Kim Kaufman

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Why Do Dogs Watch—and React to—TV?

Just like humans, their response to the tube depends on their personality, experts say.<p>Our first Weird Animal Question of the Week of 2015 comes to us from our very own photo editor Mallory Benedict, who's curious about why her sister's poodle pays such rapt attention to the television.<p>"He totally …

27 Holiday Salads We Love

Gallery27 Holiday Salads We Love<p>Making a great, crowd-pleasing salad shouldn't be hard. From a winter citrus salad with jewel-toned oranges and clementines to a medley of winter greens, we've got 27 salad recipes that'll keep you coming back for more. And more. And...yeah...some more.<p>Get the …

New Image of Blue Diamond Cluster Is a Cosmic Showpiece

Sky-watchers can catch their own glimpse of Messier 47, a group of hot, blue baby stars.<p>Astronomers are getting an early holiday treat: a stunning new portrait of a well-known cluster of hot blue and red stellar jewels known as Messier 47.<p>The spectacular image of the sparkling cluster—visible also …

A Spacecraft That Packs The Punch Of A Warhead

Hayabusa 2 could be the first to intercept and blast an asteroid.<p>After a dysfunctional Hayabusa mission returned to Earth in 2003 with a measly 0.1 milligram of asteroid dust, Japan's Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) didn't give up--it doubled down. In December, the $310-million Hayabusa 2 will …

Tesla CEO Wants Mostly Self-Driving Cars By Next Year

Technology might not be there just yet.<p>Elon Musk’s Tesla Motors promises the car of the future today. In September, the billionaire promised something new for his electric vehicles: autopilot, mostly. Well, “90 percent of your miles can be on auto.” Left unsaid is how exactly that’s going to happen.<p>…

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Seeking The Black Hole At The Center Of Our Galaxy

In 2015, 11 telescopes will link up to see the Milky Way as it's never been seen before<p>The Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) probes the sky for radio waves from the Milky Way (shown here) and beyond. But even ALMA can't see the supermassive black hole shrouded in ionized gas at …

The Week In Drones: Pregnant Whales, Disaster Mapping, And More

Keeping up with the droneses<p>Here's a roundup of the week's top drone news: the military, commercial, non-profit, and recreational applications of unmanned aircraft.<p><b>Drones For Claims</b><p>USAA insures millions of Americans, primarily those serving in the military and their families. Earlier this month, …

Drones Are Tracking Monkeys To Spot Malaria Outbreaks

Robots, monkeys, and humans form an alliance against disease.<p>In the jungles on the island of Borneo, flying robots are following monkeys. These drones aren’t part of a sinister pre-emptive strike against the Planet of the Apes. Instead, they’re trying to find the source of new malaria outbreaks …

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Video Game Trains Bomb-Sniffing Dog Handlers

Sit, roll over, detect IEDs<p>Small, homemade bombs are an ever-present threat in America’s wars. Commonly known as Improvised Explosive Devices, or IEDs, these bombs are easily made by insurgents, hidden along patrolled roads, and surprisingly deadly. In the early years of the Iraq war, the …

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Senate Fails To Curtail NSA Monitoring Of Citizens

Intelligence agency can keep collecting bulk phone data about Americans, for now.<p>The National Security Agency still has the authority to collect wide-ranging metadata about your phone calls—at least for now. A controversial bill aimed at reforming the intelligence agency failed to pass the U.S. …

Teen Inventor Sets His Sights on New Tests for Cancer, Pollution

Emerging Explorer Jack Andraka doesn't plan to stop with his prize-winning test for pancreatic cancer.<p><i>Editor's Note: Jack Andraka is one of National Geographic's 2014 Emerging Explorers, a program that honors tomorrow's visionaries—those making discoveries, making a difference, and inspiring people</i> …

The 11 Most Important Cats Of Science

I can haz scienz?<p>[Special thanks to materials scientist Joe Spalenka for letting us use his photoshopped image of Watson And Crick Plus Chloe The Cat.]

How Habitable Is That Exoplanet? [Flowchart]

If you're looking for a planet that might support life, our handy flowchart can help you choose the least deadly space rock.<p>Here on Earth, water, oxygen, and an atmosphere provided just the right conditions for single-celled organisms to evolve into walking, calculating creatures (like us). Still, …

My Top Ten U.S. Ocean Stories of 2014

Changing Planet<p>Given the cascading disasters the ocean faces from industrial overfishing, pollution, coastal sprawl and climate change there’s been some surprisingly good news in the United States this year. Here are ten stories – both good and bad – that impacted the blue in our red, white and …

Seeking Sanctuary Status for the Aleutian Islands Archipelago

Changing Planet<p>By Mark J. Spalding with Catharine Cooper<p>4,405 miles from Washington D.C. lies a rugged chain of exquisitely beautiful islands. Extending from the tip of the Alaskan peninsula, the Aleutian Islands are home to one of the richest and most biologically productive marine life …