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  • Smallpox and Anthrax Scandals Cap History of Fumbling Dangerous Materials

    by: Brian Clark Howard

    The CDC, NIH, and FDA have mishandled hazardous materials, but they aren't alone.
  • At Crash Scene of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, Rebels Blame Ukraine

    by: John Wendle in Donetsk, Ukraine

    In rebel-held Ukraine, the fighters searching for bodies are adamant Ukraine is to blame for the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.
  • Gaza's Tunnels, Now Used to Attack Israel, Began as Economic Lifelines

    by: James Verini

    Citizens of Gaza have long used tunnels as economic lifelines. Now Hamas is using them to attack Israel.
  • What Do Wild Animals Do in a Wildfire?

    by: Sarah Zielinski

    As summer wildfires burn a million acres in the U.S. Pacific Northwest, some of the wild animals that live there have evolved to cope with—and even thrive after—the flames.
  • The Battle to Be King of the Lumberjacks

    by: Hunter Atkins in Norfolk, Virginia

    In a hail of wood chips and sawdust, beefy woodsmen at the U.S. lumberjacking championships show that experience matters in the "original extreme sport."
  • The Denali Climb That Became One of the Deadliest

    by: Simon Worrall

    A 1967 expedition to the top of Denali (Mount McKinley), America's highest peak, turned tragic when seven members of a 12-man team lost their lives in a storm.
  • Pictures: Celebrating Ramadan Around the World


    This month many of the 1.6 billion Muslims worldwide will celebrate Ramadan with fasting and prayer.
  • Los Angeles River: From Concrete Ditch to Urban Oasis

    by: Hillary Rosner in Los Angeles

    It's mostly treated wastewater. The rapids aren't much. But a $1 billion restoration offers hope for the river's future.
  • Malaysian Airliner Downing Hits AIDS Research

    by: Karen Weintraub

    The loss of at least a half-dozen AIDS researchers in the Malaysia Airlines tragedy has hit the research field hard.Friday
  • Who Were the Ancient Bog Mummies? Surprising New Clues

    by: Christine Dell'Amore in Copenhagen

    Centuries-old corpses cast into Danish bogs may have been revered travelers, researchers reveal.
  • Wildfires Intensify in Pacific Northwest as Winds Rise

    by: Brian Clark Howard

    Fires burn significant areas in Washington and Oregon.
  • Best Space Pictures: Ancient Cluster of Stars, Heavy Metal on Mars, and Europa's Frozen Bars

    by: <p>NASA/Bill Ingalls</p>

    Astronauts welcome new supplies and summer brings beautiful skies in the week's best space pictures.
  • Why Are Scientists Building an "Ocean" in the Middle of a Desert?

    by: Jane J. Lee

    Researchers are building a miniature version of the Gulf of California in Biosphere 2.
  • Can Drones Fight Illegal "Pirate" Fishing?

    by: Brian Clark Howard

    Conservationists test unmanned aerial vehicles in Belize and California.
  • First U.S. Chikungunya Virus Infections Take Hold

    by: Karen Weintraub

    A mosquito-borne disease that usually affects travelers to Asia and the Caribbean has established itself in North America.
  • Do You Know Where Your Aquarium Fish Come From?

    by: Jane J. Lee

    Finding where Nemo comes from can be an exercise in frustration, thanks to a global patchwork of aquarium trade regulations.
  • Q&A: Inside the World's Largest Indoor Farm

    by: Gloria Dickie

    What if farms came in from the cold and we grew our food indoors? Powered by 17,500 LED lights, a new Japanese "plant factory" is producing 10,000 heads of lettuce a day.
  • Can Snowshoe Hares Evolve to Cope With Climate Change?

    by: Emma Marris in Missoula, Montana

    The North American animals, which turn white each winter, may adapt to less snow by staying brown for longer periods, researchers suggest.
  • Genetic Engineering to the Rescue Against Invasive Species?

    by: Katie Langin

    Powerful genetic engineering technology could fight invasive species—but scientists warn that battle comes with risks.
  • Complex Bread Wheat Genome Cracked

    by: Jennifer Frazer

    The mapping methods for wheat, which contains a staggering 100,000 genes, were unusually labor intensive.
  • Earthquake Maps Reveal Higher Risks for Much of U.S.

    by: Brian Clark Howard

    New USGS government maps extend earthquake hazard zones nationwide, including some surprising states.
  • Shooting Owls to Save Other Owls

    by: Isabelle Groc

    Protecting habitat hasn't stopped the spotted owl's decline. Will shooting its rivals help?
  • As Sea Ice Shrinks, Can Polar Bears Survive on Land?

    by: Emma Marris in Missoula, Montana

    Polar bears being forced on land by a lack of sea ice in Hudson Bay could stay alive by eating goose eggs and caribou, one scientist argues.
  • Found: 4 New Species of Gopher-Like Mammals

    by: Carson Vaughan

    Researchers in southern Bolivia have discovered four new species of gopher-like rodents called tuco-tucos.
  • Drone Pictures: Best Aerials Recognized in New Contest

    by: <p><span>Photograph by Dendi Pratama, Dronestagram</span></p>

    The inaugural National Geographic France/Dronestagram Aerial Photo Contest has chosen the best aerial photographs, from a bird's-eye view to a village from above.

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