Erin Fitts

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Opinion: Imagining a World Without Lions

A conservationist argues that it could happen in our lifetimes.<p><i>Editor's note: Dereck Joubert is an award-winning filmmaker and conservationist; he and his wife Beverly are National Geographic Explorers-in-Residence and co-founders of the Big Cats Initiative.</i><p><b>There will never be a time that we will</b> …

Here’s What Happens Inside You When a Mosquito Bites

The video above shows a brown needle that looks like it’s trying to bury itself among some ice-cubes. It is, in fact, the snout of a mosquito, searching for blood vessels in the flesh of a mouse.<p>This footage was captured by Valerie Choumet and colleagues from the Pasteur Institute in Paris, who …

Strange Mars Craters Created By Ice?

Changing Planet<p>Double-ringed craters on Mars, like the one above, could have formed when ejected material slides down steep crater walls and across ice, forming a radiating top layer. Credit: NASA<p><b>A four-decade long Martian mystery surrounding the origins of double-rimmed craters may have been</b> …

Why Are Dolphins Dying on East Coast? Experts Alarmed

Nearly 120 corpses have washed up so far this summer, government says.<p><b>Bottlenose dolphins are washing up dead in unusually high numbers along the U.S. East Coast this summer—a "very alarming" situation that has experts scrambling to decipher the cause.</b><p>Nearly 120 corpses have washed ashore in …

Can Dogs Feel Our Emotions? Yawn Study Suggests Yes

Pets yawn more in response to owners' yawns than strangers', study says.<p><b>Dog owners who claim their pets know their feelings may be on to something: A new study shows that canines yawn more in response to their owners' yawns than they do to strangers' yawns.</b><p>That suggests dogs are "emotionally …

Why the World Is Not Yet Done with Polio

The crippling virus has been almost eliminated—but stubborn pockets remain.<p><b>The finish line for eradicating polio worldwide can seem like a weary marathoner's mirage.</b><p>The distance traveled is immense: The disease is now endemic in only three countries around the globe—Afghanistan, Nigeria, and …

Five Reasons to Eat Watermelon

Studies link the summer treat to many health benefits.<p><b>Big, sloppy slices of watermelon served at a picnic table are the quintessential summer snack—sweet enough to be dessert but, as several recent studies remind us, good for our health as well. (And only 84 calories per wedge!)</b><p><b>1. It soothes sore</b> …

Suzi Gage: Can drinking too much coffee kill you?

A new study reports that excessive coffee – four cups a day – is harmful, but only to those under 55. How likely is this?<p>Lots of headlines last week warned young people (those under 55) that drinking more than 28 cups of coffee a week – four cups a day – may lead to an increased risk of all cause …

Bland, mushy apples, brought to you by climate change

A 40-year study finds tart, crisp apples are losing their zing, and that rising temperatures may be the cause.<p>Stupid climate change. It’s ruining …

Climate Change