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Q&A: How a Stowaway Survived a Plane Trip in a Wheel Well
An aerospace physiologist describes how a five-hour trip in extreme cold, at very high altitudes, affects the body.
Injured Sherpas Recall Deadly Avalanche
Two injured Sherpas recount the horrific avalanche on Mount Everest.
Hundreds of Exoplanets, A Handful Right for Life
The March 2014 landslide in Oso, Washington, a month ago today, called attention to the lack of a national system to monitor landslide data. The U.S. government prepares hazard maps for other types of natural disasters like earthquakes and floods, but not for landslides. Even though they cause up to 2 billion dollars a year in damages nationwide, most data is collected at state level. NASA’s Global Landslide Catalog (GLC), which collects data from media reports and disaster databases, is the first attempt to survey rainfall-triggered landslides.
Record Number of Seals and Sea Lions Rescued in California
A toxic algal bloom and other factors are leading to marine mammal distress off California, where the Marine Mammal Center is rehabbing animals.
Longest Land Mammal Migration in Lower 48 Discovered
Wyoming mule deer cross many obstacles, from low desert to high mountains, posing challenges for conservation.
After Washington Mudslide, Questions About Building in Nature's Danger Zones
Washington mudslide disaster highlights the risks of building in danger zones.
A Mars Mission for Budget Travelers
Sending astronauts to Mars might be surprisingly affordable, says an expert panel: $100 billion over 20 years could do the trick.
Neanderthals Lived in Small, Isolated Populations, Gene Analysis Shows
Comparisons with Neanderthal DNA may point to genes that make us uniquely human and uncover the origins of genetic ailments.
Everest's Sherpas Issue List of Demands
Sherpas submit list of demands to government for better working conditions on Mount Everest.
Mapping the Killer Path of the Everest Avalanche
Mapping the path of the killer Everest avalanche through the notoriously dangerous Khumbu Icefall.
Earth Day 2014: How It Became a Global Environmental Event
Gina McCarthy, EPA chief, talks about Earth Day and how it became a global environmental event that on April 22 will include a billion people.
Why Sherpas Will Still Climb Everest, Even After Deadly Avalanche
Sange Sherpa lost a son on Everest. But for many climbers, he says, the risk is worth it.
The Brave Sage of Timbuktu: Abdel Kader Haidara
Abdel Kader Haidara had made it his life's work to document, as never before, Mali's achievements as an ancient center of progressive thought. When the jihadists came, he led the rescue operation to save 350,000 manuscripts.
Sherpas Killed on Everest Cremated as Survivors Call for Boycott
The remains of Sherpa guides killed by an avalanche on Mount Everest on Friday, the deadliest day in the mountain's history, have been cremated.
Climbing Finished for Season on Everest After Deadly Avalanche?
In the wake of a deadly avalanche on Mount Everest, Sherpas ask for concerns to be addressed.
Pompeii "Exposed and Vulnerable" to Neglect and the Elements
In her new book, Ingrid D. Rowland explains of abiding allure of Pompeii over the centuries and laments the effects of neglect and the weather.
Why South Sudan May Face World's Worst Famine in Quarter Century
The coming weeks could determine whether tens of thousands will die in the world's newest country.
The Aftermath of Everest's Deadly Avalanche
An experienced Everest climber assesses the impact of the deadly avalanche on climbers and the Sherpas who assist high-altitude expeditions.
Pictures: Climbing Everest Through History
The tragedy on Everest recalls the highs and lows of the long history of climbing the mountain.
State Department Further Postpones Keystone XL Decision
Extending the wait for a verdict on the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, the U.S. State Department says it will allow more time for federal agencies to weigh in.
Opinion: On Easter, Jesus' Evolution Tells of Changing America
Jesus has been born and born again over the course of American history.
Sherpas Take Steep Risks for Life-Changing Pay
Sherpas see climbing dangerous peaks as a path to prosperity.
Warden Wounded in Africa's Oldest National Park Had Enemies
Emmanuel de Merode, chief warden of Virunga National Park, is recovering from gunshot wounds suffered in an attack Tuesday.
Photographer of Sherpas: Everest Avalanche "Will Be Spoken of for Generations"
Nat Geo photographer Aaron Huey documents Sherpa villages and shares perspective on the April 18 Everest avalanche.
Historic Tragedy on Everest, With 12 Sherpa Dead in Avalanche
The Mount Everest climbing season has begun with tragedy.