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How a Piece of Malaysian Flight 370 Drifted 2,300 Miles

August 1, 2015 - 6:39pm
Indian Ocean debris moves in predictable patterns and confirms searchers are looking in the right spot for the missing plane.

Cecil the Lion’s Death Spurred Donations to Wildlife Groups … Now What?

August 1, 2015 - 3:50pm
After a trophy hunter killed one of Africa’s most famous lions, interest in conservation soared.

How Maps Are Saving the World

August 1, 2015 - 10:00am
Maps. They’ve been around longer than photographs. They’ve defined empires,guided explorers, told stories, and captured the imagination of many a hopeful traveler for years. While most appreciate the beauty and power of a good map, few recognize the dynamic and vital applications they have today.

These Bizarre Fungi Resemble Corpse Fingers, UFOs, Tongues

August 1, 2015 - 10:00am
These Bizarre Fungi Resemble Corpse Fingers, UFOs, Tongues

Endless Summer: 16 Smoking Hot Pictures of Sunbathing

August 1, 2015 - 10:00am
Slather on some sunscreen, pull up a deck chair, and catch some rays while you enjoy these classics from our archives.

See Which States Use Coal the Most as New Climate Rules Loom

August 1, 2015 - 9:44am
As the Clean Power Plan aims to tamp down emissions from the nation's power plants, coal-dependent states face big decisions.

Cecil Is One of Hundreds of Lions Killed Recently in Zimbabwe

July 31, 2015 - 4:34pm
Cecil the lion's killing sparks an evaluation of the country’s hunting and conservation programs.

World Population Expected to Reach 9.7 Billion by 2050

July 31, 2015 - 2:54pm
The United Nations released projections of global population growth over the coming century. In the year 2100, the world’s demographics will look very different from today’s.

Has Yosemite’s Iconic Half Dome Become Too Dangerous to Climb?

July 31, 2015 - 12:25pm
After a month of rockfalls, climbers are reminded that rock solid sometimes isn’t solid enough.

Week's Best Space Pictures: Goodbye Pluto, Hello Volcanoes

July 31, 2015 - 10:18am
New Horizons says goodbye to Pluto while satellites circling the Earth spy a cool collection of snow-covered volcanoes.

Why Africa's Vultures Are "Collapsing Toward Extinction"

July 31, 2015 - 10:00am
A demand for vulture parts in witchcraft, as well as poisoning and urbanization, has caused a nearly 90 percent decline in the scavengers' populations.

Why Cecil the Lion Was So Popular With People

July 30, 2015 - 6:54pm
"Large, powerful, but regal," Cecil was known for being comfortable around humans—and simply for having a name, say those that knew him.

Spacecraft Sees What a Comet Is Made Of

July 30, 2015 - 4:00pm
The Philae probe, which bounce-landed on a comet last year, has phoned home its findings.

Meet the First New Canine Found in 150 Years

July 30, 2015 - 2:00pm
Golden jackals of Africa and Eurasia are actually two distantly related species—and one is a new species of wolf, a new study shows.

Listen to Survivors Recount Warship Sinking Among Sharks

July 30, 2015 - 12:45pm
A naval disaster that killed some 900 men aboard the U.S.S. Indianapolis happened 70 years ago Thursday.

These 7 Famous Conservationists Also Hunted

July 30, 2015 - 12:15pm
Teddy Roosevelt, John James Audubon, and Charles Darwin all killed wildlife for sport and science.

Can Lion Trophy Hunting Support Conservation?

July 29, 2015 - 5:54pm
Cecil the Lion’s death has stirred a heated debate over legal hunting, which some conservationists support.