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Red Fox, Canada

Why Animals "Adopt" Others, Including Different Species

Odd alliances often form due to instinct—but empathy may be involved.<p><b>A feel-good tale of sperm whales "adopting" a deformed bottlenose dolphin made an Internet splash this week. The story resonated with readers, including Reddit commenter Fallapoo, who said: "I see a Disney movie in the works."</b><p><b>But</b> …

5 Sky Events This Week: Three-Planet Huddle, Lunar Wall

Wildlife<p><b>As the sun sets this week and the stars come out to play, the moon makes for a convenient guidepost in tracking down some cosmic showpieces. Check out our five sky events not to miss.</b> <b><br>Moon Joins Regulus.</b> Starting at dusk—about 30 minutes after your local sunset—on Friday and Saturday, check …

Reader Recs: America’s Best BBQ Joints

A <b>post on the best BBQ joints in the U.S.</b> elicited a surprisingly dramatic response. From coast to coast (and beyond), readers wrote in with alternating approval and admonishment. And no one seemed shy when it came to pointing out what should have made the list.<p>We learned a lot from the feedback, …

After a swim in Fortuna Bay, king penguins come ashore on South Georgia Island in the southern Atlantic. Standing about a foot shorter than the emperor, the king is the second largest penguin. Photograph by Cedric Favero, Your Shot

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Coffee Around the World

Kenneth Davids is a coffee expert, an author, and a co-founder of Coffee Review, a site that serves as a coffee buyer’s guide. Davids conducts blind, expert cuppings of coffees and reports the finding in 100-point reviews, much like those that exist in the wine industry.<p><b>Some of the advice Davids</b> …

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The craggy Cliffs of Moher in Ireland provide a stunning view of the Atlantic Ocean. Photograph by Jim Richardson, National Geographic

"Khotso" Peace at Devil's Knuckles

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The town of Ronda clings to cliffsides in the Spanish province of Málaga. Here, prehistoric ruins mingle with more recent dwellings, creating a unique space that has drawn artists and writers for decades. Photograph by Ross Coupland, Your Shot

Know Before You Go: Paris

If Paris is a croissant, crafted with immeasurable pride, kneaded by the hands of many, some visitors only get a taste of the flaky exterior. Whether you’re traveling for a long weekend or coming back for more, here’s a quick primer on getting to, from, and around this iconic city with ease.<p><b>Know</b> …

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Planet Debris Pollute Dead Stars

Changing Planet<p>This is an artist’s impression of a a white dwarf with a disk of rocky debris left behind by the star’s surviving planetary system. Credit: NASA, ESA, and G. Bacon (STScI)<p>A pair of dead stars sitting in a star cluster about 150 light years from Earth appear to have their atmospheres …

After his July 1969 historic expedition to the Moon, Buzz Aldrin has continued to seek out new frontiers. (Photo courtesy NASA) Find out why he wants humans to live on Mars, then join him for a live Hangout on Monday, May 20 at 2 p.m. ET (7 p.m. UTC) and ask him your questions.

"Khotso" Peace at Devil's Knuckles

Pictures: When Snow and Ice Meet Lava

Studying what happens when lava flows meet snow and ice helps researchers track climate change through the ages.

New Sea Monster Found, Rewrites Evolution?

Cretaceous-era reptile Malawania anachronus discovered in Kurdistan.<p><b>A new species of dinosaur-era sea reptile is rewriting the books on the evolution of so-called sea monsters, a new study claims. (Read "When Monsters Ruled the Deep" from National Geographic magazine.)</b><p>The newfound—and potentially …

Berlin, Germany

Photo Tip: All About Exposure

<b>Reader Question:</b> Which exposure mode should I use with my camera? What’s the difference between “Auto” and “A”?<p><b>My Answer:</b> I’m going to start with a bit of background on the basics of camera settings. “A” refers to <b>Aperture Priority mode</b>. The user chooses the aperture and the camera automatically …

Mountaineer Conrad Anker has gone from Antarctica to the summit of Everest to explore the world’s highest mountains. (Photo courtesy Conrad Anker) Don't miss your chance to ask him about his legendary climbs during our live Hangout on Monday 20 at 2 p.m. EDT (7 p.m. UTC):

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Pictures: Take a Look Through Nature’s Most Transparent Animals

Wildlife<p>A team of researchers recently announced the discovery of <i>Cyanogaster noctivaga</i>, a brand new species of transparent fish that lives deep in the Amazon. Indeed, with its transparent skin and dazzling blue belly, the discovery constitutes an entirely new genus and, despite being very hard to …

Crinoid, New Caledonia

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Get in an Empire State of mind with the help of City Guides by National Geographic. Photograph by Alison Wright, National Geographic.