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Friday, October 31, 2014

  • A close-up of a fruit bat's open mouth.

    Bats in a New Light

    Get to Know the World's Only Flying Mammal


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  • NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman posted this image of a sunrise, captured from the International Space Station, to social media on Oct. 29, 2014. Wiseman wrote, "Not every day is easy. Yesterday was a tough one. #sunrise"

    Week's Best Space Pictures

    A sunrise consoles space station crew after the loss of an unmanned Antares supply rocket, with Mars and the stars offering more consolation.


  • A photo of a spider who has been stung by a parasitoid wasp making a special web for it.

    5 Real-Life "Zombies"

    It's no Halloween movie—some parasites hijack their hosts' brains to make them act in horrific ways.


  • A photo of the lava from the Kilauea Volcano pushing through a fence.

    Lava Threatens Hawaiian Homes

    A fissure leaking lava from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano has crawled downslope, federal officials report, coming close to homes.


  • Roughly five hundred migrants from sub-Saharan African arrive at Augusta port in Sicily, Italy, September 14, 2014.

    Italy Struggles to Deal With Refugees

    Italy is struggling to deal with the record numbers of refugees arriving there from Africa in what have become daily scenes of desperation.


  • A photo of a fruit bat hanging with wings folded.

    6 Bat Myths Busted

    This Halloween, we're quashing rumors about the maligned mammal. For starters, they don't make nests in your hair.


  • Candles light cemetery during Day of the Dead ceremony on Janitzio Island in Lake Patzcuaro, Mexico.

    Halloween and Day of the Dead Pictures

    These photos of jack-o'-lanterns, ancestral shrines, and ghoulish costumes are sure to put you in a spooky mood for Halloween.


  • Mexican free-tailed bats fleeing a bat-cave preserve.

    Bats in a New Light

    Celebrate National Bat Week by getting to know the world's only flying mammal.


  • This image obtained by the framing camera on NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows the south pole of the giant asteroid Vesta.

    Earth's Water Appears Homegrown

    Ancient meteorites reveal that our planet had plenty of water, right from the start.


  • A screengrab from a video of Paul D. Miller

    DJ Spooky: Multimedia Mixes to Save the Planet

    Paul D. Miller synthesizes art, music, and data to spotlight environmental issues.


  • A photo of a venus fly trap with prey inside.

    What's the Biggest Meat-Eating Plant?

    With Halloween around the corner, we take a closer look at Earth's biggest and nastiest carnivorous flora.


  • 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.

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