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Stitching together 12,500 images, an astronaut's time-lapse "shows the best our beautiful planet has to offer," according to the European Space Agency.
As this photo gallery from our archives shows, Santa Claus is a global icon of Christmas cheer—and sales.
If Krampus had reindeer, they might have fangs, but true vampire deer are too shy and gentle to cavort with the Christmas devil.
Comet Lovejoy streaks across the sky this week with holiday-appropriate color.
The scoop on what's behind the shocking killing of the little elephant's mother in the first Babar book—and on who's writing the series now.
For a project Mark Menjivar calls "Refrigerators," the social worker turned photographer makes as-is images of the fridges of people from all walks of life.
A monkey in India revived its companion after it got shocked at a train station. But how did it know what to do?
Hoverboards, flying cars, automatic fill-ups, and fuel from garbage—Back to the Future's energy ideas are close at hand.
From a snake virgin birth to a real-life unicorn, 2014 was a banner year for the bizarre. See our editors' picks for weirdest animal stories.
Head into the backyard to see a little star cluster that packs a lot of glitter.
Lower oil prices are hurting the chances of Iraq's Kurds to gain independence.
The ancient Christmas devil, Krampus, is showing up at parties and parades in the U.S. and is making a comeback in his native Austria.
Season's greetings amid starry nights, bringing sky-watchers a meteor flurry and an X marking the spot on the moon.
To the ancients, the chicken was a kind of two-legged pharmacy.
Emerging Explorer Jack Andrakas won a major science fair in 2012 with his test for pancreatic cancer, and he hopes to take on pollution too.
New York City now has a trove of 17th-century documents online, including ordinances that depict New Amsterdam as a raucous, drunken, smelly center of commerce.
With Christmas just around the corner, National Geographic editors choose the most compelling pictures of reindeer and the indigenous people who depend on them.
Hares are less social than bunnies, and their lively courtship and skittish behavior likely inspired the term "harebrained."
The EPA's decision not to regulate coal ash as hazardous waste could affect how often it's recycled.
Video footage shows a delicate, transparent animal with a doglike head more than five miles down.