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Birmingham's ancient Koran history revealed

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/education/1214000/1214466_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524672854_77cf8e50d2d688b9efd55d44b90835b5<p><b>When the University of Birmingham revealed that it had fragments from one of the world's oldest Korans, it made headlines around the world.</b><p>In …

Four Times Science Almost Flew Off The Rails: Bat Men On the Moon, Phantom Planets, Ghosts, and The Hollow Earth

<b>Science is a trial and error process, and sometimes those errors are big—like "whole planet" big. With that in mind, let’s take a look at four times</b> …

QUIZ: Are you smart enough to be a NASA astronaut?

If you grew up in the US, then NASA's astronaut program is the one with which you're probably most familiar, but just how much do you know about the selection process?<p>Between 4,000 and 8,000 people apply during each round of NASA applications, but only eight to 35 are selected. And the next round …

NASA just released close-up photos of the Antares rocket explosion, and they're eerily beautiful

NASA just released close-up photos of last year's Antares rocket explosion, and they're eerily beautiful.<p>On October 28, 2014, the Aerospace manufacturer company Orbital ATK was scheduled to transport 5,000 pounds of cargo inside an unmanned Cygnus spacecraft to the International Space …

NASA Pluto pictures reveal dwarf planet's diverse landscape

Newest images from New Horizons spacecraft show features that could be dunes, mountains or blocks of ice floating in a sea of frozen nitrogen<p>Pluto pictures are pouring in once more from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft.<p>These newest snapshots reveal an even more diverse landscape than scientists …

Solar System

11 National Parks That Are America's Best Kept Secrets

You'll want to go to there.<p>Channel Island National Park consists of five islands off the coast of southern California. The islands are so isolated that they house over 150 unique species of plants and animals that are not found anywhere else in the world.<p>Voyageurs National Park boasts beautiful …

NASA fires up engine that will take the SLS to Mars

NASA has successfully tested the RS-25 engine, which will power the Space Launch System (SLS), for the sixth time at the Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. The space agency fired it up for 535 seconds and collected data to determine what needs to be tweaked and improved to make sure it can carry …

Space Exploration

Tiniest Monster Black Hole Discovered

The smallest supermassive black hole ever identified is gobbling material at rates similar to its larger cousins, providing insights into how these …

Reader Recs: World’s Best Hiking Trails

Eager to spend some time in the great outdoors?<p>We asked our Nat Geo Travel Facebook fans to share their favorite trails, and their responses will have you lacing up your hiking boots before you know it.<p>Don’t believe us? Read on:<p>We kick things off in Badlands National Park with a kid-friendly …

Hiking

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These Architects Are Crowdfunding To Build Real “Lord Of The Rings” City

Crowdfunding has made the impossible possible, and these hard-core “Lord of the Rings” fans aspire to do just that, by raising $2.82 billion USD to …

Unique antenna's radar gives Nasa a headache

Nasa engineers are wrestling with a $915m (£586m) satellite that began to malfunction just six months after launch.<p>The Soil Moisture Active Passive (Smap) spacecraft was launched on 31 January into a polar orbit with an altitude of 685km. It is designed to measure the water content of the top 5cm …

Microwaves

Here's what NASA plans to do if an astronaut dies in space

President Nixon was prepared for Neil Armstrong and the other Apollo 11 astronauts to die on the moon in 1969.<p>Written in an old memo titled "In Event …

Space Science

Young 'alien Jupiter' planet discovered

<b>A planet 100 light-years away resembles an infant version of Jupiter, astronomers say.</b><p>The new world, known as 51 Eridani b, is only 20 million years old - a toddler by astronomical standards.<p>The alien world could yield clues to the formation of our Solar System, which has an unusual lay-out.<p>The …

The world's 16 most beautiful deserts

See the Most Dazzling Photos of the Perseid Meteor Shower

The Perseid meteor shower at Bamburgh in Northumberland in August 2015.<br>Peter Greig—REX/Shutterstock

NASA Loses Contact With New Horizons; Pluto Spacecraft Enters 'Safe Mode'

<b>Update: NASA has regained communications with New Horizons. Full story here.</b><p>Ten days before NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft was due to make its closest approach to Pluto, the space agency reports that at 1:54 PM EDT on the afternoon of July 4th local U.S. time, it lost contact with the $700 million …

Solar System

7 of U.S.A.'s Best Thru-Paddles - REI Co-op Journal

Every now and then we get the urge to load up our canoes or kayaks and escape civilization for a few days or weeks. Who doesn’t, right? The map below …

Hiking

Why Doesn't Our Moon Have a Name?

The satellites of our solar system have some glorious designations: Europa, Io, Triton, Titan, Phobos, Oberon, and...the Moon. Technically, Earth’s …

Soggy Invaders From Space

Is there a water shortage out there?<p>It's an important question if you're looking for biology beyond Earth. Experts will tell you that, while other fluids may be able to incubate life (ammonia and liquefied natural gas come to mind), water is always first choice. On Earth, we think that life first …

Today's 'Galaxy' Insight -- "The Cosmos Five-Billion Years in the Future"

The image at the top of the page shows galaxy, NGC 6503, that has found itself in a lonely position at the edge of a strangely empty patch of space …

140 Million Suns! Monster Black Hole Weighs In

A heavyweight black hole in the heart of a distant galaxy has the mass of 140 million suns, according to new measurements. A vivid video by the …

Universe

NASA Flummoxed By Dwarf Planet's Bright Spots, 'Pyramid-Shaped Peak'

New images of Ceres are the clearest ever taken, but NASA's scientists still haven't figured out the enigmatic dwarf planet. The agency's latest photos of Ceres show multiple bright spots — and a "pyramid-shaped peak towering over a relatively flat landscape."<p>That's according to an update posted by …

Astronomy

Construction of Giant Telescope Pushes on Despite Protests

The group building a huge telescope on Hawaii's tallest mountain plans to restart construction this week, ending a two-month delay caused by …

Universe

'Severe' solar storm hits Earth, likely to spark auroras Monday night

<i>UPDATED: This story was updated at 4 p.m. ET on Monday to reflect the newest information about the solar storm's intensity and likely impacts.</i><p>Three …

Magnetism

NASA’s Latest Images Of Pluto Look Like An 8-Bit Videogame

The first color movies from New Horizons show Pluto and Charon in a weird waltz<p>As the New Horizons spacecraft speeds toward Pluto, it’s sending back increasingly cool images of the mysterious former planet. In the latest batch, we can see Pluto and its moon, Charon, dancing around each other in the …

Best Telescopes for the Money

<i>*Editor's Note: Today, check out our Cyber Monday deals page for up-to-date discounts on</i> <i>telescopes, binoculars and more gifts for all the space fans</i> …

This is why scientists are tracking your movements through National Parks

In the endless battle to maintain relevance, the National Park Service still has a few tricks up its sleeve for prying people away from their …

Breathtaking images of Saturn, the farthest planet we can see with the naked eye

Saturn flaunts the most majestic planetary rings in the solar system, but those are not the only things that make this beautiful gas giant unique. It's also the farthest planet from Earth that we can see with the naked eye.<p>From 746 million miles away, however, we can't observe Saturn like NASA's …

NASA Preps Mission To Search For Life On Europa, One Of Jupiter's Moons

The celestial body with the greatest potential for life in the solar system may not be Mars after all. Europa, one of Jupiter's moons, is believed to have an ocean just beneath its frozen crust -- and some scientists think it may have just the right ingredients for life.<p>Now, NASA is getting ready …