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Top 10 Headlines Today: Volcanoes ‘Scream,’ Blackbeard’s Treasure Found…

The top stories on National Geographic’s radar today: Volcanoes are found to ‘scream’ at higher and higher frequencies until they explode, archaeologists have uncovered Blackbeard’s pirate booty, and…

Top 10 Headlines Today: Moth Has Best Hearing, Mysterious ‘Eternal Flames’…

The top 10 stories on our radar today: Scientists discover that a moth has the best hearing in the animal kingdom, geologists study the mystery behind Earth’s ‘eternal flames,’ and…

Endangered “Demon Primate” Genome Sequenced

According to local legends in Madagascar, the aye-aye lemur is a demon that can kill just by pointing a finger. That sounds mythical, but for insects inside tree trunks, there is truth to the killing part. The nocturnal aye-aye uses its multipurpose middle finger to tap forest wood in search of its meals (see above…

Lizard Genome Promises Great Advances in Understanding Evolution

The genome of Anolis carolinensis has just been published in the journal Nature, and most attention is focusing on how this genome, the first reptile to be sequenced (not including birds), differs from other vertebrate genomes, and what these differences may tell us about genome evolution.

Horse DNA similar to humans

By James G. Robertson, National Geographic Digital Media Scientists have finished a three-year project decoding the genome of the horse and have found something about the human genome in the process. The researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University found lots of similarities between the DNA of a horse and that of…