Sharon Curto

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102-year-old ship became a floating forest (6 pictures)

Homebush Bay in Sydney is the place were many 20th century ships, which are no longer used, ended up: one of them, the SS Ayrfield, is definitely the …

The Airstream: Secrets of America's Silver RV

The retro styling of the Airstream is as appealing today as it was back in the 1930s. In the book Airstream: The Silver RV, available Aug. 13, author and PopMech alum Tara Cox celebrates this iconic travel trailer with some curious and little-known facts.<p>The retro styling of the Airstream is as …

World's Largest Freshwater Turtle Nearly Extinct

The last known pair of Yangtze giant softshell turtles mated again in June.<p><b>The fate of a species is resting on the shells of two turtles at China's Suzhou Zoo.</b><p>In June, researchers collected eggs from the last mating pair of the critically endangered Yangtze giant softshell turtle (<i>Rafetus swinhoei</i>) …

Space Pictures This Week: Supermoon, Green Sun

A solar storm rages, smoke billows over Colorado, and the Milky Way resembles a cosmic rainbow in this week's best space pictures.

Pictures: Rare Views of Statue of Liberty in Time for Reopening

The Statue of Liberty reopens on Thursday for the first time since Hurricane Sandy. Take a peek at some rare views inside.

5 Sky Events This Week: Venus Buzzes Beehive, Morning Return of Mars

Changing Planet<p>The Beehive Cluster in the constellation Cancer will host Venus as it appears to glide through the 600 light year distant group of stars. Credit: Tom Bash and John Fox/Adam Block/NOAO/AURA/NSF<p><b>Early evening and mornings this first week of July offer up some celestial close encounters</b> …

High School Girls With Pickaxes

Breaking rocks is hard work.<p>I wish I could speak from a lifetime experience, but in all my years, I only have these two half-days in Tanzania during which time I personally smashed very hard rocks with iron tools.<p>As activities go, breaking rocks can hurt something horrible. I still have blisters on …

Ancient Traditions, Modern Celebration

Human Journey<p>In the continued events of the “One World, Many Voices” section of the 2013 Smithsonian Folklife Festival on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., representatives of some of the least-known languages and cultures in the world are sharing their arts, perspectives, and inspiration with …

The Physics Behind Waterslides

A lot of science goes into providing a safe trip down.<p><b>At the top of the Summit Plummet waterslide at Walt Disney World's Blizzard Beach in Orlando, Florida—which stands some 120 feet (37 meters) above the ground—thrill seekers have been known to turn back.</b><p><b>It's not hard to see why: The 12-story</b> …

Russian Meteor Shockwave Circled Globe Twice

<b>The 10,000 ton asteroid that exploded above the Russian city of Chelyabinsk in February produced such a powerful shockwave that it raced around the world twice, according to a new study published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters.</b><p>Researchers report that 20 world-wide monitoring stations, …

Explosion in Number of Potentially Habitable Worlds

Climate model predicts 60 billion water-friendly planets around red dwarf stars.<p><b>The number of potentially habitable worlds circling red dwarf stars—the most abundant type of star in our Milky Way galaxy—may have just doubled to 60 billion, a new study suggests.</b><p>Using global climate models originally …

Egypt: What Just Happened?

Human Journey<p>On Saturday, Mohamed ElBaradei — a respected diplomat, Nobel peace laureate, and liberal opposition leader — was named prime minister of Egypt, a country he’d very recently described as “a failed state.” The move came days after the Egyptian military ousted the democratically-elected …

Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #44

<b>Wild birds are descended from the time of the dinosaurs. They have seen the continents drift apart, saying goodbye to long-lost cousins as the oceans widened between them. They have managed to occupy almost all terrestrial ecosystems and can even swim better than most fish. They followed the</b> …

How Other Countries Handle Immigration

Countries struggle to find the best way to deal with immigrants knocking at their doors.<p><b>The Senate last week overwhelmingly approved a bill aimed at comprehensive immigration reform. But conservative opposition to creating a path to citizenship for immigrants in the country illegally gives the</b> …

The Egyptian Military's Huge Historical Role

For the second time in three years, the Egyptian military has assisted in the ousting of a president.<p><b>With Wednesday's removal of Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi, the Egyptian military asserted itself as the predominant force in the nation for the second time in three years.</b><p>It was the military that …

Space Pictures This Week: Starburst Aurora, Milky Way Portraits

A galaxy hunter takes a last look, the Milky Way shines, and auroras shimmer in this week's best space pictures.

Pictures We Love: June

Giant ducks, burning mannequins, and the oldest person in America grace the frames of our photo editors' picks for top June news pictures.

New Night Sky Timelapse Video: Stars and Storms Vie for Attention

Changing Planet<p>Breathtaking shots of the ground and sky dominate this striking time-lapse video shot in South Dakota and Wyoming between April and October of 2012 by veteran photographer Randy Halverson.<p>One highlight: the footage shows the Milky Way galaxy’s bright central hub — located more than …

Lonesome George to Be Stuffed, Displayed at NYC Museum

Famous Galápagos tortoise died in June 2012.<p><b>Lonesome George, the iconic giant tortoise of the Galápagos who died last June at over a hundred years of age, is getting stuffed.</b><p>Taxidermists at New York City's American Museum of Natural History recently received the frozen body of the deceased animal, …

Caimans at Night, Brazil

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4 Sky Events This Week: Cosmic Doughnut, Moon Meets Lion’s Heart

<b>With the moon out of the way in the early part of this week, starry nights make for a great opportunity to track some down cosmic treasures beyond our solar system.</b><p><b>Ring Nebula in Lyra.</b> On Monday, July 8, the moon is in new phase, making it an ideal time to hunt down the most famous of all planetary …

Pictures: Documenting Journeys of Undocumented Migrants

An anthropologist documents the things that migrants leave behind as they walk into the U.S. through the Sonoran Desert.

Oil Train Tragedy in Canada Spotlights Rising Crude Transport by Rail

The explosive train derailment that killed at least five people and left dozens missing in a Canadian lakeside town focused attention on North America's skyrocketing use of rail to transport its booming oil production.<p><b>With authorities still reckoning the death toll from the explosive train</b> …

National Geographic Magazine

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Top 10 Headlines Today: Bat X-Rays, Corpse-Eating Fly…

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Pictures: Mexico Volcano Spews Ash 2 Miles High

Popocatepetl, one of the world's most active volcanoes, has rumbled to life again, coating nearby regions with ash.

Top 25 Photographs from the Wilderness #13

Explore the wilderness with us… Rhinos are in terrible trouble across Africa. The Kruger National Park, the second oldest protected area on earth, may lose as many as 1,000 rhinos this year! The South African government has reacted by supporting the legal sale of over $100 million of rhino horn. …

A Brief Pause in a Long History

This week, for the only the third time in its 103-year history, the “voice of Philadelphia” will fall silent. But the good news is that it’s only for a few weeks, while it gets a much needed tune-up.<p>The <b>Wanamaker Grand Court Organ</b> is the largest functioning musical instrument in the world, located …