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More Ebola Cases Expected in U.S. But Officials Confident of Containment
Public health officials work to quell fears about the first case diagnosed in U.S. while acknowledging that more cases are likely.
Aral Sea's Eastern Basin Is Dry for First Time in 600 Years
Once the world's fourth largest lake, the vast Asian lake was drained for irrigation.
Monarch Butterfly's Genes Reveal the Key to Its Long-Distance Migratio
Gene maps of monarch butterflies and related species suggest that an ice age shift explains their migrations, a study team suggests.
Is 2 Degrees the Right Limit for Global Warming? Some Scientists Say No
We've come to think of it as the threshold of catastrophic global warming—but it's the wrong limit to set, two researchers argue.
Has Half of World's Wildlife Been Lost in Past 40 Years?
Wildlife populations are in decline, with numbers of some animals falling by half in the past four decades, according to the 2014 Living Planet Report.
First Ebola Case Diagnosed in United States
A patient in a Dallas hospital has been found to have the Ebola virus, the first time someone has been diagnosed with the disease in the United States.
Ocean Health Gets "D" Grade in New Global Index
Annual Global Ocean Health Index includes the high seas for the first time, and scientists say the score could have been worse.
Q&A: Veteran Volcano Climber on the Allure, Danger of Japan's "Holy Mo
After a weekend eruption from Japan's Mount Ontake killed dozens of climbers this weekend, photographer Carsten Peter discusses the allure and danger of the pursuit.
Laser-Guided Sea-Monkeys Show That Tiny Animals Can Move Mountains of
Brine shrimp following a laser beam across a tank demonstrate how tiny swimming animals can influence ocean circulation.
The Big Problem With Mini-Pigs
Mini-pigs that grow big are abandoned or euthanized. Can education, regulation, and sanctuaries solve the problem?
The Search for Missing Frogs Brings Some Species Back From the Dead
A six-month search for frogs that hadn't been seen in decades brings some species back from the dead.
Human-Caused Climate Change Worsened Heat Waves in 2013, Study Says
Studies also examine less certain connections to droughts and storms.
Q&A: Peruvian Ecologist Vows "You Fight Until You Fall Dead"
Ernesto Ráez-Luna explains why he left the government after it weakened the country's environmental laws.
Global Survey Says We're Eating Better, But Our Diet Is Still Unsustainable
More people are eating local and organic foods, but the planetary diet still is not sustainable.
John Krakauer's Stroke of Genius
John Krakauer calls current rehabilitation therapies medieval. Among his radical approaches: a cyber-dolphin named Bandit.
Pictures: Japanese Volcano That Killed Hikers
Dozens of hikers died after a volcanic eruption in central Japan over the weekend.
Explaining Surprise Eruption of Japan Volcano Where Dozens are Presume
Japan's Mount Ontake, which erupted this weekend, belongs to a class of "stratovolcanoes," which form where one continental plates dives beneath another and are known for erupting at unpredictable intervals.
China's “Supercave” Takes Title as World's Most Enormous Cavern
China now holds the world's record for largest cave chamber, a mapping team reports, overturning an old record.
How Burmese Elephants Helped Defeat the Japanese in World War II
A British "elephant whisperer" and his best beloved helpers waged guerrilla warfare and carried refugees to safety.
Where Peccaries Wallow, Other Animals Follow
Peccaries are like pigs: They wallow. In the Peruvian rain forest, those mud puddles are wildlife magnets.
Pictures: A Century of Reading Around the World
Now that kids worldwide have taken up their schoolbooks once again, we dug into the National Geographic archives for a look at reading around the world.
In a Planet-or-Not Debate, Some Astronomers Say "Long Live Planet Plut
A recent debate at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics highlights the ongoing uncertainty over how to define the word "planet."
Pictures: Urban Vikings Take to the Streets
Viking reenactors from Foteviken, Sweden, descend on the nearby town of Höllviken.
Bird Droppings Led to U.S. Possession of Newly Protected Pacific Islands
How did remote islands, now home to the world's largest marine reserve, come into U.S. possession? The story is for the birds, the bats, and their guano.
In Jungles of India, New Phone App Helps Indigenous Tribes Embroiled in Maoist Insurgency
An Indian digital activist and a student in Seattle designed a way to empower people in the remote forests of northeast India.