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Snowbound campers rescued by helicopter from Grand Canyon | Reuters

PHOENIX (Reuters) - Twenty campers stranded by a snowstorm on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon were safely rescued by helicopter on Tuesday, local sheriff’s officials said.<p>The group, consisting of students and faculty from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, began their outing last Wednesday …

Grand Canyon

America's worst national parks

It’s always fun to come up with rankings for the “best of” travel – and within the majesty of America’s national park system, there is always a spirited competition between the likes of Yellowstone, Yosemite, Glacier, and the Tetons, all of which I’ve enjoyed visiting multiple times.<p>But enough of …

The Wolves of Yellowstone

“Wolf by the river. Stop!” screamed Emily, a fellow traveler who sat across from me in the snow coach. Minutes earlier I had asked our driver if there was any chance we’d spot a wolf. “Quite frankly, I doubt it,” she replied. “Although <b>Yellowstone</b> is home to about 100 wolves, spread across 12-13 …

National Parks

Gear of the Year 2014

Top Gear Innovations for Fall and Winter The brisk days of fall and cold nights of winter bring out the best in gear design and technology. When the mercury goes south with the birds, there’s little leeway for lapses in function and lots of room for flexing new ideas. Sometimes this means embracing …

Jackson Hole

Sleeping in the cold - 5 tips to keep you safe and warm

So, you're a young adventurer and you feel invincible. You've climbed a couple of peaks and don't really think about what happens next. That's at …

Backpacking

Google+ Hangout: Get to Know India’s Curious Big Cats

Changing Planet<p>As part of Big Cat Week on Nat Geo Wild, several National Geographic big cat researchers, photographers, and conservationists (including me) are joining together for a live video chat via Google+ Hangout Wednesday, December 3rd at 1 p.m. EST (6 p.m. UTC).<p>This is your chance to get …

'Jurassic World' Dinosaurs Stuck in the 1980s, Experts Grumble

Out-of-date dinosaurs undercut the science seen in the movie's trailer.<p>Who doesn't love a dinosaur flick? Well, paleontologists have a few fossil bones to pick with <i>Jurassic World</i>, the latest in a line of dinosaur movies that once bragged about its scientific credibility.<p>The trailer for the new …

NASA is tracking a gargantuan iceberg, escaped from Antarctica

After six months of winter darkness in Antarctica, NASA has re-acquired satellite images of the huge iceberg B31.<p>Winter has lifted from Antarctica’s …

Does Your Genome Belong to Your Family, Too?

Are seals mutilating and killing porpoises? Scientists investigate

A gruesome series of killings has left porpoises stranded on the shores along the North Sea, and scientists now think they have a culprit: gray seals.<p>Turns out those adorable gray seals aren't so cuddly after all. The findings, described in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B, reveal a …

Marine Mammals

Major victory for the bees: Ontario moves to restrict neonicotinoids

The Canadian province plans to phase out 80 percent of the bee-killing pesticides by 2017<p>Canada just took a major step toward protecting the environment. It's not often you hear that. But not only have our neighbors to the north just joined Twitter, Ontario has officially become the first …

No safety concerns raised in Ebola vaccine trial, researchers say

Initial human testing of a top<p>Ebolavaccine candidate demonstrated that the drug was safe and provoked a strong immune response, according to researchers.<p>In a paper published in the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases described …

Disease

With its gaping mouth, needle-sharp teeth, and slightly startled expression, the black sea devil anglerfish seems tailor-made for the spotlight.<p><b>And in fact, one particular female got her close-up on November 17 when researchers got footage of this rare anglerfish—the first time this species has</b> …

Bridgmanite: World's most abundant mineral finally named

A team of geologists in the U.S. has finally found an analyzable sample of the most abundant mineral in the world allowing them to give it a name: …

The Mystery Of The Missing Brains

For decades, a rare collection of human remains sat in a basement closet at the University of Texas. A new book tells the story of that collection — and the enduring mysteries that surround it.<p>Transcript<p>SCOTT SIMON, HOST:<p>For decades a collection of human remains sat in a basement at the University …

A famous variable star in Cepheus

Want to catch the moon sliding past the planets, Mars, Jupiter and Venus this week? Click here for a chart.<p>Tonight … come to know Delta Cephei, a …

Universe

Our Favorite Pictures of Cats You've Never Heard Of

Mysterious Roman God Baffles Experts

A sculpture of a mysterious, never-before-seen Roman deity has been unearthed in an ancient temple in Turkey.<p>The 1st century B.C. relief, of an …

Pregnant Snake Prepares For Motherhood By Eating Toxic Toads

Some expectant mothers prepare for the arrival of their babies by reading books of parenting tips, painting nurseries, and buying a pram. The tiger keelback snake takes a different approach. When females get pregnant, they slither into the forest to eat as many poisonous toads as they can find.<p>The …

Messier 33: 2nd-closest spiral galaxy

Triangulum galaxy, aka Messier 33. is 2.7 million light-years away, and the 3rd-largest member of our Local Group, after the Milky Way and Andromeda …

Cosmology

How Did Manatees Inspire Mermaid Legends?

Sailors across cultures thought the aquatic mammals were young women of the sea.<p>It's that time of year when manatees, the slow-moving aquatic mammals of the southeast coast of North America, start to migrate south into warmer waters—and often run into trouble.<p>In Florida, many of the languid …

Bob Dylan Details 31-Date North American Fall Tour

Bob Dylan will embark on a 31-date North American tour, beginning October 17th at Seattle's Paramount Theater. The trek features several residencies …

New Jersey