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.
For the lucky few get to travel to space, the food isn’t exactly, well, out of this world. Most space cuisine consists of a limited selection of pre-packaged food prepared by adding water—possibly leading to “menu fatigue” that could compromise the crew’s health. Enter the “gastronauts”—a team of scientists with the NASA-funded Hawaii Space Exploration Analogue and Simulation project (HI-SEAS) who are working to develop more appetizing and healthy foods for long-term space travel. Think shrimp paella, curry chicken crepes, and chocolate pudding with raspberries.
Train the Chesapeake Bay retriever has a dirty job—finding the poop that Argentina’s forest carnivores have left behind.
Red lobsters may seem the norm, but the crustaceans can also come in blue, yellow, calico, and albino.
In one of the most extreme places on Earth, you’re guaranteed to get some extreme life-forms—and Antarctica delivers.
Working with leeches doesn’t always suck—just ask Tom Gilbert, a biologist who has developed a method to detect DNA of threatened mammals in rain forest leeches.
How do dung beetles like their dung? Stinky, and from omnivores like us, a new study says.
No one’s likely to bug you if you vomit on them—just look at caterpillars of the large white butterfly Pieris brassicae.