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National Geographic News
  Updated Thu, 05 Mar 2015 23:29:17 -0000
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'Extinct' Bird Rediscovered in Myanmar, Surprising Scientists
Description: The Myanmar Jerdon's babbler was thought to have gone the way of the dodo—until scientists stumbled across it during a 2014 expedition.
Watch: Ice Fishermen Pull Up Live Bird
Description: Watch fishermen in Pennsylvania catch a red-breasted merganser.
Ringling Bros. to Retire Its Circus Elephants
Description: Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey has long been under fire for its treatment of elephants.
Galaxy in Front of Supernova Creates Cosmic Mirage: Einstein Cross
Description: Astronomers are watching a strange supernova explode nine billion light-years away.
Fastest Star in the Milky Way Found Zipping Out of Galaxy
Description: A dwarf star is en route to intergalactic space at millions of miles an hour—and its origin could have cosmic implications.
Astronomers Find a Long-Lost Ocean on Mars
Description: Planetary scientists have figured out how much water filled a Martian sea four billion years ago—and it was a lot.
Why Do Killer Whales Undergo Menopause?
Description: Female killer whales that live long past their "childbearing" days may be wise matriarchs that help their groups survive, a new study claims.
Chemical Exposure Linked to Billions in Health Care Costs
Description: Chemicals that mimic estrogen and other hormones are costing the EU $175 billion per year in health care, according to new research.
As Smog Thins in L.A., Dramatic Evidence of Kids' Healthier Lungs
Description: New study shows Los Angeles-area kids have fewer breathing problems now than they did in the 1990s.
Lack of Snow Leaves California's 'Water Tower' Running Low
Description: Rising temperatures and declining snowpack in the mountains mean that the drought across the western U.S. is about to get even worse.
Oldest Human Fossil Found, Redrawing Family Tree
Description: The discovery of a jawbone, along with a reconstruction of another fossil, shed light on the mysterious million-year period when the genus Homo first evolved.
Yaks May Be Climbing Higher Due to Climate Change
Description: A lack of snow on the Tibetan Plateau is pushing thirsty yak females into steeper habitat, a new study says.
Did Dog-Human Alliance Drive Out the Neanderthals?
Description: With the help of wolf dogs, early humans out-hunted—and outlasted—Neanderthals.
Weasel Rides Woodpecker in Viral Photo—But Is It Real?
Description: A once-in-a-lifetime photo shows what happens when a weasel attacks a woodpecker—and gets more than it bargained for.
Pictures: 8 Amazing Animals at Risk From Wildlife Crimes
Description: In observance of the World Wildlife Day's mission of highlighting wildlife crimes, here are some of the animals that fall prey to people's thirst for trophies and exotic cures.
Taliban Assassins Target Pakistan's Polio Vaccinators
Description: Pakistani health workers-many of them women—continue to face Taliban bullets and bombs in their quest to inoculate children.
Arctic Ship Breaks Free of Ice for Historic Expedition
Description: A Norwegian research vessel will spend six months on the sea ice to study the changing Arctic.
Europe's Languages Were Carried From the East, DNA Shows
Description: Geneticists have uncovered evidence of a westward migration in Europe about 4,500 years ago—and that may explain a long-standing mystery about language.
How Geothermal Could Cleanly Power the Planet: Indonesia's Tale
Description: The Earth's heat could power homes and businesses worldwide, but it's barely been tapped. Indonesia is trying to change that.
Pharaoh of "Lost Dynasty" Died Brutal Death, Forensic Study Reveals
Description: Forgotten pharaoh may have been earliest Egyptian ruler to die in battle.
Wild Panda Population Up Dramatically in China, Government Says
Description: The new numbers may reflect better and broader surveying techniques as much as a true boost in population, expert cautions.
Climate Change Helped Spark Syrian War, Study Says
Description: Drought, worsened by climate change, led to mass migration that helped spark the Syrian conflict, researchers say.
Dramatic New Video Shows Volcano Forming an Island
Description: A fast growing island off Japan is seen in new video from the Japanese Coast Guard.
5 Sky Events This Week: Moon Confers With a Jovian Giant and a Celestial Maiden
Description: The first week of March brings an eclipse of two moons of Jupiter and an opportunity to spot Uranus.
Exclusive: Lost City Discovered in Honduran Rain Forest
Description: A joint Honduran-American expedition has confirmed the presence of extensive pre-Columbian ruins in Mosquitia in eastern Honduras, a region rumored to contain ruins of a lost "White City" or "City of the Monkey God."
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