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Read the Antarctica blockbuster that’s freaking everyone out.

The more climate scientists learn about Antarctica, the more scary the place seems. A new Grist feature by Eric Holthaus dives into one corner of the …

Mysterious ‘dinosaur’ shark caught, called a ‘living fossil’ by researchers

When the dinosaur-killing asteroid struck the Earth many millions of years ago it spelled doom for countless species, while allowing many others …

300,000-year-old skulls that look shockingly like ours could rewrite the human origin story

Precisely when and where did our species emerge? Anthropologists have struggled with that question for decades, and scattered clues had suggested the …

Anthropology

Blaming MDs for Opioid Crisis Is Malarkey

Posted: Nov 01, 2017 12:01 AM<p>President Trump's declaration that opioid abuse is a public health emergency is sparking debate about addiction. …

Virgin Birth, Double Uteri, and Other Wondrous Female Abilities

In nature, some female "superpowers" rival those of Wonder Woman.<p>Wonder Woman certainly got her due at the box office, but many female animals have superpowers that we seldom hear about.<p>Here are some of our favorites, including—no kidding—a magic lasso.<p><b>Double the Uterus</b><p>These cartoonish predators, …

Frogs Hitch Ride on Water Buffalo—Never Before Seen

A scientist on a birdwatching trip stumbled across the unusual phenomenon in Turkey.<p>Water buffaloes in Turkey have been spotted carrying some unusual hitchhikers—tiny frogs.<p>In autumn, farmers along the Black Sea coast release their domesticated Anatolian water buffalo to wallow in the marshes, …

2,000 Years Ago, Prophet Nehemiah Performed This Temple Rite to Revive Sacrifices. Now, Sanhedrin Is Reviving It

“But if ye return unto Me, and keep My commandments and do them, though your dispersed were in the uttermost part of the heaven, yet will I gather …

Israel

Glacial 'aftershock' spawns Antarctic iceberg the size of Manhattan

Antarctica's rapidly melting Pine Island Glacier has shed an iceberg the size of Manhattan, the latest evidence of the ice shelf’s fragility.<p>Nasa released photographs showing the block of ice separating from the southwest coast of the continent taken between January 26 and January 31.<p>The sequence, …

Weird Life Found Trapped in Giant Underground Crystals

Boston, Massachusetts<p>Floating in pockets of fluid, the microbes are likely new to science and may be up to 50,000 years old, a NASA researcher says.<p>Creatures that thrive on iron, sulfur, and other chemicals have been found trapped inside giant crystals deep in a Mexican cave. The microbial …

Giant Roaches Can Grow Big Testicles When They Need Them

Madagascar hissing cockroaches can become lovers or fighters, but not both.<p>Chalk up one more for the roaches.<p>Not only are they nigh indestructible, but they also appear to have an enviable skill: growing bigger testicles. A new study reports that Madagascar hissing cockroaches can specialize as …

NASA Team Claims ‘Impossible’ Space Engine Works—Get the Facts

Scientists just published a paper saying that the controversial EmDrive produces thrust, even though that defies known laws of physics.<p>After years of speculation, a maverick research team at NASA’s Johnson Space Center has reached a milestone that many experts thought was impossible. This week, the …

We May Finally Know Why Astronauts Get Deformed Eyeballs

A closer look at space travelers revealed that a buildup of brain fluids may be squishing their eyeballs from behind.<p>Many astronauts returning to Earth after long-duration missions in space suffer from blurry vision that does not always get better. Now, after years of speculation and study, …

How We'll Tackle Diseases That Are Becoming Untreatable

The United Nations just declared antibiotic resistance “the greatest and most urgent global risk.” Here’s what they’re going to do about it.<p>An extraordinary gathering at the United Nations on September 21 may have permanently changed how the world deals with antibiotic resistance, which is believed …

Here's What Was in the First Issue of 'National Geographic' Magazine

Our inaugural issue, published 128 years ago today, was a very different read.<p>On this day 128 years ago, the National Geographic Society published the very first issue of its magazine, a mere eight months after the society was established with the purpose "to increase and diffuse geographic …

What Can We Learn From a Nazi Time Capsule?

Archaeologists recently dug up a long-buried capsule underneath a former Nazi training facility.<p>A time capsule buried in Hitler’s Germany was unearthed recently in modern-day Poland. The capsule hadn’t moved in 82 years, but the world above had changed dramatically.<p>In 1934, the capsule, a copper …

Dazzling Video of a Glowworm Cave in New Zealand

Travel bloggers captured incredible video of glowworms—and avoided eels—in New Zealand’s Waitomo Caves.<p>The traveling duo Stoked for Saturday visited New Zealand’s famed Waitomo Glowworm Caves and captured video of the indigenous glowworms, whose bioluminescence creates this amazing experience. …

What Was the Biggest Insect That Ever Lived?

See how today’s largest creepy crawlies stack up against prehistoric behemoths.<p>We like big bugs and we cannot lie.<p>So when our friend Doug Rhodehamel wondered, “What’s the largest insect that ever lived?” Weird Animal Question of the Week went hunting for giants, past and present.<p>We found some …

Why Yellow Birds Mysteriously Turn Red

No one could figure out why a North American woodpecker's feathers were changing color—until now.<p>For the yellow-shafted northern flicker, “you are what you eat” has proven freakishly true.<p>These eastern North American woodpeckers get their name from a thin vein of yellow that runs through the center …

Inside the Quest for a Real ‘Star Trek’ Warp Drive

It may be a while before starship captains can race across the galaxy, but engineers and physicists have a few ideas for making it so.<p>Within the <i>Star Trek</i> universe, traveling across the galaxy is a breeze thanks to the famed warp drive. This fictional technology allows humans and other civilizations …

Unsealing of Christ's Reputed Tomb Turns Up New Revelations

JERUSALEM<p>For just 60 hours, researchers had the opportunity to examine the holiest site in Christianity. Here's what they found.<p>Researchers have continued their investigation into the site where the body of Jesus Christ is traditionally believed to have been buried, and their preliminary findings …

A Fairytale Kingdom Faces Real-Life Troubles

On the border of Estonia and Russia, the Setos struggle to create a modern identity from ancient beliefs<p>On two sides of a disputed border lies a kingdom. It is young in age and ancient in beliefs, forged from the chaos of the Soviet Union’s collapse.<p>The people of this kingdom are the Setos, an …

Iconic Ancient Sites Ravaged in ISIS’s Last Stand in Iraq

Archaeological remains in two capitals of a long-lost empire are destroyed as battle to liberate Mosul continues.<p>Recently released satellite imagery of archaeological sites around the northern Iraqi city of Mosul has revealed extensive destruction at two capital cities of ancient Mesopotamia, …

'Mud Dragon' Dinosaur Unearthed—By Dynamite

The fossil, dated to the time right before a giant impact wiped out the dinosaurs, was almost destroyed during school construction.<p>Chinese construction workers excavating bedrock recently made an explosive discovery when they inadvertently unearthed an unusual new species of feathered dinosaur.<p>The …

'Alien' plants spreading across the world causing billions in damage, says study

New global database shows human activity has led to increased spread of invasive species<p>Many of the world’s plants are turning “alien”, spread by people into new areas where they choke out native vegetation in a worsening trend that causes billions of dollars in damage, scientists said on Wednesday.<p>…

Ecology

Is Kimchi Kosher? Are GMOs? Naturally, Rabbis Disagree

Rabbi Reuven Flamer remembers the plates and plates of food he saw while he was working for a kosher catering company in Montreal—salty brisket and cholesterol-laden kugel. The food might have been good for the soul, but Flamer could tell it definitely wasn’t good for the body.<p>“I’ve always had an …

It’s Been One Year Since Africa Had a Polio Case. Can This Last?

At midnight Tuesday night—Aug. 11, 2015—the continent of Africa passed a quiet milestone: one full year since the recognition of its last case of polio.<p>As a journalist, my job is to try to be objective, and to not be a partisan or booster. But I think it is just stating facts to say this is a …

The Roots of Johnny Cash

Though the man in black never really “shot a man in Reno”—don’t believe all the song lyrics—he did pick “cotton in the bottomland” as the son of an Arkansas Delta farmer.<p>His family’s 1930s homestead, meticulously restored, opened a year ago as a museum. It’s located an hour north of Memphis, …

How Undersea Enigmas Reproduced Before the Dawn of Sex

Birds do it. Bees do it. And over 541 million years ago, weird organisms that looked like armored carpets did it. Exactly how they did so, though, was a bit different from the ways we’re familiar with.<p>University of Cambridge paleontologist Emily Mitchell and colleagues were the ones to reconstruct …

Cashes Ledge: The Gem of New England

Changing Planet<p>Sea stars and bivalves illustrate the diversity of life on Cashes Ledge.<p>Led by National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Dr. Sylvia Earle, the Mission Blue team recently returned from a Hope Spot Expedition to Cashes Ledge, a pristine biological hotspot off the coast of New England. …