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  • Will Virgin Galactic's Crash End Space Tourism?

    by: Dan Vergano

    The fatal explosion of SpaceShipTwo in the Mojave Desert may lead to more scrutiny of the fledgling space passenger industry.
  • Week's Best Space Pictures: Antares Falls, Mars Mystifies, and the Sun Rises

    by: <p>Photograph by Reid Wiseman, NASA</p>

    A sunrise consoles space station crew after the loss of an unmanned Antares supply rocket, with Mars and the stars offering more consolation.
  • Meet 5 "Zombie" Parasites That Mind-Control Their Hosts

    by: Mary Bates

    It's no Halloween movie—some parasites hijack their hosts' brains to make them act in horrific ways.
  • Hawaiian Lava Invading Village Homes, Spurring Evacuation

    by: Devin Powell

    A fissure leaking lava from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano has crawled downslope, federal officials report, coming close to homes.
  • New Oil Train Safety Rules Divide Rail Industry

    by: Joe Eaton

    Many railroad companies want more time to retrofit cars in the U.S. and Canada, but some are forging ahead.
  • 6 Bat Myths Busted: Are They Really Blind?

    by: Liz Langley

    This Halloween, we're quashing rumors about the maligned mammal. For starters, they don't make nests in your hair.
  • Pictures: Halloween and Day of the Dead Celebrated Worldwide

    by: <p>Photograph by W.E. Garrett, National Geographic Creative</p>

    These photos of jack-o'-lanterns, ancestral shrines, and ghoulish costumes are sure to put you in a spooky mood for Halloween
  • National Bat Week Pictures: Just in Time for Halloween!

    by: <p>Photograph by Joel Sartore with Cole Sartore, National Geographic Creative</p>

    Celebrate National Bat Week by getting to know the world's only flying mammal.
  • DJ Spooky: Multimedia Mixes to Save the Planet

    by: Susan Daugherty

    Paul D. Miller synthesizes art, music, and data to spotlight environmental issues.
  • Mystery of Earth's Water Origin Solved

    by: Andrew Fazekas

    Ancient meteorites reveal that our planet had plenty of water, right from the start.
  • Weird Animal Question of the Week: What's the Biggest Killer Plant?

    by: Liz Langley

    With Halloween around the corner, we take a closer look at Earth's biggest and nastiest carnivorous flora.
  • Killer Fungus Threatens Salamanders

    by: Traci Watson

    An Asian fungus is ravaging salamanders in Europe and could kill off populations in North America and elsewhere, researchers say.
  • Dwarf Galaxies Dim Hopes of Dark Matter

    by: Natalie Wolchover

    For five years physicists have been tantalized by possible evidence of dark matter in the Milky Way's center. But new results from small satellite galaxies have complicated the story.
  • Watching the Multi-Million-Dollar Decision to Blow Up a Rocket

    by: Brad Scriber

    A National Geographic staffer on the scene recounts NASA's decision to blow up a space station resupply rocket.
  • High Levels of Dangerous Chemicals Found in Air Near Oil and Gas Sites

    by: Jamie Smith Hopkins

    A study of the air near oil and gas drilling sites in five U.S. states found sometimes dangerously high concentrations of chemicals.
  • More Than One-Third of U.S. Shrimp May Be Mislabeled, Study Says

    by: Brian Clark Howard

    A new Oceana study warns that much shrimp in the U.S. may be mislabeled, hurting sustainability efforts.
  • 40-Year-Old Russian Engine at Heart of Rocket Investigation

    by: Dan Vergano

    After a space station supply rocket explosion, reliance on refurbished Russian rockets raises questions.
  • Surprising Inner-City Frog Among 7 New Species Found in Asia

    by: James Owen

    A frog species from the inner city heads a list of newly described golden-backed frogs in India and Sri Lanka.
  • Should the Government Fund Only Science in the "National Interest"?

    by: Eli Kintisch

    Who decides which research gets funding? The U.S. Congress is fighting over whether politicians or scientists make the call.
  • Big City, Big Surprise: New York City's Newest Species Is a Frog

    by: Brandon Keim

    A frog species escaped notice for decades, only to be discovered on Staten Island.
  • Asteroids Offer Stepping-Stones to Mars, Expert Says

    by: Dan Vergano

    An expert has a new plan for traveling to Mars: Hop there from asteroid to asteroid.
  • National Cat Day Pictures: Our Favorite Felines Around the World

    by: <p>Photograph by <a href="" target="_blank">Nancy Leigh</a>, National Geographic Your Shot</p>

    In honor of U.S. National Cat Day, we pulled together our best Your Shot photos of pet cats worldwide, from a playful French kitten to a loving friend in Bulgaria.
  • Hubble Spots Jupiter Sporting a Spooky Shadow Eye

    by: Andrew Fazekas

    Jovian moon's shadow plays on giant storm.
  • Halloween Inspiration: Scientists Wear Costumes to Study Animals

    by: Karen de Seve

    From whooping cranes to pandas, it's Halloween year-round for scientists  who masquerade as animals to get closer to their research subjects.
  • Watch How Maggots Help Solve Crimes

    by: Jane J. Lee

    Researchers study when and how beetles and flies colonize dead bodies to learn more about establishing a time of death.

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