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Sally Ride: Curating Her Life

The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has provided stunning images of the planet’s surface, depicting landing sites from the film and volcano-like mounds<p>Blockbuster movie The Martian has inspired Nasa to release photos showing real-life locations from the film on the Red Planet.<p>Two landing sites for the …

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Newly identified human ancestor was handy with tools

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Homo naledi, the ancient human ancestor whose fossils have been retrieved from a South African cave, may have been handy with tools and walked much like a person, according to scientists who examined its well-preserved foot and hand bones.<p>Its foot and hand anatomy shared many …

NASA Preps Mars Orbiters for Comet Close Encounter

Changing Planet<p><b>A cometary near miss for Mars in a few months means meteor risks for NASA’s spacecraft orbiting the red planet.</b><p>On October 19, the comet Siding Spring will brush by Mars, passing so close that the space agency this week announced it has put together a special playbook filled with …

Reader Recs: Island Getaways

Nothing screams vacation quite like a sandy beach, clear blue water, and a fruity drink. To inspire a bit of summer wanderlust (or to help with your winter escape plans), we recently asked our Facebook fans to tell us their favorite island getaways in the world. Their answers ranged from large …

Q&A: Can Airlifting Rhinos Out of South Africa Save the Species?

In 2015 an organization called Rhinos Without Borders will move a hundred rhinos from South Africa to Botswana.<p>Over the past three decades National Geographic Explorers-in-Residence Dereck and Beverly Joubert, who are based in Botswana's Okavango Delta, have focused their movie and still cameras on …

Strength in Numbers: Defending the World’s Biggest Nest

Changing Planet<p><i>Gavin Leighton is a graduate student at the University of Miami conducting studies among weaver birds in Africa to try to understand the evolution of their amazing societies. Studying any animal in its own habitat can be trying, however, and the timeless expanse of the Namibian</i> …

So You Want to Backup Your Aerial Footage Taken from Drones?

Changing Planet<p><i>This post is the latest in the series Dreams of the World, which profiles interesting people Kike meets during his travels. Drones and Small Unmanned Aerial Systems Special Series.</i><p>Those of us who are flying small unmanned aerial vehicles, whether for work or for fun, have started …

Week's Best Space Pictures: Galaxies Stretch, Stars Tilt, and Mars Beckons

Secrets of a frozen moon, gravity playing tricks on galaxies, and the watery past of a desert world are spotlighted in this week's best space pictures.

World Turns Its Attention to West African Ebola Crisis

The worst-ever Ebola outbreak is finally attracting attention from global leaders.<p>A virus that likely jumped from monkeys to hunters in rural West Africa last spring has now exceeded the ability of three nations there to control it, and threatens to become a global crisis.<p>On Friday, the head of the …

Moon Invades Saturn This Weekend

Changing Planet<p><b>Talk about hogging the spotlight! Sky-watchers in North America on Sunday night, August 3, will see planet Saturn cozy up to the bright moon. Over a few hours’ time, as seen from the Eastern Hemisphere, stargazers will see the moon dramatically eclipse the planet.</b><p>And the best news is …

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Q&A: Why Sunni Extremists Are Destroying Ancient Religious Sites in Mosul

The Islamic State is demolishing tombs, statues, mosques, and shrines of importance to Christians, Muslims, and Jews.<p>Mosul has long been known for its religious diversity. Iraq's second largest city has been home to Persians, Arabs, Turks, and Christians of all denominations since it was first …

Tiger Hunting in India 1924

American Brigadier General William Mitchell hunts tigers with an Indian maharaja in 1924.<p>Editor's Note: <i>In recognition of International Tiger Day, we present the following article from our archives as a way of illustrating how attitudes toward tigers have changed in the past century. In November</i> …

Pictures: Extreme Sun and Stars

More than 200 billion stars fill the Milky Way galaxy and several hundred billion galaxies swirl in the universe. Our telescopes and supercomputers capture them in all their glory.

Anthropology Beyond the Human: An Amazon Tribe's Deep Connection With the Rain Forest

Living with the Runa in Ecuador, the author says, is also about living with all the other kinds of beings the Runa live with.<p>Do forests think? Can a dog's dreams predict the future? Should nature have rights? These are some of the thought-provoking questions that Montreal-based anthropologist …

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A Woman and Her Dogs

Changing Planet<p>Jane Horgan of Cheetah Conservation Botswana. Photo Rudi van Aarde<p>The Kalahari — the word means “waterless” — stretches across the area equal to that spanned by the eight US states that stretch from Idaho and Montana, southwards to Arizona and New Mexico. Our winter journey across …

Through the Killing Field to See Walruses

Changing Planet<p>To get relatively close to a trio of walruses on a beach at Kapp Lee on Edgeøya, the third largest island in Svalbard, we had to skirt a killing field littered with bones of the corpulent marine mammals. Preserved as a cultural relic, along with a couple of huts once used by trappers …

Geography in the News: Climbing The Highest Mountains

Wildlife<p><i>By Neal Lineback and Mandy Lineback Gritzner, Geography in the NewsTM</i><p><b>In Thin Air: Climbing the Highest Peaks</b><p>Just as the 2014 climbing season got underway, an avalanche killed 16 climbers on Mt. Everest on April 18, four of whom were Sherpas. This tragic accident is just one of the dangers …

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A Short List of Effective Actions to Conserve Water at Home

Wildlife<p>Conserving at home can help keep water in your local river, reservoir or aquifer. Photo: S. Postel<p>With droughts and water shortages slated to affect ever-larger portions of the United States, more and more people wonder how they can meaningfully make a difference.<p>Lots of websites offer …

Hōkūleʻa: French Polynesia’s Gift to the World

Changing Planet<p><i>Daniel Lin is a well-traveled photographer and writer whose love of the Pacific and its many islands and cultures has inspired him to explore their every niche. Follow him as he partakes in the long-awaited and historic Hōkūle‘a canoe voyage from Hawai’i across the world—which uses</i> …

Egypt: The Case for Going

I have never received as many concerned messages as I did on a recent trip to <b>Egypt</b>.<p>The nation has made headlines lately, and few have been positive. Realities on the ground in <b>Luxor</b>, though, were different.<p>On my first morning in the ancient Egyptian capital, I went for a run. Every block or two I …

Family Time: Art in the Big Apple

Spending an art-filled day museum-hopping with my twin girls is even better than front-row seats at a Laurie Berkner concert—an equal thrill for the three of us with none of the jostling.<p>We start at the <b>Metropolitan Museum of Art</b>, blowing by the main hall lines and instead taking the street-level …

5 Sky Events This Week: Scorpius Eyes the Moon, and Jupiter Rises

Changing Planet<p>This full-disk image of Jupiter was taken on April 21, 2014, with Hubble’s Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3). Earthbound sky-watchers get to see the gas giant return to the early morning sky this week. Credit: NASA, ESA, and A. Simon (Goddard Space Flight Center)<p><b>The moon glides through the</b> …