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So You Want to Backup Your Aerial Footage Taken from Drones?

This post is the latest in the series Dreams of the World, which profiles interesting people Kike meets during his travels. Drones and Small Unmanned Aerial Systems Special Series. Those of us who are flying small unmanned aerial vehicles, whether for work or for fun, have started producing thousands of megabytes of information. It is a scary thought that your unique…

Moon Invades Saturn This Weekend

The moon cozies up to Saturn on Sunday and Monday, even covering the ringed planet for some observers.

Watch: Very Rare Calico Lobster Caught in Maine

You could call it a lucky catch: A fisher recently captured an extremely rare “calico” lobster in Maine.

Strength in Numbers: Defending the World’s Biggest Nest

Gavin Leighton is conducting experiments among weaver birds in Africa to try to understand the evolution of their amazing societies. Plummeting temperatures change the game of survival not just for weaver birds, but also all of the animals around them.

12 Twitter Handles You Should Follow

Nearly 16,000 of you follow C40 Cities on Twitter – and we do our best to keep you up to date with everything important when it comes to cities and climate change. Each day, more and more voices join the conversation about cities and climate action happening in the Twitterverse, and we’re pleased that so many of…

Warthogs and primates in the Meru Conservation Area, central Kenya, and the decline of Kora National Park

Yvonne de Jong and Tom Butynski are National Geographic grantees working to track down what may be Africa’s least understood large animal, the Desert Warthog.

Unexpected Conservation Connection Between Montana, Azerbaijan and the United Arab Emirates

My wife Kayla and I, after decades of living in Montana, made a rookie mistake last month as we tried, on a week’s notice, to secure a three-night spot at one of our favorite camping areas. We figured the second week of July would be a perfect time for relaxing and wildlife watching. Apparently so…

Inside Europe’s Mystical Sufi Lodges, Part V: Connecting the Dots

In Macedonia, the Bektashis face many challenges, but they fight to keep their doors open to those who are willing to share ideas and hospitality. National Geographic Young Explorers Grantee Mehves Lelic reports directly from a conference organized by the Bektashis and which invites other religious orders.

NASA Preps Mars Orbiters for Comet Close Encounter

A cometary near miss for Mars in a few months means meteor risks for NASA’s spacecraft orbiting the red planet. On October 19, the comet Siding Spring will brush by Mars, passing so close that the space agency this week announced it has put together a special playbook filled with protective measures for its orbiters there.…

Your Favorite Species

For three years I taught Animal Biology labs to undergraduate students at George Mason University. Extra credit assignments were not permitted, so I liked to build in a few intermittent low-ball quiz questions to provide some levity to an otherwise strict and challenging syllabus. My favorite question to ask was “what is your favorite species?”…

NASA’s Next Mars Rover Will Make Oxygen

NASA’s next Mars rover will pack a suite of sensors, cameras and an oxygen brewing kit.

Report, Initiatives Aim to Take Action on Climate Change

Editor’s Note: While Tim Profeta is on vacation, Jeremy Tarr, policy associate in the Climate and Energy Program at Duke’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, will author The Climate Post. Tim will post again August 28. A new report from the White House Council of Economic Advisers finds that for each decade of delay, policy actions on climate…

Sarufutsu River “Jumping” with Itou Salmon, Researchers Report

By Peter S. Rand, Senior Conservation Biologist Chair, IUCN Salmonid Specialist Group In the field of conservation, we are often faced with the question “Is a certain species or population secure?”  As I mentioned in my earlier blog this year, it is not an easy question to answer, particularly for river fishes that are elusive…

Ask Your Weird Animal Questions: “Stiletto” Snakes, Cat Purrs

Why does your cat purr? What’s a stiletto snake? Check out this week’s Ask Your Weird Animal Questions.

CSU Forecasters Reaffirm Forecast for Quiet Hurricane Season

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With the peak of the 2014 hurricane season approaching, researchers at Colorado State University reaffirmed their June forecast for a relatively quiet summer. CSU meteorologists Phil Klotzbach and William Gray said today they think nine tropical storms will form in the Atlantic Basin — which includes the Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea —…