Finding The Tallest Mountain On Earth Is Strangely Elusive

It seems like a 8,848-meter mountain would be easy to spot, but it's oddly challenging to find Mount Everest from a few hundred kilometers higher in elevation. The famous mountain is visible in each of these photos from the International Space Station, but can you find it? » 12/30/14 1:00am 12/30/14 1:00am

Meet Griffith Pugh: The Everest Pioneer You've Never Heard Of

Without Griffith Pugh, Edmund Hillary's pioneering ascent of Mount Everest would never have been possible. So why have you never heard of him? » 6/12/14 9:00am 6/12/14 9:00am

A Team of Scientists Faces the Mt. Everest Avalanche

A fatal avalanche shook Mount Everest this morning, claiming the lives of at least a dozen Sherpa guides. Right now, geoscientist and Scientific American blogger Ulyana Horodyskyj is currently on the mountain documenting her team's ascent. » 4/18/14 11:58am 4/18/14 11:58am

Climbers, please stop throwing your trash all over Mount Everest

Mount Everest is among the most remote and beautiful places in the world. It is also rapidly filling up with massive piles of trash that have earned it the charming nickname "world's highest garbage dump." » 3/04/14 9:45am 3/04/14 9:45am

10 Fun Ways to Euthanize Yourself

Suppose you've been given a few weeks to live, but you've decided you don't want to spend your last days in a hospital bed. What if you decide, "Today is a good day to die," in a suitably stentorian Klingon voice? And you want a method of self-annihilation that's both interesting and nearly pain-free? » 7/02/12 10:16am 7/02/12 10:16am

Frog genes reveal the birth of the Himalaya mountains

India and China's plates smashed into each other 55 million years ago, and this collision ultimately created the Himalayas, home to the world's biggest mountains..but we weren't exactly sure when this part happened. Now, thanks to frog genes, we know. » 8/08/10 11:00am 8/08/10 11:00am