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National Geographic News Updated Tue, 19 May 2015 11:08:04 GMT
Description Reporting our world daily: original nature and science news from National Geographic.
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6 Pictures Highlight Climber Dean Potter's Extreme Moments
Published: Mon, 18 May 2015 22:06:00 GMT
Description: Climber, runner, BASE jumper: athlete Dean Potter continually pushed the boundaries of some of the most extreme sports in the world.
How Dean Potter Reinvented Climbing, Jumping, Flying
Published: Mon, 18 May 2015 20:03:28 GMT
Description: The BASE jumper who died over the weekend said facing his fear of falling to his death is what drove him.
Millions of Spiders Rain Down on Australia—Why?
Published: Mon, 18 May 2015 18:35:01 GMT
Description: In what's called a mass ballooning, the tiny arachnids used silk strands to catch air currents on their way to a new home.
Dean Potter’s Extreme Life in 7 Hair-Raising Videos
Published: Mon, 18 May 2015 17:26:37 GMT
Description: The pioneering climber, highliner, and wingsuit BASE jumper died while BASE jumping over the weekend.
Surprise: Jumping Spiders Can See More Colors Than You Can
Published: Mon, 18 May 2015 16:00:00 GMT
Description: Some species of jumping spiders use filters in their eyes to see colors like red and orange—an unexpected discovery.
This Week's Night Sky: See Saturn Shine as Lord of the Rings
Published: Mon, 18 May 2015 15:31:00 GMT
Description: Saturn will appear as a cream-colored star to the naked eye, and telescope users can gaze at its sunlit rings.
Will Big Game Hunters Trade Bullets for Tranquilizer Darts?
Published: Sun, 17 May 2015 12:00:04 GMT
Description: A dart hunt of an endangered antelope in Texas sparks debate over a new "green" approach to catch-and-release hunting.
Bedbugs: Coming to a Bed Near You
Published: Sun, 17 May 2015 11:30:00 GMT
Description: People take extreme measures to get rid of bedbugs. Some have been driven to suicide, says author.
Watch a Flying Hoverboard: Will We Soon Be Levitating?
Published: Sat, 16 May 2015 21:22:00 GMT
Description: The Hendo uses magnets to move riders on a cushion of air. A faster version debuts in October and skate parks may follow..
Ancient City Defied Rome, Now Faces Threat of Islamic State
Published: Sat, 16 May 2015 13:48:45 GMT
Description: ISIS closes in on World Heritage Site of Palmyra in Syria. Will this 2,000-year-old city face the same fate as Nimrud and Nineveh?
Do Bugs Sleep? Why They're Surprisingly Similar to People
Published: Sat, 16 May 2015 12:00:00 GMT
Description: Some insects, like honeybees and fruit flies, slumber just like us—and can get sloppy without their Zzzs, research shows.
12 Extraordinary Pictures Show Animals Headed for Extinction
Published: Sat, 16 May 2015 12:00:00 GMT
Description: On Endangered Species Day, there are thousands of species that may not be around for long.
Will Marijuana for Sick Kids Get Government to Rethink Weed?
Published: Fri, 15 May 2015 18:32:06 GMT
Description: The drug’s ability to reduce seizures in some children has softened opposition to research and may someday lead to changes in government policies.
Week's Best Space Pictures: Tornadoes Wreak Havoc And Galaxies Shine
Published: Fri, 15 May 2015 17:06:29 GMT
Description: Satellites capture a wild week in Earth's atmosphere, and telescopes capture galaxies in all their shining glory in this week's most amazing views from space.
Space in Motion: Watch Gorgeous GIFs of Mars Sunset, Spinning Giant Asteroid
Published: Fri, 15 May 2015 16:22:58 GMT
Description: Two of this week's most intriguing views of space combine NASA images into animated form.
Emirates Airlines Bans Hunting Trophies of Lions, Rhinos
Published: Thu, 14 May 2015 21:18:32 GMT
Description: The world’s biggest international carrier joins South African Airways in banning transport of trophies of exotic wildlife such as elephants and rhinos.
Watch: Mother Owl Takes On Snake—and Wins
Published: Thu, 14 May 2015 18:13:24 GMT
Description: A predator approached at night, but mama owl was ready to protect her young owlets.
Discovered: Quartet of Quasars, a 10-Million-to-One Find
Published: Thu, 14 May 2015 18:00:00 GMT
Description: It gets stranger: The four quasars are nestled in a gigantic cloud of cold hydrogen gas that theories say shouldn’t exist either.
Do Sunscreens' Tiny Particles Harm Ocean Life in Big Ways?
Published: Thu, 14 May 2015 17:09:16 GMT
Description: Residues from consumer products may stop sea life from developing normally.
For Nepalis, Earthquakes Send Humans Warning From the Gods
Published: Thu, 14 May 2015 16:00:00 GMT
Description: In Nepal the gods speak through disasters, and shaking ground is seen as a wake-up call to humanity.
How Indiana Jones Actually Changed Archaeology
Published: Thu, 14 May 2015 14:30:00 GMT
Description: Blockbuster film series led to spike in archaeology courses, careers.
Is Exotic Diet Giving Giant Tortoises a Boost in Galapagos?
Published: Thu, 14 May 2015 12:37:00 GMT
Watch: Ants Use Giant Jaws to Catapult Out of Death Trap
Published: Wed, 13 May 2015 18:12:52 GMT
Description: Trap-jaw ants can escape predators' sand pits by using their powerful jaws to fling themselves away from danger, a new study finds.
Will Everest's Climbing Circus Slow Down After Disasters?
Published: Wed, 13 May 2015 17:04:00 GMT
Description: Avalanches and earthquakes prompted the cancellation of two seasons—and more soul searching about the ethics of climbing the world's tallest peak.
Forget Renaissance Italy—Modernity Got Going With the Vikings
Published: Wed, 13 May 2015 15:30:00 GMT
Description: The North Sea is small, but its cultural influence spread from Dublin in the west to Poland in the east, says author.
14-Year Old Wins National Geographic Bee Championship
Published: Wed, 13 May 2015 12:56:00 GMT
Description: Ten finalists from a field of four million contestants competed on geographic knowledge.
10 Pictures Capture Shock of Another Nepal Earthquake
Published: Tue, 12 May 2015 15:51:00 GMT
Description: A second major earthquake—magnitude 7.3—rattled Nepal on the heels of a 7.8 magnitude quake that killed thousands in April.
Rare Spanish Shipwreck From 17th Century Uncovered Off Panama
Published: Tue, 12 May 2015 15:00:00 GMT
Description: The cargo ship went down in 1681 with crates of swords, nails, and bolts of cloth.
Geological Hell of Nepal Earthquakes May Not Be Over
Published: Tue, 12 May 2015 13:04:00 GMT
Description: A magnitude 7.3 quake sets off a new wave of deadly destruction and landslides, a reminder that region is one of world’s most quake prone.
Video of Yellowstone Bear Chasing Tourists Isn't What You Think
Published: Mon, 11 May 2015 18:53:03 GMT
Description: In a viral video shot last week, a black bear mother and her young seem to chase panicked tourists in Yellowstone National Park. But that's not what really happened.
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