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    Machu Picchu Revealed

    Learn about the work accomplished by the Peruvian Expedition of 1912, under the auspices of Yale University and the National Geographic Society. Find Out More »

Population Growth

"Tyrant King" Leech Discovered

Read about this discovery and other strange, funny, and bizarre stories.

The Big Idea

Scanning Life

Every species on Earth could be assigned a simple DNA bar code so it would be easy to tell them apart.

Innovation and Technology Topics

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    Top 10 Nat Geo Discoveries

    To mark the National Geographic Society's 10,000th grant, experts have named Nat Geo's top grant projects since 1890.

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    Jules Verne Inventions Realized

    See eight real-life inventions dreamed up decades earlier by Jules Verne—whose 183rd birthday was honored with a Google doodle.

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    New Inventions

    See how designers are creating innovative products to meet the needs of developing countries.

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    The Real-Life da Vinci Code

    The hunt for a priceless masterpiece could lead to one of the greatest discoveries the art world has ever known.

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    10 Worst Inventions Ever

    See our list of crazy inventions that almost actually happened.

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    Top 10 Discoveries of 2011

    An Earthlike planet and a record-breaking great white shark are among Nat Geo News's most visited stories of discoveries announced in 2011.

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    Discoveries in the Dark

    Eyeless spiders, translucent millipedes, 175-year-old crayfish, and other odd cave-dwellers face an uncertain future.

Quizzes and Games

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    Go Inside the God Particle

    See how physicists will use a giant atom smasher in hopes of finding the so-called God particle.

  • A study has monkeys directing a "virtual hand" through electrical impulses.

    Virtual Monkey

    A study has monkeys directing a "virtual hand" through electrical brain impulses.

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    Match Game

    Test your memory with our My Shot match game.

National Geographic Magazine

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    Solar Storms Pictures

    The space-weather forecast for the next few years: solar storms, with a chance of catastrophic blackouts on Earth. Are we prepared?

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    Terra-Cotta Army Pictures

    Archaeologists and artists, armed with the latest tools and techniques, are bringing the life-size army of painted clay soldiers back to life.

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    Visions Pictures

    Each month, National Geographic magazine features breathtaking photographs in Visions of Earth. Browse through visions of the world as seen through a photographer's eye.

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