Starving Polar Bear Photographer Explains Why She Couldn’t Help

Cristina Mittermeier describes the helplessness she felt while photographing the polar bear and implores readers to take climate change seriously.

What This Unprecedented 13-Million-Person Family Tree Reveals

This family tree gleaned from the huge new dataset shows seven generations encompassing 6,000 individuals, with marriages marked in red. Courtesy Columbia University Learn how your family ancestry is connected to the human origin journey with National Geographic’s Geno DNA Ancestry Test. The information tucked away in the branching lines of family trees can help…

Pictures of Patriots Linebacker James Harrison’s Extreme Workout Recovery

James Harrision, linebacker for the New England Patriots, poses with vacuum pump cups attached to his body at the weekly Chinese cupping treatment he receives to recover his muscles from his strenuous preseason workout in Scottsdale, Arizona. Photograph by Fritz Hoffmann, National Geographic PUBLISHED February 2, 2018 New England Patriots linebacker James Harrison knows about…

How Diverse Personalities Help Animals Survive

Macho bluebirds and timid coyotes—and timid bluebirds and macho coyotes—drive the success of their species.

Arctic Fox and Snowy Owl Filmed Doing Strange ‘Dance’—But Why?

Is it play or predation? Experts weigh in on a curious video of two Arctic denizens meeting on the snowy tundra.

Best Photos of 2017

National Geographic's 57 best images of the year—curated from 88 photographers, 112 stories, and nearly 2 million photographs.

Magnificent Ancient Buildings Hewn From Living Rock

From towering temples to artistic tombs, humans have been carving structures from cliff faces and mountainsides for thousands of years.

See Photos Taken on Illegal Visits to Chernobyl’s Dead Zone

Thirty-one years after the worst nuclear disaster in history, a group of self-proclaimed “stalkers” makes illegal trips into the abandoned radioactive city.

Vintage Map Shows Santa’s Journey Around the World

A time capsule in more ways than one, a 1955 map features dozens of Santas cavorting all over the world.

You Can See Unicorns in This Magical Place

Yes, they are very real in Scotland.