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Oldest European Tree Found—And It's Having a Growth Spurt:

May 25th, 2018

A Heldreich's pine discovered in southern Italy has been thriving in a remote part of a national park for 1,230 years.


Tick Wrapped in Spider Silk Found Trapped in Amber—A First:

May 25th, 2018

The unlucky creature is now a boon to scientists studying the evolution of arachnid behavior.


From Historic to Cutting Edge: Revitalizing Iconic Buildings:

May 25th, 2018

Fenway Park, the Eiffel Tower, Empire State, and other storied buildings were upgraded for 21st-century energy efficiency.


These Birds Make Their Own Citrus-Scented Cologne:

May 25th, 2018

The sexiest male crested auklets have large head feathers and a strong tangerine smell, a new study finds.


These Famous Women Artists Changed the World With Their Self-Portraits:

May 24th, 2018

These deeply personal self-portraits did more than just mirror the artists—they sparked meaningful social conversations.


Bald Eagle Steals Dinner From Fox—by Flying Off With Both:

May 24th, 2018

Benjamin Franklin famously criticized the bald eagle for stealing food from other animals.


Baby Sloth Reunited With Mom in Moving Video:

May 24th, 2018

Found alone on a Costa Rican beach, the infant was returned to its mother thanks to a creative technique by wildlife rescuers.


Why Blue Flames Are Now Burning at Kilauea:

May 24th, 2018

Methane trapped underground is igniting blue flames near the volcano's lava flows. Experts say methane blasts are possible.


Yellowstone-Area Grizzly Bears to Be Hunted for First Time in Decades:

May 24th, 2018

The sport hunt, which will begin in fall, is controversial among the public and conservationists, though state biologists support it.


How Did Dino-Era Birds Survive the Asteroid 'Apocalypse'?:

May 24th, 2018

Fossil spores and bird family trees suggest that deforestation was a key factor in determining who survived 66 million years ago.


Horses Found in Pompeii May Have Been Harnessed to Flee Eruption:

May 24th, 2018

Several horses recently discovered in a 2,000-year-old stable appear frozen in a failed flight to safety from the eruption of Vesuvius.


Tape Is Ruining Priceless Art. This New Gel Can Fix It.:

May 23rd, 2018

The common trick to fix a tear has plagued art conservators, but chemists are developing newer and safer methods to restore old art.


Loch Ness Monster Hunters to Try DNA Search? Get the Facts.:

May 23rd, 2018

If the famous cryptid is real, this hunt ought to find it—but if not, scientists will still gain valuable ecological data.


30th Annual National Geographic Bee Winners Nail Tough Questions:

May 23rd, 2018

Venkat Ranjan, 13, of California is this year's top geography ace after an exciting competition.


Newborn Rhino Is Confident and Adventurous, Say Keepers:

May 23rd, 2018

Once a species with only 200 individuals, the Indian rhinos' recovery is considered a conservation success story.


How India’s Fishermen Turn Ocean Plastic Into Roads:

May 23rd, 2018

In an innovative project, fishermen in Kerala collect ocean plastic for recycling, cleaning the ocean in the process.


What Happens If You Drive Into a Tornado? Take a Look.:

May 22nd, 2018

Terrifying footage shows a tornado in western Germany overtaking two cars.


NASA's 'Impossible' Space Engine Tested—Here Are the Results:

May 22nd, 2018

The first independent tests of the EmDrive suggest there's a mundane explanation for the wildly controversial device.


Archery on Horseback Becomes Popular Again—As a Sport:

May 22nd, 2018

It's not just a method of hunting or a strategy for battle anymore, and the athletes' training regimen is intense.


This Popular Parrot 'Talks' Like Us. But We're Silencing It.:

May 21st, 2018

Scientists are using forensic techniques to help save African gray parrots, among the most illegally trafficked birds in the world.


Leopard's 'Playful' Bite Could Have Dangerous Consequences:

May 21st, 2018

While on safari, a tourist had an encounter with a leopard that was far too close for comfort.


Thousands of Human Bones Reveal 'Barbarian' Battle Rituals:

May 21st, 2018

The discovery of victims of a Germanic army that fought 2,000 years ago are surprising archaeologists for several reasons.


Brainless Creatures Can Do Some Incredibly Smart Things:

May 21st, 2018

Some life on Earth can count, anticipate future events, and design railway networks without the distinctive organ.


Cougar That Killed Cyclist Was Underweight, Likely Desperate:

May 21st, 2018

A rare fatal encounter in Washington State, which left another mountain biker injured, may point to wider questions about our evolving coexistence with big predators.


Is an Interstellar Asteroid Trapped Near Jupiter? Get the Facts.:

May 21st, 2018

The bizarre asteroid known as 2015 BZ509 is being touted as the first known interstellar visitor to stay in our solar system.


Danes Use Far Fewer Plastic Bags Than Americans—Here's How:

May 21st, 2018

In Denmark, people use an average of four single-use plastic bags a year, compared to one a day in the U.S. But that doesn't mean Danes are satisfied.


Meet the Scientist in Michael Curry's Royal Wedding Sermon:

May 19th, 2018

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin studied evolution, viewed consciousness as a mystic force, and waxed poetic on the "energies of love."


Would Your Cat Choose You Over Its Food?:

May 19th, 2018

The stereotype of cats as aloof and indifferent is among many feline myths.


One Obsessed Musician, 299 Birds, and a Very Weird Crime:

May 19th, 2018

This is the true story of how a man stole hundreds of exotic birds to sell to salmon fly-tyers so that he could buy a golden flute. Really.


These Nearly Impossible Geography Questions Can Only Be Answered by Grade-Schoolers:

May 19th, 2018

Watch National Geographic staff answer questions from the National Geographic Bee, then test your own knowledge.


Princess Diana Changed the Idea of What a Princess Should Be:

May 18th, 2018

Decades after her tragic death, Lady Di's influence is still felt.


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

May 18th, 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.


See Photos of Royal Wedding Dresses From Britain's Past:

May 18th, 2018

For centuries, British royal gowns have been about a lot more than fashion.


This Museum Director Is Working to Make the Art World More Equitable For Women:

May 18th, 2018

The world's first museum dedicated solely to female-identifying artists shines a light on often-ignored work.


Is This Clothing, Food, or an Endangered Species? Take Our Quiz.:

May 18th, 2018

Beyond pandas and tigers, how many endangered species do you really know?


Watch for These 8 Things at the Royal Wedding:

May 18th, 2018

If you're one of millions who will watch Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's nuptials, keep an eye out for these traditional elements.


How People Make Only a Jar of Trash a Year:

May 18th, 2018

The growing zero-waste community is radically slashing their waste output, while living more fulfilling lives.


A Third of Protected Areas Face Human Pressure—What Does it Mean?:

May 17th, 2018

Protected areas are created to conserve biodiversity, and a new study questions how well they're doing their job.


These Artists Are Making Jewelry to Help Protect Their Country's Wildlife:

May 17th, 2018

This women-run shop turns deadly snare wire into stunning accessories.


Why You're Probably Training Your Cat All Wrong:

May 17th, 2018

Yes, they're independent and willful, but felines can be taught certain behaviors—to the benefit of both cat and human.


No, Hawaii's Volcano Won't Trigger a Mega-Tsunami:

May 17th, 2018

Here are all the ways the Hawaiian eruption won't cause problems, according to experts.


A Tarantula Sheds Its Skin in New Time-Lapse Video:

May 16th, 2018

This venomous, but docile, Mexican red-kneed tarantula can be seen molting over seven hours in just 40 seconds.


Can People Really Mistake a Bear for a Dog, as This Family Claims?:

May 16th, 2018

Obvious differences set wild animals apart from domesticated ones, but mix-ups happen more often than you might think.


This Is the Age When Puppies Are the Cutest, According to Science:

May 16th, 2018

Puppies reach “peak cuteness” between six and eight weeks old, which could provide some insight into how dogs evolved alongside people.


Fast Facts About Plastic Pollution:

May 16th, 2018

Versatile, pliable, durable, cheap to produce—and ubiquitous. Plastic is all of that. It is also both a life-saving miracle product and the scourge of the Earth. Here are eight essential facts to keep in mind.


Plastics Explained, From A to Z:

May 16th, 2018

What are microplastics? What about a garbage patch? This glossary helps demystify plastic pollution.


Yanny or Laurel? Strange Audio Clip Explained.:

May 16th, 2018

Experts sound off about the science behind the viral tweet.


Who Has the 'Cleaner' Bed: Chimps or Humans?:

May 16th, 2018

For the first time, scientists have compared microbes in human and chimpanzee sleeping areas. The findings may surprise you.


How Giant Dinosaurs Sat on Their Eggs Without Crushing Them:

May 16th, 2018

Fossil nests from oviraptorosaurs show the special strategy these birdlike dinosaurs used to keep their young safe.


This 'Secret Garden' of Coral May Be 1,000 Years Old:

May 15th, 2018

The underwater footage shows a rare look at the thriving deep-sea life contained in the Gulf of Mexico's dark depths.


The Biggest Bird That Ever Lived and 5 More Bird Superstars:

May 15th, 2018

From the largest bird to the fastest moving bird, here are six stars of the bird world.


Explore 100 Years of National Geographic Pull-Out Maps:

May 15th, 2018

A century ago, National Geographic magazine started creating supplement maps, designed to adorn walls and explore every corner of our Earth in intricate detail. Here are some of the best.


Leopard and Buffalo 'Kiss' In Rare Moment Caught on Film:

May 15th, 2018

In South Africa's Sabi Sand Game Reserve, predator and prey come together for a brief and unusual instant.


85,000-Year-Old Footprints Show Stepping Stone in Human Migration:

May 14th, 2018

The footprints of prehistoric humans, cast in the once-lush grasslands of present-day Saudi Arabia, offer new clues on how we left Africa.


Water Geysers Likely Found on This 'Alien' Ice Moon:

May 14th, 2018

Data from the Galileo probe have reignited the possibility that Jupiter's moon Europa is spouting plumes into space.


This Mysterious Deep-Sea Jellyfish Looks Like a Plastic Bag:

May 14th, 2018

Filmed with innovative low-light technology, new footage gives a better picture of the rarely seen creature.


How 'Tequila Bats' Find Their Pups:

May 12th, 2018

Video shows how agave-pollinating bats find their babies in large bat caves.


Kilauea Photographers Aid Relief Effort in Hawaii Community:

May 12th, 2018

Sharing a deep connection to nature’s power—and people displaced by it—two photographers document destruction and help a community recover.


Failure to Launch: These Animals Stay With Mom For Years:

May 12th, 2018

In honor of Mother's Day, we take a look at a range of species—from orcas to orangutans—that prefer the comforts of home.


Meet the ‘Difficult’ Women Who Wrote Their Own Rules:

May 12th, 2018

These 29 women weren’t willing to be anything but fully themselves, from Jane Goodall to Frida Kahlo to Billie Jean King.


Family Chased by Cheetahs Highlights Dangers of Wildlife Parks:

May 11th, 2018

A family, including a young child, narrowly escaped injury at a Dutch safari park.


Plastic Bag Found at the Bottom of World's Deepest Ocean Trench:

May 11th, 2018

Even one of the most remote places on Earth couldn't hide from the scourge of plastic trash.


See the Ancient Tradition of Camel Racing From Above:

May 11th, 2018

The sport can be traced back for generations in the Middle East—and has a dark past.


Africa's Most Endangered Parrot Fighting for Survival:

May 11th, 2018

There are fewer than 2,000 Cape parrots left in South Africa's southern mistbelt forests.


A Running List of How Trump Is Changing the Environment:

May 11th, 2018

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


Discover Fascinating Vintage Maps From National Geographic's Archives:

May 11th, 2018

More than 6,000 maps from the magazine's 130-year-long history have been digitally compiled for the first time.


Nearly Two Years Later, ‘World’s Saddest Polar Bear’ No Longer Sad?:

May 11th, 2018

Reunited with his mother, Pizza doesn’t appear as stressed at his new home.


Even Remote Coral Reefs Aren't Spared From Devastation:

May 11th, 2018

A combination of climate change, cyclones, and human activity has led to intense die-offs around the Samoan island of Upolu.


Watch a Sausage-Size Insect Transform From Larva to Beetle:

May 11th, 2018

Each Hercules beetle embarks on a jaw-dropping journey from grub to giant.


Sharks Prefer Jazz Over Classical Music, Study Finds:

May 10th, 2018

Given a food incentive, the young predators can develop a taste for jazzy tunes.


This Artist Managed to Bottle the Scent of a Person:

May 10th, 2018

Ani Liu has used emerging technologies to create human-scented perfumes, eyesight-swapping goggles, and microbe-covered casts of her body.


Ground Zero of Amphibian 'Apocalypse' Finally Found:

May 10th, 2018

An ancient skin-eating fungus is killing off hundreds of species—and the Korean War may have helped spread it.


Will the Eruptions From Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano Turn Explosive? Get the Facts.:

May 10th, 2018

Scientists are warning of "ballistic rocks" hurled from the volcano's crater.


Ditch the Overalls: The Reality of Modern Farming Will Surprise You:

May 10th, 2018

Advanced technology and thinking will feed and save our growing world.


Large Island Declared Rat-Free in Biggest Removal Success:

May 9th, 2018

South Georgia Island near Antarctica is now teeming with native wildlife, thanks to an effort to remove invasive rats that had been devouring birds.


What's Killing the West Coast's Young Great White Sharks?:

May 9th, 2018

Sharks are one of the ocean's fiercest predators, but a new study shows how often they're taken down by fishing nets.


How Scientists Taught a Spider to Jump on Demand:

May 9th, 2018

The spider, named Kim, is helping researchers understand the biomechanics needed to make jumping micro-robots.


Is Maternal Instinct Only for Moms? Here's the Science.:

May 9th, 2018

The latest looks at brain chemicals and social development suggest we need to rethink our definition of motherhood.


Ancient DNA Study Pokes Holes in Horse Domestication Theory:

May 9th, 2018

A long-held theory on how horse domestication and language spread across Asia has been disrupted by a look at our genetic past.


As Predators Rebound, You're More Likely to See Alligators at the Beach:

May 8th, 2018

Large predators are coming back onto land that’s been claimed by humans. Here’s how to deal with the change.


What's the Difference Between Magma and Lava?:

May 8th, 2018

And why do some volcanoes explode and others only ooze? It all comes down to their gooey centers.


Why Do So Many People Live Near Active Volcanoes?:

May 8th, 2018

It may seem counterintuitive to live near a mountain that could rain ash and lava down on you and your family, but there are benefits, too.


How an Obscure Religious Sect Mapped the Cosmos:

May 8th, 2018

The Muggletonians believed that Earth was the center of the universe—and made beautiful maps to prove it.


Ancient Flying Predator Found in Transylvania:

May 8th, 2018

Move over, Dracula: A new flying reptile fossil adds to the unusual population of large pterosaurs that once stalked Romania.


Why a Massive Sinkhole Tore Open in New Zealand:

May 7th, 2018

Both natural and manmade conditions can create similar sinkholes in places like Mexico, China, and the U.S.


Rise in Tailless Whale Sightings Has Scientists Concerned:

May 7th, 2018

Experts say that entanglement in fishing gear and other objects is a likely cause for the gruesome injuries.


6 Amazing Structures Built by Surprising Creatures:

May 7th, 2018

Without a blueprint to speak of, organisms big and small can build air-conditioning systems, massive walls, and even islands.


Dirt is Good: Why the Outdoors is the World's Greatest Playground:

May 7th, 2018

Outdoor Classroom Day is reasserting the importance of outdoor learning and play with the goal that children will spend more time outside in the world's greatest playground.


It’s Official: Tut’s Tomb Has No Hidden Chambers After All:

May 6th, 2018

The third radar scan of the pharaoh's burial site conclusively shows that no additional mysteries lurk immediately behind its walls.


Are Marsquakes Anything Like Earthquakes? NASA Is About to Find Out.:

May 5th, 2018

A new spacecraft that just launched will investigate why and how much the red planet rumbles.


In Cities, Wildlife Evolves Astonishingly Fast:

May 5th, 2018

Animals, plants, and insects adapt to the extreme urban environment—and even to specific subway lines.


Fish With a Built-in Switchblade and Other Secret Animal Weapons:

May 5th, 2018

From harpoons to swivel-fangs, many creatures rely on hidden arms to deter predators.


Diamond in the Rough: The Final Challenge with Cory Richards:

May 4th, 2018

Standing on top of a snowy peak in Scotland, the new Rolls-Royce Cullinan has already started to make its impression on Cory Richards, National Geographic photographer and 2012 Adventurer of the Year.


These Are the Biggest Dangers From Hawaii's Erupting Volcano:

May 4th, 2018

Flowing lava and dangerous gas have already forced residents to evacuate.


Aquatic Mammal With Snorkel Nose Is 8,000th Animal in Our Photo Ark:

May 4th, 2018

The small, aquatic ball of fur has a snorkel-like nose, webbed feet, and a scaly tail.


How Botswana Revived Africa's Largest Mammal Migration:

May 4th, 2018

Though the last zebra to have migrated on the path would have died 50 years ago, a new generation has started the same massive historic trek.


How 'Ugly' Toadfish Compose Their Own Strange Love Songs:

May 4th, 2018

The squishy, bug-eyed bottom-dwellers won’t be winning a beauty pageant anytime soon, but they sure can sing.


30 Striking Photos from National Geographic's History:

May 4th, 2018

National Geographic has been bringing stunning photos to readers around the world for over a century. Here are some of our favorites.


Curious Lion Bites Tourist's Car Door on Safari:

May 4th, 2018

This young male lion stopped a caravan of cars in Kruger National Park, South Africa.


Why This Dust Storm in India Turned Deadly:

May 3rd, 2018

With more than 100 reported fatalities, the recent dust storm that swept through India was one of its deadliest.


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