National Geographic News

Will Virgin Galactic's Crash End Space Tourism?
The fatal explosion of SpaceShipTwo in the Mojave Desert may lead to more scrutiny of the fledgling space passenger industry.
Week's Best Space Pictures: Antares Falls, Mars Mystifies, and the Sun Rises
A sunrise consoles space station crew after the loss of an unmanned Antares supply rocket, with Mars and the stars offering more consolation.
Meet 5 "Zombie" Parasites That Mind-Control Their Hosts
It's no Halloween movie—some parasites hijack their hosts' brains to make them act in horrific ways.
Hawaiian Lava Invading Village Homes, Spurring Evacuation
A fissure leaking lava from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano has crawled downslope, federal officials report, coming close to homes.
New Oil Train Safety Rules Divide Rail Industry
Many railroad companies want more time to retrofit cars in the U.S. and Canada, but some are forging ahead.
6 Bat Myths Busted: Are They Really Blind?
This Halloween, we're quashing rumors about the maligned mammal. For starters, they don't make nests in your hair.
Pictures: Halloween and Day of the Dead Celebrated Worldwide
These photos of jack-o'-lanterns, ancestral shrines, and ghoulish costumes are sure to put you in a spooky mood for Halloween
National Bat Week Pictures: Just in Time for Halloween!
Celebrate National Bat Week by getting to know the world's only flying mammal.
DJ Spooky: Multimedia Mixes to Save the Planet
Paul D. Miller synthesizes art, music, and data to spotlight environmental issues.
Mystery of Earth's Water Origin Solved
Ancient meteorites reveal that our planet had plenty of water, right from the start.
Weird Animal Question of the Week: What's the Biggest Killer Plant?
With Halloween around the corner, we take a closer look at Earth's biggest and nastiest carnivorous flora.
Killer Fungus Threatens Salamanders
An Asian fungus is ravaging salamanders in Europe and could kill off populations in North America and elsewhere, researchers say.
Dwarf Galaxies Dim Hopes of Dark Matter
For five years physicists have been tantalized by possible evidence of dark matter in the Milky Way's center. But new results from small satellite galaxies have complicated the story.
Watching the Multi-Million-Dollar Decision to Blow Up a Rocket
A National Geographic staffer on the scene recounts NASA's decision to blow up a space station resupply rocket.
High Levels of Dangerous Chemicals Found in Air Near Oil and Gas Sites
A study of the air near oil and gas drilling sites in five U.S. states found sometimes dangerously high concentrations of chemicals.
More Than One-Third of U.S. Shrimp May Be Mislabeled, Study Says
A new Oceana study warns that much shrimp in the U.S. may be mislabeled, hurting sustainability efforts.
40-Year-Old Russian Engine at Heart of Rocket Investigation
After a space station supply rocket explosion, reliance on refurbished Russian rockets raises questions.
Surprising Inner-City Frog Among 7 New Species Found in Asia
A frog species from the inner city heads a list of newly described golden-backed frogs in India and Sri Lanka.
Should the Government Fund Only Science in the "National Interest"?
Who decides which research gets funding? The U.S. Congress is fighting over whether politicians or scientists make the call.
Big City, Big Surprise: New York City's Newest Species Is a Frog
A frog species escaped notice for decades, only to be discovered on Staten Island.
Asteroids Offer Stepping-Stones to Mars, Expert Says
An expert has a new plan for traveling to Mars: Hop there from asteroid to asteroid.
National Cat Day Pictures: Our Favorite Felines Around the World
In honor of U.S. National Cat Day, we pulled together our best Your Shot photos of pet cats worldwide, from a playful French kitten to a loving friend in Bulgaria.
Hubble Spots Jupiter Sporting a Spooky Shadow Eye
Jovian moon's shadow plays on giant storm.
Halloween Inspiration: Scientists Wear Costumes to Study Animals
From whooping cranes to pandas, it's Halloween year-round for scientists  who masquerade as animals to get closer to their research subjects.
Watch How Maggots Help Solve Crimes
Researchers study when and how beetles and flies colonize dead bodies to learn more about establishing a time of death.