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7 Reasons Hagfish Are Amazing (#6: They Can Live in Dead Bodies)

One of the World’s Weirdest Fish Inside the surprising, sometimes shocking world of hagfish. Being a spineless bottom-dweller might sound like an insult, but the hagfish has enough unique talents to put humans to shame. These long, eel-like fish have stellar defenses (blasting predators with slime), impressive offenses (tying themselves in knots), and some truly bizarre bodies (sightless eyes and ...

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What You Need to Know About Trump’s Proposed Climate Cuts

View Images President Trump may soon propose steep cuts to climate and environmental programs, if draft memos translate to policy. Photograph by Win McNamee, Getty Images In a sharp break with scientific consensus, the new administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says that carbon dioxide’s role in the Earth’s changing climate remains unclear. In his previous role as Oklahoma’s ...

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Provocative Art Reminds Us That U.S. Is Nation of Immigrants

TIL: Almost 40 Percent of New Yorkers Are Immigrants It was October 2016 when data artist and National Geographic Fellow Jer Thorp and his studio were asked to create an art installation for New York City’s annual Times Square Valentine Heart Design Competition. The project, which would be placed in Times Square for the month of February, needed to fit ...

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California’s Heated Water Wars Make for a Modern ‘Chinatown’

View Images Sign that reads “KEEP OUT” in Bakersfield, California. Photograph by Ted Gesing, National Geographic Channel Water & Power: A California Heist, a feature documentary from award-winning filmmakers Marina Zenovich and Alex Gibney, premieres Tuesday 9/8c on National Geographic. It’s an icon of American cinema: the 1974 neo-noir Chinatown shone a gritty light on the California Water Wars of ...

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Massive Statue of Ancient Egyptian Pharaoh Found in City Slum

WATCH: Archaeologists working in a present day eastern Cairo slum unearth what may be a statue depicting Pharaoh Ramses II. Archaeologists from Egypt and Germany have discovered the remains of an ancient Egyptian statue they believe could depict one of history’s most famous rulers. The likeness of what may be Pharaoh Ramses II was found submerged in groundwater in a ...

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Frozen Clocks and Radiation Mark Fukushima's Abandoned Towns

An Eerie Look Inside Japan’s Nuclear Exclusion Zone The wall calendar in Yuji Onuma’s house remains stuck on March 2011, the month of the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. Onuma lived in the town of Futaba, Japan, about five miles from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. When the flooded plant began leaking radiation six years ago from Saturday, 150,000 people ...

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5 Animals That Carry Babies On Their Backs

View Images A female scorpion totes her young on her back in Kenya. Photograph by Ivan Kuzmin, Alamy We humans often tote babies on our back. Usually, though, we wait until after they’re born. Not the toe-biter, or giant water bug. This toe-sized insect carries its many eggs around on its back, which piqued our curiosity during a visit to ...

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Surfer Becomes First to Cross the Atlantic on a Paddleboard

View Images Chris Bertish enters the English Harbour at Antigua on Thursday, a flare trailing behind him in celebration. He paddled more than 4,050 nautical miles to reach this point. Photograph by Brian Overfelt, The SUP Crossing Ninety-three days, 4,600 miles, and almost 2 million strokes. That’s what it took Chris Bertish to paddle across the Atlantic Ocean on a ...

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See Every Piece of Earth’s Surface Change With New Satellite Map

View Images A satellite view shows the Oroville Dam in Northern California on three dates: September 4, 2016 (left), February 14, 2017 (center)—after water damage forced more than 100,000 people to evacuate—and February 27, 2017, after the water had dropped back to a safe level. Photograph by Planet Labs A new global map made of more than two million satellite ...

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Incredibly lucky kayaker comes face-to-face with 40ft humpback whale

Lloyd Blyth, 22, was scared when he saw the humpback (Picture: Cascade) A kayaker came face-to-face with a 40ft humpback whale on what turned out to be an absolutely incredible journey. Lloyd Blyth, 22, managed to film his run in with the massive marine mammal near the coast of Kinghorn in the Forth, in Scotland. The commercial diver, from Burntisland, ...

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