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See-Through Fish Discovered Under Antarctica's Ice
Transparent fish and myriad microbes turn up deep below Antarctica's ice.
What’s Behind U.S. Plan to Open Atlantic to Offshore Drilling?
U.S. proposal could allow unprecedented oil and gas drilling off the Atlantic coast.
In Sierra Leone's Chaotic Capital, Ebola Found Fertile Ground
How poverty, density, and fragmentation in Sierra Leone's capital city fueled the spread of the deadly Ebola virus.
At Newly Discovered Water Temple, Maya Offered Sacrifices to End Drought
As an ancient drought took hold, a water temple saw more offerings from desperate Maya, archaeologists report.
Giant Asteroid Sails Past Earth, Raising Safety Questions on Terra Firma
The space rock passed by Earth Monday at what sounds like a comfortable distance—about three times the distance of the moon from the Earth—but should we should be doing more to identify potentially dangerous asteroids?
Blizzard of Nor'Easters No Surprise, Thanks to Climate Change
The worst of the worst storms appear likely to hit the Northeast U.S. hardest, thanks to climate change.
Bones From Era of Alexander the Great Raise More Questions Than Answers
As speculation builds about a Greek tomb's potential connection to Alexander the Great, archaeologists are pushing back and urging patience.
Climate Forecast: More Southwest Droughts and Australian Floods
A new study says global warming will lead to more extreme swings of the El Niño-La Niña cycle.
5 Sky Events This Week: Blue Giant, Crab Nebula, and Jovian Shadows
Io, Jupiter's vanishing moon, and Neptune, the solar system's most distant planet, challenge stargazers this week.
New Proposal to Protect Alaskan Wilderness Most Sweeping in Decades
President Obama's proposal to designate 12.3 million acres of oil-rich land as new wilderness in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is likely to stir an explosive federal debate over energy and conservation.
Slugs and Bugs: 6 Bizarre Animal Mascots in U.S. Sports
Mud hens, boll weevils, and banana slugs make for unlikely team symbols—but they're all tough in their own way.
Why Bill Nye Calls Evolution 'Undeniable' and Creationism 'Inane'
The theory is central to life on Earth, says the Science Guy, and helps explain our place in the universe.
Our Favorite Photos of the Food We Eat
From sugarcane farmers in Mozambique to fishermen on the Philippines's Sulu Sea, here's a collection of some of the best photographs from our Future of Food series. 
Measles Are Back: Key Questions and Answers on Disease, Vaccinations
Infections typically get carried to the U.S. by people who catch them in other countries, and then the disease spreads. Investigators don't yet know who started the recent outbreak in California.
Mass Death of Seabirds in Western U.S. Is 'Unprecedented'
Thousands of dead auklets are washing ashore from California to Canada. Will other species be next?
Week's Best Space Pictures: Stars Wheel, a Balloon Hoists, and a Storm Churns
Stars careen across the Himalaya, scientists search for an afterglow, and a cyclone kicks up a fuss in this week's best space pictures.
Rare Picture: Hippo Seen Eating Hippo—and More Cannibals
Only the second case of cannibalistic hippos has been recorded in South Africa-but they're not the only animals that eat their own kind.
Watch Jumbo Asteroid Zip Past Earth
Look! Up in the sky! An asteroid will be zipping by Earth soon, no threat but a treat for stargazers.
100 Years of National Geographic Maps: The Art and Science of Where
National Geographic maps have charted every mountain, river, lake, road, reef, fjord, island, inlet, glacier, ocean, planet, galaxy, and solar system.
Why It's So Hard to Stop Zimbabwe's Export of Baby Elephants
Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) has clear limits, says Secretary General John Scanlon.
Norway Offers New Arctic Leases, Stoking Polar Energy Rush
For the first time in two decades, the nation is expanding its oil leases even as prices plunge.
South Africa Sees Record Year for Rhino Poaching
New rhino poaching numbers from South Africa frustrate conservationists, who have been battling illegal hunting for years.
How Reducing Food Waste Could Ease Climate Change
The energy used to produce wasted food generates more than 3.3 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide.
Human Ancestors May Have Used Tools Half-Million Years Earlier Than Thought
The hand bones of early human ancestors, compared with those of apes and modern people, point the finger at surprisingly early stone tool use.
Rosetta Spacecraft, First to Orbit Comet, Finds Surprises Aplenty
The spacecraft sends home new views as it rides along with a comet toward the sun.