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15 spots North Carolinians would rather keep a secret

<i>EDITOR’S NOTE:</i> You know that place in your hometown that you love to death, and that you desperately hope tourists never discover? The place that, if …

The mysterious boundary

A black hole’s event horizon is a one-way bridge to nowhere, a gateway to a netherworld cut off from the rest of the cosmos.<p>Understanding what …

Physics

Top 5 Weird Facts About Mysterious Uranus: Photos

Explore a few of our favorite facts about this oddball planet in the outer solar system.

Astronomers may have found the fastest spinning object in the universe

If you saw it, you might sniff at something so insignificant, yet it represents the final farewell of chewed up stars as their remains whirl down the throat of an 18 billion solar mass black hole, one of the most massive-known in the universe.<p>Astronomers know the object as OJ 287, a quasar that …

Astrophysics

Why Does Earth Appear Blue From Space?

Hint: it doesn’t have anything to do with our blue skies.<p><i>“Whenever I gaze up at the moon, I feel like I’m on a time machine. I am back to that</i> …

Astronomers Create Largest-Ever Catalog Of Cosmic Voids

Astronomers have released the largest and most extensive catalog of cosmic voids ever generated — extending out some 8 billion light years in an area covering a quarter of the sky, mostly observable from the Northern hemisphere. A team of Vanderbilt University-led astronomers used data from the …

Astrophysics

Astronomers now have a way to rank the likelihood of life on other planets — and Earth's score isn't what you might expect

The Kepler Spacecraft is focused on a tiny patch of sky in our Milky Way galaxy, hoping to detect planets as they transit in front of their stars.<p>But if alien astronomers are doing the same, and detect Earth transiting in front of the Sun, how habitable would Earth appear?<p>You might think, because, …

Astronomy

Exploring the puzzle of consciousness

The Wellcome Collection’s new exhibition States of Minduses science and art to unravel mysteries from memory loss to sleepwalking<p>On a crumpled sheet of tin foil in the Wellcome Collection’s conservation studio lies an odd assortment of plasticine forms. One looks suspiciously like the footprint of …

Turns Out Our Solar System Might Have A 9th Planet After All

Sorry, Pluto.<p>Good news, everyone: Our solar system likely has nine planets again, so there’s no reason to forget that number you learned in grade school. The bad news is is that the ninth planet still isn’t Pluto. Instead it’s an entirely new planet, according to a team of astronomers from Caltech …

Video shows waterfall completely frozen over following days of cold weather in Derbyshire

The United Kingdom’s recent cold snap has seen the nation layer up with winter coats, scarves, and thermals as it braves the dropping temperatures, …

Burmese Days

On a recent assignment for National Geographic Expeditions, I got to return to Burma (also known as Myanmar) for the first time in about 15 years. …

Cameras

Archaeologists just uncovered $17 billion in sunken treasure, but that's not what they're excited about

However, as the San Jose was sailing off of the coast of Colombia, a British warship caught up with her and sent the ship, her vast treasure and the majority of her 600 crew to the bottom of the sea.<p>The actual location of the wreck has remained a mystery until now. On December 4, Colombian …

Archaeology

4 secrets to building wealth in your 30s

Unless you win the lottery or inherit a sizable windfall, becoming wealthy isn't usually something that happens overnight.<p>The sooner you get started on the path to building wealth the better. If you're in your 30s, there's really no time like the present.<p>If you can make these smart financial moves …

Personal Finance

New most distant object in solar system

More than 100 times farther from the sun than Earth, this object has been designated V774104. It’s fueling speculation about a Planet X.<p>Earlier this …

Astronomy

How Cocaine Changes the Brain

<b>The burst of energy and hyperactivity that comes with a cocaine high is a rather accurate reflection of what’s going on in the brain of its users,</b> …

Sex – Is It All In the Brain?

There is no doubt that our sexual behavior is controlled by our brain. The brains of males and females are different and work differently when it …

Neuroscience

National Geographic Travel

The Thanksgiving Sky: The Moon Meets a Bright Star at Dawn

As the moon moves around the Earth in its monthly orbit, it often passes in front of background stars. Such events are called "lunar occultations" …

Meteor Showers on Mercury May Explain Astronomical Puzzle

Mercury can experience meteor showers as Comet Encke periodically peppers the planet's tenuous atmosphere with dust, new research suggests.<p>Earth has …

Incredible New Photos Show Moment NASA Rocket Exploded On Liftoff

The unmanned rocket exploded shortly after takeoff in October in Virginia on its way to the International Space Station, resulting in incredible images released by NASA this week.<p>On Oct. 28, 2014, an unmanned NASA rocket saddled with cargo for the International Space Station exploded shortly …

NASA has figured out how Mars was stripped clean of water

What happened to Mars’ atmosphere? NASA thinks it knows.<p>Around 3.7 to 4.2 billion years ago, the red planet’s atmosphere was the same size or bigger than the Earth’s, but today it’s about 100 times thinner than on our planet. The answer, it turns out, is blowing in the wind.<p>Solar winds, to be …

Space

Science says lasting relationships come down to 2 basic traits

<i>In most marriages, levels of satisfaction drop dramatically within the first few years together.</i><p><i>But among couples who not only endure, but live happily together for years and years, the spirit of kindness and generosity guides them forward.</i><p>Every day in June, the most popular wedding month of the …

Self-help

Brides will be wearing these racy wedding gowns next year

Fashion companies showed off their fall 2016 bridal collections this month — and they're sexier than usual.<p>Weddings are usually a family affair, but designers are going for a seductive look, with styles that give the illusion of bare skin and lacy designs over nude fabrics. These looks are inspired …

Weddings

High-power sound waves used to blast cancer cells

British doctors develop revolutionary new therapy that can precisely target tumours without surgery<p>British doctors are developing a revolutionary new therapy for cancer and associated conditions based on the use of high-powered beams of ultrasound.<p>The researchers – working at the Institute of …