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Corn for Home Heat: A Green Idea That Never Quite Popped
Some enterprising Americans burn kernels to keep warm in winter, but there's a reason the green heating concept hasn't taken off.
What You Don't Know About History's Most Famous Scientists
In the 11th and 12th centuries, Muslim scientists were way ahead of contemporaries in Christian Europe.
Chilean Birdman Leads Efforts to Save Seabird in World's Driest Desert
This little guy symbolizes protection of nature and resilience in the harshest of conditions, says naturalist.
Why Are Elephants and Other Animals So Wrinkly?
Loose skin helps African elephants keep cool and naked mole rats burrow underground, for starters.
Colossal 280-Pound Catfish Caught in Italy
The wels catfish is Europe's largest freshwater fish.
Blue or White Dress? Why We See Colors Differently
Color blind or optical illusion? Scientists offer clues as to why people see different colors in the same dress.
ISIS Smashes Priceless, Ancient Statues in Iraq
Islamic militants have destroyed priceless statues in Iraq. What was lost, and why is it important?
New Theory Behind Dozens of Craters Found in Siberia
Scientists say melting pingos, and not methane hydrates, are likely to blame for the dramatic craters.
Corpse Bride: Lizard Necrophilia Reported in Brazil
A recent report of a male black-and-white tegus attempting to mate with a dead female in Brazil raises the question: Why are some animals necrophiliacs?
He Led the CIA to bin Laden—and Unwittingly Inspired a Backlash Against Vaccines
Pakistani doctor helped lead the CIA to bin Laden—and unwittingly inspired a backlash against vaccines.
Fleeing War, a Syrian Family Makes a New Home in North Carolina
A family of seven, driven from their country by violence, is building a new life in North Carolina with help from the U.S. government, resettlement workers, and volunteers.
Week's Best Space Pictures: Curiosity Drills, Nebulae Illuminate, and Hubble Peers
Curiosity makes its third foray into Martian soil, nebulae light up a winter night, and Hubble peers into deep space in this week's best space photos.
In Honor of International Polar Bear Day, Spectacular Pictures of a Threatened Species
Take a peek at polar bears playing, swimming, and sleeping in their changing habitat.
Many Animals—Including Your Dog—May Have Horrible Short-Term Memories
Human ability to remember past events is unique, according to a new study of animals' limited short-term memories.
Miami's Choice: Bigger Ships or Coral Reefs?
Dredging in Biscayne Bay inflicts heavy damage on North America's only coral reef tract.
Deadly Frog Fungus Pops Up in Madagascar, an Amphibian Wonderland
Chytrid fungus, responsible for amphibian declines and extinctions around the world, is now confirmed in Madagascar.
Quirky Winds Fuel Brazil's Devastating Drought, Amazon's Flooding
With severe water shortages in Brazil's cities and destructive floods in the Amazon, the boom-and-bust phenomenon may be South America's new normal.
Chemical in BPA-Free Products Linked to Irregular Heartbeats
Consumers may not be protecting their health as much as they think with some BPA-free products because a chemical that replaced BPA seems to have similar effects.
'Shark Lady' Eugenie Clark, Famed Marine Biologist, Has Died
Eugenie Clark, a marine biologist and ichthyologist, who died on Wednesday, helped the public understand and appreciate the much maligned shark.
Gigantic Black Hole Discovered From the Dawn of Time
Astronomers struggle to explain how a gigantic black hole could have appeared less than a billion years after the big bang.
How the bin Laden Raid Put Vaccinators Under the Gun in Pakistan
After the U.S. used a health program to track down the al Qaeda leader, volunteers fighting polio became the hunted.
True or False: Scandinavians Are Practically Perfect in Every Way
Thanks to big government, high taxes, and redistribution of wealth, Scandinavia is educated and safe. But there are a few smudges on the portrait—alcoholism, for one.
Longer Eyelashes May Be Sexier, But Not Always Better
Experiments find a perfect length for protecting the eye and show that many animals have hit upon this "golden ratio."
Rats Remember Who's Nice to Them—and Return the Favor
The more a rat helps another, the more it'll receive in return, a new study says-the first such discovery in nonhumans.
Stunning Nat Geo Photos Win Pictures of the Year Awards
National Geographic wins in several Pictures of the Year Categories.