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Asteroid Timing Erased the Dinosaurs?

A few million years off, and dinosaurs might have survived a big space impact.<p><b>Wrong place. Wrong time. Dinosaurs didn't have to die off, but the space impact that blasted the Earth some 66 million years ago arrived at a most inopportune moment for the long-time rulers of the planet, according to a</b> …

Social Octopus Species Shatters Beliefs About Ocean Dwellers

Group-living animals are helping scientists learn more about octopus behavior.<p>If recent octopus discoveries have taught us anything, it's that these eight-armed ocean dwellers are smart. They can use tools, change color in an instant, and commission their arms to solve problems. But they generally …

Pictures: The World's Tigers—There Are Only 3,200 Left in the Wild

Pictures to commemorate International Tiger Day showcase Asia's most iconic cat—which is perilously at risk of extinction.

Show Your Lion Pride on World Lion Day

Changing Planet<p><b>Cause an Uproar with the Big Cats Initiative and celebrate World Lion Day on August 10.</b><p>Images of lions are everywhere. From the iconic statues on the steps of the New York Public Library, to your favorite team mascot, to movies and Broadway musicals, lions are cultural icons. The …

Week's Best Space Pictures: Galaxies Stretch, Stars Tilt, and Mars Beckons

Secrets of a frozen moon, gravity playing tricks on galaxies, and the watery past of a desert world are spotlighted in this week's best space pictures.

Pictures: Extreme Sun and Stars

More than 200 billion stars fill the Milky Way galaxy and several hundred billion galaxies swirl in the universe. Our telescopes and supercomputers capture them in all their glory.

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On World Lion Day, Let’s Celebrate the Lions That Made Us Who We Are

Changing Planet<p>By Dereck Joubert, National Geographic Big Cats Initiative<p><b>What is a ‘World Day’ after all? Who cares? Probably the better question is “Who should care?”</b><p>August 10 is designated as World Lion Day, and as with other allocated “Days,” the origin of such an event is to celebrate something …

Mythical ‘Sea Serpent’ Comes into the Light

Wildlife<p>Artist’s view of an oarfish, alive in the ocean depths. (Illustration by E. Paul Oberlander ©Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)<p><b>Davy Jones’ Locker, it might be called, this final resting place of a sea serpent. In a darkened back room at the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum Support Center</b> …

Q&A: James Cameron on How Filmmaking Drove His Ocean Exploration

The man behind The Abyss, Titanic, and Avatar talks about exploration and reaching the deepest part of the ocean.<p><b>The haunting creatures and alien seascapes in filmmaker James Cameron's latest 3-D movie aren't make-believe. They're part of his journey to the bottom of the Mariana Trench—the deepest</b> …

The Phantom Hogs of Kibale National Park

Changing Planet<p><i>Rafael Reyna is a biologist fighting to protect the vanishing animals of eastern African rainforests. He studies them through a variety of methods in the hope that the information he gathers can help save them from extinction at the (often unwitting) hands of mankind.</i><p><b>Written By</b> …

Mega-Ichthyosaur Discovery on Svalbard

Changing Planet<p><i>The hunt for fossils in the far-flung reaches of Svalbard is on! Jørn Hurum and his associates ply the arctic waters and snows of Svalbard to dig up some of the northernmost dinosaur fossils in the world. Their findings, particularly of ichthyosaurs, are some of the most unique on</i> …

The Aftermath of Everest's Deadly Avalanche

Sherpa communities and those set to climb Everest are grieving and "in shock" after the avalanche that killed 16 mountaineers.<p>The first thing you hear is the roar. It's a terrifying sound, instantly recognizable. Your head jerks up, and you see the thundering cloud of ice blasting toward you. …

Yukon Expedition: The Forgotten Carbon Sink

Changing Planet<p><i>Katherine Lininger and Micah Nelson are investigating how much carbon is stored in floodplains in the central Yukon River basin in interior Alaska. They and their colleagues just got back from spending five weeks in the field on two different river trips.</i><p><b>By Katherine Lininger and</b> …

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Mostly Madagascar!)

Changing Planet<p><i>Cara Brook is a Disease Ecologist working in the Andrew Dobson Lab at Princeton. She currently studies the great bats of Madagascar—flying foxes—and the diseases that they carry that could spill over into humans. Capturing and studying wild bats, of course, requires an ability to</i> …

Pictures: World Elephant Day

Our relationship with elephants—from circus entertainers to loggers to black market bounties—is often complex, if not cruel.

Midnight Sun Fun

Changing Planet<p><i>The hunt for fossils in the far-flung reaches of Svalbard is on! Jørn Hurum and his associates ply the arctic waters and snows of Svalbard to dig up some of the northernmost dinosaur fossils in the world. Their findings, particularly of ichthyosaurs and plesiosaurs, are some of the</i> …

New Flying Reptile Found in "Unprecedented" Pterosaur Boneyard

Forty-seven pterosaur skeletons unearthed at Brazilian site, study says.<p>Nearly 50 skeletons of a new species of ancient flying reptile have been unearthed in southern Brazil, an "absolutely unprecedented" discovery, one expert says.<p>Varying ages of the newfound species, dubbed <i>Caiuajara dobruskii</i>, …

Who Are the Yazidis, the Ancient, Persecuted Religious Minority Struggling to Survive in Iraq?

The U.S. contemplates sending military aircraft and possible ground troops to rescue the Yazidis, as more American military advisers arrive in Iraq to help plan an evacuation of the displaced people.<p>For their beliefs, they have been the target of hatred for centuries. Considered heretical devil …