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11 Reasons Why Cat Bites May Be Linked To Depression

Here are the best possible explanations for the strange correlation.<p>In case you hadn't heard, cat bites are linked to depression. As I wrote last week, a study in <i>PLOS ONE</i> looked through the health records of 1.3 million people and found that 41 percent of people who were treated for cat bites were …

4 Parasites That Want To Invade Your Brain

They just want a nice home! And to destroy you.<p>In the past month, two different 12-year-olds have made headlines after being hospitalized with an extremely rare, horrifying infection: the brain-eating amoeba.<p>Found mostly in warm freshwater lakes, rivers and hotsprings, <i>Naegleria fowleri</i> can travel …

Alarming Video Shows Arctic Ice Disappearing

Old ice in the Arctic is vanishing. That's a problem, since it's more resistant to melting than young ice.<p>You've probably heard that ice in the Arctic is melting. But you may have never seen it shown this clearly. A video from the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration shows 27 years of ice …

Biggest Virus Yet Found, May Be Fourth Domain of Life?

Pandoraviruses opening up new questions about life as we know it.<p><b>Scientists have found the biggest viruses known, and these pandoraviruses have opened up entirely new questions in science—even suggesting a fourth domain of life, a new study says.</b><p>Each about one micron—a thousandth of a millimeter—in …

Why Do We Yawn and Why Is It Contagious?

Humans yawn from their earliest days–even babies still inside the womb can yawn. Photo by Flickr user Björn Rixman<p>Snakes and fish do it. Cats and …

Comet ISON puts on a fireworks show in space

A comet the size of a mountain is zooming toward the sun at 48,000 mph, and the Hubble Space Telescope has caught a bit of its epic journey.<p>In the image above, and the time-lapse video below, you can see the comet known as ISON zipping between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter, 403 million miles from …

Is Sugar Really Toxic? Sifting through the Evidence

Credit: Lauri Andler (Phantom), via Wikimedia Commons<p>Our very first experience of exceptional sweetness—a dollop of buttercream frosting on a …

The Moon's Mystery: Scientists Debate How it Formed

How was our planet's satellite formed? Scientists are still searching for the answer.<p><b>It has taken centuries for scientists to settle on a creation story for our moon, the most popular of which is depicted on the July cover of National Geographic magazine. But as I learned at a recent lunch with</b> …

3 Mammals That “Choose” Their Babies’ Sex

Tracing zoo birth records through three generations, the researchers found evidence for a decades-old theory of evolutionary biology: Mammals rely on some unknown physiological mechanism to manipulate the sex ratios of their young. (Also read why some female animals store semen.)<p>The end result of …

August 2013

China celebrates arrival of baby panda twins

A giant panda named Haizi has given birth to twins, the first pair of the endangered species born in the world this year, according to a wildlife centre in China's Sichuan province.<p>According to the <b>China</b>Conservation and Research Centre for the Giant Panda, Haizi gave birth to her cubs ten minutes …

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Stonehenge Revealed: Why Stones Were a "Special Place"

Lead archaeologist at Stonehenge discusses his team's discoveries in new book.<p><b>The eerie megaliths of Stonehenge have inspired speculation for centuries.</b>

Duchess of Cambridge opts for natural childbirth and doesn't know the sex of her baby, aides disclose

The Duchess of Cambridge plans to give birth naturally rather than opting for a Caesarian section, Royal aides have disclosed.<p>The future king or queen will be born in the private Lindo wing of St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, where the Duke of Cambridge, who was also born there, will be with his …

Smallest Galaxy Ever Discovered Bolsters Dark Matter Theory

This week, astronomers announced that they have managed to weigh a minuscule galaxy that breaks the record for the smallest ever detected and may help shed light on mysterious dark matter.<p>With only 1000 stars huddled together, this galactic featherweight dubbed Segue 2 has just enough mass for dark …

Mysterious Martian Grooves Carved by Dry Ice Chunks?

<b>It appears Mars may one day become a premier extreme snowboarding destination.</b><p>NASA research released this week indicates that mysterious, long narrow grooves carved into the slopes of giant Martian sand dunes may in fact be generated by gliding chunks of dry ice. Scientists have observed the …

Missing Nazi Diary Recovered

Alfred Rosenberg's diary could shed new light on Nazi command systems.<p><b>The diary of Nazi leader Alfred Rosenberg disappeared without a trace after his trial in Nuremberg. Sixty-four years later it's been recovered in upstate New York.</b><p><i>In an early assessment of its contents, the U.S. government and</i> …

Antarctic's Ice Shelves Melting From the Bottom Up

Ice shelves lose more mass where the ice meets the sea than previously thought.<p><b>Antarctica's ice shelves are losing it.</b><p><b>Conventional wisdom holds that ice shelves—the seaward extension of glaciers on land—lose most of their mass by shedding icebergs. But new research finds that there's another</b> …

The Pink Grasshopper – No, It’s Not a Cocktail

Human Journey<p><i>Victoria Hillman is a National Geographic Explorer and Research Director for the Transylvanian Wildlife Project overseeing research on carnivores and biodiversity of Europe’s last great wilderness. Follow the expedition here on Explorers Journal through updates from the …

New Shades for a Dinobird's Feathers

Archaeopteryx's plumage had light and dark patterns that benefited the bird.<p><b>One of nature's oldest birds just got a feather makeover.</b><p>The <i>Archaeopteryx</i>, which lived around 150 million years ago and was a mixture of bird traits (notably feathers) and reptile traits (teeth, claws on its wings), was …

Mysteries of the Lost (and Found) Nazi Diaries

What did Alfred Rosenberg say about his fellow Nazis? And will the man who hid the diaries be prosecuted?<p><b>The diaries of the top Nazi ideologist Alfred Rosenberg, which disappeared mysteriously after his 1946 hanging as a war criminal, are now in U.S. government custody. The pages have not all been</b> …

GYRE Expedition – Day 5- Bearing Witness; Witnessing Bears. Act 2 (Wednesday, June 12)

A mile down the beach and a mile out on the flat more-or-less, another mother trails three cubs from clam-hole to clam-hole. When she spots a big dark male headed her way from half a mile away, she moves off, in a hurry and a worry, frequently glancing over her shoulder and occasionally breaking …

More Than 400 Animals Offered to Aztec Gods

Archaeologists reveal details of bones from sacred precinct in Mexico City.<p><b>Archaeologists have identified more than 400 species of animals among offerings found at the site of Tenochtitlan, the ancient capital of the Aztecs.</b><p>In this great city, the pyramid now known as the Templo Mayor towered above …

July 2013

Hot-Pink Slug And 5 Other Rosy Animals

<b>The brightly colored slug we covered last week has National Geographic readers tickled pink.</b><p>Luckily for you, there are several more rosy-colored creatures found in nature. Some are supposed to be pink, while others get their hue from genetic mutations. Check out our roundup of pink animals—and hold …