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Category Archives: Science
The man with three dreams: going on expedition with Admiral Byrd, working for National Geographic, and climbing Everest…Listen to an excerpt. It’s climbing season on Mt. Everest, so let’s take a look back at one of the pioneers of that … Continue reading
Maybe your teenager is getting straight A’s in school, but there’s one topic she still needs to study up on: climate change. According to a recent poll conducted by Yale University, only half of teenagers believe that climate change is … Continue reading
People say it all the time. “If only.” “If only I’d remembered our wedding anniversary.” “If only I’d taken that other job.” “If only I’d brought my umbrella to work today.” Regret is a distinctly human trait, but computer researchers … Continue reading
Invasive species have profound negative effects on ecosystems. They can displace or cause the extinction of native plant and animal life, increase soil erosion and fire hazards, clog waterways and damage the economy. On the plus side, however, some of … Continue reading
A damaging earthquake and tsunami hit Japan early today, triggering tsunami warnings around the Pacific. Find out about earthquakes and tsunamis from our website and past National Geographic content: Tusnami 101 facts, video, and a photo gallery of past tsunamis. Earthquake profile, including safety tips, and … Continue reading
By Laura Newcomer Described by researchers in 1852, photographed once in 1959, and not seen since— this 52-year-old photo in National Geographic provides the only evidence of the existence of a rare species of sea slug published in more than … Continue reading
How many hours a week do you spend listening to your iPod? The answer you give to this question may depend on your genes. Scientists at the University of Helsinki have published a study in the Journal of Human Genetics … Continue reading
Our solar system may be back up to nine planets if a gas giant named Tyche, rumored to be hanging out in the Oort Cloud turns out to be more than a theory. Two astronomers from the University of Louisiana … Continue reading
A new study of tree rings has confirmed that the megadrought of the twelfth century in Mexico may have been the fatal blow to the Toltec civilization. Seventy-four core samples were taken from the Montezuma bald cypress trees in the … Continue reading