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Rare Pictures: Golden Eagle Savages Russian Deer

14 Baby Pandas in Crib: Why Breed Them?

Wildlife<p><b>What’s better than one baby panda? Fourteen, apparently—the Web’s cuteness quotient has just skyrocketed with pictures of a crib full of baby pandas at the Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding and Research Base in southwestern China.</b><p>The cubs, born between July and September of this year, are being …

Rare Giant Salamanders Bred in Captivity

<b>Imagine an amphibian up to 5 feet (1.5 meters) long that can weigh 80 pounds (36 kilograms) and snap chunks off your finger in a split second.</b><p>The Japanese giant salamander is one of the largest of its kind in the world: a mottled, slimy, living fossil that has changed little in millions of …

Hiking in Skye

TravelDigital Nomad<p>There are two secrets to happy hiking in Scotland: waterproof clothing and lots of time.<p>Show up in the Highlands with a plan to reach such-and-such peak on such-and-such day, and Scotland will laugh in your face and spit rain at you. Better to draw a big circle around a set of …

Best Astronomy Photos of the Year Named

Okavango Expedition 2013: Leaving “Mother Okavango”…

Changing Planet<p>The “Mother Okavango”, the beating heart of the delta, did not want to let us go. She held us to her abundant bosom for almost two weeks. We entered her wilderness using a secret mokoro trail known only by two baYei living in Jedibe, a backdoor left open for people like us. People …

5 Sky Events This Week: Red Planet, Bull’s Eye, and Jovian Giant

<b>Heading into the final days of September and first week of autumn sky-watchers will find the moon dancing with celestial luminaries like planets and stars.</b><p><b>Mercury and Spica.</b> Within a half hour after sunset on Tuesday, September 24, look toward the very low southwest horizon for planet Mercury …

New Plant and Insect Species Found in Tepui Paradise

<i>Andrew Short is a National Geographic Grantee and assistant professor of
 Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at the University of Kansas. An entomologist by training, Short is currently in Suriname, South America searching for aquatic insects to study patterns of freshwater biodiversity that will</i> …

Typhoon, Hurricane, Cyclone: What's the Difference?

Hurricanes, cyclones, and typhoons are all the same weather phenomenon.<p>Typhoon Lan has left over nintey injured and three dead after making landfall in Shizouka, Japan in late October 2017.<p>If you've never lived in Asia, you might be wondering what it feels like to experience a typhoon. But if …

4 Weird Legless Lizard Species Found

<b>Four new species of legless lizard have been hiding in plain sight in gritty parts of southern California, including a railroad track, vacant city lots, oilfields, and even an airport runway, a new study says.</b><p>Researchers don’t know much about the unusual reptiles—which can grow up to 8 inches (20 …

The Scoop on Termite Poop: Five Cool Facts

<b>As long as they’re in someone else’s house, termites are rather fascinating creatures.</b><p>The social insects live in colonies, like bees or ants, and build large nests that can stretch 300 feet (91 meters) across. There are more than 2,600 species of termites—and more than one quadrillion individual …

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 …

Scientists Unravel Secrets of Monster Black Hole at Center of Milky Way

Supermassive black hole last erupted two million years ago, and will again.<p><b>For years astronomers have been puzzled as to why our Milky Way galaxy's "volcano"—a supermassive black hole (SMBH) at its core—is dormant today.</b><p>It seems the answer may simply be that we didn't catch the cosmic …

Foraging in the Forest of Knoydart

TravelDigital Nomad<p>It too me thirteen years to travel back to Knoydart, but took less than thirteen seconds for me to fall in love with the place all over again.<p>I owe my entire discovery of this rare corner of Scotland to Jackie Robertson who picked me up hitchhiking so long ago and showed me the …

New Eyeless Fungus Beetle Found in Cave

Wildlife<p><b>Scientists have discovered a new species of fungus beetle that dwells in a single cave in Arizona.</b><p>Like Gollum in <i>The Lord of the Rings,</i> tiny <i>Ptomaphagus parashant</i> has evolved to cope with life in the darkness. The insect once had wings and eyes, but after spending millennia inside such tight …

Why Elephants Matter

Wildlife<p>By Richard Ruggiero, J. Michael Fay, and Lee White<p>Wildlife trafficking will receive overdue world attention this week at the United Nations General Assembly and by the Clinton Global Initiative and other elite platforms.<p>The ongoing slaughter of African elephants will be in particular focus, …

Expert Voices: Michael Stevns, Infrastructure & Cities Sector, Siemens

Changing Planet<p><i>C40 Partners Siemens & Arup Launch ‘Toolkit for Resilient Cities’, a new report conducted with the Regional Plan Association, setting forth actionable agenda for cities</i><p>Cities are potentially the most resilient of all human creations, yet modern cities and their reliance on …

Not-so-Clean Hydropower is Damming Us All

While I was in Fort Smith, Northwest Territories (NT), Canada, this summer observing and measuring wood floating down the Slave River for my dissertation work on Mackenzie River driftwood, I attended a local town hall meeting facilitated by Alberta member of Parliament Linda Duncan about what the …

Vital Ground Protects Grizzly Bear Habitat Throughout Their North American Range

Changing Planet<p><b>Vital Ground</b> is a Montana-based land trust dedicated to protecting <b>grizzly bear</b> habitat in North America.<p>The organization supports bear conservation ecology studies in 6 ecosystems, which are scattered throughout Alaska, the Lower 48 (Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming) and in …

Fish Fossil Has Oldest Known Face, May Influence Evolution

The 419-million-year-old fossil has the same jawbones as vertebrates.<p><b>Scientists have found the oldest face—and it's a fish. (Not a fishface, though.)</b><p>The 419-million-year-old fish fossil could help explain when and how vertebrates, including humans, acquired our faces—suggesting a far more primitive …

Surprising Photo: Toad Eats Bat

Wildlife<p><b>It may look like the Lady Gaga of amphibians, but this enterprising cane toad is actually in the midst of eating a bat.</b><p>Yufani Olaya, a ranger at Peru’s Cerros de Amotape National Park, sent the picture to Peru-based biologist Phil Torres, who published it on his blog.<p>The toad and its bat …

How Genius Carl Haber Restores Long-Lost Sounds

Some historic sounds were lost—until the physicist began digitally restoring them.<p><i>"This year's class of MacArthur Fellows is an extraordinary group of individuals who collectively reflect the breadth and depth of American creativity," said Cecilia Conrad, vice president of the MacArthur Fellows</i> …

How Did the Pakistan Earthquake Create a Mud Island?

A mud volcano is thought to be behind new landmass.<p><b>On Tuesday, a 7.7-magnitude earthquake struck a remote part of western Pakistan, killing more than 260 people and displacing hundreds of thousands. It also triggered formation of a new island off the coast, which has quickly become a global</b> …