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The Strange History of Vaccines—And Why People Fear Them

The story of these life-saving shots includes aborted fetuses, stolen cells, and a discredited theory that refuses to die.<p>Before vaccines, millions of children died horrific deaths each year from infectious diseases like whooping cough, polio, and measles. Today, thanks to vaccines, most of these …

Vaccines

5 Animals That Mate Themselves to Death

There's a reason that spiders, eels, and some mammals practice suicidal reproduction.<p>Finding a mate can be exhausting—so much that some animals die after finally meeting that special someone.<p>For Weird Animal Question of the Week, we took a closer look at the reproductive strategy called …

Nature

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New Year's Eve

Mapping the Urban Bike Utopias of the 1890s

Bicycle mania swept the nation at the end of the 19th century. Can it happen again?<p>When you live in San Francisco, it’s not uncommon to see strange sights out your window. Once, I saw the mayor standing in the middle of the street, painting a bright green square on the asphalt.<p>This was a historic …

Cycling

Pasta Potential: Why the World Needs Better Wheat

Syngenta is working with Italian farmers to significantly improve the efficiency of durum wheat production, the key ingredient of pasta.<p><i>This content is brought to you by Syngenta.</i><p>Think of pasta and you think of Italy and a rich menu of mouth-watering dishes . . . Cannelloni, Ravioli, Macaroni, and …

Agriculture

Cat Experts: Ligers and Other Designer Hybrids Pointless and Unethical

There’s a dark side to feline mash-ups.<p><i>For more on big cats, tune in to Big Cat Week, premiering Monday, Feb. 20, at 9/8c on Nat Geo WILD and learn more about the National Geographic Big Cats Initiative, a global initiative that supports scientists and conservationists working to save big cats in</i> …

Wildlife

Exclusive Picture: Female Anaconda Strangles Male After Sex

Photographer Luciano Candisani has captured the first-ever photographs of a green anaconda squeezing her mate to death in Brazil.<p>While tracking down a particularly large snake in the swamps of Brazil, photographer Luciano Candisani got more than he'd hoped for: the first known image of a female …

Nature

‘Ring of Fire’ Solar Eclipse Coming—How to See It

Find out how to safely watch a stunning annular eclipse that will appear this week in the skies over South America and Africa.<p>On February 26, lucky sky-watchers across South America and Africa will witness the sun turn into a dramatic ring of fire due to an event known as an annular eclipse.<p>A solar …

Solar System

Where to Vacation with Adorable Baby Turtles

Sea turtles know how to choose the friendliest beaches. These nine hotels around the world help guests participate in conservation efforts.<p>Sea turtles have great tastes in beaches. All seven species need sandy, wide, and warm beaches not for relaxing, but for laying their clutches that typically …

Beaches

New Redheaded Opossum Named After Magical Gnome

The rat-size marsupial prowls the tropical rain forests of northern Brazil at night.<p>A chance finding at a Brazilian museum has revealed a brand-new species of opossum.<p>Biologist Silvia Pavan first discovered an unnamed mammal specimen with rich mahogany fur in 2008 at the Museu Paraense Emílio …

Nature

Months After Raid on Infamous Tiger Temple, Plans for Offshoot Zoo Forge Ahead

Last year the government seized the monastery’s tigers. Now a new zoo that could house up to 500 tigers is nearing completion.<p>A flurry of construction is underway on land just outside Thailand’s infamous Tiger Temple, a monastery formally known as Wat Pa Luangta Bua Yannasampanno that doubled as a …

Wildlife

How a Pacific Island Changed From Diesel to 100% Solar Power

Ta'u, American Samoa<p>The island of Ta'u in American Samoa now boasts a solar microgrid from Tesla's SolarCity.<p>Join us in The People v. Climate Change and share an environmental portrait of someone taking positive steps to protect the Earth on YourShot or social media. Use #MyClimateAction to share a …

Renewable Energy

U.S. Backtracks on Purge of Animal Abuse Records—What We Know

Following public outcry, the U.S. government reposts a fraction of animal welfare data. Meanwhile, clues point to the reasons behind the radical deletions.<p>In early February the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) purged all animal welfare records from its website, preventing the public from …

Government

Seven Alien 'Earths' Found Orbiting Nearby Star

The Earth-size worlds orbit a star just 39 light-years away, and most may have the right conditions to host liquid water on their surfaces.<p>Seven rocky planets orbiting a nearby star may be roughly the size of Earth and could even be right for water—and maybe life—to adorn their surfaces, …

Exoplanets

6 Nat Geo Photographers Share Their Favorite Wild Cat Moments

From a newborn tiger cubs to a bittersweet goodbye between man and mountain lion, see the experiences that stuck.<p>Every photographer has a special moment in the field that stays with them forever.<p>For those lucky enough to work with wild cats, that snapshot in time can be even more amazing. ­<p>In honor …

Wildlife

The Adorable Maps Today’s Cartographers Made as Kids

Here’s how eight mapmakers got their start, growing from youthful enthusiasts into successful professionals.<p>So many of the cartographers I’ve gotten to know while writing about maps seem to genuinely love their jobs. It’s one of those professions with a disproportionate number of people who are …

GIS

DNA Offers Clues to Mysterious Crypt in Ancient Pueblo

It's a question that eluded answers for more than a century: Who were the 14 people buried in the tiny tomb known as Room 33?<p>Using DNA from skeletons excavated in New Mexico more than a century ago, researchers have shown that more than a dozen people buried in a small, hidden chamber were likely …

Archaeology

Bumblebee Buzz Literally Makes Flowers Explode With Pollen

The fuzzy pollinators vibrate in the key of the Beatles song "Hey Jude" to make flowers give up their goods.<p>Like many people, reader Todd Barczak is increasingly interested in where his food comes from. So he came to us with this question: "Are honeybees the only bees that make honey?"<p>Weird Animal …

Bees

Could U.S. Endangered Species Rules Go Extinct?

A 43-year-old law protecting wildlife is vulnerable to opponents under the new administration, conservationists warn.<p>Once nearly extinct, gray wolves have rebounded in recent years under the Endangered Species Act. In Wisconsin, their numbers grew to around 900 in 2016—a 16 percent increase over …

Endangered Species

World's Oldest Wild Bird Has Baby at 66

Not only that, but Wisdom has hatched chicks two years in a row—a rare feat for albatross.<p>Almost every year for six decades, Wisdom the albatross has laid an egg at her home in the Midway Atoll. On February 16, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that Wisdom just hatched another …

Wildlife

Mysterious 'Sea Serpent' Oarfish Resurfaces

Pictures of an oarfish washed ashore in the Philippines remind us how little we know about this elusive creature.<p>In another instance of a rare and poorly understood phenomenon, several beachgoers pulled a deceased oarfish from the sea in Carmen, Agusan Del Norte, Philippines on Wednesday, after …

Nature

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 …

Biology

‘Lost Continent’ Hidden Underneath New Zealand?

A group of researchers argues that the submerged landmass underneath New Zealand qualifies as a continent. But not everyone’s convinced.<p>If a group of Australian and New Zealander researchers have their way, the seven longtime continents will soon be joined by an eighth: a vast, submerged land three …

New Zealand

Pruitt Confirmed to Lead EPA, Alarming Environmentalists

The Oklahoma Attorney General has been criticized for suing the federal agency and other controversial positions.<p>Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt was confirmed as the new administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency, in a vote by the Senate Friday.<p>The move is seen by many as a key …

Government

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National Parks

14 Photos That Illumine a Dark Chapter of U.S. History

Seventy-five years after his forebears were sent to internment camps, a photographer is recovering pieces of his lost past.<p>Seventy-five years ago, on February 19, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066. The directive set the stage for the largest forced relocation in …

Library of Congress

Quirky Photos of the World's Largest Cruise Ship

Welcome to Alice’s Wonderland at sea.<p>Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of the Seas—the world’s largest cruise ship—is perhaps the epitome of excess. It’s heavier than 17,000 African elephants, taller than Mount Rushmore, more than twice as long as the Washington Monument, has more horsepower than seven …

Cruise Ships

9 Oscar-Nominated Movies to Inspire Your Next Adventure

You may not be at the Academy Awards, but these destinations will make you feel like a star.<p>This year’s Oscar nominations for Best Picture cover not only a varied mix of genres and storylines but also a diverse range of travel-worthy destinations.<p><b>Arrival</b><p><i>Bozeman, Montana, U.S.</i><p>Arguably the year’s …

National Parks

Googly-Eyed Trash Eaters May Clean a Harbor Near You

Baltimore’s success with Mr. Trash Wheel and Professor Trash Wheel may spread to other cities.<p>Join us in The People v. Climate Change and share an environmental portrait of someone taking positive steps to protect the Earth on YourShot or social media. Use #MyClimateAction to share a first-person …

Recycling

How Snakes, Spiders, and Other Predators Fool Their Prey

When animals in the wild get duped, it could be deadly.<p>These days, misinformation is a term that’s wildly thrown around. But in the actual wild, misleading communication techniques are means to meals for many species.<p>“It’s a form of deception that we call aggressive mimicry,” says Fiona Cross, a …

Zoology