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Earthquake Swarms Are Shaking Yellowstone's Supervolcano. Here's What That Means.:

February 21st, 2018

Hundreds of earthquakes have rocked the famous supervolcano in the past few days, but this seismic activity is regular in the region.


Which Are Smarter, Red Squirrels or Gray Squirrels? Science Weighs In:

February 21st, 2018

An experiment comparing cousins from across the pond may help explain a British squirrel invasion.


America’s Most Toxic Town Is Not Where You Think:

February 21st, 2018

A small city in remote Alaska is working to reduce contamination from the nearby Red Dog Mine.


Jupiter’s Great Red Spot May Soon Disappear...:

February 21st, 2018

...or it may not. Scientists aren’t quite sure what will happen to the shrinking mega-storm.


Outrage Follows Mysterious Mass Bunny Murder:

February 21st, 2018

As volunteers close in on a solution for a community of abandoned pet rabbits, dozens of them were found poisoned in a park.


Maya Artifacts Found In World's Largest Underwater Cave:

February 20th, 2018

Remains of giant sloths and proto-elephants were found interspersed with burnt human bones and ceramics in Mexico's Sac Actun cave system.


These Bizarre Sea Creatures May Help Save Coral Reefs—If They Survive:

February 20th, 2018

Despite the ongoing plunder of the world’s sea cucumbers, the U.S. seems set on barring inspections of their exports.


Ancient Islanders Visited by Columbus Not 'Extinct,' Study Finds:

February 20th, 2018

By sequencing DNA in a 1,000-year-old tooth, researchers were able to find genetic matches between ancient and living populations in the Caribbean.


What You Need to Know About the Terra-Cotta Warrior's Stolen Thumb:

February 20th, 2018

The theft of an artifact that was part of an ancient royal mausoleum is causing international uproar.


Now People Who Need It Can Text for Food Aid:

February 20th, 2018

A startup in Chicago is rethinking the way low-income Americans apply for social services.


Long Before Trump, We Were Obsessed With Presidential Hair:

February 19th, 2018

Back in the day, getting a lock of a president’s hair was cool, not creepy.


Sheep-Human Hybrids Made in Lab—Get the Facts:

February 18th, 2018

The breakthrough moves researchers a small step closer to growing human organs for medical transplant.


Lost Artwork Found Under Famous Picasso Painting:

February 17th, 2018

The discovery offers new insight into the creative process of the innovative artist.


How Color-Changing Animals Are Rebelling Against Climate Change:

February 17th, 2018

A new study finds "hot spots" where animals that turn white for the winter could thrive in a less snowy world.


Why Do Seabirds Eat Plastic? It Smells Like Fish to Them:

February 17th, 2018

A sweeping look at 10 species of seabirds gives insight into why their numbers have plummeted over the past 60 years.


Why Does Florida Keep Getting Sinkholes?:

February 17th, 2018

Several sinkholes opened up in a retirement community overnight, and authorities are working to fix the situation.


Black Panther's Secret Weapon Explained:

February 16th, 2018

Vibranium, the metal in the movie, doesn't exist in real life, but this substance might be the closest we can get.


First POV Video From a Minke Whale’s Back:

February 16th, 2018

Scientists finally got a camera on one of the small, elusive whales and can now see what their lives are like.


Alzheimer's Plaques Erased in Mice—What's Next?:

February 16th, 2018

The remarkable results suggest a route for future medications, but a great deal of work remains.


Deep Bore Into Antarctica Finds Freezing Ice, Not Melting as Expected:

February 16th, 2018

Scientists will leave sensors in the hole to better understand the long-term changes in the ice, which may have big implications for global sea level.


How Would We React to Finding Aliens?:

February 16th, 2018

Perhaps not the way you’d expect …


Rodents of Unusual Size Invading U.S. Wetlands:

February 16th, 2018

The invasive species can grow as large as 20 pounds and has large buckteeth. 


What Was This 2,000-Year-Old Parrot Mummy Doing in Mexico?:

February 16th, 2018

As the oldest known macaw mummy in the world, the find could give insights on trade between present-day Southwest U.S. and Mexico.


A Black Panther May Not Be What You Think:

February 16th, 2018

As the superhero of the same name sets box-office records, learn more about the misunderstood big cats.


‘Moonwalking’ Birds and Other Crazy Courtship Rituals:

February 16th, 2018

Whether it’s with smooth dance moves or beautiful plumage, males go the extra mile to look good for females.


Antique Maps Highlight Korea’s Rich Cultural Heritage:

February 16th, 2018

While the Olympic spotlight is on Korea, see the intriguing ways that mapmakers have depicted the peninsula over centuries.


Dog Meat's Controversial History, From the Ancients to the Winter Olympics:

February 16th, 2018

It isn’t just modern-day Asia that struggles with the complex issue of dog meat. The practice has popped up around the world for centuries.


Dramatic Whale Hunts Depicted in Ancient Rock Art:

February 15th, 2018

The paintings match historical artifacts that suggest hunters set out on small boats with makeshift harpoons.


Elon Musk’s Tesla in Space Could Crash Into Earth:

February 15th, 2018

Each long loop around the sun brings the sports car a bit closer to a fiery meeting with our home world, researchers calculate.


This is What a Literal Bear Hug Looks Like:

February 15th, 2018

Jimbo the Kodiak bear lives alongside Jim and Susan Kowalczik at a wildlife rehabilitation center in New York state.


Nearly 150,000 Bornean Orangutans Lost Since 1999, Cutting Population By Half:

February 15th, 2018

More than 40,000 more could be lost in the next 35 years.


Partial Solar Eclipse Thursday: How to See It:

February 15th, 2018

Lucky Southern Hemisphere sky-watchers will get to see the moon take a bite out of the sun in the late afternoon on February 15.


Fossil Footprints Are Oldest Traces of Lizards Running on Two Legs:

February 15th, 2018

The lizard's sprint may have helped it avoid predators, such as winged reptiles called pterosaurs.


Elusive Blue Whale Behavior Revealed by Their Songs:

February 15th, 2018

By analyzing thousands of calls from more than 100 whales over 14 years, scientists are learning how these secretive beasts spend their time.


Snapping Shrimp 'Dinner Bell' May Tell Gray Whales When to Eat:

February 14th, 2018

The racket created by snapping shrimp could be one of the factors drawing eastern Pacific gray whales to the waters off the Oregon coast.


Why These Animals Were Accused of Being International Spies:

February 14th, 2018

From lizards to dolphins, these animals have been accused of espionage.


How a Student Took a Photo of a Single Atom:

February 14th, 2018

The award-winning long-exposure photograph captures a positively charged atom suspended in an ion trap.


Panda Porn and Other Desperate Measures to Get Rare Species to Mate:

February 14th, 2018

When you're one of the last of your species, scientists go to great lengths.


Why This Lake Keeps Catching on Fire:

February 14th, 2018

Bangalore, India’s Bellandur Lake keeps erupting into flames. Officials know why, but they are struggling to stem the problem.


'Paramedic' Ants Are the First to Rescue and Heal Their Wounded Comrades:

February 14th, 2018

Matabele ants nurse each other back to health after battle with a surprisingly high success rate, a new study finds.


Why Snow Is Forming Donut-shape Spirals in Canada:

February 13th, 2018

The rare phenomenon can only occur under very specific winter weather conditions.


Mystery of 8,000-Year-Old Impaled Human Heads Has Researchers Stumped:

February 13th, 2018

Archaeologists have never before encountered this grisly phenomenon in Mesolithic Scandinavia, and they're hard-pressed to explain it.


A Running List of How Trump Is Changing the Environment:

February 13th, 2018

The Trump administration has promised vast changes to U.S. science and environmental policy—and we’re tracking them here as they happen.


Watch a Bold Little Bird Dive-Bomb the World’s Largest Fish:

February 13th, 2018

Scientists are wowed by a video of a cormorant diving underwater to snatch a remora off the side of a whale shark.


Parasitic Worms Found in a Woman's Eye—First Case of Its Kind:

February 12th, 2018

An Oregon woman’s infection marks the first time on record that an eye worm species normally found in cattle has been seen in humans.


How One of the Fastest Spinning Animals Catches Its Prey:

February 12th, 2018

A paper detailing the hunting technique of flattie spiders could be used for developing multi-legged robots in the future.


Suspected Poacher Mauled by Lions:

February 12th, 2018

The man's exact motives for trespassing at the reserve are not yet known, but he was killed in a region known for rhino poaching.


How Virtual Reality Affects Actual Reality:

February 11th, 2018

The technology helps quarterbacks learn plays, first responders recover from PTSD, and everyone get a grip on climate change.


How Your Brain May One Day Control Your Computer:

February 11th, 2018

If the founders of CTRL-Labs have their way, you won't type commands to a machine. You'll think them.


Exclusive: Watch Elon Musk Freak Out Over the Falcon Heavy Launch:

February 10th, 2018

Unique footage shows the SpaceX CEO and his team in mission control in the moments leading up to the historic launch.


These Animals Are Winning Valentine’s Day:

February 10th, 2018

From gift-giving to sexy moves, some creatures have a leg up in the mating game.


National Geographic's New CEO on How He Plans to Lead:

February 10th, 2018

Gary Knell comes to National Geographic Partners after leading the organization's nonprofit side—and the group behind Sesame Street.


What This Walking Fish Can Teach Us About Evolution:

February 9th, 2018

A small, flat fish that looks like a ray has a surprising trait in common with people.


Human Eggs Were Grown to Maturity in a Lab for the First Time–Here's Why:

February 9th, 2018

Growing eggs from their earliest stage could lead to better infertility treatments.


‘Delightful’ Experiments Reveal What Birds See in Their Mind’s Eye:

February 9th, 2018

Songbirds known as Japanese tits communicate using human-like rules for language and can mentally picture what they’re talking about, research suggests.


Was Volkswagen the First to Test Exhaust Fumes on Monkeys? Your Questions Answered.:

February 9th, 2018

The car industry-funded research outraged the public and even has some researchers wondering how it was approved.


Why Snakes Have Two Penises and Alligators Are Always Erect:

February 9th, 2018

From spiky penises to an extra clitoris, reptile reproductive parts don’t lack for variety.


These Praying Mantises Wear Tiny 3-D Glasses—For Science:

February 9th, 2018

New developments in a study on praying mantis vision show their 3-D capabilities are more complex than previously thought.


Can Old Dogs Learn New Tricks? New "Brain Games" May Help Them Stay Young:

February 9th, 2018

As people become increasingly attached to their screens, scientists are researching whether dogs could benefit from the technology.


The Mind-controlling Molecules of Wasp Venom Could Help Future Parkinson's Research:

February 8th, 2018

Down the line, investigations into the components that make up parasitic wasp venom could have implications for future research.


Shy Albatross Make Artificial Nests Their Own—Giving Scientists Hope for Their Species:

February 8th, 2018

The birds are increasingly facing threats from climate change, but artificial nests may give them time to adapt.


Venus Flytraps Have Surprising Pollinators ... and They Don't Eat Them:

February 8th, 2018

Researchers have identified which species are responsible for pollinating the carnivorous plants, but it's unclear why the plants don't eat them.


This Deep-Sea Creature Lays Its Eggs on Hydrothermal Vents—A First:

February 8th, 2018

The Pacific white skate lay its eggs on superheated hydrothermal vents, and then may wait more than four years for the eggs to hatch.


The Weirdest Winter Olympic Events We No Longer Play:

February 8th, 2018

Horse-drawn skiing and ski "ballet" are among the unusual sports from past Olympic games.


Desperate for Food, Polar Bear Tests Walrus:

February 7th, 2018

If unable to find food, one expert says the cub likely died soon after the video was taken.


First Person to Walk Untethered in Space Gives a Final Interview:

February 7th, 2018

Astronaut Bruce McCandless offers his thoughts on an iconic photo in his last-ever interview with National Geographic.


What's an 'Earthquake Swarm,' And Is One Hitting Taiwan?:

February 7th, 2018

Several people have been killed and dozens remain unaccounted for as a series of quakes rattle the region. But are these earthquakes part of a cycle?


Volcanoes, Then an Asteroid, Wiped Out the Dinosaurs:

February 7th, 2018

Several species went extinct before the impact 66 million years ago, adding to evidence that volcanoes were a culprit in the mass die-off.


These Tiny Scales Make Sharks Incredibly Fast. Can They Help Us Build Better Planes?:

February 7th, 2018

The scales of shortfin makos, the fastest species of shark, could guide the design of aerial vehicles in the future.


Britain's Dark-Skinned, Blue-Eyed Ancestor Explained:

February 7th, 2018

Thanks to technological advances, scientists can see ancient DNA in new detail.


Surprise! Scientists Find That Starfish Eyes Actually See, at Least a Little:

February 7th, 2018

After decades of wondering what starfish use their eyes for, it turns out they probably use them to stay close to home, according to a new study.


Pictures Show a Decade of SpaceX Making Spaceflight History:

February 7th, 2018

While chasing CEO Elon Musk’s dream of sending humans to Mars, the private company has set a number of industry records.


Neanderthal Teeth Were Eaten–But By What?:

February 6th, 2018

The teeth were found at the same dig site that previously showed possible evidence of cannibalism.


See the Amazing Way a Beetle Survives Being Eaten:

February 6th, 2018

Bombardier beetles launch hot chemicals from their rear ends to force a toad to vomit.


Falcon Heavy Rocket Makes History With Successful First Launch:

February 6th, 2018

The SpaceX launch vehicle just became the most powerful rocket since the Saturn V, which carried people to the moon.


What Is Norovirus, And How Did It Break Out at the Winter Olympics?:

February 6th, 2018

Regardless of a highly contagious stomach virus, the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics are scheduled to start on February 9.


Melting Arctic Permafrost Could Release Tons of Toxic Mercury:

February 6th, 2018

Scientists have found large natural stores of the toxin in the Arctic. It's not clear how much will get into food webs as the planet warms.


Why This Week's Big Rocket Launch May Make History:

February 6th, 2018

If all goes to plan, the newest member of SpaceX's fleet could become the most powerful rocket since the one that sent humans to the moon.


Growing Population of Crayfish Has One Female Ancestor:

February 6th, 2018

The new species reproduces by cloning itself and is entirely female.


Why This Ancient Spider Had a Tail:

February 6th, 2018

The researchers say the tailed proto-spider could still scuttle across the forest floors in Myanmar today.


Queen Elizabeth's Record-Breaking Reign in 15 Pictures:

February 6th, 2018

Queen Elizabeth II, who has now sat on the throne for 66 years, has always emphasized that her role is not to rule, but to serve.


How Cheetahs Keep Their Heads Still While Sprinting:

February 5th, 2018

The big cat's large inner ear helps it keep its eyes locked on prey even when sprinting, a new study finds.


More Than a Trillion Planets Could Exist Beyond Our Galaxy:

February 5th, 2018

A new study gives the first evidence that exoplanets exist beyond the Milky Way.


Leading Wildlife Trade Investigator Violently Killed in Kenya:

February 5th, 2018

Esmond Bradley Martin put decades of landmark research into helping to end the slaughter of elephants and rhinos.


Why Salmon Eating Insects Instead of Fish Is Better for Environment:

February 5th, 2018

Companies in Europe have developed new kinds of feed for salmon farms that could help the environment—if they can scale up quickly.


See Inside the Tomb of a High-Powered Egyptian Woman:

February 3rd, 2018

A 4,000-year-old tomb with unusual monkey scenes is discovered on the outskirts of Cairo.


Father and Son Aim to Connect Farmers Through Phones:

February 3rd, 2018

By bringing the marketplace to an app, Kisan Network could help Indian growers earn more for their crops.


Watch Pigcasso, the Famous Painting Pig, at Work:

February 3rd, 2018

The South African swine is not the only animal with a flair for the artistic.


Who's the Most Superb Owl?:

February 2nd, 2018

Pick your favorite by taking our poll.


10-Year-Old Discovers Rare 'Lizard Fish' Fossil:

February 2nd, 2018

The rare fish fossil could provide insights into how marine species adapt to changing climates.


What Trump’s Shrinking of National Monuments Actually Means:

February 2nd, 2018

The president announced reductions to Bears Ears and Grand Staircase Escalante, but the actual picture on the ground remains highly uncertain.


Fatal Battle Between King Cobra and Giant Python Ends in Knots:

February 2nd, 2018

A viral photo, most likely from Southeast Asia, shows a rarely seen encounter.


Why These Bonobos Are 'Playing Airplane':

February 2nd, 2018

Studies have shown bonobos are friendlier and less aggressive than their species cousins.


Why These Stingless Bees Build Spiral Hives:

February 2nd, 2018

Colloquially called "sugarbag bees" in Australia, this stingless species forms complex, spiral hives.


This Mass Grave May Belong to 'Great Viking Army':

February 2nd, 2018

Bones are yielding new clues about the massive, mysterious Viking forces that invaded England.


Exclusive: Dinosaur-Era Bird Found Trapped in Amber:

February 2nd, 2018

The 99-million-year-old animal is the most complete bird fossil yet known to science from the amber deposits of Myanmar.


This Vulture Flew 1,000 Miles in Record-Breaking Flight:

February 2nd, 2018

A white-backed vulture has made possibly the longest land animal dispersal ever recorded.


Exclusive Photos: Search Resumes for Hidden Chambers In King Tut's Tomb:

February 2nd, 2018

Two previous investigations disagreed about what’s behind the tomb walls. Now scientists are launching an all-out effort to solve the mystery.


Why Cape Town Is Running Out of Water, and Who’s Next:

February 2nd, 2018

The South African city plans to shut off the taps to 4 million people. But it's just one of many cities around the world facing a future with too little water.


National Geographic Nominated for 6 National Magazine Awards:

February 1st, 2018

The magazine was nominated for several awards including best reporting, photography, and website.


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