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An independence vote was slated for November 9, but Madrid declared it illegal. Who will win the tug-of-war?
National Geographic photography captures 100 years of football.
A wired city full of sensors looks like the future for all of us, for better or worse. Dublin is trying it out on a grand scale.
Newly dated cave paintings such as recent 40,000-year-old finds in Indonesia show that "our views have been too Eurocentric," says archaeologist Alistair Pike.
The monarch butterfly is in trouble, and now the U.S. government is stepping in with Canada and Mexico to save the iconic annual migration.
Vermicelli threads drape in India, fish fry smoke fills a kitchen in Tanzania, and a small Batman tackles a slice of cake in the United States.
Ripples race across Mars, astronauts go for a walk, and a star pulses in this week's best space pictures.
Neighbors of giant radio telescope in West Virginia give up wireless gadgets so astronomers can hear the music of the spheres.
Oil palm plantations are a major threat to orangutans, but new initiatives for deforestation-free palm oil may help save them.
Asher Jay makes emotional connections for a cause.
A professor's quest to cure his children's type 1 diabetes has led to a new stem cell approach to making the insulin-producing cells.
Ebola demonstrates that global health is everyone's problem. Here's how health authorities are bracing for the next contagion.
President Obama is expected to announce the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument.
On a day when the U.S. sees its first Ebola fatality, U.S. officials announce plans for screenings of air passengers arriving from West Africa.
Picture highlights impact of popular cage diving in South Africa and beyond.
In honor of International Octopus Day, sneak a peek at these quick-change artists as they hunt, hatch, and feed.
Alfred Nobel was an inventor, but fundamental discoveries win more Nobels. Here's why that's a good thing.
Ultraluminous x-rays found spurting from dead stars may overturn the idea that only actively feeding black holes have the power to fire up these displays.
Long thought a European invention, some of the oldest cave art in the world has turned up in Indonesia.
If you missed this morning's total lunar eclipse, National Geographic has you covered. Watch as the moon slips into Earth's shadow.