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30 Brilliant Test Answers From Smartass Kids

When a child’s answer to a question on a quiz or test is incorrect but clever, should they get credit for it? Here are 30 clever test answers that …

Kids

8 hours of airliners departing from Los Angeles in one single photo

Los Angeles architectural photographer Mike Kelley posted this awesome image of almost all the departures and some of the arrivals at LAX during a …

Air New Zealand

Coming Soon: Sexy Silicon Socks For Your Heart

Soon you will have to buy underwear for your internal organs. A silicon sock is the first bendy implant to be invented. It covers your heart with a …

Back to Earth

As he prepares for his fifth and likely final Olympic Games, U.S. skier Bode Miller wonders whether anyone will ever understand him.<p><b>THE DAY BEFORE</b> …

The government wants our cars to 'talk' to each other

The US Department of Transportation (DOT) is throwing its weight behind vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication systems. After years of experimentation and a real-world trial in Ann Arbor, MI the government is (almost) ready to make peer-to-peer networking a required safety feature on all new cars. …

Ice Cover Affects Lake Levels in Surprising Ways

Changing Planet<p>White Shoal Light, Lake Michigan. This lighthouse is home to one of five Great Lakes year-round evaporation-monitoring stations. Photo by Dick Moehl<p>The announcement last week that $300 million was included in the 2014 federal spending bill for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative …

What Do Cats Think About Us? You May Be Surprised

Unlike dogs, our feline friends treat us like other cats, author says.<p>Since cats first got their adorable claws into us about 9,500 years ago, humans have had a love affair with felines.<p>Today more than 80 million cats reside in U.S. homes, with an estimated three cats for every dog on the planet. …

Explaining "Saltie" Saltwater Crocodiles That Attacked Boys in Australia

One boy was killed and another injured by a species known for aggression.<p>A 12-year-old boy was snatched and his friend mauled by a saltwater crocodile in northern Australia on Sunday.<p><b>The boys were swimming in a watering hole in World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park, a popular Outback tourist</b> …

No Black Holes Exist, Says Stephen Hawking—At Least Not Like We Think

Black holes do not have "event horizons" beyond which there is no return, according to renowned physicist.<p>Black holes do not exist—at least, not as we know them, says renowned physicist Stephen Hawking, potentially provoking a rethink of one of space's most mysterious objects.<p>A new study from …

Western Australia’s Controversial Shark Cull Claims First Casualty

<b>A controversial shark cull claimed its first casualty this weekend in Western Australia, when a commercial fisherman shot and killed a tiger shark off of Old Dunsborough (map) in the southwest region of Western Australia.</b><p>In a move late last year that has since sparked protests, Western Australia …

NG Young Explorer Behind the Scenes: The Good, the Bad, and the Unforgettable

<i>National Geographic Young Explorers Grantee Alizé Carrère is researching an innovative method of agricultural adaptation in the Malagasy highlands that has emerged in the face of severe deforestation. Known to locals as “lavaka”, literally meaning “hole”, they are massive erosional gullies that</i> …

Three Dream Stays in South America

Whether you’re exploring the Galápagos or visiting glaciers, South America is just the place to unplug from routine life.<p><b>Consider staying at one of these lodges for a truly unforgettable nature experience:</b><p><i>■</i> <b>Galápagos Safari Camp:</b> Santa Cruz Island, Ecuador <b></b>(<i>from $500, including meals and …

Albino Dolphin: Uncertain Fate Awaits Rare Calf Captured in Japanese Hunt

Vulnerable youngster at risk in captivity, expert says.<p>A rare albino dolphin calf, rounded up in a dolphin hunt off of Japan earlier this month, is now on display at a Japanese whale museum, where experts say its long-term survival is in doubt.<p>The dolphin, a female believed to be less than a year …

Mapping Out the Hidden World of Women Cartographers

Human Journey<p>Kirstine Colban’s first known map, of the Lofoten Islands. Source: Avdeling for fag og forskning, Nasjonalbiblioteket, Oslo, Norway.<p>“Oftentimes the world of women cartographers seems to be hidden, much like the so-called dark side of the moon,” says Will C. Van Den Hoonaard in <i>Map</i> …

Surprise! 20 Percent of Neanderthal Genome Lives On in Modern Humans, Scientists Find

Two new studies suggest that the contribution from Neanderthal DNA was vital.<p>When modern humans migrated out of Africa some 60,000 years ago, they found the Eurasian continent already inhabited by brawny, big-browed Neanderthals. We know that at least some encounters between the two kinds of human …

Migrating Monarch Butterflies in "Grave Danger," Hit New Low

Colonies in Mexico occupy the smallest area since records began in 1993.<p>Migrating monarch butterflies are in "grave danger," according to a report that shows their colonies in Mexico now occupy the smallest area since records began in 1993.<p>The report is based on a survey of Mexico's Monarch …

Bloomberg Sees the Upside of Oceans

Changing Planet<p>Fishers in Amlan, Philippines, haul in their catch. Photo courtesy of Rare.<p>By Brett Jenks, CEO of Rare<p>I’ve been waiting so long to say this, I can hardly contain myself: Michael Bloomberg, in his first big philanthropic act since stepping down as mayor of New York City, just …

I Heart My City: Beth’s Hong Kong

Native Chicagoan <b>Beth Williams</b> caught the travel bug after spending half a year in Japan during college. After graduation, she missed Asia so much she just had to go back. A gig teaching English brought her to <b>Hong Kong</b>, where she’s lived for the past two years. Armed with her camera and …

Oldest Known Hearth Found in Israel Cave

New species of early human cooked there 300,000 years ago, say archaeologists.<p>An ancient limestone cave in the rolling countryside east of Tel Aviv has provided a captivating glimpse into humanity's remote past—the oldest known hearth, around which families periodically cooked their meals more than …

Slaughterhouse Said to Process "Horrifying" Number of Whale Sharks Annually

A recently released report by a nongovernmental organization found that about 600 whale sharks and basking sharks are processed by a factory in China every year.<p>Whale sharks are being slaughtered: That's the shocking news from a report issued by WildLifeRisk, a nongovernmental organization. A …

Propane Shortages Leave Many U.S. Homeowners in the Cold

Icy weather puts strain on energy supply, especially in the Midwest.<p><b>Early last week, Sue Arganek, a 58-year-old postal worker in Amberg, Wisconsin, huddled in her bed dressed in long underwear, two pairs of pants, several pairs of socks and a heavy fur coat. Outside, the temperature dipped to -12°F</b> …

Out of Their Element: Science Students Produce Films in Costa Rica

In the warm, humid air of the rain forest, with the voices of katydids in the trees outside, the darkened room burst into applause. As the credits rolled on the first screenings of their films, a roomful of tired students discovered the joy of reaching an audience with a captivating story. But …

Paradise Lost and Found in Northern Kenya

For a recent birthday, writer David Lansing received an unusual gift from a friend–a well-worn book with the great title <i>I Married Adventure</i>, purchased at auction because his acquaintance like the book’s cover: a zebra-stripe pattern.<p>The memoir, published in 1940, sat untouched on Lansing’s shelf …

Good News for Bats? Species Bouncing Back in Europe

Several bat species increased in population by 43 percent, research shows.<p>Call it a comeback. After a prolonged decline, populations of several bat species are on the rise, according to a new report by the European Environment Agency.<p>The largest-yet study of European bat population trends surveyed …

Nazi Scientists May Have Plotted Malaria Mosquito Warfare

Concentration camp records suggest Nazi scientists studied offensive biological warfare.<p>Nazi scientists at the infamous Dachau concentration camp may have planned to use offensive biological warfare on Germany's World War II enemies. Newly found records suggest they made plans to release …

King Tides: What Explains High Water Threatening Global Coasts?

Periodic high tides are brought on by special alignment of heavenly bodies.<p>Last month, coastlines saw extreme high and low tides known as king tides, which are caused by a chance alignment of the moon, Earth, and the sun. Now the tides are back.<p>Depending on geography and weather, king tides can …

Kiteboarding in Costa Rica—Tapping into the Power of Now

You know you’re on to something good when you’re willing to travel thousands of miles for a sport, practice for days, get absolutely pummeled in the ocean, and you still want more. Welcome to kiteboarding. It’s known to be addictive—even when you face plant.<p>I couldn’t resist trying it after …

Mexico is Saving Sharks While Australia Kills Them

Changing Planet<p>There was great news out of Mexico this week when the Mexican government announced a permanent ban on fishing for great white sharks (<i>Carcharodon carcharias</i>). The measure applies to national waters on both coasts and is notable because it means that white sharks caught accidentally – …

Man Smuggles 40,000 Piranhas

New York man pleads guilty to illegally importing the sharp-toothed fish.<p>Talk about taking a bite out of the Big Apple.<p>On Wednesday a New York City man pleaded guilty to smuggling nearly 40,000 piranhas into the city illegally.<p>Joel Rakower, 66, entered his plea in federal court in Brooklyn for …