A brief history of how plastic straws took over the world

It all started with a mint julep on a hot summer day.

China just landed on the far side of the moon: What...

The lander-rover combo touched down where no human or robot has ventured before. Find out what it's doing there, and what else is headed for the lunar surface.

Thailand works to preserve its natural wonders

Tourism authorities are encouraging visitors to leave "only their footprints and take only good memories".

Dueling eclipses, and more top sky-watching events in January

Ring in the new year with a sparkling meteor shower, a pair of eclipses, and a planet parade.

NASA spacecraft completes farthest flyby in history. What’s next?

On the final evening of 2018, the biggest New Year's Eve party in the solar system unfolded across four billion miles of space. At 12:33 a.m. ET on January 1, NASA's New Horizons probe flew by a small lump of rock and ice called 2014 MU69. Also nicknamed Ultima Thule (UL-tee-ma TOO-le), it's now the…

The West Coast’s biggest bird oasis is dying. Will it be...

The struggle to preserve the Salton Sea rages on as its shoreline retreats.

Second explorer completes Antarctic crossing

Concluding the most epic polar competition since Roald Amundsen and Robert Falcon Scott raced to the South Pole in 1911, British adventurer Louis Rudd skied to the edge of the Antarctic land mass on December 29, the 56th day of his expedition, to complete his solo, unsupported, and unassisted crossing of the frozen continent. Awaiting…

Raise a glass to the British version of champagne

Southeast England celebrates historic villages, rolling hills, and now, award-winning bubbly wine.

5 boredom busters to keep kids busy this winter

"WE'RE BORED—THERE'S NOTHING TO DO!" When chilly temps mean more time spent indoors, that complaint might sound familiar. Check out these brain-boosting, boredom-busting activities from Nat Geo Family—then check out a few more. Do some dog science People have dominant hands, so why wouldn’t dogs? (Dominant paws, that is!) Have kids try this simple experiment…

Do walls work? The Great Wall of China’s complex legacy

The Ming dynasty built a giant wall stretching 5,000 miles to keep invaders out of China, but how effective was it against the enemy?