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National Geographic

Taking our understanding and awareness of the world further for 130 years

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The daughter of one pharaoh and wife of another, Hatshepsut ultimately declared herself pharaoh, ruling as a man would for over 20 years

Cacao became so important to ancient Mesoamerican civilizations that they used it in religious rites and as currency

Some people are just better at deciphering cat facial expressions than others ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

The sharklike "Helicoprion" lived 275 million years ago and could slice its prey in two with its buzz saw jaw

Certain places attract photographers like magnets; we are drawn to them without quite knowing why

"I was really pleased to finally capture this moment, after thinking about it for years," writes Your Shot photographer Tara Kerzhner, who captured this striking shadow play around a climber in Oregon's Smith Rock State Park.

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Almost lost to history, trees grown from seeds that went to the moon on Apollo 14 can still be found across the United States—if you know where to look

Wildlife crossings save money and lives—both animal and human

The world's forests are getting drier and people are living closer to them, ushering in a dangerous new era

Watch this young grizzly bear play with a camera, resulting in an adorable aquatic selfie video


"When scientists say bears are going extinct, I want people to realize what it looks like," says photographer Paul Nicklen

"We stood there crying—filming with tears rolling down our cheeks."

Sand cats are typically hard to find, but these adorable kittens—spotted in the Moroccan Sahara—were hard to miss

For over a decade, researchers searched in vain for another Hawaiian tree snail for George to mate with, to no avail. He died at the age of 14.

Happy birthday Jane Goodall! Thank you for taking humanity further.

This man jumped into action when he noticed a small rabbit near the fast-spreading flames

Exclusive behind-the-scenes-footage follows Elon Musk in the moments before the Falcon Heavy launch

Happy #WorldJellyFishDay ! Enjoy the view of this incredible species, first recorded in 1909

Just six light-years away, a frozen world seems to be orbiting a small, dim red star s