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  • Mind in the Mound: How Do Termites Build Their Huge Structures?

    by: Lisa Margonelli

    Termites move a fourth of a metric ton of dirt to build mounds that can reach 17 feet (5 meters) and higher.
  • The Smithsonian Disassembles Its Dinosaurs

    by: Jane J. Lee

    The Smithsonian is renovating its dinosaur hall, which means giant skeletons must come down.
  • Promising Ebola Drugs Stuck in Lab Limbo as Outbreak Rages in Africa

    by: Helen Branswell

    Lack of funds, regulatory hurdles hold up game-changing therapies.
  • Big Cities Beckoned the Brainy Across History

    by: Dan Vergano

    A massive births and deaths database reveals that cultural figures have migrated to cities in the same way for centuries.
  • Oklahoma Grapples With Earthquake Spike—And Evidence of Industry's Role

    by: Joe Eaton

    Oklahomans and local officials are trying to understand and react to a spate of earthquakes linked to the energy industry.
  • Wooden Ship Unearthed at World Trade Center Site From Revolutionary-Era Philadelphia

    by: Katie Langin

    A wooden ship unearthed at the World Trade Center site is dated to Revolutionary-Era Philadelphia, according to clues contained in tree rings.
  • The Extortion Plot That Shook France's Wine Country to Its Roots

    by: Simon Worrall

    Telling the story of the poisoned vines, an American crime writer finds redemption in a French village.
  • 16-foot Waves Measured in Arctic Ocean Where There Was Once Only Ice

    by: Jane J. Lee

    Researchers get the first measurements of wave heights in the Beaufort Sea north of Alaska, and they're big.
  • Astronomers Unravel Secrets of Weirdly Tilted Solar Systems

    by: Michael D. Lemonick

    Astronomers have spotted two solar systems forming on a slant, thanks to the influence of each other's stars.
  • Amazing Maze: What Science Says About Solving Labyrinths

    by: Emma Weissmann

    We encounter mazes every day when we navigate roads. But they are also a powerful tool for neuroscientists trying to figure out the brain.
  • New Wildfire Science Shows That Small Steps Can Save Homes, Communities

    by: Warren Cornwall

    In wildfire season, a few adjustments can be the difference between a saved and a destroyed home.
  • Why Deadly Ebola Virus Is Likely to Hit the U.S. But Not Spread

    by: Karen Weintraub

    The deadly virus devastating West Africa likely will make it across the Atlantic, but the U.S. is better able to deal with it.
  • Pictures: The World's Tigers—There Are Only 3,200 Left in the Wild

    by: <p>Photograph by Dr. Joseph F. Rock, National Geographic Creative</p>

    Global Tiger Day was created to promote conservation of Asia's most iconic cat.
  • Was Six-Million-Year-Old Turd Auctioned for $10,000 a Faux Poo?

    by: Brian Switek

    A six-million-year-old piece of fossilized dung that sold for more than $10,000 at auction may not actually be of animal origin.
  • Fatal Strike a Rarity in "Lightning Proof" Southern California

    by: Brian Clark Howard

    A lightning strike that left one man dead and 13 injured in Venice Beach is a rare event in Southern California.
  • Social Octopus Species Shatters Beliefs About Ocean Dwellers

    by: Katherine Harmon Courage

    The discovery of an octopus that lives in big groups is shattering even the most expansive ideas of known octopus behavior.
  • Q&A: Ebola Spreads in Africa—and Likely Will Spread Beyond

    by: Karen Weintraub

    The Ebola virus has killed a Liberian doctor and infected two Americans in the worst-ever Ebola epidemic, which has now spread to Nigeria.
  • Asteroid Timing Erased the Dinosaurs?

    by: Dan Vergano

    Amid volcanoes and climate zig-zags, an asteroid impact bumped off dinosaurs at a weak moment for the giant beasts.
  • Animals From Space: Polar Bears, Penguins Tracked Via Satellite

    by: Jason Bittel

    Keeping tabs on polar bears, penguins, and other creatures via satellite can be cheaper, easier, and more accurate, scientists say.
  • On the Hundredth Anniversary of the Start of World War I, Remembering the Part Animals Played

    by: Simon Worrall

    Ten million men died during the 1914-18 conflict—and so did eight million horses.
  • Amelia Earhart’s 1935 Story on Becoming First to Fly From Hawaii to California


    Amelia Earhart's first-person account on becoming the first pilot to fly from Hawaii to California
  • How World War I Helps Explain Today's Middle East Bloodshed

    by: Simon Worrall

    Bloodshed in the Middle East today can be traced back to the war that began a hundred years ago tomorrow.
  • Q&A: Was Teen Pilot's Tragic Round-the-World Flight Attempt Too Risky?

    by: Richard Morgan

    A teen and his father took on too much risk in trying to set a world flight record in 30 days, says Barrington Irving, a young pilot who set his own record in 2007.
  • Pictures: Nice Day for a Picnic—a Century of Outdoor Eating Around the World

    by: <p>Photograph by Dr. Joseph F. Rock, <span>National Geographic</span></p>

    Campers dine in the desert, workers take a midday break, and sweethearts kiss near the Eiffel Tower.
  • Week's Best Space Pictures: A Cosmic Cluster, a Heavenly Halo, and a Supernova's Ashes

    by: <p>Photograph by Chandra X-ray Observatory Center, <span>NASA/CXC/SAO</span></p>

    A halo of stars highlights a galaxy and a supernova image is spiffed up in this week's best space pictures.

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