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Divers Remove a Fist-Sized Hook From a Shark's Mouth–By Hand

Dramatic photos show a diver gently subduing a shark to pull a large hook out of its mouth.<p>Shark diving is a popular hobby in the Caribbean, where the animals are easily drawn in by the smell of bait in the water.<p>One group in Florida regularly dives to catalog, observe and coexist with the …

Scuba Diving

A Nightmare Disease Haunted Ships During Age of Discovery

Scurvy killed more people than the American Civil War.<p>The great voyages of discovery, when seafarers such as Magellan and Cook conquered the world’s oceans, brought immense wealth and knowledge to Europe. But they came at a high price. More sailors died of scurvy—more than three times as many—as …

Vitamins

Morgan Freeman Searches for the Divine

His quest to seek out the origins of spirituality continues in the second season of Story of God.<p>For over a year, Morgan Freeman has been traveling the world in search of God. And not just to find a man in white–or in his case, a man in white who changes light bulbs—but to illuminate the different …

God

7 Amazing Animal Organs People Don't Have

Under-eye "flashlights," venom glands, claspers. Nature abounds with body parts that aren't found in humans.<p>We humans like to explore the world, but sometimes we even find surprises in our own bodies.<p>Take the mesentery, a membrane that attaches the intestine to the abdominal wall. A new study …

Nature

Inside the Creepy Collections of an Oddities Museum

Take a peek (if you dare) at weird wonders from the Morbid Anatomy Museum, which just closed its doors for the last time.<p>Just before Christmas, the Morbid Anatomy Museum gave up the ghost.<p>The Brooklyn, N.Y., museum was a rare mix of spectacle and scholarship, hosting lectures, workshops, and …

Museums

Turning Images of Earth Into Abstract Art

With help from satellites, artificial intelligence, and a painter born in the 1800s, a cartographer has created remarkable images of human-altered landscapes.<p>The image above is what happens when you take a satellite photo of Earth and use an artificial intelligence program to give it a makeover in …

Computer Science

Stunning Pictures Show an Alien Moon Eerily Like Earth

When it landed on Saturn’s hazy moon Titan in 2005, the Huygens probe revealed a surprising world of lakes, rain, winds, and wonder.<p>Twelve years ago, a small spacecraft parachuted through a thick, extraterrestrial haze and drifted down toward an alien surface. It punched a small hole in the icy …

Astronomy

6 Unexpected Cities for the Food Lover

Get a taste for each corner of the world.<p>Move over, Milan. Get a taste for some surprising food destinations with this neighborhood guide to the best eats on (almost) every continent.<p>EUROPE <b><br>Budapest, Hungary</b><p>This European capital straddles the Danube River—Buda on one side and Pest on the other—and …

Food & Dining

7 Luxury Travel Trends for 2017

Lux is in flux, says Urban Insider Annie Fitzsimmons. Here’s what to know.<p>Every December, top hotels, cruise lines, tour operators, travel agents, and members of the media descend upon Cannes, France, for the annual International Luxury Travel Market (ILTM), the travel industry’s version of the …

Hotels

New Species of Primate Is Named After ‘Star Wars’

The Force is strong with the skywalker hoolock gibbon.<p>Move over, Ewoks—there’s another cute creature swinging through the trees.<p>Scientists announced the discovery of a new species of primate, the skywalker hoolock gibbon (<i>Hoolock tianxing</i>), in the <i>American Journal of Primatology</i> on Tuesday. The …

Star Wars

Stunning 360 Pictures Reveal Tops of Giant Sequoias

The massive, 250-foot tall trees are faring better than other species through the California drought, scientists also discovered.<p>Harnessing up and climbing to the top of a giant sequoia is a "magical, life-changing experience," says canopy biologist Anthony R. Ambrose of the University of …

Forests

Biggest Worries, Wins of U.S. Disease Control Chief

As Thomas Frieden prepares to leave office, he shared his hopes for the future and the health threats that still need to be addressed.<p>As the 16th director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Thomas R. Frieden has had to tackle some of the biggest disease challenges the …

Health

Rhinos Use Poop Piles Like a Social Network

Forget Facebook: Rhinos get their gossip by sniffing feces at a communal latrine, a new study says.<p>From the campfire to the water cooler, people have always gathered around to share the latest news. White rhinoceroses, it turns out, do the same thing—only their choice of meeting place is a giant …

Wildlife

First Bumblebee Declared Endangered in U.S.

The rusty patched bumblebee population has declined 87 percent over the past two decades.<p>For the first time in the United States, a species of bumblebee is endangered.<p>The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Tuesday on its website that the rusty patched bumblebee (<i>Bombus affinis</i>), once a common …

Bees

Look Inside Russia's Wildest Nature Reserves—Now Turning 100

Russia is celebrating the centennial of its system of nature protection—including reserves so strict that few people have ever visited them.<p>Russia’s tumultuous history includes one legacy little known outside its borders—a vast system of protected lands that conservationists have fought for decades …

Russia

Tarantula Found Eating a Snake in Wild for First Time

The bloody scene, witnessed in Brazil, confirms that tarantulas are hardly picky eaters.<p>Scientists have made a grisly discovery: the first recorded instance of a tarantula eating a snake in the wild.<p>Leandro Malta Borges, a graduate student at Brazil’s Federal University of Santa Maria, stumbled …

Nature

Crackdown Could Help End Giant Clam Poaching in Critical Reefs

New regulations in southern China aim to protect coral reefs by putting an end to the thriving trade in giant clam carvings and other handicrafts.<p>Earlier this year, National Geographic reported on the environmental destruction taking place in the South China Sea while politicians and diplomats …

China

Rediscovering the Earth in the Footsteps of Our Ancestors

BISHKEK, KYRGYZSTAN<p>Four years ago Paul Salopek's global storytelling odyssey, the Out of Eden Walk, began in Ethiopia. He is now poised to trek into China.<p>Please support the Out of Eden Walk's Kickstarter campaign to help the journey continue through year five. Donate by January 19, and the Knight …

Asia

Two New Bug Species Have All-Pink Females

The leaf-like katydids, native to northern Borneo, sport dramatically different color differences between sexes.<p>Meet Malaysia's new pink ladies: Two species of katydid whose females sport distinctly rosy hues.<p>While the males of the new species are a uniform green color, the females are standouts in …

Nature

Why California’s Ancient Sequoia ‘Tunnel Tree’ Toppled

The drive-through giant was part of a group of trees estimated to be over 1,000 years old.<p>An iconic living tree with a tunnel so big that visitors could once drive through it toppled on Sunday during a winter storm.<p>The sequoia, nicknamed the Pioneer Cabin, was located in Calaveras Big Trees State …

Forests

Fly Through a Huge Volcanic Cave With These Stunning 3-D Scans

The detailed animations will help NASA scientists figure out how to use natural caves as shelter on future missions to the moon or Mars.<p>When humans at last reach the surface of Mars, one of the first things they may need to do is dive beneath it.<p>That’s why a team of NASA researchers gathered in …

Space Exploration

11 Ways to See How Climate Change Is Imperiling the Arctic

The latest data is sobering. These visualizations show just how perilous the situation is.<p>While the average temperature of the planet is slowly creeping up, the Arctic is warming far more quickly—as much as two to three times faster. On December 22, a weather buoy near the North Pole reported …

Climate Change

These Simple Laws Explain How the World Works

Bubbles, toasters, and the internet—most aspects of everyday life are influenced by physics.<p>Shackleton, Scott, and Amundsen faced many hardships on their treks to the South Pole, from frostbite to snow blindness. Few biographies, though, mention that much of their misery was caused by the ideal gas …

Science

See Earth and Its Moon From Mars in Stunning New NASA Photo

Images of earth and the moon together, taken from various spacecraft, show us what we look like from space.<p>In a series of images taken from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter 127 million miles away from Earth, the watery planet and its moon are pictured together in the same photo.<p>The camera …

Space

How the World's Smallest Birds Survive the Winter

"Little Arnold Schwarzeneggers," hummingbirds are tough—so tough they've evolved a clever way of coping with the cold.<p>As the smallest birds on Earth, hummingbirds may seem frail—so it's not surprising Donovan Nixon asked Weird Animal Question of the Week how they cope with winter.<p>Turns out these …

Nature

Exotic Pet Ban May Mean Fewer Cheetahs Posing With Fancy Cars

The United Arab Emirates has passed a law prohibiting residents from owning certain wild animals.<p>Cheetahs sitting in fancy cars. Tigers running on the beach. Lions playing with chew toys.<p>It’s easy to find images on social media of pet owners in Gulf countries flaunting their exotic animals—but in …

Animals

Gorilla Made Famous by Dian Fossey 'Returns From the Dead'

Feared dead a few months ago, a silverback named Cantsbee has reappeared from the mist.<p>It can't be—but it is. Three months after he disappeared without a trace, Cantsbee the mountain gorilla has returned.<p>One of the last two mountain gorillas named and studied by Dian Fossey, Cantsbee was presumed …

Women in Science

How to See a Star Explode in 2022

For the first time, astronomers are confidently predicting how to see this type of brilliant blast, which will be visible with the naked eye.<p>Five or so years from now, you may be able to witness a new "star" appearing in the night sky, a cosmic gem that should glitter in the northern wing of the …

Astronomy

Watch Shark Come Within Inches of Divers in 'Magical' Encounter

Conservation-focused shark divers get up close and personal with DJenny the tiger shark off the coast of Florida<p>Divers describe their close brush with a tiger shark as a once-in-a-lifetime experience.<p>Cassie Jensen, the photographer the shark approaches in the video, embraces shark diving as a hobby.<p>…

Fish

Why Tilikum, SeaWorld's Killer Orca, Was Infamous

The killer whale that drowned three people inspired a movement to end captivity. He died in Orlando on Friday.<p>The largest, best known—and most notorious—orca held in captivity by SeaWorld died on Friday in Orlando after a long battle with illness, including a drug-resistant bacterial lung …

Marine Mammals