The Science of Lightning

National Geographic explores the science behind lightning strikes. Lightning strikes during thunderstorms kill more Americans each year than either tornadoes or hurricanes.

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Living with Man-Eating Crocs

Crocodiles in the southern African country of Malawi often eat more than just regular wildlife prey. Sometimes they attack humans who get in their way.

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Baboon Attack!

Hungry baboons in Kenya’s Lake Bogoria find themselves surrounded by a million unsuspecting — and unprotected — flamingos.

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I Didn’t Know That - Bashing Helmets for Safety

Watch as motorcycle helmets endure extreme testing so they can protect wearers from weather, debris, and hard impacts.

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Burying Beetles Turn Carcass into Baby Food

You want zombies? A scary movie? These beetles can trump most Hollywood horror films anytime!

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The Boa in My Backyard

Stunning video of a boa constrictor killing and then eating an iguana. It all happened in the Costa Rican backyard of National Geographic Explorer Susan Perry.

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Parasitic Mind Control

Now this is strange, even scary: ants controlled by parasites, all because they ate the slime of a snail!

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Polar Bear vs. Ring Seal

Sometimes coming up for air might not be such a good idea — especially if there’s a hungry polar bear prowling about.

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Shrew vs. Snake

The short-tail shrew is the only North American mammal with a poisonous bite. That’s a cool fact, but too bad for an unfortunate snake.

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Antlion Death Trap

Not the King of the Jungle - but for ants, these creatures might well be. What lurks in the soft blanket of sand?

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Jason Silva on Fear

Brain Games host, Jason Silva, delves deep into the origins of fear.

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Jason Silva on Motion

Brain Games host, Jason Silva, hypothesizes why motion is so important to the human brain.

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Teeth Chiseling

A tribe of people in Indonesia believes a woman is more beautiful if she has her teeth chiseled into sharp points.

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Would You Eat Dead Rat?

The thought of eating rats would be disgusting to many people, but there are areas of the world where a grilled rat is considered a yummy treat.

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Hangout in an Ancient Maya Cave

Relive the adventure from our live Google+ Hangout on Air with underwater archaeologist Guillermo de Anda, from a sacred Maya cave. More than 1,000 years ago, ancient Maya visited this cave for the sacred waters inside, building a large stone pyramid and carving a ladder that Guillermo and his team use to this day. Also joining were paleontologist Jørn Hurum and geo-archaeologist Beverly Goodman, as well as public participants in Texas and Manchester, England. To find out about future Hangouts, follow Nat Geo on Google+.

Duration: 54:53

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