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How to Find a Diamond in Arkansas

A teenage visitor to Crater of Diamonds State Park takes home a 3.85-carat gem.<p><b>As teenager Tana Clymer discovered this month, watching where you step can really pay off—especially on a certain patch of volcanic soil in southwest Arkansas. Visitors to Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro</b> …

Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #51

Wildlife & Wild Places<p>Just look at the prehistoric-looking shoebill of Africa… This unique bird settled in the swamps of central and East Africa where they patented the technique of smashing their bizarre bill and head through papyrus to catch small catfish. Another example of the amazing diversity …

Honoring an American Icon with National Bison Day

Human Journey<p><i>By John Calvelli</i><p><i>[Note: This is the fourth in a series of blogs by Calvelli celebrating the history and conservation of the American Bison.]</i><p>At a time when lawmakers rarely agree on much, the bison, a quintessentially American mammal, is drawing support from both sides of the aisle in …

Death by Lightning a Danger in Developing Countries

Scientists and educators are confronting superstitions and poor infrastructure.<p><b>Developing countries have long lists of problems—illiteracy, disease, hunger, corruption. There's one more problem that has gotten less attention, until recently: lightning strikes, which cause a disproportionately high</b> …

Portraits of a ravaged land: incredible photography by Nick Brandt

Nature Photography

Spectacular Lightning Show Over the Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon inspires many people to photograph its grandiose scale and scenic landscape, but Sedona-based photographer Rolf Maeder has managed to capture a sight less seen–the Grand Canyon being hit by a spectacular thunderstorm. Being drawn to nature, Maeder originally moved to Sedona 13 …

Grand Canyon

Haunt your #Halloween afternoon with our gallery of the spoooooookiest nebulas in space! http://oak.ctx.ly/r/g6os

Beyond Testicles and Dads: 5 Legit Studies of Male "Gear"

Researchers have often examined male genitalia, from ducks to dudes.<p><b>At first blush, the oddest thing about a study out this week that linked being a good dad to smaller-than-average testicle size might be that such research happened in the first place.</b><p>The study found that men with smaller testicles …

Tiger Genome Sequenced, Shows Big Cats Evolved to Kill

Gene map of endangered Amur tiger seen as aid to preserving big cats in the wild.<p><b>The first sequenced tiger genome shows that big cats evolved to kill.</b><p><b>Genes for strong muscle fibers and for meat-eating appear narrowly shared, researchers reported, among species as distinct as the African lion and</b> …

5 Animals With Stinky Defenses

<b>You’re chatting with someone you find bright and attractive when suddenly they lean a little closer and WHAM! You get hit with a whiff of monster breath. Nothing pulls the plug on attraction, even just social attraction, like a bad bouquet.</b><p>Plenty of animals will run a mile from a foul stench, too. …

For World's Oddest-Looking Antelope, Signs of a Comeback

Thanks to conservation, the saiga antelope returns to Kazakhstan's steppes.<p><i>Part of our weekly "In Focus" series—stepping back, looking closer.</i><p>With its tubular, bulbous nose, it may look like a character from a Dr. Seuss book or the bar scene in <i>Star Wars</i>.<p>But don't be fooled by its droll appearance: …

Global Warming to Spawn More Severe U.S. Thunderstorms: Study

Climate change could help create atmospheric conditions ripe for storms.<p>Continued global warming could help create atmospheric conditions that are fertile breeding grounds for severe thunderstorms and tornadoes in the United States, a new study suggests.<p>The findings, detailed in this week's issue …

Monkeys Whisper, Study Says—But Why?

<b>Here’s a little secret: Humans aren’t the only animals who know how to speak softly.</b><p>Gophers sometimes whisper. There are bats that do it to avoid detection by moth prey. A certain fish does it to initiate sex (whispering sweet nothings into her mate’s ear canal?). (See “‘Whispering’ Bat Evolved to …

The Photographic Chain: Five minutes with John Isaac

Human Journey<p>This post is the latest in Kike Calvo´s series The Photographic Chain, which profiles photographers from around the world he meets during his travels.<p><b>My dreams is…</b> to be a better human being by evolving each day. Helping myself from all the lessons I have learned about life during my …

Galactic Goblins, Alaskan Glows

National Geographic Magazine

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Solar Blasts, Circling Skies, and Bathing Stars

Solar blasts, ruins old and new, and glimpses of a young star blowing a vast bubble are showcased in the week's best space pictures.

Cute Pictures: Baby Olinguito Found in Colombia

Wildlife & Wild Places<p><b>What’s better than discovering a rare, furry carnivore that resembles a teddy bear? Stumbling upon a baby version of the same creature.</b><p>A baby olinguito found recently in Colombia. Photograph by Juan Rendon<p>Scientists trekking deep in Colombia‘s La Mesenia Reserve Forest …

Rhino Hunt Permit Auction Sets Off Conservation Debate

Dallas Safari Club hopes to raise money for conservation, but critics pounce.<p><b>A group called the Dallas Safari Club is auctioning off the chance for one hunter to shoot an endangered black rhinoceros in Namibia. The club claims all proceeds will support conservation of the embattled species, but the</b> …

Weather Gone Wild

Rains that are almost biblical, heat waves that don’t end, tornadoes that strike in savage swarms—there’s been a change in the weather lately. What's going on?<p><b>The weekend forecast</b> for Nashville, Tennessee, called for two to four inches of rain. But by the afternoon of Saturday, May 1, 2010, parts …

Ivory Worship

Thousands of elephants die each year so that their tusks can be carved into religious objects. Can the slaughter be stopped?<p>By Bryan Christy<p>Photographs by Brent Stirton<p><b>IN JANUARY 2012 A HUNDRED RAIDERS ON HORSEBACK CHARGED OUT OF CHAD INTO CAMEROON’S BOUBA NDJIDAH NATIONAL PARK, SLAUGHTERING</b> …

Birds of Paradise

<b>In New Guinea</b> kangaroos climb trees, and butterflies the size of Frisbees dart through rain forests where egg-laying mammals scuttle across the muck. Frogs sport noses like Cyrano’s, and the rivers are full of rainbow fish.<p>Yet none of New Guinea’s wild wonders have fascinated scientists as deeply …

Russian Refuge

<b>The Zodiac raft</b> motors through the freezing drizzle, skirting large ice cakes, taking on wave after invigorating wave of Chukchi Sea as we grope our way toward a shore obscured by fog. Although our Russian guide insists that a large island lies just ahead, I’m doubtful. But then the mists …

Pictures: Space Spooks Come Out to Play

In space, no one can hear you scream. But you'll try anyway, after seeing this Halloween's spooky space pictures.

Fluorescent and Starry: New Zinger Space Images From Chandra's X-Ray Archives

You know that moment when you’re flipping through old digital pictures (on your computer or phone or whatever) and you realize there are some pretty …

Astrophoto: Too Many Stars to Count

A night sky over the Isle of Wight that is bright with the Milky Way and green airglow. Credit and copyright: Chad Powell.

Halloween Astrophoto: The Witch Head Nebula

Boo! Here’s a great shot of the Witch Head nebula, so named because it resembles the profile of a wicked witch. This nebula’s ‘official’ name is IC …