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How Giant Birds Can Fly Nearly 10,000 Miles in One Go

<b>Forget circumnavigating the globe in 80 days—an albatross can do it in a mere 46!</b><p>These world travelers are among the largest flying birds, weighing up to 25 pounds (11 kilograms), and with a wingspan of 11 feet (3 meters). But hefting such huge bodies off the ground takes a lot of energy. If …

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Portraits of Siamese Fighting Fish by Visarute Angkatavanich | Colossal

<p>Thai photographer Visarute Angkatavanich shoots phenomenal portraits of Siamese fighting fish (betta). The intimate photos are perfectly lit in …

Adventures of a Serial Trespasser

Bradley Garrett, a photographer and researcher with a background in anthropology and archeology, has spent the past five years of his life exploring hidden and forgotten parts of cities all over the world. Sneaking into sewers and bunkers, through metro tunnels and up skyscrapers, Garrett calls his …

Saale Dost Ko Thanks Bolta hai

!! Om Gan Ganapataye Namo Namah !! Lord Ganesha on beautiful lotus leaf.

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New Owl Sings “Here Comes The Bride”

Changing Planet<p>The newly discovered owl. Photograph by Arnoud B van den Berg<p><b>A new owl recently found in Oman seems to also be a lovebird: It sings a tune that sounds a lot like the song “Here Comes the Bride.”</b><p>The small owl, with orange eyes and gray and tan mottled feathers, is tentatively named</i> …

"Lost World" Pictures: New Leaf-Tailed Gecko, More

Scientists have explored a remote rain forest that has been cut off for millennia and that's home to at least three new species that live nowhere else.

Rapid Reflections on Russia

<i>From October 18 to 22, 2013, I had an opportunity to participate in an intensive series of meetings and site visits organized by the World Economic Forum’s network of “Young Global Leaders.” Special thanks to the program organizers Yana Peel and Yan Yanovskiy who graciously hosted the program. The</i> …

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A Chance Reunion With a Dolphin First Studied 30 Years Ago

Wildlife<p><i>National Geographic Grantee Whitney Friedman is studying some of the smartest creatures in the sea- dolphins. Their complex alliances and social interactions may be more similar to humans than any other species. Follow her expedition on Explorers Journal as she joins a 30-year study on male</i> …

Whale Whisperer Don Pachico Mayoral is Gone

Don Pachico Mayoral, the first man to make physical contact and develop friendly relationships with some of the gray whales of Baja, Mexico, is gone.<p>A stroke took him on Tuesday, October 22, 2013. He was 72.<p>I met Don Pachico on the shore of San Ignacio Lagoon a couple of years ago while filming the …

Red Sky at Night: The Science of Sunsets

A meteorologist explains why the sky is sometimes so colorful.<p><b>On a recent autumn night here in Washington, D.C., the sun seemed to personify a Dylan Thomas poem: Do not go gentle into that good night ... Rage, rage against the dying of the light. The scarlet skies inspired many viewers to grab</b> …

5 Sky Events This Week: Morning Comets and Solar Eclipse

<b>The Earth’s moon plays hide and seek with distant stars and our sun this week, and the nighttime sights include a double comet show in the pre-dawn skies.</b><p><b>Lunar Trio.</b> In the early morning hours of Tuesday, October 29 the moon will form a stunning triangular pattern with ruddy Mars and blue-white …

Politics of Climate Change: A Jungle Conversation

<b>“Why can’t we just look at this subject on its own merits and weigh the evidence and what to do?”</b><p>When it comes to global warming, Yadvinder Malhi, a leading tropical biologist from Oxford University, said he’s confounded by how the United States has transformed what is essentially a complex …

South Pole Expeditions Then and Now: How Does Their Food and Gear Compare?

A new Antarctic expedition is retracing the 1911-1912 route of Captain Robert Scott.<p>The plan: Four months, 1,800 miles (2,900 kilometers) on foot, in temperatures down to -58 Fahrenheit (-50 Celsius), along the same route to the South Pole that claimed the lives of British polar explorer Captain …

Beautiful Nature Photography from Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Kenya

When you love your work should it really be called ‘work’? Perhaps Nat Geo has got it right to call it ‘exploration’. We were blessed to explore this most beautiful place and in the course of our ‘work’ my vulture trapping partner, Shiv Kapila took these amazing photographs in the Ol Pejeta …

Rhino Hunt Permit Auction Sets Off Conservation Debate

Dallas Safari Club hopes to raise money for conservation, but critics pounce.<p><b>A group called the Dallas Safari Club is auctioning off the chance for one hunter to shoot an endangered black rhinoceros in Namibia. The club claims all proceeds will support conservation of the embattled species, but the</b> …

Pictures: The Sun’s Recent Flares

Changing Planet<p>This image of the sun’s surface on October 25, 2013, was captured by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, and shows a powerful X2.1 class solar flare, appearing as the bright flash on the left.<br>Image Credit: NASA/SDO/GSFC<p><b>The sun appears to be throwing a bit of a tantrum. With three</b> …

Finding Success and Wonderment in Failure

<i>National Geographic Emerging Explorer Gregg Treinish founded Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation, a nonprofit organization connecting outdoor adventurers with scientists in need of data from the field. He also organizes his own expeditions, contributing to research on wildlife-human</i> …

Shake: Hilarious High-Speed Photographs of Dogs Shaking by Carli Davidson | Colossal

<p>Published just today, Shake is a new book of photos from Portland-based photographer Carli Davidson who used a high speed camera to capture …

More Photos of Stunning Street Art Inside a Dilapidated Building in Paris

After posting about <i>Tour Paris 13</i>, the nine-story social housing tower in Paris that's been transformed into one massive street art exhibition, we had this uneasy feeling that the pictures didn't quite do the project justice. Lucky for us, photographer HBA_Jijo took over 370 photos of it, capturing …

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Watermarks – Abstract Photography by Marco Visch

Abstract Photography.<p>Marco Visch aka VISCHframe is a fine art photographer who always tries to capture a unique moment. The lighting, shades, or …

Sweeping Bamboo Gate Simulates Calligraphy Brushstrokes

<i>Blossom Gate</i> is an artistic new take on the function of a gate that complements its surrounding landscape. The visually striking bamboo structure, a sight to be seen on its own, references the surrounding natural environment and is meant to physically convey the endings of brushstrokes seen in …

Spectacular Time-Lapse Born Out of 13,000 Miles and 10,000 Photos

The “quit your day job and go on the adventure you’ve always dreamed of” piece of advice is given so often as to almost be cliché. And yet, many of …

Rising Waters: Photographs of Hurricane Sandy

“Rising Waters: Photographs of Sandy,” an exhibition of over 200 photographs taken in Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, Manhattan and New Jersey, …

10 photo highlights of the day

Each day the picture editor of the Guardian brings you a selection of top photographs<p>• For more from the Guardian picture desk today see our live blog