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The Next New Species Could be in Your Backyard: Why Exploration and Discovery Matter – Everywhere

Changing Planet<p><i>Gregory M. Mueller, Ph.D.<br>Chief Scientist and Negaunee Foundation Vice President of Science</i> <i><br>Chicago Botanic Garden</i><p>When we think about discovering new species, we tend to envision tropical rainforests, remote deserts or lofty mountain peaks. But researchers, including myself, are taking …


Tracking Mountain Lions in California's Urban Jungles

Scientists struggle to track the secretive predators, which are turning up near cities' expanding edges, including around San Francisco Bay.<p>Crouched in the darkness, two field technicians squint at a laptop, hoping to catch a glimpse of California's most elusive predator.<p>"Possum. Possum. Possum," …


From Goat Herding to Lion Conservation: The Story of a Samburu Warrior. Part 1

Wildlife & Wild Places<p><i>Meet Jeneria Lekilelei, a young Samburu warrior who comes from the Sasaab area in Westgate Community Conservancy, Samburu, Kenya. Jeneria started working with Ewaso Lions in 2008 as a Lion Scout and has since taken a substantial leadership role in his current position as Field</i> …


Denmark Eyes North Pole, but How Much Oil and Gas Await?

Countries are looking at the long-term economic potential of the Arctic.<p>Just days before Christmas, Denmark has laid claim to an energy-rich but difficult-to-develop part of the world that's a fount of holiday lore: the North Pole.<p>The Arctic's fate will take years to decide, but it's attracted …

Oil & Gas Industry

Out of Fuel, Venus Express Is Falling Gently to Its Death in Planet's Skies

After more than eight years orbiting Venus, the European spacecraft's comes to an end.<p>Just above the surface of Venus, one of Earth's most intrepid robots is slipping into a sulfuric hereafter.<p>Over the next few months, Venus Express will fall slowly through the 150-mile-thick (250 kilometers) …


Rosetta's Comet Lander Will Revive After Bumpy Touchdown, Scientists Say

Hopes rise for reviving the hibernating lander's solar power as comet receives more sunlight.<p>SAN FRANCISCO—Fear not for Philae: The little lost lander could reawaken as soon as February, the Rosetta mission team said Wednesday. Increasing sunlight almost guarantees an end to the probe's current …


I Heart My City: Karen’s Bogotá

Freelance writer <b>Karen Attman</b> moved to Venezuela from the United States nearly two decades ago to embrace the ex-pat life and hasn’t looked back. She moved her home base to <b>Bogotá</b> in 2012 and thrives on the enthusiasm and creativity of Colombia’s capital city, including that of the Bogotano she now …

South America

72 Years Later, Snubbed Captain Credited With Downing German U-Boat

High-resolution mapping sheds new light on battle off the coast of Louisiana.<p>WASHINGTON—When Herbert G. Claudius's family would ask him if he'd ever sunk an enemy submarine during his decades in the U.S. Navy, Claudius would say that he <i>thought</i> he did once. He'd seen oil and debris after a fierce …

After Oil Spill in Bangladesh's Unique Mangrove Forest, Fears About Rare Animals

Tens of thousands of gallons of oil have spilled into the rivers and creeks of the Sundarbans region, threatening tigers, dolphins.<p>Oil from a wrecked tanker is creating a disaster in the waters of Bangladesh's Sundarbans, the largest contiguous tidal mangrove forest in the world and a haven for a …

Oil Spills

4-Foot Salamander Arrives in London as Face of New Conservation Effort

Dubbed Professor Wu, the new arrival could help the Zoological Society of London's efforts to save the critically endangered animal.<p>With his tiny eyes, sly grin, and slimy skin, Professor Wu may sound like an odd poster child.<p>But the Chinese giant salamander, which recently arrived at the …


Just Back: New York City

<i>National Geographic Traveler</i> features editor <b>Amy Alipio</b> (on Twitter @amytravels and on Instagram @amyalipio) recently returned from a family trip to <b>New York City</b> to soak up the holiday glow.<p><b>Here are some of the high points of her trip, in her own words:</b><p><b>Biggest selling point:</b> <b>Midtown Manhattan</b> …


Pictures: Alaska's Wondrous Bristol Bay, Now Off-Limits to Gas and Oil Drilling

Photographer Michael Melford is celebrating the announcement that the U.S. government will protect the area's waters from oil and gas development.


National Geographic Travel

Opinion: Why Cubans Might Have Mixed Feelings About New Relations With U.S.

There's more enthusiasm this week for released Cuban prisoners than for a new U.S. embassy.<p>Gerardo Hernández, Ramón Labañino, Antonio Guerrero—those names, which mean nothing to most Americans, will be at the center of the celebrations in Havana after news of renewed diplomatic relations between …


Delivering "The Pill" Wasn't Easy

Author Jonathan Eig talks about the hard labor of designing the first birth control pill.<p>In 1957, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a new drug called Enovid for menstrual regulation. On the bottle was a warning label stating that this drug had another function—it also prevented …

Women's Health

Hōkūle‘a: Making a Grand Entrance in Auckland

Changing Planet<p>After several exciting weeks of traversing the Northland of Aotearoa (New Zealand) and interacting with incredible communities all throughout, our leg of the Worldwide Voyage finally concluded with a sail into the city of Auckland and a day of ceremonies.<p>Hōkūle’a and the Auckland …

New Zealand