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Thursday, October 30, 2014

  • Photo of the urban golden backed frog.

    Urban Frog Among 7 Newfound Species

    Golden-Backed Frogs Discovered in India, Sri Lanka

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  • A photo of a fire salamander with skin lesions from a severe B. salamandrivorans infection.

    Salamanders Under Siege

    An Asian fungus is ravaging salamanders in Europe and could kill off populations in North America and elsewhere, researchers say.


  • In a fiery nighttime explosion, an Antares rocket carrying supplies to the International Space Station exploded six seconds after launch on Tuesday.

    Why NASA Blew Up a Rocket

    A National Geographic staffer on the scene recounts NASA's decision to blow up a space station resupply rocket.


  • Our Milky Way is a dusty place. So dusty, in fact, that we cannot see the center of the galaxy in visible light. But when NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope set its infrared eyes on the galactic center, it captured this spectacular view.

    Dwarf Galaxies Dim Hopes of Dark Matter

    For five years physicists have been tantalized by possible evidence of dark matter in the Milky Way's center. But new results from small satellite galaxies have complicated the story.

    From our partner Quanta Magazine

  • Natural gas drilling rigs dot Wyoming's Jonah Field in Pinedale, Wyoming.

    Dangerous Air Near Energy Sites?

    A five-state study raises new questions about the health impacts of the U.S. energy boom.

  • A photo of an employee at a market putting shrimp on display in Texas.

    Shrimp Often Mislabeled: Study

    A new Oceana study warns that much shrimp in the U.S. may be mislabeled, hurting sustainability efforts.


  • A photo of the Orbital Sciences Corporation Antares rocket exploding after liftoff.

    Rocket Explosion Investigated

    After a space station supply rocket explosion, reliance on refurbished Russian rockets raises questions.


  • Photo of a large golden backed frog.

    7 New Golden-Backed Frogs Found

    A frog species from the inner city heads a list of newly described golden-backed frogs in India and Sri Lanka.


  • Photo of the US Capitol building.

    Is Science in the "National Interest"?

    Who decides which research gets funding? The U.S. Congress is fighting over whether politicians or scientists make the call.


  • A photo of a leopard frog in New York.

    New Frog in NYC

    A frog species escaped notice for decades, only to be discovered on Staten Island.


  • This picture of Eros, the first of an asteroid taken from an orbiting spacecraft, is a mosaic of four images obtained by NASA's NEAR mission immediately after the spacecraft's insertion into orbit. We are looking down over the north pole of Eros at one of the largest craters on the surface, which measures 4 miles (6 kilometers) across.

    Asteroids as Mars Stepping-Stones

    An expert has a new plan for traveling to Mars: Hop there from asteroid to asteroid.


  • A photo of a Red Persian cat sitting in a kitchen sink.

    Photos: Cats Around the World

    In honor of U.S. National Cat Day, we pulled together our best Your Shot photos of pet cats worldwide, from a playful French kitten to a loving friend in Bulgaria.


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    Jupiter Winks at Hubble

    Jovian moon's shadow plays on giant storm.



  • A photo of a caretaker bringing bamboo to a captive panda that is being trained for release into the wild at the Wolong Nature Reserve.

    Wearing Costumes for Conservation

    It's Halloween year-round for scientists who masquerade as whooping cranes, pandas, and more to get closer to their research subjects.


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    How Insects Help Solve Crimes

    Researchers study when and how beetles and flies colonize dead bodies to learn more about establishing a time of death.


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