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The U.S. military’s push for better bomb detectors involves taking cues from elephants’ ability to locate TNT.
Subterranean retreat may have sheltered more than 20,000 people in times of trouble.
NASA plans to send a spacecraft to an asteroid, pluck a boulder from its surface, and put it in orbit around the moon.
Bacteria found in far-flung indigenous groups are absent in industrialized populations.
Dubbed the "punk rocker” frog, the marble-size amphibian is the first vertebrate known to change its skin texture.
The hardest animal to attach a Crittercam to wasn't a great white shark or a whale—it was the slow-moving manatee.
Wells drilled for gas drink far more chemical-laced fluids than those drilled for oil.
The Chinese philosopher still affects the lives of nearly a quarter of humanity.
Ten years after sprouting from an ancient seed, the date palm is "a big boy now," a scientist says—"and yeah, he can make dates."
Jupiter may have wiped ancient worlds off the map of our solar system. Look up tonight to appreciate the destroyer from your backyard.
A few new species of these colorful, dancing spiders have been found in eastern Australia.
Does return of ancient objects to Baghdad send a “strong message” in face of ISIS threats, or put the artifacts in danger of destruction?
Getting people to the parks was the mission a century ago. Now it’s putting visitors to work in the name of science.
Rare “supertide” forms temporary island in the English Channel.
Scientists pinpoint a compound in the marsupial's blood that neutralizes venom—could it help in the quest to create a universal antivenom?
In the latest in a series of occultations, the red eye of Taurus disappears behind the moon.
A bright star that appeared in 1670 was long assumed to be an explosion—turns out, it may have been a rare collision of stars.
It’s one thing to have a tolerant meeting with a wild wolf that goes on for a matter of minutes. But this went on for six years.
Living in Moscow can be terrifying and mesmerizing, says author.
It’s that vernal equinox time of year: From flowers to festivals, here are some of our favorite National Geographic photos of spring.