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Week's Best Space Pictures: Cosmic Web, Martian Vistas, and Earth From Above

A volcano awakens, scientists spin a massive cosmic web, and NASA's Mars rover continues to climb Mount Sharp.

Learning to Speak Japanese

I recently returned from the National Geographic Expeditions journey “Inside Japan,” which ran from Kyoto to Hiroshima via Mount Koya, Shikoku, and Naoshima. In my role as one of the resident experts on the trip, I was to prepare several lectures to deliver to my fellow travelers. The idea of …

5 Sky Events This Week: Moon Meets Mars, Neptune, and Saturn Nebula

Sky-watchers can follow the moon on a tour of night-sky treasures.<p>This week the moon visits neighboring planets, the Saturn nebula, and two of the brightest stars in the late autumn sky. (See also: "Stars: Billions and Billions.")<p><b>Moon Meets Mars</b><p>As darkness falls on Tuesday, November 25, look toward …

How Did Manatees Inspire Mermaid Legends?

Sailors across cultures thought the aquatic mammals were young women of the sea.<p>It's that time of year when manatees, the slow-moving aquatic mammals of the southeast coast of North America, start to migrate south into warmer waters—and often run into trouble.<p>In Florida, many of the languid …

Rare Black Sea Devil Caught on Film for the First Time

The anglerfish survived capture and is now being studied in a specially equipped laboratory.<p>With its gaping mouth, needle-sharp teeth, and slightly startled expression, the black sea devil anglerfish seems tailor-made for the spotlight.<p><b>And in fact, one particular female got her close-up on November</b> …

'Eye of Sauron' Opens Galactic Vistas to Astronomers

Gigantic black holes provide a new cosmic yardstick for charting far-off stars.<p>Monster black holes lurking within the core of galaxies offer a new way to measure how far many objects in the universe are from Earth, astronomers report on Wednesday—and with much better accuracy than ever before.<p>The …

Week's Best Space Pictures: A Rocket Roars, Saturn Mixes, and Titan Mimics

A rocket roars off the launchpad, Saturn mixes its upper atmosphere, and Titan mimics the crescent moon in this week's best space pictures.

Aristotle Said Blondes Have Better Sex, New Book Reveals

The Greek philosopher and scientist wrote extensively about sex, both animal and human.<p>What is life? What is a soul? These are some of the questions Greek philosopher Aristotle asked. And we're still asking them today.<p>Aristotle also could be considered the world's first natural historian. Acclaimed …

5 Sky Events This Week: Moon Hits Bull's-Eye and Cosmic Crab

A bull jumps over the moon, and a crab recalls an ancient explosion this week for stargazers.<p>Overhead in the heavens, the moon hits the celestial bull's-eye this week, while sky-watchers hunt down a distant crab.<p><b>Moon meets green giant.</b> After darkness falls on Monday, December 1, look for the waxing …

DNA Confirms: Here Lieth Richard III, Under Yon Parking Lot

The king's genes also raise some royally embarrassing questions about the legitimacy of the Tudors who ended his reign.<p>Ancient bones discovered under a parking lot have been confirmed as those of the medieval king Richard III, through a DNA test that also raises questions about the legitimacy of …

Giant Blast Shuts Down Starburst Galaxy

Astronomers spot gas bursts that may disrupt star formation.<p>For the first time, astronomers have spotted a critical moment in the life of galaxies: high-speed eruptions of gas that may halt the birth of stars.<p>Galaxies, such as our own Milky Way, are vast islands of stars littering space. How …

NASA's Orion Tests Future of Manned Spaceflight

The unmanned capsule splashed down in the Pacific Ocean on Friday morning.<p><i>Update: NASA's Orion spacecraft launched successfully at 7:05 a.m. EST on Friday. The space capsule, unmanned for this test flight, successfully splashed down in the Pacific Ocean at 11:29 a.m. EST.</i><p>A trial by fire awaits the …

Short Film Showcase: The Life Cycle of Mountains

Changing Planet<p>Captivating footage of Iceland’s towering peaks provides a powerful backdrop for this poetic short film uncovering the geological mystery behind a mountain’s formation stages. Filmmaker Temujin Doran highlights the collective impact of natural and human elements on one of Earth’s …

Orion's 'Picture Perfect' Splashdown Marks New Era in Spaceflight

NASA celebrates a successful test of its capsule designed to carry astronauts into deep space.<p>NASA's newest spacecraft successfully splashed down on Friday, opening a new era in deep-space exploration.<p>Unmanned for this test flight, the Orion space capsule successfully splashed down in the Pacific …

Week's Best Space Pictures: Mars Dust Blows, Stars Glow, and Volcano Explodes

Wintry views of the stars lead to vistas of volcanoes, clouds, and contrails in the week's best space pictures.

Locked Away for Years, Skeleton's Secrets Rewrite Prehistory of North America

People came to the New World thousands of years earlier and by different means of locomotion than expected, says the Sherlock Holmes of old bones.<p>In the summer of 1996, while wading in the shallows of the Columbia River near Kennewick, Washington, two students stumbled onto a skeleton. Dated to …

Maine's Magnificent Dark Skies (Gallery)

Beauty indescribable<p>Credit: Mike Taylor/Mike Taylor Photography<p><i>Mike Taylor has been a landscape and studio photographer for over 20 years and teaches</i> …

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