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Why Has the Darwin’s Frog Likely Gone Extinct?

Deep in the forests of Chile, a frog has gone silent, possibly forever—and an epidemic fungus may be the culprit.

How Do Spiders Fly for Miles? Mystery Solved

Gossamer spiders use an electrostatic charge to leap into the air and fly for miles, a new study says.

Australia’s ‘Black Elvis': Songs of Aboriginal Heritage

On this weekend’s episode of National Geographic Weekend, host Boyd Matson interviews Aboriginal Australian Country & Western singer Roger Knox about his latest album Stranger In My Land. His Folk, Country and rock ‘n’ roll-hybrid songs were written by Aborigine artists – some handed-down over generations, but not widely sung. In our conversation, Roger shares why…

LEONARDO’S BRIDGE: Part 1. “The Master of all Trades”

Leonardo (1452-1519) created no more than 17 paintings during his lifetime. This part-time artist, who created the two most famous paintings in the history of art, was a consummate scientist-engineer, imbuing his art with science, and his science with art. Although he had virtually no formal education, he possessed relentless curiosity, which in combination with…

Epigenetics: How Evolution Is Evolving

By Andrew Howley Ever since the 1940s, the “modern synthesis” has presented evolution as the result of random mutations to DNA creating altered versions of living creatures that live and reproduce or die childless based on how well they happen to fit into their environment. This idea has served well in many ways for the…