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Tomb of Christ at Risk of 'Catastrophic' Collapse

Restoration work at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem reveals one of world's holiest sites rests on a precarious earthly foundation.<p>Scientists have discovered that there is a "very real risk" that the holiest site in Christianity may collapse if nothing is done to shore up its unstable …

Found: Fresh Clues to Mystery of King Solomon's Mines

Analysis of 3,000-year-old animal waste confirms that an ancient mining complex in Israel dates to the golden age of the biblical monarch.<p>Manure preserved for millennia by the arid climate of Israel’s Timna Valley is adding fresh fuel to a long-simmering debate about the biblical king Solomon and …

Maude Alta’s Delicate Paper-Cut Art

Maude Alta carves away negative space to create snowflake-like paper-cut works filled with intricate details. Alta says that her intimate knowledge …

Photos of Beautiful Ice Sculptures That Formed After a Windy Mountain Storm

Mount Javornik in Slovenia was recently battered by more than a week of strong winds and freezing fog. After the storm was safely past, weather …

Breaking the Ice

Since 2003, documentary photographer Camille Seaman has made many visits to the Arctic regions of Svalbard, Greenland and Antarctica for her series, …

18 More Photos of People Awestruck by Nature

<b>Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia</b><br>Photo credit: Svetlana Bogomolova<p>After we published our first set of photos that showed people awestruck by nature, we felt as though we owed it to you to find more. Here, then, are 18 more photos of people taken aback by their surroundings – whether that's by land, sea …

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Big Cat Week Google+ Hangout: A Life Among Lions

Changing Planet<p>Since the 1980s, National Geographic Explorers-in-Residence Dereck and Beverly Joubert have captured some of the most eye-opening and enlightening big cat footage in the world (see photos and get stories from throughout their career).<p>Ever watched something about the long standing …

Cut Paper Illustrations by Maude White | Colossal

<p>New York-based artist Maude White (previously) continues to create beautifully rendered illustrations with cut paper, creating dozens of new pieces …

2013: The year in wildlife

From lakes of death to the first moments of life, get up close and personal with our ten favourite images of nature at its most stunning.<p><b>More amazing image galleries of the year:</b><p>The year in weather<p>The year in space<p>The year in design and architecture

Stunning Pictures: Ten of the Rarest Animals on Earth

Four Conservation Experts Look Back on and Beyond 40 Years of the Endangered Species Act

Changing Planet<p>Since the Endangered Species Act (ESA) was signed by President Nixon on Dec. 28, 1973, the Act has helped recover more than 30 species, prevented the extinction of 99 percent of the species it protects and currently protects more than 2,140 species. Conservation and learning at …

Giant World War II Sub Discovery Shines Light on 4 Historic Submarines Still Missing

Here are five submarines archaeologists would love to get their hands on—four of which are still missing.<p><b>A research team has discovered a monster submarine built by the Japanese Navy during World War II, which sank off the southern coast of Oahu, Hawaii, in 1945.</b><p>Designed to ferry three seiran …

The Silent Crisis: Vietnam’s Elephants on the Verge of Extinction

Wildlife<p><b>As the slaughter of the remaining elephants in Africa continues without interruption, elephants in Vietnam—without media attention and a pack of NGOs calling for their protection—are quietly disappearing.</b><p>Victim of an intensely and increasingly fragmented habitat, weak environmental laws, …

Have We Found the Lost Colony of Roanoke Island?

Remote-sensing techniques have unearthed clues to the fate of settlers who mysteriously disappeared.<p>It's a mystery that has intrigued Americans for centuries: What happened to the lost colonists of North Carolina's Roanoke Island? (See "America's Lost Colony.")<p>The settlers, who arrived in 1587, …

1,500 Poisoned Vultures Since May, Vultures Now Targeted for Their Heads

Changing Planet<p>This year has seen a dramatic increase in vulture poisonings particularly in southern Africa. At current levels many species of African vulture will become extinct within our lifetimes.<p>Poisoned White-backed vultures in Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park, South Africa. Photo courtesy of A. …

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This Week's Most Intriguing Discoveries: Of Schnozzes, Seawater, and Trolls

Here are five of the week's most interesting discoveries.<p>Emus descended upon an Australian town, an island was born off the coast of Japan, and John F. Kennedy's friends remember the assassinated president.<p>But that's not all that happened around the world. Here are some gems from the world of …

Best Microscopic Photos of 2013 Announced by Nikon

These Are Some of the Most Otherworldly Creatures You’ll Find on Earth | WIRED

It’s said that we know more about the surface of the moon than our own oceans, and the same may be true of the lifeforms that inhabit them. Cold …

Beloved Brazilian Monkey Clings To A Shrinking Forest

The tiny, copper-hued golden lion tamarin is so beloved in Brazil that its image graces the country's 20-real bank note. But this lion-maned monkey is in peril.<p>There's only one place on earth where the golden lion tamarin lives in the wild: in Brazil's Atlantic Forest, or <i>Mata Atlantica,</i> just north …

How to destroy Syria's chemical arsenal

<b>Syria has been given until the middle of 2014 to destroy its chemical weapons stockpile.</b><p>But in a country torn apart by civil war, the disposal process is likely to be fraught with difficulties. So how will it work?<p>How to destroy chemical weapons<p>Different techniques are used for destroying chemical …

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: …

Wanna Be a Marine Biologist? Here’s How

The number of emails, phone calls, and Facebook messages I receive has diminished a little in the last years, but they continue to come with regularity. They are not only from students; they are from people in all walks of life interested in finding out how to become marine biologists. After …

Misty Mountains and Moss Frogs: Moving Camp During a Torrential Downpour

<i>Jodi Rowley is a National Geographic grantee discovering and documenting the diversity, ecology and conservation status of highly threatened amphibians in the forested mountains of Vietnam.</i><p>—–<p>This morning we are moving. From our base camp in the forest, we will shift to a nearby village closer to …

On Safari in Sabi Sands

TravelIntelligent Travel<p>We could hardly believe it when a curious leopard cub left its mother’s side and came so close to our vehicle that it started climbing the tires. But this is par for the course when you’re on safari in the oldest game reserve in South Africa.<p>Situated on the edge of Kruger …

Noodle-Armed Deep-sea Squid Mystery Solved

New video shows deep-sea squid wiggle tentacle tips to attract their meals.<p><b>Many deep-sea squid actively grab their prey, sporting two muscular tentacles used to drag unsuspecting prey into their mouths.</b><p><b>But one squid species that lives down deep—the "wimp" of the proverbial playground—has limp</b> …

How Do Whales Avoid Sunburn? Hint: Some Tan

Blue, fin, and sperm whales have different strategies to avoid sun damage.<p><b>It's a good idea to apply sunscreen before heading to the beach if you don't want to burn and blister. But for marine animals like whales, that's not an option.</b><p>Species like sperm whales can spend up to six hours at the …

Spot Exoplanets With Your Home Telescope, Using Free NASA Software

The new software measures varying light phenomena, accounting for distortions from the Earth's atmosphere and any stray clouds.<p>Well, this is what you bought that new telescope camera for, right?<p>NASA is releasing, for free, a bit of software that allows those with telescopes to detect planets …