At a fish-rearing facility near Michigan‘s Kalamazoo River, I’m peering inside a big, water-filled tub at lake sturgeon eggs no bigger than BB pellets. Someday these will grow into the biggest fish in North America, but for now, they’re the precious cargo of a state program to bring these freshwater giants back to their native…
A new program is asking craft breweries to support the Clean Water Act by reducing their water use and recycling wastewater.
This battery-powered rover has all the toughness of an abominable snowman, surveying undetected hazards at scientific-research sites in Greenland and Antarctica.
On our radar today: 1) A fish is discovered with clear blood, 2) A nuclear rocket could take us to Mars, 3) A shipwreck is found with gold treasure, and…
In 1993, as a dinosaur-obsessed 13-year-old, I saw Jurassic Park in surround sound—the first movie released with the technology. For months I’d anticipated the film: reading fan magazines, making clay dinosaurs, and of course rereading Michael Crichton’s best-selling novel. This week, nearly 20 years later, I saw the film in IMAX with a new twist…
A type of burrowing worm that lived 508 million years ago has solved an evolutionary puzzle, a new study says.
Bat experts weigh in on first ever footage of vampire bats feeding on baby penguins.
Shockwaves from a meteor caused damage to buildings in central Russia, hurting at least a thousand people on Friday, according to news reports. More than 200 children were among those injured in the Chelyabinsk region, Russia’s Interior Ministry told the state-run RIA Novosti news agency. “Verified information indicates that this was one meteorite which burned…
In his new book, The Origin of Feces, David Waltner Toews does the dirty work of showing that poop is part of our daily lives—from food to health to sustainability.
Barnacles, already famous for having longest penises in the animal kingdom (relative to size), have another reproductive quirk.
From a genitalia-headed fish to a two-faced cat—it’s been a weird and wild year at National Geographic. Check out our editor’s picks of the oddest stories of 2012.
This holiday season, learn about a nutcracker of another sort—the bearded capuchin of Brazil.
Would you eat sand, chalk, coffee grounds, or chicken poop? Some people do, and it’s called pica—the craving and purposive consumption of non-food substances.
If it looks like a male lion and is perceived as a male lion—well, sometimes it isn’t. That’s the case of Africa’s unusual maned lionesses, which sport a male’s luxurious locks and may even fool competitors.
Come along on a behind-the-scenes tour of the Smithsonian’s orchid collection, which includes the odd-looking spider orchid and mysterious butterfly orchid.
Jeju Island, South Korea, is often called a “volcanic museum.” Check out the author’s visit to Manjanggul Cave, the longest lava tube in Asia.
Ever heard of the Macaya breast-spot frog? Didn’t think so. It’s one of many obscure organisms that made the hundred most threatened species list, which was announced today at the World Conservation Congress.
Come along as I hike the remnants of a recent volcanic explosion, learn about Jeju’s women divers at a folk museum, and look for giant eels at a waterfall.
Not only is the World Conservation Congress tackling environmental issues, it’s striving to be environmental itself.
As neither animal nor plant, the fungus is often the odd organism out—but a new initiative hopes to bring attention to fungi under threat.
Conservationists working to save forests and species on the ground are looking to the sky, thanks to mapping tools and satellites that capture Earth like never before. With video.
The IUCN World Conservation Congress offers a taste of Korean culture while on the job.
The Caribbean’s coral reefs have collapsed, mostly due to overfishing and climate change, according to a new report released by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
Among the invertebrate treasures at the National Museum of Natural History are a giant isopod and a giant squid eyeball.