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Can Elephants' Amazing Sense of Smell Help Sniff Out Bombs?
The U.S. military’s push for better bomb detectors involves taking cues from elephants’ ability to locate TNT.
Massive Underground City Found in Cappadocia Region of Turkey
Subterranean retreat may have sheltered more than 20,000 people in times of trouble.
Billion-Dollar Road Trip Will Bring Space Boulder Into Lunar Orbit
NASA plans to send a spacecraft to an asteroid, pluck a boulder from its surface, and put it in orbit around the moon.
Study of Hunter-Gatherers' Guts Reveals Ancient Microbes
Bacteria found in far-flung indigenous groups are absent in industrialized populations.
Shape-Shifting Frog Found, Goes From Spiky to Smooth in Minutes
Dubbed the "punk rocker” frog, the marble-size amphibian is the first vertebrate known to change its skin texture.
Watch Scientists Try Everything to Put a Camera on a Manatee
The hardest animal to attach a Crittercam to wasn't a great white shark or a whale—it was the slow-moving manatee.
Water Use for Fracking Has Skyrocketed, USGS Data Show
Wells drilled for gas drink far more chemical-laced fluids than those drilled for oil.
Why Is Confucius Still Relevant Today? His Sound Bites Hold Up
The Chinese philosopher still affects the lives of nearly a quarter of humanity.
"Methuselah" Palm Grown From 2,000-Year-Old Seed Is a Father
Ten years after sprouting from an ancient seed, the date palm is "a big boy now," a scientist says—"and yeah, he can make dates."
Observe: Jupiter, Wrecking Ball of Early Solar System
Jupiter may have wiped ancient worlds off the map of our solar system. Look up tonight to appreciate the destroyer from your backyard.
Behold Sparklemuffin and Skeletorus, New Peacock Spiders
A few new species of these colorful, dancing spiders have been found in eastern Australia.
Despite ISIS Threat, Looted Antiquities Returning to Iraq
Does return of ancient objects to Baghdad send a “strong message” in face of ISIS threats, or put the artifacts in danger of destruction?
How Good Old American Marketing Saved the National Parks
Getting people to the parks was the mission a century ago. Now it’s putting visitors to work in the name of science.
Sun and Moon Create Europe's 'Tide of the Century'
Rare “supertide” forms temporary island in the English Channel.
Opossums Could Hold the Key to Saving Snakebite Victims
Scientists pinpoint a compound in the marsupial's blood that neutralizes venom—could it help in the quest to create a universal antivenom?
This Week’s Night Sky: Lunar Wall and a Bull’s Eye
In the latest in a series of occultations, the red eye of Taurus disappears behind the moon.
17th-Century Astronomers May Have Watched Stars Collide
A bright star that appeared in 1670 was long assumed to be an explosion—turns out, it may have been a rare collision of stars.
How a Wolf Named Romeo Won Hearts in an Alaska Suburb
It’s one thing to have a tolerant meeting with a wild wolf that goes on for a matter of minutes. But this went on for six years.
Moscow: Opulent, Overwhelming, and Pulsing With Power
Living in Moscow can be terrifying and mesmerizing, says author.
‘Tis the Season to Be Blooming: 16 Photos Celebrating Spring
It’s that vernal equinox time of year: From flowers to festivals, here are some of our favorite National Geographic photos of spring.
Super-Rare Albino Tapir Photographed in Brazil
Photographer's "heart skipped a beat" when he caught the piglike animal on camera in the Atlantic rain forest.
Small Wonder: What Are the World's Tiniest Animals?
A bat lighter than a coin and a monkey that fits in the palm of your hand are among the littlest of their kind.
Gold Looted From Ancient Empire Returned to Romania
Treasure hunters' coins and bracelets shed light on ancient Dacian culture.
Week's Best Space Pictures: Solar Storm and a Cosmic Iris
Auroras paint the night sky green for St. Patrick's Day and a thermonuclear explosion flings debris away from a star in this week's best space pictures.
Tour One of World's Largest Caves on Back of a Drone
Photographer spent eight days in cave to make a viral video.
Fish Feeding Frenzy Caught on Camera
Scene from Brazil could be out of a horror movie.
Watch Six-Year-Old’s Gripping Video on Climate Change
Montana boy travels to the White House with his video on how climate change is affecting his family and community.
Watch Regular People Train to Go to the Edge of Space
These folks are more than just passengers—they're flying to help scientists study a mysterious part of the upper atmosphere.
Facing Polar Bears, Isolation, Researchers Explore Arctic Sea Ice
Scientists aboard the icebound R.V. Lance study the effect of warming temperatures on the Arctic.
Unbelievably Cute Mammal With Teddy Bear Face Rediscovered
More than 20 years after its discovery, the rare Ili pika was spotted in the mountains of northwestern China.
Wearable Electronics' Newest Wrinkle: Power-Producing Cloth
Nanotechnology uses human motion to power electronics and other devices—no charging cords or batteries needed.
Asian "Fortune-Teller" Spider Found in U.S. for First Time
Nephila clavata, a large, orb-weaving arachnid, has taken up residence in northern Georgia, recent research shows.
Why I’m a Man of Science—and Faith
Francis S. Collins, a physician and the geneticist behind the Human Genome Project, is the director of the National Institutes of Health.
Prince Charles's Newest Cause: Combating Ocean Trash
The oceans are on track to contain a ton of plastic for every three tons of fish.
Mysterious Dust Cloud and Aurora Spotted on Mars
NASA’s newest Mars orbiter discovers unexpected things in the planet’s atmosphere.
Friday's Trifecta: Supermoon, Solar Eclipse, Spring Equinox
This week sees a rare combo of total solar eclipse, perigee moon, and the first day of spring.
For World's Only Wild Red Wolves, a Fateful Decision
The controversial wolves have been reintroduced to North Carolina for 28 years, but now the state wants them removed.
Does New Theory Pinpoint Lost City of Atlantis?
An author’s obsessive quest leads to a site off the coast of Morocco.
World’s Largest Single Marine Reserve Created in Pacific
The area around the Pitcairn Islands is one of the most pristine places on Earth.
Lost Tomb of 'Don Quixote' Author Cervantes Found in Madrid
Writer’s colorful life included capture by pirates.
What Comes Before Snake Sex? A Kama Sutra of Courtship Moves
In the world's largest family of snakes, mating come-ons have evolved from chin-rubbing to "coital bites" to "tail quivers."
New Titi Monkey Found: Fire-Tailed, With Sideburns
The small primates, which live in the southern Amazon, have unique ochre sideburns.
Burmese Pythons Chowing Down on Everglades Rabbits
Native mammals are unlikely to rebound while pythons are present, a study suggests.
Solar Storm Could Dye Skies Green For St. Patrick's Day
Giant blast could cause power disruptions or just spark a brilliant nighttime light show.
Mysterious Bright Spots on Dwarf Planet Ceres May Be Water Ice
Strange features are most likely made of ice, and may be venting water vapor into space.
In Ending Ebola, a Struggle to Track Victims' Elusive Contacts
Sierra Leone contact tracers seek to track down anyone who may have been exposed to the deadly disease.
Watch: Bizarre Velvet Worms Shoot Slime Jets—Now We Know How
Elastic glands are the secret to their sticky hunting strategy, a new study suggests.
In Texas, Environmental Officials Align With Polluters
The state of Texas is as aggressive as industry in battling a new national health standard for smog.
Adjust Your Volume: Formula E’s New (Whiny) Era of Racing
The superfast electric cars could drive innovation, but they’re not music to everyone’s ears.
This Week’s Night Sky: Earthshine and an Exploding Star
A lucky few in the far north will also see a solar eclipse on the first day of spring.
Hubble's Greatest Hits
Pictures from the space telescope have dazzled us for 25 years. Now, Hubble’s lead imaging scientist picks his favorite celestial views.
Portraits Capture Unexpected Reactions to ISIS Beheadings
An Egyptian photographer finds family members who are happy that loved ones have become "martyrs."
How America (Not Ireland) Made St. Patrick's Day as We Know It
Immigrants brought the holiday to America and turned it into a celebration of Irish pride.
Two Vampire Crab Species Found, Are Already Popular Pets
Spooky-eyed crustaceans sold as aquarium pets are two previously unknown species from Indonesia, a new study says.
Newly Found ‘Lost City’ Protected by Honduran President
Archaeological site to be safeguarded against looting and deforestation.
Was There a Cover-Up After the Sinking of the 'Lusitania'?
A beautiful, “invincible” ship plus a German torpedo equals catastrophic tragedy.
Cowboys and Immigrants: An African Emigre’s Jackson, Wyoming
Home is a sense of knowing where you are in relation to everyone else, says Alexandra Fuller.
How Northern Nigeria's Violent History Explains Boko Haram
Long before this extremist group arose, other radicals terrorized the region, British former administrator says.
For St. Patrick's Day, 16 Pictures That Transport You to Ireland
Engaging photos of Irish sea coasts, wedding crashers, and the Blarney Stone.
Pi Day of the Century: Celebrating an Irrational Number
Why does a number describing the ratio between a circle's circumference and its diameter inspire its own day?
Listen: Why Scientists Have Created Music Just for Cats
Most animals don't groove to human beats, but they will respond to music that's tailored to their hearing abilities, ongoing research shows.
Week's Best Space Pictures: Blue Ice and a Rocket Launch
Arctic ice changes color while volcanic gases swirl through the air in this week's best space pictures.
Cop Finds Rare Pearl Worth 10,000 Clams—in His Clam Stew
Formed by a grain of sand? Hardly ever in natural pearls; it's usually to enclose a parasite.
Have Astronomers Finally Found Dark Matter?
It’s been a mystery for 80 years—but gamma rays from a dwarf galaxy could finally tell scientists what dark matter is really made of.
Fracking Next to a Cemetery? 10 Unlikely Sites Targeted for Drilling
A new report finds fault with attempts to lease public land for energy development.
Oceans Are Losing Oxygen—and Becoming More Hostile to Life
Low-oxygen areas are expanding in deep waters, killing some creatures outright and changing how and where others live. It may get much worse.
On ISIS's Path of Ruin, Many Sites of Global Importance
The extremist group is pursuing an "appalling strategy of cultural cleansing."
Space Station Astronauts Float to Earth in Golden Parachute
The Soyuz spacecraft returned to Earth carrying an American astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts.
In Animal Kingdom, Blood Comes in a Rainbow of Colors
Blood isn't always red—evolution has given rise to a variety of hues.
Ebola-Ravaged Countries at Risk of Another Outbreak: Measles
A slowdown in vaccination efforts has experts worried that the region will face a major resurgence of measles.
The Persistent Global Gender Gap in 5 Maps
Despite gains, equal rights for women remain elusive.
As New Ozone Rules Loom, Smog in Rural West Rivals Los Angeles
Lung-scarring air isn’t limited to cities. That’s why stricter pollution standards, coming this fall, will be felt in unexpected places across the nation.
Tesla for the Masses: Electric, Fuel Cell Buses Take Off
In an increasing number of cities, bus riders experience the clean, quiet ride of electric buses.
Saturn Moon Just Got More Interesting in Hunt for Alien Life
Particles spewed from its ice-encrusted ocean hint at the same kind of chemistry that might have jump-started Earth’s biology.
Can You Hear Me Now? What Whale Ears Have That Ours Don't
For one, ears that "float" inside a whale's head allow it to figure out where sounds are coming from underwater.
Car-Size Stingray May Be World’s Largest Freshwater Fish
A giant freshwater stingray caught and released in Thailand provides new insight on threatened species.
Eating a Burger or Driving a Car: Which Harms Planet More?
Up to 93 million cows and counting—find out how our reliance on industrial feedlots is affecting the environment.
Love Hurts: What Happens When Snails Stab Their Mates
Called "love darts," these sharp arrows can reduce fertility and cause early death, a new study says.
Faraway Planet Gains a Fourth Sun
Discovery shows that quadruple-star systems may be more common than previously thought.
How Do Wolves Get to a Remote Island? Ice Solves Mystery
Female's trek nails down how wolves get to the Lake Superior island home of a controversial, and dwindling, wolf pack.
Chameleons Use Built-In Crystals to Change Color
Tiny photonic crystals embedded in chameleon skin help the animals achieve their spectacular color change.
Storm Rocks Arctic Research Ship Like 'Titanic Bulldozer'
After the storm, the sun rose on the icebound ship. Now, says one scientist, "the system is waking up."
Oil Prices Plunged—Why Haven't Airfares and Some Home Energy Bills?
Low energy prices won't necessarily drop prices for certain consumers.
Leader of Island Nation Advocates Exit Strategy for Rising Seas
President of Kiribati says it may be more practical to flee to higher ground than to stay and defend low-lying atolls.
How Microsoft Billionaire Found Largest Sunken Battleship
High-tech tools, including an undersea "mountain goat," and years of research led to the discovery of the WWII-era Musashi in the Pacific.
Watch the Night Sky This Week for Eerie Light, a Giant Moon
Sky-watchers can catch an elusive pyramid of light and, with a little help, the rings of Saturn.
Undercover Photos: Plight of Zimbabwe's Captured Baby Elephants
Pictures of 80 elephants slated for sale raise concerns about their health.
Solar Plane Takes Off on Round-the-World Quest
Swiss pilots hope to complete journey in five months.
How Training a Wild Hawk Healed One Woman's Broken Heart
One of the things grief does is shatter the narrative of your life, says author.
Head-Bashing and Other Mating Secrets of Giant Parrotfish
The giant fish, which help keep coral reefs healthy, have declined due to their popularity as seafood.
Why Do Butterflies Have Such Vibrant Colors and Patterns?
Whether shiny gold or iridescent blue, colors help butterflies camouflage and communicate.
Our Favorite Pictures of Jewels, From Hope Diamond to Fakes
Our favorite photos of jewels from National Geographic's archives. Some of the jewels are still rough stones, barely out of the ground; others have been passed from hand to hand for decades.
Quokka Selfies: What's the Deal With That Cute Australian Critter?
The smiling marsupial is a favorite photo subject for tourists on West Australia's Rottnest Island.
Why Your Fridge Pollutes and How It's Changing
The U.S. and other countries take steps to make new refrigerators and air conditioners less harmful to the planet.
Swiss Adventurer Launches Quest to 'Fly Forever'
In Swiss pilots' bid to travel around the world on a solar-powered plane, weight and energy are everything.
Week's Best Space Pictures: A Galaxy Glows, Mars Gets a Bull's-Eye, and a Glacier Races
Galaxy clusters engage in shenanigans, NASA's next Mars mission paints a target, and a mitten appears on an ice cap in this week's best space pictures.
ISIS Bulldozes One-of-a-Kind Ancient Palace in Iraq
Islamic militants have bulldozed Iraq's only surviving palace from the Assyrian Empire.
Stunning Nighttime Pictures of Chilean Volcano Erupting
One of Chile's most active volcanoes erupted earlier this week, forcing thousands to flee.
Daylight Savings Time: 7 Surprising Things You May Not Know
Our annual clock fiddling leads to fewer robberies and more unhappy farmers, for starters.
Did Dog-Human Alliance Drive Out the Neanderthals?
With the help of wolf dogs, early humans out-hunted—and outlasted—Neanderthals.