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Retracing America's great migration from the Dust Bowl of the 1930s, a family finds that John Steinbeck's classic novel, The Grapes of Wrath, still resonates in today's drought.
Ring out the old year with disappearing moons—and ring in the new with a glowing comet and shooting stars.
In honor of the 115th anniversary of the Audubon Christmas Bird Count, National Geographic editors searched the archives for our most compelling bird pictures.
Emerging Explorer Juliana Machado Ferreira says that the sprawling trade in illegal wildlife, especially birds, threatens whole ecosystems.
In a year filled with compelling stories, some really stand out. Below is a list of our top 5 videos from 2014.
Ten years after a catastrophic tsunami killed nearly 170,000 people in Indonesia, is the country ready for the next one?
Cassini views Saturn's rings in a different light, x-rays flare from the sun, and a city's skyline stands out against a fiery sunset.
The celebrated author of "A Christmas Carol" was a complex man who hid a long-term affair to protect his public image.
On the 115th anniversary of the annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count, we take a look at one of the world's largest citizen science efforts.
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.