The following is an excerpt from the January issue of National Geographic Magazine:
"Walter looks comfortable. Dead for 50 years, the giant Pacific octopus is resting in a ten-gallon tank of ethanol solution, six-foot arms folded in cephalopod repose. His next-door neighbors hail from the Atlantic: a jarred colony of sea squirts, their blue-green bioluminescence long extinguished. Corals and algae bloom on a shelf. Leis of Tahitian snails dangle from hooks. Pearly shelled mussels from the Mississippi River, source of a once profitable button industry, glisten under glass.
And then there are the cabinets, all 230 of them: airtight, custom-made, climate-controlled homes to ten million mollusk specimens. Many were gathered on far-flung expeditions led by the likes of Ernest Shackleton, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, Gifford Pinchot, and William Bartram.
Where is this storehouse of wonders? And how did we get here? The short answer first: We’re at the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia. We reached this collection via two others, up a half flight of stairs from entomology, with its teeming drawers of scarab beetles and four million other bugs culled from every country on Earth, and past a choice paleo trove—limbed fish from the Devonian period, mastodon teeth owned by Thomas Jefferson, slabs of ichthyosaur skeletons from England.
But this is no closet they’re kept in. It’s a eureka factory."
Typhoon Hato will barrel into southeastern China, near Hong Kong, with damaging winds, flooding rain and an inundating storm surge on Wednesday.
On the heels of Typhoon Hato, residents from the Philippines to southeastern China and Taiwan are being put on alert for a new tropical threat.
Temperatures will again be on the rise over much of the western United States and will raise the risk of wildfire ignition and poor air quality this weekend.
When Hurricane Andrew began brewing as a weak tropical storm in the Atlantic Ocean in August of 1992, meteorologists believed it would dissipate before it could grow stronger.
The worst flooding in more than a decade across parts of Nepal, India and Bangladesh has impacted at least 24 million people.
Depending on the track and speed of Harvey, which is likely to regenerate, enough rain may fall on portions of Texas to bring the risk of major flooding from Friday to Sunday.
Severe thunderstorms will march eastward across the northeastern United States, threatening to trigger damage and delays into Tuesday night.
Spectators across the United States were able to catch pictures and a glimpse of the moon passing in front of the sun during the solar eclipse.