Michael Pajarillo

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2015 Audi S3 First Drive

Audi's littlest S-ports sedan.<p>There is such a thing as just right. Just the right size. Just the right proportions. Just the right packaging. Just the right looks. After our drive of the 2015 Audi S3 Sedan, we're thinking Audi created just the right car to set a new standard.<p>We've already raved …

German Hacker Group Says It's Broken The iPhone's TouchID Fingerprint Reader

For a few German hackers, breaking Apple’s much-hyped fingerprint reader seems to have been little more than a one-weekend project.<p>On Sunday, the Berlin-based hacker group known as the Chaos Computer Club–and more specifically a member of the group who goes by the name Starbug–announced that …

New Role for Disabled Kepler? Finding Exotic Alien Worlds

Crippled spacecraft could unearth new planets by detecting warped starlight.<p><b>Kepler's planet-hunting days may not be over just yet.</b><p>A technical failure in May left the NASA spacecraft, launched in 2009 to search for exoplanets, or planets outside our solar system, permanently crippled. But it could …

Universe

Until next time, Madagascar…

Changing Planet<p><i>Young Explorer Cara Brook is in Madagascar studying the impact of human land development on biodiversity and how it could potentially spread infectious diseases that are transmitted from animals to people. Cara will focus on bubonic plague in small mammals and henipaviruses and</i> …

Environmental Health

Glacier National Park Prepares for Ice-Free Future

<b>Text and photos by Allie Goldstein and Kirsten Howard</b><p>Our hike up to Grinnell Glacier in Glacier National Park winds through alpine meadows, along the edge of ice-cut cliffs, up a waterfall staircase, and around a stubborn ram. The views are breathtaking in the most literal sense of that word.<p>The …

National Parks

One-Way Ticket to Mars Attracts Global Attention

<b>There appears to be no shortage of wannabe planetary colonists willing to live—and possibly die on Mars.</b><p>Mars One—a controversial project that aims to send humans on a one-way trip to the Red Planet by 2023—has garnered interest from 202,586 folks from more than 140 countries who sent in video …

Mars

Did a Comet Really Kill the Mammoths 12,900 Years Ago?

Did the planetary upheaval 12,900 years ago come from the heavens—or Earth?<p><b>Why did mammoths, mastodons, and other mega-beasts vanish from North America?</b><p>Was it because:<p>1) humans killed them;<p>2) they couldn't hack the climate after the Ice Age ended; or<p>3) an exploding comet ignited continent-wide …

Earth Science

National Geographic Travel

Why Does Friday the 13th Scare Us So Much?

The superstition is rooted in Western culture, biblical events, experts say.<p><b>It's Friday the 13th, and millions of people are on edge, fearing a calamity with personal or global repercussions-a broken leg, a stock market crash, or the trigger pulled for World War III.</b><p>Why all the anxiety? In short, …

Indie Gaming

Voyager 1 Leaves Solar System, NASA Confirms

NASA’s far-flung spacecraft passed into interstellar space last year.<p><b>It’s official: Voyager 1 has slipped from the solar system.</b><p><b>Launched in 1977, Voyager 1 traveled past Jupiter and Saturn and is now more than 11.66 billion miles (18.67 billion kilometers) from the sun, becoming the first</b> …

Astronomy

Why New iPhone Isn't Really for Developing World

Apple hopes the iPhone 5c will catch on globally, but experts are skeptical.<p><b>Since 2007, Apple's annual unveiling of its new iPhone has been the company's biggest event. Year after year, Apple has made its smartphones available in more countries, with more features, in new designs, on more carriers,</b> …

Mobile

National Geographic Travel

Superstitious Numbers Around the World

Numbers carry different meanings depending on what country you are in.<p><b>Today is Friday the 13th—a day thought to be unlucky because of the idea that number 12 is "complete" (think apostles, months of the year, zodiac signs) and 13 is just ... odd. That's the explanation given by Joe Nickell, a</b> …

Language

As Arctic Melts, a Race to Test Oil Spill Cleanup Technology

As ice melt opens the Arctic to exploration and shipping, researchers are testing drones, sensors, skimmers, and dispersants for tackling oil spills in icy waters.<p><i>Part of our weekly "In Focus" series—stepping back, looking closer.</i><p><b>The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy—one of two working icebreakers in</b> …

Global Warming

Huge Molasses Spill Off Hawaii: A Diver's Report

What's it like to dive into molasses-clogged Honolulu Harbor?<p><b>Hawaii's Honolulu Harbor has been inundated this week with 230,000 gallons—1,400 tons—of thick, sticky molasses from a pipeline spill. It may sound like a sweet problem, but the molasses is killing fragile coral reefs, endangered marine</b> …

Scuba Diving

Space Pictures this Week: Rocket Frog, Cosmic Flock, Galactic Swarm

A would-be frog astronaut, a distant vision of the Milky Way, and a hive of galaxies are among the heroes of the week's space images.

Space Exploration

Amid Drought, Explaining Colorado’s Extreme Floods

Flash floods in Boulder area may also have ties to fires and climate change.<p><i>This story is part of a special National Geographic News series on global water issues.</i><p><b>University of Colorado, Boulder law school professor Brad Udall has long written and lectured about water issues in the American West,</b> …

Climate Change

Blue Groups Refuse Oil Money

Across the nation thousands of college students have joined a campaign, inspired by author and climate activist Bill McKibben, to get their universities to divest from fossil fuel companies just as they once got them to purge their portfolios of companies doing business with apartheid-era South …

Climate

Rain Forest Plants Race to Outrun Global Warming

Tropical plants are migrating due to climate change, but can they move fast enough?<p><b>From a 13,000-foot peak of the Andes Mountains in southern Peru, gazing east over the dense rain forests of the Amazon basin, all you see is undulating green—one of the most verdant places on the planet.</b><p>It's what you …

Ecology

Planning for Our Ocean Future

Summer in the Northern Hemisphere is winding down and, the tenth Pacific storm of the season (Juliette) crossed the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula with gusts of more than 80 miles an hour, and elsewhere, folks are remembering where they were eight years ago when Hurricane Katrina …

Hurricane Sandy

REDD+ Can Be a Game-Changer in the Battle Against Tropical Deforestation

In a high profile side event to the UN General Assembly next week, UN agencies, NGOs and the private sector will gather at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo to celebrate recent successes in forest protection to combat climate change and call for much greater future investment.<p>More …

Biodiversity