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How Do Horses Communicate? New Signals Found

A horse’s large, mobile ears can help tell another horse where to direct its attention, a new study says.

July 20, 2014 Radio Show: Making Music With Elephants, Running Hundreds of Miles Through Mountains and More

This week, on National Geographic Weekend radio show we run ultramarathons through Nepal, Switzerland and Utah’s Rocky Mountains, then we save goliath, learn safety tips about the newest bacterial threat, making music with elephants, visit the world’s largest caverns, and find some secret cities.

Q&A: What Can Dog Brains Tell Us About Humans?

Canine researcher Ádám Miklósi of the Family Dog Project gets us into the head of the family pooch—and how that could help us learn about our own brains.

Read Francis Crick’s $6 Million Letter to Son Describing DNA

Read the letter that sold at auction for just over $6 million. Francis Crick, one of three researchers awarded a Nobel Prize in 1962 for discovering the structure of DNA, wrote a letter in 1953 describing the finding to his 12-year-old son, who was away at boarding school.

Carnival of Space #170

Welcome, ladies and gents, to this week’s Carnival of Space, the 170th performance of a spectacular show filled with thrills, chills, and amazements! —Image by Victoria Jaggard This is my debut as host of the Carnival here at Breaking Orbit, but I’m no First of May when it comes to showcasing the wonders the cosmos…

Carl Sagan Helps Make the Case for Mars

On Monday U.S. President Barack Obama officially released his policy for the nation’s space program, a 14-pager that backs up what many media outlets have been covering as the likely direction for NASA and beyond. The highlights: cooperate with other governments on Earth- and sun-monitoring satellites that feed us vital data on climate change and…

Obama’s New Plan for NASA: Why Go to an Asteroid?

Capping off weeks of rumor and speculation, U.S. President Barack Obama formally unveiled his proposed plan for NASA yesterday, an interesting mix of caution and ambition that makes some significant tweaks to his predecessor’s push for a human return to the moon. Among the main points, Obama is saying we should skip the moon and…

Apollo 11 Mania

Did you hear? Today, July 20, 2009, is the 40th anniversary of the day humans first set foot on the moon. Yeah, I know. If you read newspapers/watch TV/surf the web/opened your door this morning, you’ve probably been flooded with Apollo 11 news by now. On one hand, it’s quite the achievement worth celebrating. On…

One of These Days, Chandrayaan …

Bang! Zoom! Straight to tha moon! That’s what officials at the Indian Space Research Organization hope will happen early tomorrow, when India sends up its first ever mission to the moon: Chandrayaan-1. Starting at 5:50 a.m. local Indian time, you can watch a live webcast of Chandrayaan-1 lifting off from Satish Dhawan Space Centre on…