Discovery of the Day: Fossil of a Four-Winged Dinosaur Unearthed

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Discovery of the Day: Fossil of a Four-Winged Dinosaur Unearthed
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Discovery of the feathered dinosaur, dubbed Changyuraptor yangi ("great feather" in Chinese), adds to the roster of feathered raptor dinosaurs with hind wings found in northeastern China in the past two decades. It is the biggest one found so far, and the fifth such species.

This is What Happens When Sand Gets Struck by Lightning

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This is What Happens When Sand Gets Struck by Lightning
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Fulgurites are natural hollow glass tubes formed in quartzose sand, silica, or soil by lightning strikes (at 3,270 °F), which instantaneously melts silica on a conductive surface and fuses grains together over a period of around one second. Photographed by Ken Smith.

Photo Gallery of the Day

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Photo Gallery of the Day
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Turns out National Geographic photographers aren't the only ones who can capture all those amazing and iconic shots. A recent photo contest turned up a treasure trove of images from around the world. View the full gallery -- starting with the winning entry -- here.

[cosbysweaters]

Early Bird Special

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There isn't really anything we can say that will top this YouTube comment:

Nobody show him the Hindenburg video.

(Not Safe For Work -- adult content.)

[hypervocal]

Story Time of the Day

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Story Time of the Day: "Take a picture and save our species, we have 300 left": NatGeo photographer Mattias Klum recalls the time he came face-to-face with an endangered Asiatic lioness in India's Gir Forest.

[ichc.]

Stuffed Bear of the Day

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Stuffed Bear of the Day
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Stuffed Bear of the Day: Photographer and 2011 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest hopeful Rick Sheremeta sets up the scene for his entry, "Quick Cat Nap":

On a recent photo trip to Alaska’s McNeil River, I spent four days obse

Everybody Needs A Hobby II of the Day

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Everybody Needs A Hobby II of the Day: 29-year-old "adult baby" Stanley Thornton introduces National Geographic to his taboo.

Most awkward MTV Cribs episode ever.

(sNSFW, adult baby.)

[natgeo / thehairpin.]