Meet the world’s best rock climber you’ve (probably) never heard of
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Meet the world’s best rock climber you’ve (probably) never heard of

Brutal beetles kept world’s rarest fish from breeding—until now
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Brutal beetles kept world’s rarest fish from breeding—until now

Olin Feuerbacher couldn’t believe his eyes. It was December of 2017, and he’d been reviewing film captured the night prior, from a captive population of Devils Hole pupfish—the…

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Caecilians
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Caecilians

Caecilians, pronounced seh-SILL-yens, may look like worms or snakes, but these long, lithe creatures belong to a group of legless amphibians. There are nearly 200 species of caecilians…

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Greenhouse gases, explained
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Greenhouse gases, explained

By trapping heat from the sun, greenhouse gases have kept Earth's climate habitable for humans and millions of other species. But the same gases that were once beneficial…

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SpaceX launches its first crew capsule. Here’s what that means.
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SpaceX launches its first crew capsule. Here’s what that means.

It’s been nearly eight years since astronauts blasted into orbit from a U.S. launch pad—but that might be about to change. Just before 3 a.m. ET on March…

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See the top 10 pictures entered in our Instagram contest
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See the top 10 pictures entered in our Instagram contest

Acid Rain
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Acid Rain

Acid rain describes any form of precipitation that contains high levels of nitric and sulfuric acids. It can also occur in the form of snow, fog, and tiny…

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Beautiful photos of all 61 U.S. national parks
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Beautiful photos of all 61 U.S. national parks

Photographer Jonathan Irish embarked on an ambitious quest to visit every U.S. national park in 52 weeks in honor the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary in 2016. “[National…

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A guide to Indiana Dunes National Park
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A guide to Indiana Dunes National Park

Location: Indiana Established: February 15, 2019 Size: 15,067 acres After 53 years as Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, the southern shores of Lake Michigan were renamed the United States’…

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First-ever video shows a tarantula eating an opossum
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First-ever video shows a tarantula eating an opossum

Invertebrates such as spiders and centipedes are underappreciated kings of the jungle, eating a surprising amount of vertebrates in the Amazon, a new study says. Biologists recently documented…

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Meet the trailblazing thru-hiker who walked 8,000 miles in a year
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Meet the trailblazing thru-hiker who walked 8,000 miles in a year

Editor's Note: This week we are celebrating our 2019 Adventurers of the Year. Each day we will reveal a new honoree. Come back every day to discover the…

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Parents can better cuddle premature babies thanks to tiny new sensors
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Parents can better cuddle premature babies thanks to tiny new sensors

It’s a primal reaction: Parents want to hold their babies as soon as they are born. After so many months of anticipation, there’s deep pleasure in finally being…

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Climate change is depleting our essential fisheries
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Climate change is depleting our essential fisheries

A running list of how President Trump is changing environmental policy
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A running list of how President Trump is changing environmental policy

The Trump Administration’s tumultuous presidency has brought a flurry of changes—both realized and anticipated—to U.S. environmental policy. Many of the actions roll back Obama-era policies that aimed to…

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Creatures in the deepest trenches of the sea are eating plastic
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Creatures in the deepest trenches of the sea are eating plastic

This article was created in partnership with the National Geographic Society. Plastic litter is now virtually inescapable throughout the ocean, and a newly published study finds the bellies…

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10 Must-Have Experiences in Alberta
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10 Must-Have Experiences in Alberta

Alberta’s five national parks and extraordinarily varied landscape—rolling prairie in the east, Canadian Rockies in the west, and lunar-like badlands in between—inspire wanderlust in every type of traveler.…

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