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Marine Protected Areas Are Important. But Are They Working?
The world won't meet international ocean conservation targets by 2020, so a team of scientists is looking at what's next for saving our seas.
06/16/2018 11:00 AM
Searching for Elusive Green Sea Turtles in the Persian Gulf
Scientists are trying to solve riddles about where and how green sea turtles live in the Middle East, one of the world's least-understood turtle populations.
06/16/2018 10:00 AM
Meet the Single Dads of the Animal World
These fathers fly, swim, and hop the extra mile for their babies.
06/16/2018 09:00 AM
When Nature Runs Wild, the Results Can Be Spectacular
So-called rewilding involves taking a hands-off approach to the land and letting natural processes happen.
06/16/2018 04:01 AM
How Surfing Helped These Scientists Make Waves
From the oceans' depths to the insides of atoms, researchers of all stripes have found inspiration in the surf.
06/16/2018 01:32 AM
Where Did Soccer Start? Archaeology Weighs In.
“The idea of the team sport was invented in Mesoamerica.”
06/15/2018 07:49 PM
The Ocean Is Getting More Acidic—What That Actually Means
Thanks to carbon emissions, the ocean is changing, and that is putting a whole host of marine organisms at risk. These scientists are on the front lines.
06/15/2018 06:15 PM
Why the Iceland National Team Has So Many Polish Fans
For many Polish natives, this island nation is their second home.
06/14/2018 07:14 PM
Rare Bunny-Faced Mammal Captured on Video
The tiny Ili pika faces many threats in its mountainous home of northwestern China.
06/14/2018 06:08 PM
Climate Change May Spark Global ‘Fish Wars’
Warming seas are driving commercial seafood poleward into waters controlled by other countries, setting up international conflicts.
06/14/2018 06:00 PM
Virunga National Park Sees Its Worst Violence in a Decade, Director Says
Gunmen recently killed five rangers and a driver—the park’s deadliest attack in recent history.
06/14/2018 05:46 PM
These 5 New Snake Species Suck Snails Out of Their Shells
The names of the snakes were auctioned off, and funds from the event will go toward preserving some of the species.
06/14/2018 03:00 PM
Meet the Next Generation of National Geographic Explorers
These six Explorers are using conservation, photography, science, and innovation to better understand our world and work toward improving it.
06/14/2018 01:41 PM
World's Oldest Rain Forest Frogs Found in Amber
“It was exhilarating to hold these small fossils up to the light to reveal the frogs within.”
06/14/2018 01:27 PM
Why Rescued Kangaroo Joeys Need Handmade Pouches
Orphaned joeys need care 24/7, as they would in a mother’s pouch—here's how caregivers mimic the marsupial experience.
06/13/2018 11:29 PM
Mars Rover Powers Down During Dust Storm—But It's Not Dead Yet
A huge dust cloud has swallowed up a quarter of the red planet's surface, threatening NASA's Opportunity rover.
06/13/2018 08:31 PM
5 Surprising Raccoon Superpowers
Though many see them as pests, these masked bandits have some pretty surprising skills.
06/13/2018 07:18 PM
Evian and Loop Industries: Starting a Revolution in Plastic Recycling
An innovative recycling method invented in a garage is offering a solution to plastic waste.
06/13/2018 05:55 PM
The West Antarctic Ice Sheet Seems to Be Good at Collapsing
As it shrinks, sea level rises—and a new study finds it shrank dramatically even when Earth was not as warm as today.
06/13/2018 05:07 PM
These Soft, Magnetic Robots May One Day Crawl Inside Your Body
Researchers think the robots could perform a number of medical treatments like delivering medication or taking samples.
06/13/2018 05:04 PM
Ancient Native American King's House Rediscovered in Florida
Known from Spanish records, the once-lost structure belonged to Caalus, ruler of an indigenous people famous for resisting colonial missionaries.
06/13/2018 03:30 PM
32 Astonishing Photos From a Career Spent Underwater
Photographer David Doubilet sets out to astound people with his images—and inspire conservation. See how in this retrospective photo gallery.
06/13/2018 10:01 AM
These Communities Turn Discarded Fishing Nets Into Carpets
Explorer Heather Koldewey is helping people in the Philippines and beyond clean up ocean plastic, starting with ghost nets.
06/13/2018 04:00 AM
Thousands of Tiny Red Crustaceans Strand on California Beach
Roughly the size of your thumb, pelagic red crabs are not true crabs.
06/12/2018 06:58 PM
Where Women Must Defy the Odds to Become Scientists
In their new documentary, Clare Fieseler and Gabby Salazar explore the lives of women working in science despite intense cultural and social barriers.
06/12/2018 06:58 PM
These Fish Keep Forests Alive—And Fishing Threatens Them
Scientists have found that many South American forests rely on large fish to transport their seeds—and that may put them at risk.
06/12/2018 09:00 AM
Artists Used 5,000 Bottles to Build Brooklyn Bridge Replica
The bottles were also a nod to a larger installation made by National Geographic explorer Asher Jay, drawing attention to conservation issues.
06/11/2018 09:57 PM
These Are the First Jaguars Born in This Argentinian Wetland in Over a Century
A pair of cubs was born in Iberá National Park, and scientists are aiming to be as minimally invasive in their lives as possible.
06/11/2018 09:48 PM
Here’s What It Really Means to Become a National Geographic Explorer
These scientists, conservationists, storytellers, and educators are changing the world.
06/11/2018 05:49 PM
Africa's Oldest Trees Are Dying, and Scientists Are Stumped
A mysterious killer is claiming the mighty baobab.
06/11/2018 03:02 PM
See Amazing Ocean Creatures That ‘Glow’
From coral to sea turtles, marine biologist David Gruber has found several biofluorescent marine species.
06/11/2018 04:01 AM
Why a Squirrel Stashed 50 Pounds of Pine Cones in a Car
Many animals have discovered that human-made objects are even better than what's found in nature.
06/09/2018 09:00 AM
When, How Did the First Americans Arrive? It’s Complicated.
The first Americans weren't one group of people; they arrived at different times, and likely by different methods.
06/09/2018 04:01 AM
How These Remote Locations Celebrate LGBTQ Pride
Even at the ends of the Earth, LGBTQ communities are finding ways to celebrate one another.
06/08/2018 11:02 PM
No, Killer Dog Flu Isn't the Next Human Pandemic
A study about a new strain of canine influenza made waves this week. Here's why claims about it triggering a human pandemic should give you pause.
06/08/2018 08:28 PM
These Millennial Monks Are Adapting to a Modernizing World
Young Buddhist monks in Mongolia look to keep their religion alive by passing on their traditions to younger citizens.
06/08/2018 06:09 PM
Turtle Trafficker Sentenced, But Suspected Mastermind Still Not Charged
Vietnamese man trading endangered hawksbill turtles was sentenced to more than four years in prison. The alleged kingpin has yet to be brought to justice.
06/08/2018 05:33 PM
This Lizard Has a Blue, Ultraviolet Tongue—Here’s Why
When threatened, the northern bluetongue skink brandishes its UV-reflective, cobalt tongue.
06/08/2018 03:29 PM
New Game Asks Players to Clean the Ocean of Plastic
It also highlights pressing issues like warming oceans and coral bleaching.
06/08/2018 02:38 PM
For Cash and Pride, Replanting Canada's Forests by the Millions
Each year, twentysomethings from all over the world take on one of the most grueling yet satisfying summer jobs imaginable.
06/08/2018 01:32 PM
Why Humpback Whale Babies Whisper to Mom
On World Oceans Day, we take a deeper dive into the fascinating world of marine mammals.
06/08/2018 10:00 AM
Musician Jack Johnson Wages War on Ocean Plastic
The artist and surfer, who grew up in Hawaii, is driving awareness of ocean pollution.
06/08/2018 04:00 AM
This Baby Elephant Might Be Feeling 'Awkward'
This seemingly strange behavior may be the baby elephant’s version of feeling ‘awkward’.
06/07/2018 07:10 PM
This Blood Test Could Predict When Babies Will Arrive Early
Premature birth is one of the leading causes of infant mortality, and a new test could help doctors spot it.
06/07/2018 06:52 PM
Building Blocks of Life Found on Mars
Two landmark discoveries reveal organic carbon on the red planet, shaping the future hunt for life on Mars.
06/07/2018 06:00 PM
Decapitated Snake Head Nearly Kills Man—Here’s How
Scientists warn that rattlesnakes can remain dangerous long after they are dead.
06/07/2018 04:58 PM
One of the Deepest Caves in the World is Even Bigger Than We Thought
While trapped inside Mexico's Sistema Huautla by torrential flooding, cavers and scientists discovered new connections—expanding the map of the Western Hemisphere's deepest cave.
06/07/2018 04:07 PM
This Gasoline Is Made of Carbon Sucked From the Air
A Harvard-affiliated Canadian company is making a liquid fuel that is carbon neutral, and they hope the economics will be in their favor.
06/07/2018 03:00 PM
Why Male Dolphin Buddies 'Hold Hands'
Bottlenose dolphins in Australia call each other by name and touch frequently to maintain alliances with other males, a new study says.   
06/07/2018 03:00 PM
Alex Honnold and Tommy Caldwell Set Historic Speed Record on El Capitan
The expert speed climbers reached the top of Yosemite's grandest wall in under two hours—something never before accomplished.
06/06/2018 09:14 PM
Why This Huge Full Moon Seems to Be Falling From the Sky
A video taken near a volcano may look like Hollywood at work, but it’s really a great example of how science can mess with your mind.
06/06/2018 06:52 PM
High Seas Fishing Isn’t Just Destructive—It’s Unprofitable
Government funds prop up more than half of fishing in the open ocean, a new study reveals.
06/06/2018 06:00 PM
Hurricanes Are Moving Slower—And That's a Huge Problem
When tropical cyclones slow, they drop far more rain, sparking even more devastating floods. Future climate change is expected to slow them still more.
06/06/2018 05:00 PM
This Invention Helps Deep-Dwelling Fish Journey to the Surface
Without the small, pressurized chamber, a fish's swim bladders likely wouldn't survive the ascent out of water.
06/05/2018 09:36 PM
Farming: There's an App for That
More farmers are going high tech, maximizing yields of crops by tapping GPS, data analytics, and apps—tools known as precision agriculture.
06/05/2018 07:57 PM
Rare Moose Triplets Spotted—Here's Why They're So Unusual
Based on a recent video, the trio of calves seem to be “in great shape,” according to one expert.
06/05/2018 07:37 PM
‘Holy Grail' Test for Illegal Cyanide-Caught Aquarium Fish May Be Fatally Flawed
A widely celebrated test believed to be able to determine if tropical marine aquarium fish were caught illegally using cyanide may be based on problematic data, a new study says.
06/05/2018 03:11 PM
Burned Skeletons Are Rare Remains of Ancient Goth Invasion
The child and two adults lived in an ancient city in what's now Bulgaria before it was conquered by a Germanic army 1,700 years ago.
06/05/2018 02:41 PM
Actor Adrian Grenier Is Cutting Out Plastic. Here's How You Can, Too.
The 'Entourage' star and UN Ambassador started with plastic straws and is now working on a plastic-free house.
06/05/2018 09:00 AM
Why Guatemala's Volcano Is Deadlier Than Hawaii's
More than two dozen were killed by the Fuego volcano's eruption, and experts fear more danger could come.
06/04/2018 07:00 PM
Blue-Eyed Coyote Could Be One in a Million
A wildlife guide recently spotted the unusual canine in California's Point Reyes National Seashore.
06/04/2018 04:23 PM
How This Whale Got Nearly 20 Pounds of Plastic in Its Stomach
Eighty shopping bags and other plastic debris clogged the animal’s stomach, making it unable to eat.
06/04/2018 03:45 PM
Reducing Plastic as a Family Is Easy. Here's How.
Choosing a cone, instead of a cup, for your ice cream is one fun tip.
06/04/2018 09:00 AM
Why Mongooses All Give Birth on the Same Day
These small, sleek mammals have some intriguing quirks in the animal kingdom—like male childcare.
06/02/2018 09:00 AM
Why Today is the Golden Age for Dinosaur Discoveries
As more countries open their borders to paleontology, a new generation of dino hunters is uncovering almost one new species a week.
06/02/2018 04:01 AM
As Tigers Become Rarer, Poachers Are Targeting Lions
Growing numbers of wild lions in Africa are slaughtered for their teeth and claws, sought in Asian countries for jewelry.
06/01/2018 05:02 PM
Naked-Eye Asteroid and More Can't-Miss Sky Events in June
Planetary pairings, a super-bright asteroid, and the astronomical start of a new season offer plenty of reasons to look up this month.
06/01/2018 01:32 PM
Around the World, Farmland Birds Are in Steep Decline
Modern agriculture has transformed the world—and as a result, some bird species are hurting.
06/01/2018 10:00 AM
From the Photo Archive: 65 Years of Epic Everest Climbs
Decades after two climbers first summited Mount Everest, mountaineers from across the globe continue to set their sights on the world's tallest peak.
05/31/2018 06:58 PM
What One Woman Learned Trying to Run Across California
Three friends set out to prove you don't have to be an expert to go for something extraordinary.
05/31/2018 06:57 PM
How a Seal Pup Died With a Plastic Wrapper in Its Stomach
A flimsy film of plastic clogged the sick pup’s intestines and could have catalyzed its death.
05/31/2018 06:27 PM
Surprise! Pluto Has Dunes Made of Methane 'Sand'
The tiny world shouldn’t have enough atmosphere to create wind-sculpted dunes. So what’s going on?
05/31/2018 06:00 PM
World's Oldest Lizard Fossil Found—What You Need to Know
Found in the Italian Alps 20 years ago, the newly studied fossil is being hailed by scientists as the "mother of all lizards."
05/31/2018 05:30 PM
Do Dogs Really Prefer Baby Talk? You Might Be Surprised.
"Who's a good boy?" Scientists investigated whether our pets like the exaggerated tone that many of us use with our canines.
05/31/2018 04:57 PM
The Race to Save Historic Plastic Artifacts
Although plastic is a big problem in the ocean, museum conservators are rushing to save spacesuits, animation cels, and other pieces of history.
05/31/2018 09:00 AM
This is How Camels Can Eat Spikey Cacti
Hardened structures, called papillae, line the mouths of camels and other animals—including humans—to help them eat tough foods.
05/30/2018 10:00 PM
Buffalo Gives the Horns to a Young Lion Cub
After recently catching a lizard, a lion cub makes the mistake of taking its prize into buffalo territory.
05/30/2018 07:31 PM
New Hybrid Robot Uses Living Muscles to Move
Researchers in Tokyo say they're a step closer to creating more complex and lifelike body parts made of living tissue and mechanical skeletons.
05/30/2018 06:06 PM
The Extraordinary Ways Weather Has Changed Human History
From determining the outcome of wars to wholesale destruction of lives and property, weather affects our lives in a shocking number of ways.
05/30/2018 04:00 PM
5 Giant Salamander Species Identified—And They're All in Danger
A new study shows that there are more species of Chinese giant salamander than previously thought, but most of those could go extinct in the near future.
05/29/2018 09:31 PM
Explore Historic Mount Everest Expeditions Through National Geographic Maps
Sixty-five years after the first climbers summited Mount Everest, we look back on our most stunning maps of the mountain.
05/29/2018 02:58 PM
Is This Inscribed Stone a Notorious Forgery—or the Answer to America’s Oldest Mystery?
Scholars will take a fresh look at the authenticity of a rock purporting to reveal the fate of the Lost Colony of Roanoke Island.
05/29/2018 04:01 AM
Why This Frog’s Poisonous, Inflatable Backside Is Staring at You
This South American frog’s inflatable rear end puts on quite a show for predators.
05/26/2018 11:00 AM
What You Think You Know About Animals? Probably Not True
Unfaithful penguins, blood-red hippos, and randy pandas: In the wild, animals are not always how we imagine them.
05/26/2018 04:01 AM
Oldest European Tree Found—And It's Having a Growth Spurt
A Heldreich's pine discovered in southern Italy has been thriving in a remote part of a national park for 1,230 years.
05/25/2018 09:15 AM
From Historic to Cutting Edge: Revitalizing Iconic Buildings
Fenway Park, the Eiffel Tower, Empire State, and other storied buildings were upgraded for 21st-century energy efficiency.
05/25/2018 09:00 AM
These Birds Make Their Own Citrus-Scented Cologne
The sexiest male crested auklets have large head feathers and a strong tangerine smell, a new study finds.
05/25/2018 09:00 AM
Tick Wrapped in Spider Silk Found Trapped in Amber—A First
The unlucky creature is now a boon to scientists studying the evolution of arachnid behavior.
05/25/2018 09:00 AM
These Famous Women Artists Changed the World With Their Self-Portraits
These deeply personal self-portraits did more than just mirror the artists—they sparked meaningful social conversations.
05/24/2018 09:37 PM
Bald Eagle Steals Dinner From Fox—by Flying Off With Both
Benjamin Franklin famously criticized the bald eagle for stealing food from other animals.
05/24/2018 07:57 PM
Baby Sloth Reunited With Mom in Moving Video
Found alone on a Costa Rican beach, the infant was returned to its mother thanks to a creative technique by wildlife rescuers.
05/24/2018 04:27 PM
Why Blue Flames Are Now Burning at Kilauea
Methane trapped underground is igniting blue flames near the volcano's lava flows. Experts say methane blasts are possible.
05/24/2018 03:53 PM
Yellowstone-Area Grizzly Bears to Be Hunted for First Time in Decades
The sport hunt, which will begin in fall, is controversial among the public and conservationists, though state biologists support it.
05/24/2018 03:08 PM
How Did Dino-Era Birds Survive the Asteroid 'Apocalypse'?
Fossil spores and bird family trees suggest that deforestation was a key factor in determining who survived 66 million years ago.
05/24/2018 03:00 PM
Horses Found in Pompeii May Have Been Harnessed to Flee Eruption
Several horses recently discovered in a 2,000-year-old stable appear frozen in a failed flight to safety from the eruption of Vesuvius.
05/24/2018 01:50 PM
Tape Is Ruining Priceless Art. This New Gel Can Fix It.
The common trick to fix a tear has plagued art conservators, but chemists are developing newer and safer methods to restore old art.
05/23/2018 09:40 PM
Loch Ness Monster Hunters to Try DNA Search? Get the Facts.
If the famous cryptid is real, this hunt ought to find it—but if not, scientists will still gain valuable ecological data.
05/23/2018 05:37 PM
30th Annual National Geographic Bee Winners Nail Tough Questions
Venkat Ranjan, 13, of California is this year's top geography ace after an exciting competition.
05/23/2018 04:30 PM
Newborn Rhino Is Confident and Adventurous, Say Keepers
Once a species with only 200 individuals, the Indian rhinos' recovery is considered a conservation success story.
05/23/2018 01:36 PM
How India’s Fishermen Turn Ocean Plastic Into Roads
In an innovative project, fishermen in Kerala collect ocean plastic for recycling, cleaning the ocean in the process.
05/23/2018 09:00 AM