Chinese Space Station Crashes Back to Earth

A rocket carrying the Tiangong-1 lifted off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center on September 29, 2011. China lost control of the 8.5-ton space station in 2016. Photograph by Lintao Zhang, Getty Images After a week of frenzied speculation about where and when Tiangong-1’s demise would occur, China’s first space station disintegrated in the skies…

Viral bear video shows dark side of filming animals with drones

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. That was the angle many news outlets took this week with a viral video of a brown bear mother and cub. Shot by Dmitry Kedrov this summer with a drone on the coast of Russia’s Sea of Okhotsk, the video shows a baby bear repeatedly climbing…

Five Baby Bird Cams You Don’t Want to Miss This Spring

This spring, hundreds of bird nests around the world are being streamed in real-time to our living rooms, thanks to remotely operated "nest cams." For many of them, the main show is about to begin. “We're on hatch watch,” says Charles Eldermire, the bird cams project leader at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Wildlife cams…

See the Abandoned WWII Base on Greenland Leaking Toxic Waste

Bluie East Two was a U.S. Air Force base in Greenland in 1941. So why is it still there?

This Tiny Town Is Embracing Its Diversity

Unlike other towns in the area, Storm Lake, Iowa, is thriving—and many residents thank immigration for its success. The small town of Storm Lake, Iowa, has changed in the last thirty years—and its inhabitants love it. The area has gone through a major demographic shift over the last three decades, according to Storm Lake’s Public…

Six Can’t Miss Montana Hikes

On your next Montana adventure, veer off the well-trod hiking trails to discover places most visitors never see. This collection is a something-for-everyone trail sampler: from hardcore backcountry treks and challenging day hikes, to family-friendly nature, wildlife, and history walks. Every region of Montana is represented. So wherever you go, a trail less travelled will…

This is the Longest Zipline on Earth

Get your heart racing while gliding through epic Middle Eastern mountains. Ride the World’s Longest Zipline in the UAE The United Arab Emirates did it again, breaking yet another Guinness World Record by opening the world’s longest zipline in the northernmost emirate of Ras al-Khaimah. Jebel Jais Flight allows thrill-seekers to soar from the country's…

Will Grizzly Bears Survive Being Hunted?

A 300-pound male grizzly bear was drawn to a pungent deer leg when he lumbered into a green steel trap early one June morning deep in the Rocky Mountain wilderness. He woke a few hours later with a lip tattoo, an ear tag, a GPS radio collar, and a new name: Grizzly Bear 927. Researchers…

7 reasons to visit San Diego now

California’s second-largest city is the total travel package: unlimited outdoor adventure, jaw-dropping natural scenery, buzzing nightlife, and local-centric foods, shops, and traditions. Nowhere else in the world can you kayak into sea caves in the morning, see giant pandas in the afternoon, and party in a tiki-themed speakeasy at night. Need more inspiration? Here are…

The Best Beaches in North America

Americans love the beach. We plaster oval stickers across our cars to declare our allegiances, track the sharks encroaching on “our” surf, and release new songs every year about beach cocktails and sand beneath our toes. We childishly hoard our favorite spots so they won’t become overcrowded. Mine is a riverside beach in Maryland where…