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Check Out the Amazing Set from the New Pirates of the Caribbean Movie

Captain Jack Sparrow is still two years away from swashbuckling back to the big screen, but now there’s photographic evidence that the latest …

Great Moments in Oscar History

Something “HUGE” is coming, says HTC

With a little over a week to MWC, HTC USA took to Twitter to tease the arrival of something positively massive.<p>At first blush, this looks like a run-of-the-mill teaser for the One M9. HTC surely hopes that the M9 will be a massive hit, and it’s not the first time the company’s promising “huge” …

In 1978, Kim Jong-il abducted two of South Korea’s biggest film names and forced them to shoot pro-North versions of foreign hits, including a communist Godzilla. Paul Fischer recounts a tale as wild as any Hollywood pitch<p>Several years ago, at the bottom of a newspaper article about the North …

North Korea

Facebook picks up the design team behind Medium and Readability

We bet you've been sitting there, sipping your morning coffee and thinking to yourself, "you know, it's been a while since Facebook added some big names to its roster." Fret not though, the social giant is bringing the talented folks from the design firm Teehan+Lax into the fold. If the name …

10 best email apps for Android

Email is one of the oldest and most important forms of online communication. It’s a service many of us use every single day. There are tons of email services and email apps that accompany them. Some may only have a single account on something like Gmail, Outlook, or Yahoo. Their individual apps …

Vote Now For Most Beautiful Parrot In Africa!

Changing Planet<p>Absolutely stunning! Our amazing Cape parrots take my breath away every time! Proud, vibrant, wild parrots! Please vote for the Cape parrot as South Africa’s favourite bird and help us raise the public profile of this little-known endemic species. Around 1,000 Cape parrots remain in …

Does it fit? Tsina Endor on making peace with the taboo in rural Madagascar

Human Journey<p>In the ancestor worshipping religion practiced across Madagascar’s 18 tribes, the zebu – a species of domestic cattle originating in South Asia – is integral to marking life’s milestones.<p>When a child gets its first haircut, the clippings are stirred into zebu back fat and eaten by …

Ethnology

A Black Panther May Not Be What You Think

As the superhero of the same name sets box-office records, learn more about the misunderstood big cats.<p>As theatergoers around the world marvel at the new superhero movie <i>Black Panther</i>, we here at National Geographic wanted to share some facts about these real-life fascinating felines.<p>First things …

Former boss of Jony Ive-founded firm will shape Samsung's design future

<b>Correction:</b> Jonathan Ive was an early employee, not a co-founder of Tangerine.<p><b>Original post:</b><p>There is arguably no consumer electronics company in the world that releases as many smartphone and tablet variants as Samsung does per year. Tune out for a bit and you’re liable to miss one, or an entire …

The Heartland’s best hits: top Kansas sights along I-70

This is the stuff road trips through Middle America are made of: slurping milkshakes at a Formica countertop in a diner that hasn’t changed since 1950, cruising by fields of sunflowers and amber waves of grain that stretch as far as the eye can see, and stopping at the quirky, always-superlative …

Week's Best Space Pictures: Curiosity Drills, a Rocket Soars, and Dragon Docks

Photos from Mars, Earth, and the International Space Station reveal exciting moments in space exploration.

Space Exploration

Endangered No Longer: Our Favorite Pictures of Bald Eagles

Birds

Polaris is now in the e-motorbike business after buying Brammo

Polaris has acquired e-bike maker Brammo in a deal that leaves the future of the Brammo name and its Oregon-based factory in limbo. Brammo has been building the Empulse/R and Enertia e-bikes for several years, but the models haven't changed much since they first arrived -- and the company has been …

Motorcycles

American Sniper Chris Kyle's Widow Taya: 'I Miss Him So Much'

<i>Taya Kyle reveals how</i> American Sniper <i>“brought her husband back to life” and why she trusted Clint Eastwood and Bradley Cooper with their story –</i> …

A Portrait of the Lacandon People

Wildlife<p>The Lacandon people are one of the most isolated societies in the world. They live in the Lacandon jungle in the state of Chiapas, Mexico. Although they are quite traditional in their ways, modern culture is slowly creeping in and may for ever change their ways. Gema Ramon has had the …

The Biggest Winners And Losers In Movies In 2014

From Marvel Studios' highs to Sony Pictures' lows, from Scarlett Johansson kicking butt to Adam Sandler bombing out, here are the highlights and lowlights in the movies this year.<p>To say this has been a bad year for Hollywood is a bit like saying the outgoing Congress had some small disagreements. …

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Around the world on New Year's Eve in photos

Come midnight on New Year's Eve, New Zealanders and Australians will be among the first to light up the skies with celebratory fireworks. The rest of …

Monkey Day Pictures: Our Favorite Primates Around the World

In honor of Monkey Day, National Geographic photo editors choose their favorite primate pictures from our archive.

Review: Lexus continues to forge its own path with the stylish RC350

The relentless pursuit of everything the Germans are doing doesn't always work for rival luxury brands like<p>Lexus.<p>Toyota's upscale division has long copied the playbook of<p>BMWandMercedes-Benz, then added reliability.<p>But in the last two years, Lexus has found success by forging its own path. The 2015 …

Billy Crystal's touching tribute to Robin Williams: A script of his friend's first night in heaven

When the world suddenly lost Robin Williams in August at the age of 63, friends and fans of the comedian were heartbroken. So was Billy Crystal, his …

This DIY hoverboard combines ingenuity and four leaf blowers

Let's all just be honest here for a moment: Who among us hasn't wanted to strap an array of leaf blowers to our feet in hopes that we could float in mid-air. Oh. No? Well then, at least one person saw the untapped potential of those raucous foliage movers. According to <i>CNET's</i> Crave blog, Austin, …

Ducati rolls out smaller, cheaper Scrambler, geared to wider audience

The citrus-scented gardens at the Ace Hotel shook with the sound of Ducati this week as the Italian motorcycle maker came here to introduce its highly anticipated new Scrambler.<p>Ducati flew an entire staff and more than 40 motorcycles from its Italian base in Bologna and flew or bused in almost that …

Toyota Tacoma revamp to debut at 2015 Detroit auto show

The Toyota Tacoma is in for a reboot, according to <i>Bloomberg</i>, which reports the auto maker will be introducing an “all-new version” of its mid-sized …

Detroit Auto Show

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Russian military commissions bizarre off-road troop carrier

If the original <i>Red Dawn</i> had been a futuristic war thriller rather than being set in 1984, we imagine the invading Soviet forces would have been tooling about in something like this unnamed ZIL truck.<p>Looking like a melding of Batman's Tumbler and a Humvee, this ZIL was apparently commissioned by the …

New Bluetooth devices will connect directly to the internet

For all the talk of an Internet of Things, many Bluetooth devices aren't very internet-savvy; they usually have to rely on WiFi (or another gadget entirely) to hop online. That's going to change very shortly with the advent of Bluetooth's new 4.2 spec. If a sensor, smart light bulb or other …

2015 Porsche 918 Spyder: Touring the factory

A Privileged Look Inside Zuffenhausen Assembly<p>Willy Wonka granted just five lucky Golden Ticket holders access to his incredible chocolate factory, yet we consider ourselves just as fortunate, as Porsche invited us to be among the first of just four American journalists to see behind the closed …