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Chattanooga Police Discover Skeleton Twins Dead in Their House for 3 Years

Strange, sad and macabre, the discovery of the skeletal remains of twin brothers Andrew and Anthony Johnson has mystified neighbors and others in …

Crime

Prince William Hints at Baby No. 2

It may only have been a quip, a classic well-meaning comment made during a royal outing, but Prince William set off speculation that he and wife Kate …

Prince William

5th signal detected 'not likely' from MH370 black boxes, officials say

Elevated hopes that Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 might soon be found were tempered Friday, when the joint search agency said the latest signal probably isn't from the missing plane.<p>The most recent acoustic signal detected by an Australian aircraft in the search Thursday is "unlikely to be related …

New signal detected in hunt for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

BEIJING -- An Australian military plane participating in the search for missing<p>Malaysia Airlines Flight 370on Thursday detected an underwater acoustic signal that may be from theBoeing777’s black boxes, Australian authorities said.<p>The P-3 Orion has been dropping buoys equipped with hydrophones that …

Masters of Disguise—Amazing Insect Camouflage

To avoid becoming prey, insects use mimicry to blend into their surroundings.<p><b>When it comes to biology, mimicry is everywhere. Lions use camouflage to blend in with the savanna. Frogs use mimicry to match their green environment. Most famously, chameleons will even change color to blend in with</b> …

Three Great Reasons to Fly Cross-Country

Wildlife<p>When three young cougars were suddenly orphaned, two pilots from opposite coasts helped distance the kittens from their tragedy.<p>The Monday began with rain as it often does near Portland, Oregon. As LightHawk volunteer pilot Mike Baum reviewed the latest weather reports and radar, the furry …

Big Win for Sea Turtles in Puerto Rico

Last spring <b>Puerto Rico</b> bucked a decades-long trend by protecting 3,000 acres of pristine beaches and mangroves along the <b>Northeast Ecological Corridor</b>.<p>A new law marks an unexpectedly happy ending to a 15-year battle fought by environmental activists to wrest this portion of the Caribbean island’s …

Mudslides Explained: Behind the Washington State Disaster

A fatal mudslide in Washington State points to the dangers of heavy rainfall.<p>A fatal mudslide in rural northwestern Washington State over the weekend underscores the dangers of this fast-moving natural hazard.<p>On Saturday morning, a mudslide moved down the Stillaguamish River near the small former …

5 Shipwrecks Lost to Time That Archaeologists Would Love to Get Their Hands On

The shipwrecks of some seafaring cultures have never been found—but not for lack of looking.<p>Finding modern ships lost at sea, even with the help of radar, sonar, and satellites, can be a herculean task. But trying to find a shipwreck from thousands of years ago is even harder. It's like looking for …

March 24, 2014: Big Wave Crashes, Haitian Folk-Tunes, Babysitting Gorillas and More

Every week, embark with host Boyd Matson on an exploration of the latest discoveries and interviews with some of the most fascinating people on the planet, on <i>National Geographic Weekend.</i><p>Please check listings near you to find the best way to listen to <i>National Geographic Weekend</i> on radio, or listen …

3 Surprising Sources of Oil Pollution in the Ocean

The Texas spill is obvious, but automobile oil is a bigger contributor.<p>Obvious oil spills, like the 168,000 gallons (635,000 liters) of oil that leaked into Galveston Bay on Saturday, usually make national news, accompanied by pictures of oil-blackened wildlife.<p><b>But such publicized events account</b> …

First Asteroid With Rings Discovered

Move over, Saturn—rings aren't just for giant planets anymore.<p>Saturn has rings, of course, and so do the other gas giants of our solar system—Jupiter, Uranus, and Neptune—albeit wispier ones than Saturn's.<p><b>But until now it seemed that only giant planets had the gravity to hold on to the billions of</b> …

Climate Change Shrinks Salamanders

Amphibians are responding to changing conditions, says new study.<p>The warmer conditions brought on by climate change may cause some animals to change in size, a new study suggests. Wild salamanders in a warming, drying area of the United States have gotten shorter over the past 50-plus years, …

Opinion: Killing Healthy Zoo Animals Is Wrong—And the Public Agrees

Scientist calls lion, giraffe deaths "zoothanasia"—or heartless elimination.<p>The four lions killed by the Copenhagen Zoo this week, as well as the healthy young giraffe named Marius put to death in February, didn't have to die.<p>A global uproar has followed the deaths of two African lions and their …

Military Dolphins and Sea Lions: What Do They Do and Who Uses Them?

Military-trained marine mammals, including dolphins, can detect underwater mines and intruders.<p>Russian activities in Crimea now include taking over a Ukrainian military unit made up of bottlenose dolphins, according to news reports.<p>It's unclear how the Russian navy intends to use these "combat …

How Much for a Picture With the Monkey? The Real Cost Of Wildlife Tourism

I’ve been extremely fortunate to have spent the past seven months working and traveling in Southeast Asia with support from the National Geographic Society and the U.S. Fulbright program. While my research has brought me to Singapore and Gibraltar a number of times, I had not previously stayed long …

NASA Unveils Stunning New Milky Way Portrait

<b>Talk about an out-of-this-world map! NASA has unveiled a stunning new clickable panoramic portrait of our home galaxy, the Milky Way.</b><p>The zoomable, 360-degree view was constructed from more than two million infrared snapshots taken over the past ten years by NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope.<p>“If we …

Why Do Animals Sometimes Kill Their Babies?

Is it natural—or pathological—when a mother kills and eats her own offspring? Or when a brother kills his sister's child?<p>When Khali, a sloth bear at the Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington, D.C., went into labor in late December last year, her keepers were thrilled. But soon after Khali …

World Not Ready for Climate Change, New Report Says

Latest IPCC report outlines the risks of climate change—and the lack of readiness.<p><i>Updated on March 31, 2014 at 10 a.m. ET.</i><p><b>The world is not ready for climate change, which poses a number of serious risks, says the planet’s leading body of climate scientists.</b><p>On Monday morning in Yokohama, Japan, the …

New Climate Change Report Warns of Dire Consequences

IPCC highlights risks of global warming and closing window of opportunity.<p>The world is not ready for the impacts of climate change, including more extreme weather and the likelihood that populated parts of the planet could be rendered uninhabitable, says the planet's leading body of climate …

4 Sky Events This Week: A Cosmic Kite and the King of Planets

Changing Planet<p>In an artist’s impression, this red giant star as viewed from a nearby scorched planet is similar to the bright evening star Arcturus, now visible in the spring skies. Credit: ESO/L.Calcada<p><b>As springtime winds begin to blow, a giant celestial kite sets sail, riding high in the night</b> …

Life as the World’s Smallest Camel

Wildlife<p><i>Three years after becoming entranced by the world of the world’s smallest camel, Arthur Middleton returns to San Guillermo, Argentina with photographer Joe Riis to learn more about these unusual animals and to share their adventures here. All photos by Joe Riis.</i><p>(Photo by Joe Riis)<p>Tomorrow, …