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A Gray Whale Breaks The Record For Longest Mammal Migration

April 14, 2015 - 9:04pm
The female, a member of a critically endangered population, swam across the Pacific from Russia to Mexico.

Why ISIS Hates Archaeology and Blew Up Ancient Iraqi Palace

April 14, 2015 - 7:11pm
With a video showing an Assyrian palace's destruction, the Islamic State wants to establish itself as heir to a legacy of "idol destruction."

Famous Cougar That Was Holed Up Under L.A. House Returns to Wild

April 14, 2015 - 2:14pm
Cougar made famous by National Geographic photo has spent three years in urban area.

Is Gulf Oil Spill's Damage Over or Still Unfolding?

April 14, 2015 - 10:59am
Scientists tracking Gulf sparrows, insects, and seabirds try to unravel the mysteries of a landscape changed by oil.

Pictures: Millennials Test Cute, Efficient Cars of the Future

April 13, 2015 - 6:04pm
At Shell Eco-marathon Americas, more than a thousand students vie to see who can build a car that runs on the least amount of fuel.

Warm Weather Drives Bears Out of Hibernation

April 13, 2015 - 4:57pm
Utah animals left dens early but found little food.

Watch Curious Chimp Knock a Drone Out of the Sky

April 13, 2015 - 4:46pm
Viral video shows a chimpanzee take action when a drone gets too close.

This Week’s Night Sky: See a Dramatic Eclipse—Off Jupiter

April 13, 2015 - 2:30pm
Two Jovian moons give a quick shadow show, and the Big Dipper points the way to distant galaxies.

Digs Reveal Stone-Age Weapons Industry With Staggering Output

April 13, 2015 - 1:00pm
Millions of weapons were made at Paleolithic “factory” in the Caucasus.

A Town in Nepal Teaches a Young American How to Live

April 12, 2015 - 10:21am
"What I learned in Nepalganj" in the Peace Corps, writes T.D. Allman, "has kept me alive in situations when I might have gotten killed."

Here Are the Secrets to a Long and Healthy Life

April 12, 2015 - 10:00am
Diet is the key to longevity—but also sex, naps, wine and good friends.

Can Your Dog or Cat Be Allergic to You?

April 11, 2015 - 10:27am
Our pets can suffer from many of the same allergens that make humans miserable, including pollen, veterinarians say.

Warming Pacific Makes for Increasingly Weird Ocean Life

April 11, 2015 - 10:15am
A “blob” of warm water that’s partly to blame for dead birds and stranded sea lions in the Pacific may share a cause with Boston’s snows and California’s drought.

Extreme Weather: 13 Striking Pictures

April 11, 2015 - 10:00am
Scientists predict that climate change will intensify the severity of storms.

How Your Phone Could Save You From an Impending Earthquake

April 10, 2015 - 4:00pm
A new study says cell phones could give you enough time to get to safety.

A Year After Everest Disaster, This Sherpa Isn't Going Back

April 10, 2015 - 2:30pm
Memories of the killer avalanche endure, but Pemba Sherpa is also worried about the Tibetan calendar.

The Science Behind Midwest’s Killer Tornadoes

April 10, 2015 - 2:16pm
Weather scientists work to improve forecasting to help people get out of the way of nature’s fury.

Week's Best Space Pictures: A Blood Moon Rises and Auroras Dance

April 10, 2015 - 1:33pm
We see this century's shortest eclipse and the northern lights blaze over Iceland in this week's best space pictures.

Volcanic Eruption That Changed World Marks 200th Anniversary

April 10, 2015 - 1:04pm
The effects of Tambora's cataclysmic eruption were felt for years around the Earth.

Is This Cat Going Up or Down?

April 9, 2015 - 9:04pm
Evoking memories of the great dress debate, a viral photo of a feline on a staircase divides the Internet.