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How Racism, Arrogance, and Incompetence Led to Pearl Harbor

The Japanese surprise attack should not have been such a surprise.<p>Seventy-five years ago, at 7:55 a.m. on December 7, 1941, a Japanese strike force unleashed 353 warplanes on Pearl Harbor, the U.S. Pacific Fleet’s base on Oahu, Hawaii. Relations between the United States and Japan had been …

World War II

The Surprisingly Humanlike Ways Animals Feel Pain

A hurt rabbit pins back its ears and narrows its eyes—part of a "grimace scale" that tells us how animals feel discomfort.<p>Don't tell someone who just stapled a string of Christmas lights to their hand, but pain can be a good thing.<p>Pain is a messenger: It tells us that there's a problem and that we …

Animals

U.S., Egypt Sign Agreement to Thwart Trade in Illegal Antiquities

For the first time, the U.S. has entered into a bilateral agreement with a Middle Eastern country to stop the importation of smuggled artifacts.<p>An ancient mummy hand destined for a Hollywood prop studio was one of five artifacts returned to the Egyptian government in a repatriation ceremony held …

Egypt

Giving the Gift of Travel: 10 Unforgettable Trips

Looking for the perfect trip to take with someone special? We've got the list for you.<p>The gift of travel lingers long after the holiday lights are packed away. The staff at National Geographic Expeditions selected some of their favorite trips around the globe, including visiting ancient cave …

Machu Picchu

Castaway Ghost Spiders Flew to Robinson Crusoe Island

Scientists studying these airborne arachnids have discovered at least three new species in the remote Pacific island, a new study says.<p>Arachnophobes might be shocked to learn that some spiders can fly hundreds of miles across the ocean.<p>Two million years ago, airborne arachnids colonized remote …

Spiders

A Lioness Killing a Leopard Cub Floored These Filmmakers

Chobe National Park, Botswana<p>Savage Kingdom filmmakers take us behind the scenes to Chobe National Park, where predators vie for dominance in times of drought.<p>Think it's a tough world out there? Be thankful you're not a predator in Botswana's Chobe National Park.<p>When the Savute Channel floods, wild …

Botswana

How a Lowly Hedgehog Raised the Bar on Wildlife Care

Before his death in July, former accountant Les Stocker changed the way we deal with injured animals in the wild.<p>Les Stocker’s life was inextricably altered in 1976, when he stumbled on an injured hedgehog near his home. Unable to get it help from a local veterinarian, who offered to put it to …

Wildlife

New Giant, Air-Breathing Fish Discovered

Several other species of arapaimas are likely lurking in the Amazon, waiting to be identified.<p>One of the world's largest, most endangered, and most mysterious freshwater fish has yielded a new surprise: a likely new species—and possibly several more—have been lurking in the backwaters of the Amazon.<p>…

Life Sciences

Supermoon Meteors and 7 More Can’t-Miss Sky Events in December

Get ready to see lunar pairings, two meteor showers, and more celestial wonders this month.<p>The coming month brings back-to-back meteor showers, the moon posing with planets, and plenty more reasons to look up at the night sky. You’ll even have the chance to catch meteors paired with the final …

Astronomy

Why Antarctica Is So Hard on the Body—Even for Buzz Aldrin

The vast polar desert is the driest place on Earth, with punishing winds and frigid temperatures.<p>Buzz Aldrin, one of the first men to walk on the moon, was safely evacuated from the South Pole, the U.S. National Science Foundation said December 1.<p>The agency, which runs the U.S. Amundsen-Scott South …

Buzz Aldrin

Nuking Hurricanes: The Surprising History of a Really Bad Idea

Hurricane season comes to an end today, but the myth of bombing Mother Nature into submission endures.<p>When nature declares war, who says that humanity shouldn’t fight back?<p>It’s an appealing thought, especially when, during hurricane season, we're annually reminded of the immense destruction wrought …

Weather

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, …

Space

The Snow Leopard's Best Friend

Shafqat Hussain's novel insurance program protects an endangered species by reimbursing herders for predatory losses.<p>Zoo exhibits and photographs are as close as Shafqat Hussain has ever gotten to snow leopards. But in the Himalaya mountains of northern Pakistan, he might be their best ally.<p>Trained …

Environment

A Third of People Given Antibiotics Don't Need Them

Flu, STIs, and other ailments are being unnecessarily treated with the bacteria-fighting drugs—and patient demand is partly to blame.<p>It’s a stunning statistic.<p>Three-fourths of emergency room patients who are given antibiotics for a possible sexually transmitted infection don’t actually need …

Life Sciences

This New Mega-Trail Could Open a Mysterious Region to Trekkers

Linking almost a thousand miles of forest and mountains, the trail will offer hikers tough terrain in a little-known corner of the world.<p>Paul Stephens had hiked and bushwhacked for hours up the old Soviet trail through dense beech and pine forest. He was looking for the pass that connects the …

Outdoors

3 Dams to Be Removed in American West to Restore Rivers

A new $50 million fund will help communities remove “deadbeat dams,” starting in California, Oregon, and Washington.<p>Within a decade, the Yakama people of south-central Washington State should be able to harvest salmon once again with spears, nets, and other traditional methods along tributaries of …

United States

Why Trump Can't Make Coal Great Again

Long-term market forces will keep miners from getting their jobs back. But Trump could slow the decline of coal—and the rise of renewables.<p>Shortly after 9:30 in the morning on April 29, 2016, a loud boom thundered through western Colorado’s North Fork Valley. Near the top of the narrow valley, a …

Energy

A Forgotten Adventure With a Telepathic Tribe

A new play revisits a National Geographic photographer’s strange encounter while searching for the source of the Amazon.<p>Near the top of a mountain in the Peruvian Andes is a small lake named Laguna McIntyre. This is the source of the Amazon River, so named for the <i>National Geographic</i> photographer, …

Amazon

Haunting Photos Show Source of Illegal Carbon Emissions in China

A coal-fired steel plant in Inner Mongolia has continued operations despite the central government's efforts to reduce the industry, sources say.<p>A Chinese steel plant in Inner Mongolia comes alive with fire and grit in new pictures by photojournalist Kevin Frayer, who reports that the plant is …

China

Portable Power for On-the-Go Adventurers

Here’s how to keep your tech toys charged while you’re far from an electrical hookup.<p>The first time I needed power while out on the trail was when I did a portion of the Annapurna trek in Nepal in 1999. At the time, I was using one of the earliest point-and-shoot digital cameras, the Olympus …

Energy

Why NASA's First Good Look at Mars Almost Ended Its Exploration

This Red Planet Day, find out why images from the Mariner 4 spacecraft, which launched 52 years ago, were surprising for all the wrong reasons.<p>If Cyber Monday doesn’t bring you holiday cheer, then you have another option: November 28 is also Red Planet Day, which commemorates the 1964 launch of the …

Mars Mission

He May Actually Be the Most Interesting Man in the World

All-around adventurer Johan Reinhard's greatest achievement may have been the discovery of a 500-year-old mummy high in the Andes Mountains.<p>It’s virtually impossible to define Johan Reinhard. But if he were to be branded by Madison Avenue, he could easily be one popular beer commercial’s “Most …

Snapchat

Driving Southern California: San Diego to Santa Barbara

This road trip along the Pacific coast offers epic views, delicious fried treats, and the chance to unwind to our perfect Southern California playlist.<p>A new year deserves a new road map. As one year closes and another queues up, change sits patiently on the horizon, waiting for you to take …

San Diego

Dramatic Images Show Cannibal Leopard and Prey

Territorial leopards will occasionally kill and eat their younger competition, but it's rare to glimpse the act firsthand.<p>In shocking photos, a leopard can be seen pulling another leopard’s carcass out of a tree, presumably to eat it.<p>There are many examples of leopard cannibalism in the wild, and …

Photography

Here's What Placebos Can Heal—And What They Can't

The latest research in biochemistry reveals that your brain can actually self-medicate.<p>Illness is best cured with drugs. That assumption has prevailed since pharmaceuticals became widely available. But in recent years there has been a growing interest in alternative medicines, many of which employ …

Life Sciences

Life in Castro's Cuba

Upon the death of Fidel Castro, see an inside perspective of what life was like in his Cuba.<p>In light of the death of Cuba’s longtime leader Fidel Castro, we look back at what daily life was like for Cubans under Castro.<p>National Geographic photographer David Alan Harvey captured these images on a …

Cuba

This Is Why Insects Rule the World

Some clever adaptations have allowed beetles, ants, and more bugs to thrive worldwide—even in Antarctica.<p>When they fly right up your nose or wave at you from the sugar bowl, you might not be very thankful for insects.<p>Like it or not, though, you're surrounded—there are about 10 quintillion on Earth, …

Insects

See the Historic Maps Declassified by the CIA

A new gallery provides a rare look inside the 75-year history of the agency’s mapping unit.<p>Shortly after the attacks of September 11, 2001, U.S. President George W. Bush and several advisors gathered at Camp David to weigh the country’s options. On the table in front of them, as you can see in the …

Maps

Bypassing Bollywood, a Filmmaker Focuses on Wildlife Conservation

Indian documentarian Shekar Dattatri eschews commercial projects, creating films that make a difference.<p>Most filmmakers want their work seen by the widest audiences possible. Shekar Dattatri is more interested in reaching influencers who can catalyze wildlife conservation in his native India.<p>“The …

Wildlife

Top 10 Compact Cameras for Travelers

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Photography