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On Earth Day, 20 Gorgeous Photos Of Natural Wonders Under Threat

April 22 marks Earth Day, the annual U.N.-sponsored event to celebrate the planet and raise awareness of the impact that humanity has on the natural world. As people and governments across the globe honor the date, The WorldPost looks into some of Earth's wonders that face destruction at the hands …

Stunning Nature Shots in 2013 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

It's that time again! National Geographic is calling out to all of the world's photographers to enter the 2013 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest. Submit your photos in any or all of these four categories: Travel Portraits; Outdoor Scenes; Sense of Place; and Spontaneous Moments. (Love that …

Subtle, Beautiful Photos of Man-Made Light Moving Through Natural Environments

This series of photos by Norwegian photographer Ole Brodersen goes by the name “Trespassing,” and it’s based around a fascinating concept: recording …

What Do Animals Really Dream About?

"Almost all other animals are clearly observed to partake in sleep, whether they are aquatic, aerial, or terrestrial," wrote Aristotle in his work On …

He Might Look Small, but He Did Something Awesome to Save His Owner From a Much Bigger Animal

“He was really bleeding out, ” Eddie Richard, who owns Richard’s Fruit Market, told the Northern Virginia Daily of the incident. “He had a huge open gash on his forearm.”<p>Frederick County, Virginia fire and rescue workers and citizens help Steven Krichbaum and his dog, Henry, that were attacked by a …

These Unlikely Friendships Are The Cutest Thing You'll See All Day

Photo: Courtesy of The Dodo.<p>Sometimes, shape, size, color and species just don't matter. Ahead, four adorable duos that found unlikely friendship on …

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How tech could spell the end of animals in drugs testing

Think of a world where more new medicines are available more quickly, more safely and with few, if any, animals used in research. Think of a world where you know for sure that the drug you are prescribed is safe for you. This is what researchers at some of the world's leading universities are …

Seattle Zoo Elephant's Unexpected Death Prompts Important Discussion About Animal Captivity

A 45-year-old African elephant's unexpected death at Seattle's Woodland Park Zoo has fanned the flames of the ongoing debate about the humaneness of elephant captivity.<p>Watoto was euthanized after she was found on her side in an outdoor elephant exhibit yard on Friday. Attempts to place her back on …

Playful Paintings Suggest How Animals Are Created

Mexican artist Ricardo Solis creates amusing paintings that playfully illustrate how animals are created. In the whimsical works, viewers become witness to an imaginative process that explains how a zebra gets its stripes, how a leopard gets its spots, or how a flamingo gets its colorful pink …

The Most Dangerous Animals for Runners

These creatures are best avoided.<p>1 of 13<p>Bears<p>Most bears, being omnivorous, would rather eat a bunch of berries than a runner, but that doesn't make them any less frightening if encountered on the trail. If you do come across one, <b>the Colorado Division of Wildlife recommends</b> that you make lots of …

Super Senses: The Secret Powers of Animals – review: the elephants were gems, but the star was the golden mole

The nature documentary is gradually evolving into a single species; one that can be shown on any channel in any country. Presenters are stylishly scrubbed and wide-eyed with wonder. There are constant reminders of what we’ve already just seen and there is plenty of high-definition, slow-motion …

Domesticating Rabbits: Scientists Prove Charles Darwin's Theory of Genetics in Taming Animals

Genes controlling the development of the brain and nervous system were fundamentally important for animal domestication, according to new research.<p>An …

Photo du Jour: The Hand of God

Swimming out into the water with a waterproof camera in hand, Greek photographer Costas Masseras captures the country’s islands in miniature, the …

Wolves Vulnerable to Contagious Yawning

Changing Planet<p>Wolves in Bayerischer Wald National Park, Germany. Photograph by Norbert Rosing, National Geographic Creative<p><b>Yawning isn’t a lone wolf phenomenon. New research shows that when one wolf yawns, a packmate often does too.</b><p>Watching a pack of wolves at the Tama Zoological Park outside …