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72 Years Later, Snubbed Captain Credited With Downing German U-Boat — Brian Clark Howard Published December 17, 2014 WASHINGTON-When Herbert G. Claudius's family would ask him if he'd ever sunk an enemy submarine during his decades in the U.S. Navy, Claudius would say that he thought he did once. He'd seen oil and debris after a fierce battle he'd led against a German U-boat in the Gulf of Mexico in 1942.
Dec 17, 2014

72 Years Later, Snubbed Captain Credited With Downing German U-Boat via @NatGeo

Dec 17, 2014

NatGeo helps set the record straight -- and U.S. Navy awards a WWII captain a hero's medal 72 years late via @NatGeo

Dec 17, 2014

Only on @NatGeo: 72 years later, snubbed captain credited with downing German U-boat killer read from @socialpyramid

Denmark Eyes North Pole, but How Much Oil and Gas Await? — Wendy Koch Published December 17, 2014 Just days before Christmas, Denmark has laid claim to an energy-rich but difficult-to-develop part of the world that's a fount of holiday lore: the North Pole. The Arctic's fate will take years to decide, but it's attracted increasing interest.

Top Shot: The Lioness’s Lunge — Top Shot: The Lioness's Lunge Top Shot features the photo with the most votes from the previous day's Daily Dozen. The Daily Dozen is 12 photos chosen by the Your Shot editors each day from thousands of recent uploads. Our community has the chance to vote for their favorite from the selection.

Paragliders Image, Mount Fuji — Paragliders crowd the sky above Mount Fuji, Japan, in this National Geographic Photo of the Day from our Your Shot community.

Why Do We See the Man in the Moon? — Take a look at the slideshow above. The photos depict, in order: tower binoculars, a tank tread, tree bark, headphones, a tray table, a toilet, eggs, and more tree bark. Yet I perceived every one of them as a face, and I bet you did, too.
Dec 17, 2014

RT @virginiahughes: Why do we see faces everywhere? A fun brain-scanning study of face pareidolia, my latest @ngphenomena…

Tracking Mountain Lions in California's Urban Jungles — Nadia Drake Published December 17, 2014 SAN FRANCISCO-Crouched in the darkness, two field technicians squint at a laptop, hoping to catch a glimpse of California's most elusive predator. "Possum. Possum. Possum," Richard Pickens says, flipping through photos. "Oh-fox."

Out of Fuel, Venus Express Is Falling Gently to Its Death in Planet's Skies — Nadia Drake Published December 17, 2014 Just above the surface of Venus, one of Earth's most intrepid robots is slipping into a sulfuric hereafter. Over the next few months, Venus Express will fall slowly through the 150-mile-thick (250 kilometers) atmosphere consisting of carbon dioxide and sulfuric acid that envelops the planet.

Cat Walk Photo by Nancy Leigh -- National Geographic Your Shot — One day, I visited the quaint village of Gordes, but there were so many tourists, I decided to leave. As I headed to the car, I noticed two women talking just beyond the car park. From afar, I saw that one of the woman had something crawling around on her shoulders.
Dec 17, 2014

Cat Walk Photo by Nancy Leigh -- National Geographic Your Shot

4-Foot Salamander Arrives in London as Face of New Conservation Effort — Mary Bates Published December 17, 2014 With his tiny eyes, sly grin, and slimy skin, Professor Wu may sound like an odd poster child. But the Chinese giant salamander, which recently arrived at the Zoological Society of London's London Zoo, is the face of a new effort to save the world's largest amphibians by, in part, working with China's salamander farmers to discourage hunting and establishing a breeding facility in the country.
Dec 17, 2014

Professor Wu is an excellent name for a Chinese giant salamander! Watch a video of him checking out his new home:

Mountain Lions Caught on Camera in San Francisco Bay Area — Dec. 17, 2014 - More mountain lions are turning up in urban areas around the San Francisco Bay, and researchers are trying to catch and track the animals. With camera traps and tracking collars, they are getting a better understanding of what is now the top predator in the East Bay.

Holiday Gift Guide -- National Geographic Traveler

Poo’s Clues - Voices — I have a completely healthy obsession with poo... particularly of the animal variety, mostly of the whale variety. Whether you like it or not, there is something ridiculously eye-catching about this stuff. Don't believe me? Did you see the photo? I am a firm believer that blue whale poo is the most beautiful around.

The 2014 National Geographic Photography Contest Winners — National Geographic has long been associated with inspiring photography that tells us something about the world we live in. The grand prize-winning image of this year's photo contest does just that. It captures a small moment in time that speaks to a much larger moment in history.
Dec 17, 2014

RT @NatGeoPhotos: Announcing...the winners of the 2014 National Geographic Photography Contest.

Cuba - Digital Nomad — This National Geographic Expeditions Cuba Trip has offered a spectacular opportunity to meet Cubans on their home turf and share with them our own impressions of their country. Though we explored several other areas in Cuba, we began and ended our expedition in the capital, Havana.
Dec 17, 2014

Thrilled by President Obama's announcement on #Cuba! Long overdue, can't wait to go back:

Corsica, France, Pictures -- National Geographic Travel — Photograph by Frits Meyst, A French province since 1769-after several centuries of Italian rule-Corsica is far too independent to be described in terms of either. The third largest island in the Mediterranean, Corsica ( one of our Best Trips 2015) is a wild and beautiful place.

NG Maps Print Collection — National Geographic's map of Iraq and the Middle East features an incredibly accurate, detailed map of political boundaries, cities and towns, major roadways, bodies of water, oil fields and pipelines, and other geographic features.

Zimbabwe's Reported Plan to Export Baby Elephants Raises Outcry Against Animal Trade — Christina Russo Published December 17, 2014 News that Zimbabwe has captured dozens of baby elephants from the wild and plans to export them overseas ignited a firestorm of alarm in conservation circles, raising new questions about the policies that govern the trade of live elephants.
Dec 17, 2014

Is Zimbabwe sending dozens of baby elephants to China? Report sparks international outcry on animal trade via @NatGeo

The First Year - National Geographic Magazine — In the late 1980s, when the crack cocaine epidemic was ravaging America's cities, Hallam Hurt, a neonatologist in Philadelphia, worried about the damage being done to children born to addicted mothers. She and her colleagues, studying children from low-income families, compared four-year-olds who'd been exposed to the drug with those who hadn't.

Death of Rare White Rhino Leaves 5 in the World — Christine Dell'Amore Published December 16, 2014 When an elderly northern white rhinoceros died Sunday at the San Diego Zoo, he left behind just five of his kind on Earth. As for the chances of any more being born, scientists say, there is limited hope.
Dec 16, 2014

RT @byjoelanderson: Imagine how bad it must be for black rhinos then. RT @NatGeo: Death of rare white rhino leaves 5 in the world:

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RT @dangilgoff: Death of white rhino leaves just 1 male left on planet. Lots of pressure on him to breed. via @cdellamore

Dec 16, 2014

Death of white rhino leaves just 1 male left on planet. Lots of pressure on him to breed. via @cdellamore