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10 of the world’s best natural wonders … that you’ve probably never heard of

Mendenhall ice caves, Alaska, US<p>Imagine standing in a natural glassy dome illuminated by eerie blue light … A visit to Mendenhall ice caves is a rare chance to step into the heart of a glacier. The 12-mile-long stretch of ice (it is getting shorter every day, because of global warming) near Juneau …

North Island

Nasa's New Horizons Spacecraft Sends Back Fresh Images of Pluto

Nasa's New Horizons spacecraft, on way to meet Pluto, has taken fresh images of the mysterious planet that reveal more detail about its complex and …

Here's the clearest panorama of the Milky Way galaxy

Get ready to have your mind blown. This video shows just what NASA has been up to over the past ten years. It shows the ‘clearest infrared panorama …

'Soul-sucking dementor wasp' among new species already at risk says WWF

<b>A "soul-sucking wasp" is among 139 species recently discovered in south-east Asia.</b><p>Named Ampulex dementor, it steals its prey's "free will", paralysing it with a sting before eating it alive.<p>But according to animal charity WWF the wasp and many of the other new species are already under …

The world's weirdest X-rays - Telegraph

Moons of Uranus: Facts About the Tilted Planet's Satellites

The planet Uranus has 27 known moons, most of which weren't discovered until the space age. They range from Titania, 981 miles (1,579 kilometers) in …

Mammoth black holes may be on a collision course

<b>(Shutterstock)</b><p>Scientists believe the impending crash could transform our understanding of extreme physics<p>Clara Moskowitz<p>May 27, 2015 8:30am (UTC)<p>This article was originally published by Scientific American.<p>Most galaxies have a supermassive black hole lurking at their centers, but a galaxy 10.5 …

Top 10 new species of 2015 include artistic fish, fanged frog

A fish that builds elaborate "crop circles" on the ocean floor and a fanged frog that gives birth to live tadpoles instead of laying eggs have been …

2015 May 21 - NGC 6240: Merging Galaxies

<b>NGC 6240: Merging Galaxies</b> <b><br>Image Credit:</b> NASA, ESA, Hubble Heritage (STScI / AURA), A. Evans (U. Virginia / NRAO / Stony Brook U.)<p><b>Explanation:</b> NGC …

Top 25 Photographs from the Wilderness #23

Changing Planet<p><b>“Life in us is like the water in a river.”</b> <i>Henry David Thoreau</i><p>The Okavango is the beating heart of Africa, home to an estimated 50% of the world’s elephants, most of the world’s hippo, and crucial populations of many other keystone species. There is no wilder place on earth: this is …

The Best Photos From Your Shot: Volcanoes and More Volcanoes!

Picture Stories<p>Every day here at National Geographic, our photo editors look through somewhere between 4,000 and 8,000 images that are uploaded to our photo community, Your Shot. Of those images, 12 are selected to shine in what we call the Daily Dozen. And from THOSE, only one is chosen. And by …

Meet Little Blue Eyes

A blue-eyed Ocelot kitten born a the Dallas Zoo won’t stay that way for long. As the kitten matures, its eyes will naturally turn brown. But that …

2015 May 14 - Dwarf Planet, Bright Spot

<b>Dwarf Planet, Bright Spot</b> <b><br>Image Credit:</b> NASA, JPL-Caltech, UCLA, MPS/DLR/IDA<p><b>Explanation:</b> Now at Ceres, Dawn's camera recorded this closer view of the …

Home On the Moon: How to Build a Lunar Colony (Infographic)

An outpost on the Earth’s moon has been a staple of science fiction since the 20th century. One of the earliest practical proposals was the U.S. …

2015 May 15 - Jupiter, Ganymede, Great Red Spot

<b>Jupiter, Ganymede, Great Red Spot</b> <b><br>Image Credit & Copyright:</b> Damian Peach/SEN<p><b>Explanation:</b> In this sharp snapshot, the Solar System's largest moon …

Is Exotic Diet Giving Giant Tortoises a Boost in Galapagos?

Weird & Wild<p>Some of the rare reptiles are chowing down on plants brought accidentally to the islands—and may be healthier as a result, a new study says.<p>Some Galápagos giant tortoises are developing a taste for exotic cuisine—invasive plants that people have unwittingly brought to the volcanic …

Watch: Ants Use Giant Jaws to Catapult Out of Death Trap

Weird & Wild<p>Trap-jaw ants can escape predators' sand pits by using their powerful jaws to fling themselves away from danger, a new study finds.<p>Weird & Wild<p>The trap-jaw ant is famous for its super-strong mandibles, which can crush prey, handle eggs, defend nests from intruders, and even fling the …

Discovered. A fish with a warm heart

New research demonstrates a remarkable adaptation in a fish. It has a warm heart<p>We usually think of fish as cold-blooded creatures and 99.9% of them are. But the opah, a deep-sea fish, has distinctly warm blood, according to new research.<p>Most fish have a body temperature tracks that of the water …

National Park Coastlines

Travel<p>See photos of U.S. national park coastlines (including Acadia, Hawaii Volcanoes, Channel Islands, and more) in this travel photo gallery from National Geographic.

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Asteroid passes by Earth on May 14

But, contrary to some media reports, asteroid 1999 FN53 will not “skim” our planet.<p>A space rock has caused quite a fuss in recent days. Some media …

First Live Giant Squid Photos and More

Whales

How Tornadoes Form and Why They’re so Unpredictable

A look at storm science after severe weather kills in the Midwest.<p>More than 70 tornadoes were reported over the weekend in the Midwest and Great Plains of the United States, killing at least three people, with at least ten more still missing and significant damage in Arkansas and Texas.<p>More …

2015 May 12 - Two Worlds One Sun

<b>Two Worlds, One Sun</b> <b><br>Left Image Credit & Copyright:</b> Damia Bouic; <b><br>Right Image Credit:</b> NASA, JPL-Caltech, MSSS; <i>Digital processing:</i> Damia Bouic<p><b>Explanation:</b> …

Sleeping Giants, Weeping Plums: Japanese Landscape Photography - Photographs and text by Hidenobu Suzuki | LensCulture

My photographs are like Japanese paintings.<p>I feel that realism is a more Western style. Through my landscape photographs, I’d like to express emotions and spiritual feelings.<p>Contemporary theater, art and music stimulate the brain and liven people’s mood. But emotional art heals people and leads …

Elusive Siberian Tigers Captured in Brilliant Images (Photos)

<i>Jonathan Slaght is projects manager for WCS's Russia Program. Julie Larsen Maher is staff photographer for the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS),</i> …

NASA's Curiosity Rover Views Serene Sundown on Mars

The sun dips to a Martian horizon in a blue-tinged sky in images sent home to Earth this week from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover.<p>A series of images is …

These Long-Suffering Animal Mothers Deserve a Day Too

Weird & Wild<p>Human mothers carry a child for only nine months, while some animals—including sharks, elephants, and even scorpions—can be pregnant for years.<p>Our moms aren't the only ones who deserve to be honored this Mother's Day. From octopuses to elephants, plenty of animal mothers go above and …

What happens to our bodies after we die

The breakdown of our bodies after death can be fascinating – if you dare to delve into the details. Mo Costandi investigates.<p>“It might take a little bit of force to break this up,” says mortician Holly Williams, lifting John’s arm and gently bending it at the fingers, elbow and wrist. “Usually, the …

Biology

See What Thunder Looks Like, For The First Time Ever

Thunder and lightning provide one of the earliest tangible lessons in life about physics and the hidden forces that shape our universe. Counting the seconds between a bolt of lightning and a clap of thunder remains my favorite opportunity to demonstrate the mind-bending speed of light to whatever …