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Behind The “Wheel” Of The Mercedes Driverless Car

LED touchscreens and laser projections promise a safer, more luxurious commute.<p>It's the year 2030 and your daily commute begins with the press of a button. Using a smartphone app, you summon an autonomous car — the Mercedes F015. The car starts, exits a parking garage, and drives itself to your …

20 Finalists of the Smithsonian Photo Contest Show Earth's Awesome Beauty

Guess what's for dinner? This amazing capture of a snake devouring a frog, by photographer Nicolas Reusens, is just one of sixty incredible photos that have been selected as finalists in Smithsonian.com's 12th Annual Photo Contest. There were over 26,500 entries by photographers from 93 different …

Self-Sustaining Floating City is a Modern Day Noah's Ark

This floating city is an innovative concept designed to function as a modern day <i>Noah's Ark</i>. The self-sustaining city was developed by Serbia-based Aleksandar Joksimovic and Jelena Nikolic as a means to support life–from humans and animals to fish, plants, and trees–in the case of an extreme natural …

20,000 Species Are Near Extinction: Is it Time to Rethink How We Decide Which to Save?

Last of the Last<p>Choosing the ones to save is driven mostly by whether we like them or not.<p>M. Sanjayan remembers debating grad school biology classmates about the fate of the California condor back in the 1990s, when the bird was on the brink of extinction.<p>Should the condor, which had almost been …

Avoid Antibacterial Soaps, Say Consumer Advocates

This week's action by the FDA on soap doesn't go far enough, they say.<p><b>Federal officials' questions about antibacterial soaps have raised a lather among environmental and consumer advocates concerned about the safety of controversial ingredients in these cleansers.</b><p><b>Reviving a long-running controversy</b> …

Opinion: Discover Earth's Species—Before It's Too Late

A conservationist argues it's time for a global inventory of life.<p>Despite what you might read, exotic birds have not cornered the market on awesomeness, nor mammals on cute.<p>In recent years, newfound species have included brilliant blue tarantulas from Brazil, a polka-dotted Pacific Ocean …

Tiny, Rabbit-Like Animals Eating "Paper" to Survive Global Warming

A new study probed the surprising diet of threatened alpine pikas.<p><b>As the planet continues to warm, conservation biologists worry about the future of species that depend on the cold, such as the furry pikas that live in mountainous areas of North America, Europe, and Asia. But American pikas</b> …

Photographer Captures Astonishing Images of Southern Right Whales

Justin Hofman's stunning photographs of southern right whales showcase their beauty and gentleness—and their enormity.

Stunning Pictures: Ten of the Rarest Animals on Earth

Canada’s Boreal Forests — Now Cold, Dark, And In Need Of Our Care

Changing Planet<p>George River caribou management meeting, (c) Valerie Courtois<p>On this almost shortest day of the year when children worldwide are thinking of Santa and the North Pole, I’ve been thinking about the now bitterly cold ecosystems somewhat to the south of him, but very much further north …

Dolphin Illnesses Linked to Gulf Oil Spill

“I’ve never seen such a high prevalence” of ailments, says U.S. government researcher.<p><b>Dolphins living in an area heavily impacted by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill show higher incidences of lung disease, hormonal abnormalities, and other health effects, a new study finds.</b><p><b>The research, led by</b> …

U.S. Giant Salamanders Slipping Away: Inside the Fight to Save the Hellbender

Two-foot-long amphibian declining due to unhealthy streams, disease.<p>Snot otters. Lasagna lizards. Allegheny alligators. With nicknames like these, you'd think the actual animal, a salamander more commonly known as a hellbender, would be a natural poster child for endangered wildlife.<p>Instead, …

24 Giant Bunnies So Big They Could Destroy You

These bunnies are big as hell. And they're not sorry.

This Bunneh is Ear-resistable

Spread the Cute:<p>This is Manny. Manny is so cute you will want to give him a treat. And he will ALWAYS know when you have one.<p>“We have some really …

Obama: 'Congress has not fulfilled its responsibility'

The White House called it at 11:30 p.m.<p>The administration issued the order late Monday to begin shutting down the government — the first in 17 years — following a day of brinkmanship, blame and failed efforts by President Barack Obama, the House and the Senate to break the impasse.<p>At midnight, …

Dog-I-Y: Easy Homemade Sweet Potato Pretzel Dog Treats - Dog Milk

<i>Editor’s Note: I’ve asked a few of my favorite bloggers to fill in while we make our way to Portland, OR! Please give them a warm, tail-wagging</i> …