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Reporting our world daily: original nature and science news from National Geographic.

Shark attacks: After recent bites, your questions answered:

June 17th, 2019

Encounters with the big fish are rare, but can be deadly. Here's how to reduce your risk, and what you should keep in mind.

See the evolution of over 2,000 world flags in under 5 minutes:

June 14th, 2019

This film features over 2,000 flags, set in motion to Ludwig van Beethoven, centuries in the making.

2 weeks, 4 deaths, and the start of America's fear of sharks:

June 12th, 2019

It took a string of shark attacks in New Jersey more than a hundred years ago to make U.S. swimmers fear the ocean’s top predator.

Cyclone, hurricane, typhoon: What's the difference?:

June 12th, 2019

Whatever you choose to call them, these monster storms are powerful natural events with the capacity to wreak incredible havoc.

What we know—and what we don't—about the science of tornadoes:

May 21st, 2019

Scientists probe the mysteries of violent twisters.

Plastic proliferates at the bottom of world's deepest ocean trench:

May 14th, 2019

The remote Mariana Trench offers up yet another plastic bag during a recent deep submersible dive.

A running list of how President Trump is changing environmental policy:

May 3rd, 2019

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

Military whales and dolphins: What do they do and who uses them?:

May 3rd, 2019

For all our advanced technology, nothing beats the ability of marine mammals to find things in the ocean.

How to see the Lyrid meteor shower:

April 22nd, 2019

One of the oldest annual showers on record, the Lyrids put on a show each spring.

49 environmental victories since the first Earth Day:

April 22nd, 2019

As Earth Day turns 49, we take a look back at the biggest milestones in environmental protection.

How the world celebrates Easter in 18 spectacular photos:

April 17th, 2019

From eggs to bunnies, there are almost as many ways to observe Easter as there are countries.

Historian uses lasers to unlock mysteries of Gothic cathedrals:

April 16th, 2019

A tech-savvy art historian uses lasers to understand how medieval builders constructed their architectural masterpieces.

These pictures made photographic history:

April 5th, 2019

From a close-up of a spider to the first underwater color photos, these pioneering pictures capture the spirit of exploration.

Gotcha! History's Most Outrageous April Fools' Jokes:

April 1st, 2019

Learn about these clever April Fools' Day hoaxes and pranks, including the famous Swiss spaghetti harvest.

Bomb cyclones and polar vortexes—winter's scary weather explained:

March 13th, 2019

What creates these dramatic-sounding weather conditions?

Specific Stonehenge quarries identified by new research:

February 21st, 2019

Two ancient quarries some 180 miles from the famed prehistoric monument have been identified as the source for stones in the monument’s inner circle.

First mammal species recognized as extinct due to climate change:

February 20th, 2019

The humble Bramble Cay melomys has disappeared from its island in the Great Barrier Reef.

From St. Nicholas to Santa Claus: the surprising origins of Kris Kringle:

December 25th, 2018

Santa Claus, Father Christmas, St. Nick—no matter the name, everyone knows the story of this plump, jolly, bringer of gifts. Or do they?

Where's Santa buried? Resting places of the real St. Nick:

December 22nd, 2018

The mortal remains of the 4th-century Greek bishop are likely scattered around the world as holy relics.

When is the first day of winter? December solstice 2018 explained.:

December 21st, 2018

Find out how astronomy and meteorology differ on the definition, why solstices happen, and how the day is marked around the world.

A whopping 91% of plastic isn't recycled:

December 20th, 2018

Billions of tons of plastic have been made over the past decades, and much of it is becoming trash and litter, finds the first analysis of the issue.

Fast facts about plastic pollution:

December 20th, 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.

We visited the border wall. Here's what it looks like.:

December 12th, 2018

In 2016, our photographer visited the heavily guarded—and completely empty—parts of the 2,000-mile-long U.S.-Mexico border.

Both of NASA's Voyager spacecraft are now interstellar. Where to next?:

December 10th, 2018

Launched in 1977, the twin probes will likely outlive the sun. Find out what star systems they’ll meet as they head deeper into the galaxy.

This notorious Christmas character is dividing a country:

December 6th, 2018

Neo-Nazis in the Netherlands have responded violently to calls to get rid of Santa's blackface holiday assistant.

Who is Krampus? Explaining the horrific Christmas beast:

December 5th, 2018

Santa's got some competition: a terrifying Christmas devil named Krampus, which is catching on in pop culture worldwide.

Turkeys can swim—and other fun facts for Thanksgiving table talk:

November 21st, 2018

There's much more to America's holiday bird than white and dark meat.

Are marsquakes anything like earthquakes? NASA is about to find out.:

November 20th, 2018

A new spacecraft that's due to land soon on Mars will investigate why and how much the red planet rumbles.

A few things you (probably) don’t know about Thanksgiving:

November 20th, 2018

The pilgrims stole from graves, the Wampanoag were devastated by disease, and the peace between them was political.

How World War I launched mapmaking at National Geographic:

November 9th, 2018

This Veterans Day marks the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. It was during the war that National Geographic Society began producing original maps.

'Biggest case on the planet' pits kids vs. climate change:

November 9th, 2018

A pioneering lawsuit against the U.S. government has won the right to a trial, overcoming the Trump administration's efforts to cancel it in court.

The map that popularized the word ‘gerrymander’:

November 6th, 2018

The practice wasn’t new in 1812. But a map in a newspaper gave it a name that stuck.

Why do we have daylight saving time? 100 years of history:

November 2nd, 2018

Get the facts about springing forward and falling back, a tradition that was established in the U.S. in 1918.

Everything you need to know about Halloween 2018:

October 31st, 2018

From the holiday’s Celtic history to this year’s top costumes, here’s what to know to have a smart and scary holiday.

Five of Museum of the Bible's Dead Sea Scrolls are forgeries:

October 22nd, 2018

With the museum’s support, scholars are racing to understand the disputed Biblical texts.

12 extraordinary pictures show animals headed for extinction:

October 22nd, 2018

There are thousands of species that may not be around for long.

15 spooky houses for Halloween:

October 22nd, 2018

We're definitely creeped out by this photo gallery.

What’s really in Antarctica’s mysterious blood falls:

October 22nd, 2018

The eerily gory waterfall is not in fact made of blood, and a new study shows just what gives it its unique color.

Meet 5 "zombie" parasites that mind-control their hosts:

October 22nd, 2018

It's no Halloween movie—some parasites hijack their hosts' brains to make them act in horrific ways.

6 ghostly animals just in time for Halloween:

October 22nd, 2018

From a deep-sea shark to a dancing moth, some wild animals have earned a spooky reputation.

Take me out to the ball game: 15 unique baseball photos:

October 19th, 2018

From a bat factory to Amish Country to the World Series, see our favorite baseball photos from the National Geographic archives.

These animals’ screams will chill your blood:

October 19th, 2018

The spookiest sounds on Halloween are made by creatures of the night.

Halloween: costumes, history, myths, and more:

October 19th, 2018

Get the facts on Halloween's history and why we love it so much today.

Wreckage of WWII-era warship U.S.S. Indianapolis found after 72 years:

October 17th, 2018

A search led by billionaire Paul Allen locates the cruiser at the bottom of the Philippine Sea.

Sunken World War II aircraft carrier found by deep-sea expedition:

October 16th, 2018

Known for deep-sea exploration efforts uncovering military ships in the past, Paul Allen's personal search team has helped to discover a lost aircraft carrier.

How Microsoft billionaire found largest sunken battleship:

October 16th, 2018

High-tech tools, including an undersea "mountain goat," and years of research led to the discovery of the WWII-era Musashi in the Pacific.

Cecil the Lion Died Amid Controversy—Here's What's Happened Since:

October 15th, 2018

Cecil’s killing sparked what’s been called the biggest global response to a wildlife story ever.

9 countries and the EU protected the Arctic Ocean before the ice melts:

October 10th, 2018

Climate change is so quickly melting the far north that key nations just agreed to prohibit commercial fishing in the high seas of the Arctic for at least 16 years.

Who Are the Nobel Prize Winners? We've Crunched the Numbers.:

October 3rd, 2018

We dove into 115 years’ worth of past laureates, and the data revealed some striking trends.

These countries changed their names. Here's how it worked out.:

October 2nd, 2018

Macedonia's movement to rename itself is the latest in a series of shifts in country names around the world. Here's a look back at some of the most famous.

Halloween Costume Pictures: Spooky Styles a Century Ago:

October 2nd, 2018

From roller skates to swastikas, see how people in the early 1900s celebrated what one expert calls the United States' "rogue holiday."

Will Indonesia Be Ready for the Next Tsunami?:

September 28th, 2018

After a 2004 catastrophic tsunami killed nearly 170,000 people in Indonesia, is the country ready for the next one?

The Fall Equinox Is Here! Wait, What's the Fall Equinox?:

September 21st, 2018

It comes twice a year and marks the first day of fall, but a lot of people don't understand this celestial alignment.

No, Captain Cook's Ship Hasn't Been Found Yet:

September 19th, 2018

What we know and don't know about the wreck of the H.M.B. Endeavour.

Remembering 9/11 in Pictures:

September 11th, 2018

Indelible photos mark one of America's darkest days.

Snakeless in Ireland: Blame Ice Age, Not St. Patrick:

August 16th, 2018

One man is credited with taking all snakes out of Ireland, but science tells a different story.

Would a U.S. Space Force Be Legal? Get the Facts.:

August 9th, 2018

As the Trump Administration calls for a new military branch, get the plan's pros and cons and learn the rules governing off-world soldiers.

What Do Wild Animals Do in Wildfires?:

July 30th, 2018

Big wildfires, like those tearing through Northern California, can hurt some animals—while others escape, and some species even thrive.

5 Reasons to Like the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency:

July 5th, 2018

It keeps a lot of dangerous stuff from being dumped in our air, water, and land.

Living Fireworks, These Animals Produce Light Shows with Their Bodies:

June 30th, 2018

A variety of animals produce bioluminescent light, creating signals that can be used for mating and communication.

Rule to Allow Hunting Could Doom Rare Red Wolves:

June 29th, 2018

Wildlife experts aren’t keen on a plan by the government to allow private landowners to shoot wolves living on their land.

Learning to Love Dogs in Kigali:

June 29th, 2018

Rwandans are embracing dogs as pets in spite of the country’s dark canine history.

The Last Cowboys: A Cattle-Ranching Family Fights to Survive:

June 29th, 2018

Bucking broncs, drought, and tourism are just a few challenges for the Wright family’s 150-year-old way of life.

Headless Pompeii Victim Wasn't Crushed to Death, After All:

June 29th, 2018

A surprising new discovery reveals the truth about what really happened to an unfortunate man in 79 A.D.

Why This Zoo Lion Killed a Lost Water Bird:

June 28th, 2018

When a heron inexplicably ended up in the lion enclosure, the big cat’s instincts sprung into action.

What's Giving Some Beachgoers Rashes? Get the Facts.:

June 28th, 2018

Lifeguards reported this year’s first cases of sea lice, which aren’t lice at all.

Humans Gave Leprosy to Armadillos. Now, They’re Giving It Back:

June 28th, 2018

Wild armadillo meat is popular in Brazil, but a new study shows those who eat it put themselves at risk of contracting leprosy.

Meet the 'Kickboxing Grannies' of Kenya's Most Dangerous Slum:

June 28th, 2018

A group of grandmothers hailing from Korogocho have come together to protect and empower themselves and their community.

Gorgeous Panoramic Paintings of National Parks Now Online:

June 28th, 2018

The iconic illustrations by Austrian artist Heinrich Berann have been digitized in high resolution for the first time, three decades after they were created.

Right Stuff for Life Found on Small Saturn Moon:

June 27th, 2018

Data from a dead spacecraft suggest that this world may be the best place besides Earth for life as we know it.

Coldest Place on Earth Found—Here's How:

June 27th, 2018

"It's a place where Earth is so close to its limit, it's almost like another planet."

Why These Leopard Sisters Are Mating With the Same Male:

June 27th, 2018

This unusual arrangement was likely the result of the two females coincidentally going into heat at the same time.

19 Eel Smugglers Sentenced, But Lucrative Trade Persists:

June 27th, 2018

With prices for baby eels soaring to a high of nearly $3,000 a pound, illegal traders continue to chance their luck with the police.

Tropical Forest Loss Slowed in 2017—To the Second Worst Total Ever:

June 27th, 2018

Brazil and the Democratic Republic of the Congo lost the most; things improved in Indonesia. Here are five takeaways from a new report.

Amid a Civil War, These Syrians Keep Dancing:

June 26th, 2018

The group calling themselves 'Dare' says they are using dance as an agent of change in a nation beset by conflict.

How Ancient Mummies Helped This Soccer Player Get to the World Cup:

June 26th, 2018

After Paolo Guerrero tested positive for cocaine, scientists used Inca mummies to argue that the result may have been influenced by something else.

National Geographic Explorer and Space Architect Dies at 53:

June 26th, 2018

A pioneer in her field, Constance Adams’ love of the solar system and Earth fueled her life’s work.

What Does It Take to Raise a Flamingo?:

June 25th, 2018

A zoo celebrates as its flamingo flock gives birth to five new chicks—but the process is more difficult than it may seem.

Birds That Leave Nest Too Late Can Endanger Their Families:

June 25th, 2018

A baby bird’s ability to move and its chances of survival are closely tied, a new study finds.

Could DNA Testing Reunite Immigrant Families? Get the Facts.:

June 25th, 2018

Genetic testing offers a potential solution to the crisis, but logistics and privacy concerns pose major challenges.

Meet the Bug That Armors Itself With Shells:

June 23rd, 2018

The caddisfly is one of many insects that get creative in shielding themselves from predators.

Why the Short-Lived Pony Express Still Fascinates Us:

June 23rd, 2018

The Pony Express operated for less than two years, but its legend—burnished by Buffalo Bill Cody—lives on.

Here’s What Makes a Dripping Faucet Go ‘Plink’:

June 22nd, 2018

Annoyed by the persistent dripping of water in a bucket, one scientist set out to learn what creates the distinctive sound.

Delusions of Infestation Aren't as Rare as You'd Think:

June 22nd, 2018

More people are turning to entomologists to identify parasites they believe are crawling on their bodies, but which turn out not to be real.

Could Humans and Dinosaurs Coexist? Here's the Science.:

June 22nd, 2018

“The dinosaurs would be aliens in our world.”

Why These Children Are Forced to Scale a 40-Foot Well:

June 22nd, 2018

A short video shows young girls in India climbing into dangerous, deep wells to retrieve worm-infested water.

World’s Biggest Pig Captured in Rare Video:

June 22nd, 2018

The 600-pound giant forest hog is expert at avoiding people, who are increasingly hunting the animal in its African habitat.

Smoking Ocean Vents Found in Surprisingly Shallow Water:

June 21st, 2018

Scientists have found new hydrothermal vents off the Azores, and they may harbor unique life.

Orcas Slap, Kill, But Don't Eat Their Prey:

June 21st, 2018

It’s impossible to tell why the whales didn’t eat their prey, one expert says, but here are a few suggestions.

Syphilis DNA Pulled From Colonial-Era Bones:

June 21st, 2018

The 350-year-old genes may help researchers settle the debate about where the disease originated.

Ancient Royal Tomb Yields Strange New Ape Species:

June 21st, 2018

The toothy creature provides rare evidence of early human-caused extinctions.

Den of Mountain Lion Kittens Found in Unlikely Place:

June 21st, 2018

National Park Service researchers discovered a litter of four cougar kittens near California’s Simi Hills, an area surrounded by highways.

Why Koko the Gorilla Mattered:

June 21st, 2018

Featured twice on the cover of National Geographic magazine, Koko led to major revelations about animal empathy and communication.

UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Drops Monkey Circus:

June 21st, 2018

At Vietnam’s Can Gio reserve, monkeys performed tricks in subpar conditions. The circus has left—but the monkeys remain in possession of the corporation.

This Summer Solstice, Earth's Days Are Longer Than Ever:

June 20th, 2018

Earth hasn't always had a 24-hour day. Here's what that means for the June solstice.

Why T. Rex Couldn't Waggle Its Tongue:

June 20th, 2018

Scientists were in for a surprise after peering inside the mouths of modern alligators and birds.

Can Bees Help Save Elephants From Train Strikes?:

June 20th, 2018

In India, where elephants are hit by trains, people are trying innovative solutions.

This Bird Has Been Singing the Same Song for 1,000 Years:

June 20th, 2018

The American swamp sparrow’s amazing ability to pass down its song perfectly is an example of handing down a cultural tradition, scientists say.

After Fleeing War, Refugee Children Face Lasting Psychological Trauma:

June 20th, 2018

In Lesbos, Greece, young refugees cope with a growing mental health crisis.

Some Rivers Are So Drug-Polluted, Their Eels Get High on Cocaine:

June 20th, 2018

Illegal drug residues in the water could be affecting native fish.

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