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National Geographic News

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Will Self-Driving Golf Carts Steer Way for Autonomous Cars?

More college students and senior citizens may soon get rides on golf carts equipped with sensors and cameras—but no drivers.

Published : Fri, 04 Sep 2015 11:30:00 GMT

When Single Male Rodents Settle Down, They're Changed Forever

Forget soulmates. Male prairie voles have no idea who they’re raising kids with—at least, not until they mate.

Published : Thu, 03 Sep 2015 16:21:23 GMT

Watch Western Wildfires Burn After Years of Drought

A new interactive map shows how wildfires have ravaged the western United States in 2015– and over the past decade.

Published : Thu, 03 Sep 2015 14:05:54 GMT

Mysterious Spider With Blood-Red Fangs Found in Australia

A scientist peeked under a rock and found an unusually colored mutant of a venomous funnel-web spider.

Published : Thu, 03 Sep 2015 13:48:38 GMT

Airlifting Pregnant Caribou Away From Wolves

Caribou herds in British Columbia are threatened by a new predator. Indigenous people are taking extreme steps to save them.

Published : Thu, 03 Sep 2015 12:00:00 GMT

You Call That Cute? Here Are 10 Surprisingly Cute Critters

When it comes to cute animal pictures, National Geographic is sitting on a gold mine.

Published : Wed, 02 Sep 2015 21:15:00 GMT

Nearly Every Seabird on Earth Is Eating Plastic

Plastic trash is found in 90 percent of seabirds. The rate is growing steadily as global production of plastics increases.

Published : Wed, 02 Sep 2015 20:27:42 GMT

9 Animals You Didn?t Know Were Cute Until #CuteOff Happened

We weigh in on the critical question of critter cuteness with in-house expert Jonathan Kolby.

Published : Wed, 02 Sep 2015 18:44:00 GMT

Why A Londoner Became a Backwoods California Gold Prospector

When gold prices soared and the Great Recession hit, the author joined a new California gold rush.

Published : Wed, 02 Sep 2015 12:30:00 GMT

Wind Industry Plans Serious Changes to Protect Bats

The move to ramp down turbines during the fall migration season is "a big deal," says one scientist.

Published : Wed, 02 Sep 2015 12:00:00 GMT

3 Pacific Cyclones, A Hurricane off Africa: What's Going On?

The weather seems to be going haywire, with three simultaneous category 4 cyclones in the Pacific and what could be the easternmost hurricane to make landfall in the Atlantic.

Published : Tue, 01 Sep 2015 21:03:22 GMT

What Happens When Two of Ocean's Most Venomous Creatures Fight

Who will win: a sea snake or a fish that is possibly a deadly stonefish?

Published : Tue, 01 Sep 2015 20:28:00 GMT

This Is Denali, Up Close and Spectacular

National Geographic photographer Aaron Huey talks about capturing images of the recently-renamed mountain.

Published : Tue, 01 Sep 2015 19:45:00 GMT

4 Other Mountains Native Americans Would Like to Rename

Beyond Denali, will these famous peaks have their indigenous names restored?

Published : Tue, 01 Sep 2015 16:00:15 GMT

Island's Feral Cats Kill Surprisingly Few Birds, Video Shows

Published : Tue, 01 Sep 2015 15:35:21 GMT

Preserving Humanity?s Cultural Legacy

Published : Tue, 01 Sep 2015 14:43:00 GMT

New Plans Could Protect the Titanic, 30 Years After It Was Found

The iconic ship's discoverer, ocean explorer Robert Ballard, talks about what the future holds for the famous wreck.

Published : Tue, 01 Sep 2015 14:33:13 GMT

Here Are the Ancient Sites ISIS Has Damaged and Destroyed

Shocking destruction in the Syrian city of Palmyra is part of the militant group's ongoing campaign against archaeology.

Published : Tue, 01 Sep 2015 14:32:08 GMT

Why Obama Is the First President to Visit the Arctic

Presidential trip to Arctic city highlights a region at risk– and tries to turn it into a climate-change moment.

Published : Tue, 01 Sep 2015 14:18:00 GMT

Elephant Killings in Chad?s Signature Park Cause Alarm

Published : Tue, 01 Sep 2015 12:00:00 GMT

Why Louder Electric Cars Could Be Bad News for Birds

Pending U.S. rules would make quiet cars louder, but new research shows that the hum of engines and tires can ruin the avian dining experience.

Published : Mon, 31 Aug 2015 19:00:02 GMT

McKinley vs. Denali: Who Decides Names on a Map?

National Geographic’s Geographer explains what the change means and why it’s important.

Published : Mon, 31 Aug 2015 17:30:57 GMT

This Week's Night Sky: Best Time to Spot Distant Neptune

The moon points the way to Uranus and the Crab Nebula and makes a pretty pattern with a pair of objects in Taurus, the bull.

Published : Mon, 31 Aug 2015 16:45:00 GMT

'Extinct' Toad Rediscovered in Ecuador

To biologists’ delight, the Azuay stubfoot toad, believed to be extinct after its last sighting in 2002, has just leapt back to life.

Published : Mon, 31 Aug 2015 12:00:00 GMT

Even the Bottom of the Grand Canyon is Now Contaminated

Fish and other creatures in remote stretches of the Colorado River are contaminated with levels of mercury and selenium known to harm wildlife.

Published : Mon, 31 Aug 2015 12:00:00 GMT

Keith Bellows: In Memoriam

Former National Geographic Traveler Editor Keith Bellows was“the Will Rogers of travel, a guy who never visited a place he didn’t like.”

Published : Mon, 31 Aug 2015 00:21:52 GMT

Keith Bellows, Award-Winning Editor of National Geographic Traveler, Dies

“A giant in the world of travel journalism,” Bellows was dedicated to cultivating travel as a powerful way to teach people about the world’s cultures and economies.

Published : Sun, 30 Aug 2015 20:53:00 GMT

Pictures: A World Without Energy

National Geographic's photo community created haunting images for this Great Energy Challenge assignment.

Published : Sun, 30 Aug 2015 12:00:00 GMT

What Hurricane Katrina Can Teach Us About Leadership

Former Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour says politicians shouldn’t withhold bad news. People need to know so they can deal with it.

Published : Sun, 30 Aug 2015 12:00:00 GMT

Ten Years of Hurricanes and Tropical Storms in One Graphic

Hurricanes have largely avoided the U.S. coast since 2005, but there have been many serious storms and near-misses.

Published : Sat, 29 Aug 2015 18:11:00 GMT

Charts Show How Hurricane Katrina Changed New Orleans

Hurricane Katrina had lasting effects on the physical and social makeup of the Big Easy.

Published : Sat, 29 Aug 2015 12:13:22 GMT

Bats and Sloths Don't Get Dizzy Hanging Upside Down?Here's Why

Being tiny and moving slowly are key for animals who live on the flip side.

Published : Sat, 29 Aug 2015 12:10:48 GMT

10 Pictures That Will Have You Running for the Fairgrounds

At most any state fair you’ll find thrills and chills, not to mention prize-winning pies, porkers, parades, and plush toys.

Published : Sat, 29 Aug 2015 12:00:00 GMT

Week's Best Space Pictures: Bipolar Stars and a Radio Phoenix

The sun illuminates icy fountains on one of Saturn's moons and wildfires rage around Lake Baikal.

Published : Fri, 28 Aug 2015 20:03:00 GMT

See Which Animals Have the Most Enormous?and Tiniest?Babies

A giant panda mom is 900 times more massive than her baby, while a giraffe baby is one-tenth the size of its mom.

Published : Fri, 28 Aug 2015 18:55:00 GMT

3 Timelines Show a World Turning Against Elephant Ivory

A 2012 story on the religious uses of illegal ivory spurred new efforts to save elephants. But the slaughter continues unabated.

Published : Fri, 28 Aug 2015 16:00:00 GMT

What?s Next For the Orphaned Cubs of Dead Grizzly?

Most offspring of problem bears end up in zoos. Is that the right place for them?

Published : Fri, 28 Aug 2015 12:00:00 GMT

Oceans Will Rise Much More Than Predicted, NASA Says

Predictions from a few years ago already are outdated.“Sea levels are rising faster than they were 50 years ago, and it's very likely to get worse,” one scientist says.

Published : Thu, 27 Aug 2015 19:30:00 GMT

How Female Frogs Get Tricked Into Choosing An "Ugly" Mate

Picking the right wingman could make or break the chances for a less desirable male t

Published : Thu, 27 Aug 2015 18:15:00 GMT

Beyond Katrina: 7 Portraits of Grit and Determination

New Orleanians describe the hard journey back home ten years after their beloved city was destroyed by floodwaters when the levees broke.

Published : Thu, 27 Aug 2015 17:15:29 GMT

Baby Zoo Panda Dies, Showing Difficulty of Keeping Twins Alive

The National Zoo's strategy of continually swapping the twins between an incubator and their mother wasn't enough to keep one alive.

Published : Wed, 26 Aug 2015 21:28:00 GMT

How Ancient Palmyra, Now in ISIS's Grip, Grew Rich and Powerful

A distinctly multicultural trading center grew rich on trade between east and west, until it rebelled against its most powerful customer.

Published : Wed, 26 Aug 2015 19:15:00 GMT

Tour Guide Killed in Lion Attack Did Everything Right

There's little a person can do in the face of Africa's top predator, experts say.

Published : Wed, 26 Aug 2015 16:07:58 GMT

A Guide to Detecting an Alien Apocalypse

To find intelligent extraterrestrial life, we might need to find proof of its demise.

Published : Wed, 26 Aug 2015 16:00:00 GMT

How Neuroscience Is Helping Answer the Question?Who Am I??

Diseases of the mind like Alzheimer’s help us understand what it means to exist or, conversely, feel as if we don’t exist.

Published : Wed, 26 Aug 2015 14:00:00 GMT

From the U.S. to Saudi Arabia, Women Had to Fight to Vote

95 years ago, women in the U.S. won the right to vote. But it wasn’t just handed to them—they had to demand it.

Published : Wed, 26 Aug 2015 13:00:00 GMT

Can India's Land of Former Headhunters Make Peace?

For the remote Naga tribes, a surprise accord with Delhi aims to end one of the world's longest-running insurgencies.

Published : Wed, 26 Aug 2015 12:58:15 GMT

People-Powered Data Visualization

Through crowdsourcing and citizen science projects, the general public is making profound contributions to research. Can data visualization help make sense of this wealth of new information?

Published : Tue, 25 Aug 2015 23:08:25 GMT

Century-Old Message in a Bottle Returned to Sender

A nearly 109-year-old bottle was part of a tradition of dropping objects and instruments into the sea to study ocean currents.

Published : Tue, 25 Aug 2015 22:02:00 GMT

8 Gorgeous National Parks You've Never Heard Of

Celebrating the diversity of protected lands on the U.S. park service's 99th birthday.

Published : Tue, 25 Aug 2015 16:35:00 GMT

How Drones Are Affecting Wildlife in Surprising Ways

A recent study showing that black bear heart rates soar at the sight of a drone has some experts concerned.

Published : Tue, 25 Aug 2015 16:16:28 GMT

Hurricane Katrina Turned My Family's Odds and Ends Into Heirlooms

Everyday objects, ordinary places and familiar symbols have taken on a deep significance for the author and others who survived the disaster.

Published : Tue, 25 Aug 2015 16:00:00 GMT

Lonely Male Rhino, Last in U.S., Seeks Mate. Will Relocate

The Cincinnati Zoo will send an ultra-rare Sumatran rhino back to Indonesia in search of a partner. The species is hanging by a thread.

Published : Tue, 25 Aug 2015 15:30:00 GMT

Cameras in Hand, New Orleanians Capture A Changing Community

Published : Tue, 25 Aug 2015 12:45:00 GMT

Why Dung Beetles Watch the Sky While Rolling Poop Balls

The poop-hoarding insects have an amazingly advanced internal GPS that allows them to navigate by day or night.

Published : Mon, 24 Aug 2015 20:11:46 GMT

These Newborn Pandas Face 4 Big Threats to Survival

The blind, hairless babies born recently at Washington D.C.'s National Zoo are completely dependent on their mothers—who can sometimes accidentally crush them.

Published : Mon, 24 Aug 2015 18:30:00 GMT

This Week's Night Sky: Spy Saturn?s Icy Moon Dione

Look for Venus as a "morning star," the moon with a stellar teapot, and—if you're more ambitious—a glimpse of Pluto this week.

Published : Mon, 24 Aug 2015 16:15:00 GMT

Panda Twins?Oh Boy! Oh Girl? ?We?re Not Sure.?

The birth of not one but two pandas has increased the excitement at Washington’s National Zoo. But keeping them both alive will be tricky.

Published : Sun, 23 Aug 2015 15:33:00 GMT

How A Family-Run Oyster Business Caused A National Ruckus

When the oyster farm, located in a national wilderness area, was closed, contentious debate erupted and divided a community.

Published : Sun, 23 Aug 2015 12:00:00 GMT

Do Animals Blow Their Noses?

They might not reach for a hanky, but some animals—including primates and dogs—have their own devices for clearing nasal passages.

Published : Sat, 22 Aug 2015 12:00:00 GMT

Dive in! 14 Photos of Summer?s Best Water Sports

The water’s fine for swimming, so plunge into our favorite photos of windsurfing, boating, and more from National Geographic’s archive.

Published : Sat, 22 Aug 2015 12:00:00 GMT

Week?s Best Space Pictures: Earth From Above and Rover Selfies

Astronauts capture a light show over Earth and the Curiosity Mars rover has some fun.

Published : Fri, 21 Aug 2015 18:11:38 GMT

Ranger School Grads Join Long History of Warrior Women

For more than two millennia, from the Amazons to today, women have fought in combat.

Published : Fri, 21 Aug 2015 17:30:00 GMT

WATCH: Extreme Diver Discovers Ancient Whale Skull

How did a six foot whale skull get into a Virginia swamp?

Published : Fri, 21 Aug 2015 15:47:41 GMT

The 5,000-Year Secret History of the Watermelon

Ancient Hebrew texts and Egyptian tomb paintings reveal the origins of our favorite summertime fruit.

Published : Fri, 21 Aug 2015 12:00:00 GMT

What Do You Do With a Bear That Kills a Person?

After a Yellowstone grizzly with cubs killed a hiker, the park’s chief faced an agonizing decision—whether to let the bear go free or put her down.

Published : Thu, 20 Aug 2015 19:09:00 GMT

D.C. Panda May Be Pregnant: Why Is Breeding Them So Tough?

With all eyes on the National Zoo's possibly pregnant giant panda, get the facts on what makes breeding the animals so difficult.

Published : Thu, 20 Aug 2015 17:34:48 GMT

Archaeologist's Execution Highlights Risks to History's Guardians

A scholar's brutal death at the hands of ISIS is a reminder that archaeologists can find themselves on war's front lines, protecting artifacts.

Published : Thu, 20 Aug 2015 17:00:00 GMT

Rare?Fire Rainbow? Over South Carolina Explained

An unusual series of atmospheric conditions led to a colorful show.

Published : Thu, 20 Aug 2015 15:29:00 GMT

A Photographer Inside the Wildfires

Mark Thiessen captures each step of fighting a wildfire blazing in Northern California.

Published : Thu, 20 Aug 2015 12:00:00 GMT

Do Whales Get the Bends?

Scientists take a deeper look at decompression sickness in marine mammals.

Published : Wed, 19 Aug 2015 22:43:22 GMT

New Video: Great White Shark Leaps After Seal in Cape Cod

The dramatic behavior, usually observed off South Africa, is rare for the eastern U.S., according to shark experts.

Published : Wed, 19 Aug 2015 19:35:00 GMT

Giant Fire Tornado Whirls Above Idaho?s Soda Blaze

“Firenados” aren’t that rare, but are rarely documented.

Published : Wed, 19 Aug 2015 15:50:07 GMT

10 of Our Favorite Orangutan Pictures

On International Orangutan Day, we take a look at these lovable tree-dwelling apes, whose numbers are plummeting fast due to deforestation.

Published : Wed, 19 Aug 2015 14:45:00 GMT

Will the Olympics Make Things Better or Worse for Rio?

The 2016 summer Olympics in Brazil could make the rich richer and the poor poorer, an author says, but even so it should be a good party.

Published : Wed, 19 Aug 2015 14:30:00 GMT

Protecting a New Generation of Poisoned Kids After Katrina

An eclectic mix of people moved into New Orleans' most lead-tainted neighborhoods after the 2005 hurricane. Now parents and volunteers are cleaning up yards, schools, parks.

Published : Wed, 19 Aug 2015 13:35:02 GMT

Flying Spiders Found?and They Can Steer in Mid-Air

Published : Tue, 18 Aug 2015 23:01:00 GMT

Nat Geo Explorers Nominated for Top Conservation Prize

2016 Indianapolis Prize nominees include nearly a dozen National Geographic explorers.

Published : Tue, 18 Aug 2015 20:54:00 GMT

Will New U.S. Restrictions on Methane Be Enough?

The oil and gas sector will have to clamp down on the greenhouse gas at new facilities.

Published : Tue, 18 Aug 2015 18:46:08 GMT

Plague Warning Closes Campground in Yosemite

Risk of deadly disease is low, but squirrel deaths in park raise alarm.

Published : Tue, 18 Aug 2015 16:45:00 GMT

Did Chucking Stones Make Us More Human?

A fossil site in the Republic of Georgia yields clues to humankind’s first missiles.

Published : Tue, 18 Aug 2015 13:56:56 GMT

How Did Sea Turtle Get a Straw Up Its Nose?

Scientists studying olive ridley sea turtles in Costa Rica recently helped the injured reptile.

Published : Mon, 17 Aug 2015 19:44:00 GMT

How Bad Is Power Plant Pollution? Depends on the Weather

Making coal-fired plants less dangerous to health could be as simple as checking a special air quality forecast designed by Georgia researchers.

Published : Mon, 17 Aug 2015 19:00:00 GMT

This Week's Night Sky: Spot a Gap in Saturn?s Rings

The gas giant is more than 900 million miles away, but its bright rings are tilted toward Earth and easily visible with a telescope.

Published : Mon, 17 Aug 2015 16:45:00 GMT

Seagulls Have a Gruesome New Way of Attacking Baby Seals

Kelp gulls are eating the eyeballs from newborn Cape fur seals—a behavior never before seen in nature, a new study says.

Published : Mon, 17 Aug 2015 14:05:19 GMT

Strapped for Cash, Some Greeks Turn to Ancient Source of Wealth

Greece’s financial crisis is causing a spike in illegal excavations and swelling the ranks of looters with first-time offenders.

Published : Mon, 17 Aug 2015 12:00:06 GMT

How Dolphins Healed An Author?s Broken Heart

Grief stricken after her father’s death, Susan Casey went to Maui for surf and solace. A pod of dolphins showed up and changed her life.

Published : Sun, 16 Aug 2015 12:00:00 GMT

Glass Paint: Secret to Keeping Metal Roofs Cool on Sunny Days

Glass Paint: Secret to Keeping Metal Roofs Cool on Sunny Days

Published : Sun, 16 Aug 2015 10:00:00 GMT

Hello, Honey! 10 Sweet Photos of Bees

In celebration of National Honey Bee Day, see our favorite photos of bees and the people who love them.

Published : Sat, 15 Aug 2015 12:00:00 GMT

How Do Some Animals Make Their Own Sunscreen?

Fish, hippopotamuses, and other animals produce chemicals that protect them from the sun's rays.

Published : Sat, 15 Aug 2015 12:00:00 GMT

Is This The Biggest Great White Shark Ever Filmed?

A diver recently captured footage of what he claims is a 20-foot (6-meter) long great white shark dubbed Deep Blue.

Published : Fri, 14 Aug 2015 20:37:00 GMT

California May Be Home to a New Lone Wolf

Published : Fri, 14 Aug 2015 19:30:12 GMT

L.A. Cougar Known for Crossing Freeways Killed by Car

Published : Fri, 14 Aug 2015 19:11:01 GMT

5 Other Mines at Risk of Spilling Toxic Waste

Many old hard-rock mines—not just the one in Colorado that tainted a river with orange metallic waste—have pollution problems.

Published : Fri, 14 Aug 2015 17:55:54 GMT

Visualizing a Wet, Hot (and Also Very Dry) American Summer

Interactive maps of drought and precipitation show that U.S. weather in 2015 is a study in contrasts.

Published : Fri, 14 Aug 2015 15:30:00 GMT

Desperately Seeking Queen Nefertiti

An archaeologist says he has discovered the legendary monarch’s burial chamber hidden inside King Tut’s tomb—but she’s been “found” before.

Published : Fri, 14 Aug 2015 14:45:00 GMT

Cuba's 'Peter Pans' Remember Childhood Exodus

A group of Cuban-Americans have mixed feelings on the country they fled as children.

Published : Fri, 14 Aug 2015 12:30:03 GMT

Week's Best Space Pictures: Space Station Sunrise

Astronauts show us what sunrise looks like from space and bright spots on the sun let loose.

Published : Fri, 14 Aug 2015 12:00:00 GMT

How U.S. Climate Plan Can Follow China and Europe?Or Not

How U.S. Climate Plan Can Follow China and Europe—Or Not

Published : Fri, 14 Aug 2015 11:30:00 GMT

We?ve Consumed More Than the Earth Can Produce This Year

Thursday, August 13, is Earth Overshoot Day, when resource use is expected to outstrip the capacity for production—and it’s getting earlier every year.

Published : Thu, 13 Aug 2015 19:13:00 GMT

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