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Visit the islands where most Greek marble statues were made

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We need to change the way we talk about space exploration

When discussing space exploration, people often invoke stories about the exploration of our own planet, like the European conquest and colonization of the Americas, or the march westward in the 1800s, when newly minted Americans believed it was their duty and destiny to expand across the continent. But increasingly, government agencies, journalists, and the space…

There’s a bat apocalypse unfolding. Can science stop it?

WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA—A few hours outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, there’s an abandoned, partially flooded railroad tunnel with a reputation for being haunted. Decades’ worth of graffiti warn the curious to stay away, while inside, a long corridor of fetid water sloshes about my knees as the daylight disappears. And it’s true what they say about the…

Kenya straddles a volcanic rift. It’s a green-energy geyser

This story was produced and published by National Geographic through a reporting partnership with the United Nations Development Programme to increase understanding of sustainable development. As he stares down from the ridge toward the steaming panorama below, Victor Otieno has a bird’s eye view of Kenya’s natural beauty—and of its planned industrial future. View Images…

Discover 10 secrets of Machu Picchu

Nestled high in the slopes of the Andes, the ruins of Machu Picchu continue to reveal the mysteries of the Inca Empire. While the archaeological site draws scores of visitors to Peru annually, here are 10 lesser known secrets hidden beneath its layers of history. It’s not actually the Lost City of the Inca. When…

Earth has two extra, hidden ‘moons’

Earth’s moon may not be alone. After more than half a century of speculation and controversy, Hungarian astronomers and physicists say they have finally confirmed the existence of two Earth-orbiting “moons” entirely made of dust. As they describe in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, the team managed to capture snapshots of the…

This unique Diwali celebration helps protect nature in Nepal

The Bollywood beats pumped from a sound system all afternoon and reverberated against the clay-and-grass houses in Bhangaha, a village next to Nepal’s Chitwan National Park. During my visit in October 2017 on the third day of Diwali, the five-day Hindu festival of lights, my guide Sanjay Mahato, a 35-year-old waiter at the nearby Meghauli…

Brilliant stargazing destinations around the world

The beautiful thing about staring off into the skies is that you can do so from any continent. However, the best sites to stargaze share a few qualities in common: they feature low light pollution, they’re at a higher altitude, and they are framed by fascinating landforms that illuminate under a brilliant night sky. We…

Once lush, El Salvador is dangerously close to running dry

As the sun comes up through a thick morning fog, Teresa Serrano joins other women from her community gathering around a natural spring nestled in the rolling hills of the Cabañas region. Here, in remote north-central El Salvador, they bathe, wash clothes, and prepare food. Today, Serrano waited until dawn to fetch water, but when…

Free solo across Antarctica

It’s extreme challenge season at the bottom of the planet, with adventurers gathering to begin various Antarctic crossings. They’re taking advantage of milder summer weather, when temperatures will average -18° F, rather than -76°F. Among the group is 33-year-old endurance athlete Colin O’Brady, who is attempting to ski across the frigid, unforgiving landscape solo, hauling…

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