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Coldest brown dwarfs blur lines between stars and planets

“If one of these objects was found orbiting a star, there is a good chance that it would be called a planet.”<p>Astronomers are constantly on the hunt …

Universe

New model of Earth’s interior reveals clues to hotspot volcanoes

Unlike volcanoes that emerge from collision zones between tectonic plates, hotspot volcanoes form in the middle of the plates.<p>Scientists at the …

Geology

Coronal Holes: The (Rarely Round) Gaps In The Sun's Atmosphere

There's a hole in the sun's corona. But don't worry — that happens from time to time.<p>"A coronal hole is just a big, dark blotch that we see on the sun in our images," says Dean Pesnell, project scientist for NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory. "We can only see them from space, because when we look …

Tamu Massif is Largest Single Volcano on Earth

Tamu Massif is the largest single volcano on Earth. It is the size of the state of New Mexico. It is located about 1,000 miles east of Japan and is …

Most Earthlike Planets Found Yet: A "Breakthrough"

New exoplanets are at right distance from sun to support life, scientists say.<p><b>Planet hunters are significantly closer to their goal of finding an "Earth twin" with the discovery of two planets similar in size to our own, astronomers with NASA's Kepler mission announced today.</b><p>The planets, described …

Explorers

Fieldwork Map<p>Get to know the people and projects we’ve funded around the world.<p>Empowering Explorers<p>Every year we give out hundreds of grants to bold people with transformative ideas. These grant recipients are–and have always been–the heart and soul of what we do.<p>We honor the most outstanding …

Habitats

National Geographic Magazine

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Water Stress Threatens Future Energy Production

When we flip on a light, we rarely think about water. But electricity generation is the biggest user of water in the United States. Thermoelectric power plants alone use more than 200 billion gallons of water a day – about 49 percent of the nation’s total water withdrawals.<p>Large quantities of water …

Ecuador Scraps Plan to Block Rain Forest Oil Drilling

Idea had been hailed as a revolutionary way to combat climate change.<p><b>The decision by Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa to abandon a plan to spare the species-rich Yasuní rain forest in eastern Ecuador from oil development has dashed hopes for what environmentalists had hailed as a historic</b> …