feathers—It May Surprise You
Wildlife rehabilitators help wild raptors wing it by implanting new feathers—sometimes from other bird species.
Millions of U.S. Chickens Have Bird Flu. Are Humans At Risk?
Experts answer questions about the avian flu outbreak in the American Midwest.
Beyond Cinco De Mayo: 14 Pictures That Transport You to Mexico
Raise a glass and celebrate Mexican history and culture with these pictures from National Geographic's archive.
End of World in 2012? Maya "Doomsday" Calendar Explained
Even if the world does end in 2012, the Maya calendar deserves no credit for predicting it, experts say.
Fossil Ink Sacs Yield Jurassic Pigment—A First
Still soft ink sacs from 160-million-year-old squidlike animals have yielded pigment matching that of modern cuttlefish.
World's Oldest Blood Found in Famed "Iceman" Mummy
Using new nanotech—which might be a boon to modern murder investigations—scientists find that Stone Age Ötzi "definitely" died quickly.
Meteors Delivered Gold to Baby Earth, New Study Hints
New clues from some of the world's oldest rocks support the notion that space rocks carried precious metals to our planet, scientists say.
How Microsoft’s New Age Detection Software Works (and Doesn't)
We got some surprising results when we scanned pictures of our staff—and of our Neanderthal sculpture.
Giraffes, Zebras Face Surprising Top Threat: Hunting
Demand for meat is driving some of the world’s iconic herbivores toward extinction, new study finds.
Week's Best Space Pictures: Volcano Erupts and Sun Flares
Chile's Calbuco volcano blows its top and a solar flare bursts from the sun in this week's most intriguing views from space.
This Map Shows How U.S. Oil Train Accidents Skyrocketed
Incidents since 2010 have risen dramatically and hit more U.S. states.
How 'Crisis Mapping' Is Shaping Disaster Relief in Nepal
Volunteers use a growing digital toolkit to chart passable roads and structurally sound buildings after the quake.
These Chemicals in Pizza Boxes and Carpeting Last Forever
More than 200 scientists around the world document the threats of perfluorinated compounds and call for more government control.
Energy-Poor Nepal Looks to Solar for Post-Quake Power
Nonprofit groups are raising money to provide emergency food aid, build latrines, and install free solar panels atop health clinics.
Tesla Unveils Home Battery: 5 Reasons It's a Big Deal
The electric car maker isn't the first to offer energy storage, but its impact on the market could be sizable.
What Animals Are Likely to Go Extinct First Due to Climate Change
Australia, New Zealand, and South America are among the hardest hit as rising temperatures could drive the extinction of one in six species worldwide.
Lava Lake on Moon of Jupiter Revealed in Remarkable Detail
The two mirrors of an Arizona telescope reveal heat rising from the horseshoe-shaped Loki lava lake on the moon Io.
Spacecraft Crashes into Mercury at Insane Speed
MESSENGER ends a four-year study of Mercury that revealed surprises about the hot little planet.
Watch: Chernobyl Fox Makes and Eats Six-Layer Sandwich
A viral video of a red fox got us wondering: Just how much can they eat?
How Impoverished Nepal Can Rebuild for the Next Earthquake
The earthquake in Nepal was a reminder: Billions of people live in houses that can't withstand shaking. Yet safer ones can be built cheaply.
How Little Seeds Shaped Human History in Big Ways
The secret life of seeds includes the transformation from tiny to immense and a role in the most famous assassination of the Cold War.
Graveyard of Stars May Lie at Milky Way's Center
An unidentified blast of powerful X-rays suggests something violent is happening at the core of the galaxy—but astronomers aren't sure what it is.
Will Huge Batteries Save Us From Power Blackouts?
In projects across the United States, batteries are providing backup power and integrating renewable energy into the nation's electric grid.
Father and Son Capture Ravaged Nepal Hometown in 13 Pictures
As photographers rush to cover the earthquake's aftermath, a team attempts to shoot their hometown with compassion.
Did Nepal Earthquake Change Mount Everest’s Height?
Scientists race against the clock to retrieve data that will also help them understand the devastating quake.
Read an Everest Guide's Diary of Chaos Amid Quake, Avalanche
An American mountain guide tapped his account of the avalanche and ensuing rescue into his smartphone.
5 Strange Ways Animal Mothers Carry Their Babies
With Mother's Day around the corner, we take a closer look at how animals tote their youngsters, from putting them on their heads to literally embedding them in their backs.
Cars That Run on Air and Water? Audi Rolls Out E-Diesel
As research into clean cars expands, Audi unveils a synthetic diesel that’s made with water, air and carbon dioxide.
Nepali Mountain Villages 'Completely Washed Away' By Quake
With roads and communication networks down, rescuers worry about ominous silence from remote areas.
Nepal's 8 Key Historic Sites: What's Rubble, What's Still Standing
Five sites of global cultural and religious significance are reported heavily damaged, but the shrine of Buddha's birthplace appears unharmed.
This Week's Night Sky: Glimpse the Sombrero Galaxy
As last week's meteor shower tails off, you can spot the hat-shaped galaxy and, in a sky-watching challenge, see the Pleiades pair with Mercury.
Watch: Bizarre Caterpillar With Erupting Tentacles Filmed
Deep in the Amazon, a scientist recently recorded—possibly for the first time—a caterpillar that shoots out its tentacles like a jungly jack-in-the-box.