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Scientists and sci-fi fans alike are wondering whether the unusual dips in brightness of a distant star could be the shadows of alien space structures built more than 1,465 years ago.
Difficulties with visas and permission to enter certain lands have rerouted and delayed Paul Salopek on his epic 21,000-mile walk, but now, after waiting out the worst of the Central Asian summer, he’s ready to set off once again.
Explore this year’s Google Science Fair finalists’ projects from concept to blueprint to final execution, and get to know the young students of today who just may be the scientific leaders of tomorrow.
From the tip of the jaw to the top of the head, remains from five naledi skulls provide tantalizing early hints about the lives of these newly found ancient human relatives.
See how early in the excavation, a single ankle bone was able to show researchers that Homo naledi was walking comfortably on two feet.
With an incredibly muscular thumb and curved fingers for powerful gripping, the newly found Homo naledi could have given today’s rock climbers like Alex Honnold a run (or a climb) for their money.
With Africa’s largest hominin fossil find unearthed and in the lab, Lee Berger called in experts and early-career scientists for an innovative workshop to figure out just what they’d found.
Two years after being discovered deep in a South African cave, the 1,500 fossils excavated during the Rising Star Expedition have been identified as belonging to a previously unknown early human relative that scientists have named “Homo naledi.”
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Robot satellites taking pictures three billion miles from Earth are pretty thrilling. But robot satellites aren’t people, and there’s no plan to ever bring them back. On this day in 1969 though, human beings themselves were walking on the surface of the moon—for hours on end. They learned to walk and maneuver in low gravity.…
What do you learn, walking 4,000 miles from Ethiopia to the Republic of Georgia? Ask @PaulSalopek yourself, in a LIVE Twitter chat, July 22 at 11:00 am ET using #NatGeoLive.
Get to know the bizarre and beautiful critters discovered on a recent expedition to the cloud forest of Ecuador.
If you were to look a saltwater crocodile in the mouth as it tried to eat you, this is what you’d see.
The ancient Irish may have done it. The Vikings certainly did. And now a team of scientists is crossing the Atlantic by ship, preparing to make the most complete map ever of its floor.