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Here's What Makes This Accusation Against Bill Cosby Different From Others

Bill Cosby was ordered Tuesday to stand trial for a felony charge of sexual assault in Pennsylvania, making the case different from the dozens of …

Bill Cosby

Earliest Cat Domesticated in China Was the Leopard Cat, Scientists Say

Changing Planet<p>The wildcat (<i>Felis silvestris lybica</i>) is the common ancestor of the 500 million house cats (<i>Felis catus</i>) in the world today. It was domesticated in Africa and the Middle East around 10,000 years ago, about the time humans started farming and storing grain. The proliferation of …

Why Whaling Persists in Japan, Despite International Pressure

On the island of Ikitsuki at the southern tip of Japan, a certain cut of meat is served up raw or cooked into a variety of dishes, just as it has been for centuries.<p>Rich in iron, fat, and protein, the local delicacy can be found in many restaurants on the island, and has been served in school …

Students

Timeline of El Chapo's Major Escapes and Captures

Drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman has been recaptured seven months after he escaped from prison, Mexican authorities announced Friday.<p>But this …

Mexico

How the Mexican Drug Trade First Began

Growing up with drug prohibition, it is easy to think of it as an age-old ban, such as the outlawing of robbery or murder. It seems almost like a law …

Mexico

Experts Say Lobbying Skewed the U.S. Dietary Guidelines

On Thursday, the government released the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. From school lunch menus and public nutrition programs to food labels …

Los Angeles

Chipotle Slapped With Lawsuit Over E.Coli Outbreak

Mexican fast food chain Chipotle was sued Friday for allegedly failing to disclose flawed quality controls to investors, after an outbreak of E.coli …

E.coli

Trepanation: The History of One of the World's Oldest Surgeries

During the 1860s, a United States diplomat named E.G. Squier traveled to Cuzco, Peru. While visiting the home of a wealthy woman who collected …

Native Americans

11 Fun Mnemonics to Help Remember Anything

Whether you can recall the name of everyone you have ever met or you just lost your keys for the fifth time this week, using mnemonics can help keep …

North America

When Poachers Kill Their Mothers, Elephant Daughters Hold Social Networks Together

In elephant families, it’s the matriarchs who call the shots. They decide where a group goes, where it eats and when. They’re also the glue that …

Wildlife

Why We’ll Keep Having Weird Weather in 2016

A North Pole with 40°F (4°C) temperatures, extreme flooding across the globe and record storms all contributed to making 2015 a year of weird weather.<p>…

Global Warming

New Year's Day Brings New Laws Across U.S.

Scores of new laws went into effect Friday, the first day of the new year.<p>Many of them are firsts for the nation, including a raised legal smoking …

Guns

Science Shows Fish Feel Pain, So Let's Get Over It and Do Something to Help These Sentient Beings

<i>A set of essays in the new journal</i> Animal Sentience <i>concerning the question of whether fish feel pain is a must read. Fish are not mere streams of readily available unfeeling protein.</i><p>There are many fascinating and vexing issues in the study of nonhuman animal (animal) cognition and emotions, and …

Animals

See What Happened to the Animals on the Original Endangered Species List

Indiana Bat, Myotis sodalis.Status: Endangered.<br>Timothy D. Easley—AP Photo<p>1 of 13<p>When the Endangered Species Act was approved on this day, Dec. 28, in …

Endangered Species

How Food-Obsessed Millennials Shape the Future of Food

Are millennials obsessed with food? Millennial author Eve Turow Paul certainly thinks so.<p>“We are the first young generation ever to spend our discretionary income on food,” she says. “And it makes no practical sense—none—that we should be spending our money on something ephemeral when we can’t …

@stevewinterphoto on #assignment for @natgeo A leopard in a tree getting ready to jump down after feeding on the antelope above her. She is trying to find a way out btw the hyenas circling below her on the ground. This is in South Africa. I’m just finished shooting my worldwide #leopard story December 2015 @natgeo showcasing the world’s most adaptable, but persecuted, big cat. And for Nat Geo Wild a one hour TV program! From the wilds of #SouthAfrica to the heart of #Mumbai and Sir Lanka. National Geographic launched the Big Cats Initiative to raise awareness and implement change to the dire situation facing big cats. Please visit CauseAnUproar.org to find out more about Build a Boma and other ways to become involved to save big cats! Give a High 5 for big cats! #5forbigcats and www.causeanuproar.org @stevewinterphoto @natgeo @nglive #nglive #ngwild @ngwild @natgeowild #natgeowild @thephotosociety #NGcreative @natgeocreative #fursforlife #wildlifeconservation #inthefield #wildlifephotojournalism #BCI #bigcatsintiative #photooftheday #beauty #startwith1thing

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Changing Planet<p>In case you missed them, South Africa’s famous “flying” sharks, Texas floods that washed “river monsters” onto the land, a video that caught a chameleon changing color, and a “sharkano” revealed by deep-sea cameras were among the most popular posts on National Geographic Voices in …

14 Funky Facts About Feet

The foot is one of the most overworked, under-appreciated parts of the human body. Think about it: In a single day, the average person takes 8000 to …

Magnetism

A Quick Self-Assessment of Well-Being

In a related blog on college student mental health, I make the point that we need awareness about our well-being. Here I offer a quick screen for …

Psychology

Maintaining Mental Health in College: A Conversation

This blog continues the conversation I had Mike Veny, a leading mental health lecturer who is working to reduce the stigma associated with mental …

Mental Health

Stratio’s LinkSquare can scan your food or drugs to test their authenticity

How do you really know that the food or medicine you’re about to ingest is what the package label says it is? With the LinkSquare from Stratio, you can actually run a test to get confirmation.<p>Stratio is unveiling its new LinkSquare infrared scanner for food, pharmaceuticals, materials, and physical …

5 Eco-Friendly Ways to Dispose of Your Christmas Tree

What’s the environmentally safest way to dispose of your Christmas tree? It’s hard to say. Grown, managed, transported, and recycled efficiently, a …

Christmas Trees

Scientists Discover a New Part of the Human Body

When you woke up this morning, you did so with an entirely new body part—at least in the eyes of science. You can’t see it or touch it, but it will …

San Francisco

A terrible environmental disaster is unfolding in Los Angeles — and it's practically invisible

What's worse, workers are not even close to stopping the flow.<p>The leak sprung from a Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) natural gas storage facility in Aliso Canyon, and it has been gushing methane — a highly flammable and potent greenhouse gas — into the sky since October 23.<p>No one knows …

Pollution

You don’t have to be vegetarian to think twice about processed meat. At least eating fish is good for you

The World Health Organisation found there was enough evidence to say that salted, cured, fermented or smoked meats were indeed carcinogenic<p>Christmas is the time of the year when I struggle most with being a vegetarian. I gave up meat when I was 18, and it was an ethical decision. I loved the taste, …

Processed Meat

Slain Police Dog Diesel to Be Awarded For Bravery After Paris Attacks

A French police dog named Diesel who died a hero as he led a counter-terror operation after the Paris attacks will be posthumously honored for his …

Veterinary Medicine

The U.S. Is Still No.1 at Selling Arms to the World

The United States remains the world’s preeminent exporter of arms, with more than 50 percent of the global weaponry market controlled by the United …

North Korea

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Travel

Why Did Soap Operas Look Different From Other TV Shows?

Soap operas, "soaps" or "my stories," as many a grandmother has called them, are dramas presented in a serial format on daytime television or radio. …