A newly discovered, perfectly preserved fossil of a 150 million-year-old dinosaur found in southern Germany may force scientists to rethink how and when feathers evolved. Unlike other members of the group of 2-legged meat-eating predators known as co
Scientists partially restored the vision in blinded hamsters by plugging gaps in their injured brains with a synthetic substance that allowed brain cells to reconnect with one another. Could help restore sensory and motor function to patients sufferi
An amazingly simple method of filtering excess fluid from the bloodstream appears safer and far more effective than the "water pills" that have been used for decades to treat hospitalized heart failure patients, doctors reported Sunday.
Scientists have produced superheated gas exceeding temperatures of 3.6 billion degrees Fahrenheit. This is hotter than the interior of our Sun, which is about 27 million degrees Fahrenheit. They don't know how they did it.
A Gallup report released today reveals that more than half of all Americans, rejecting evolution theory and scientific evidence, agree with the statement, "God created man exactly how Bible describes it."
China's seemingly ever-expanding deserts have in recent years shrunk for the first time, although the amount of land saved from an arid fate was relatively modest. The reversal is partly a result of intensified efforts to plant more trees,
[What? Do I look like a physicist!] A quantum computer has solved a computational problem without running a program. Scientists gleaned the answer to an algorithm by combining quantum computation and quantum interrogation in an optical-based quantum
New research adds a twist to the debate on the origins of sexual orientation, suggesting that the genetics of mothers of multiple gay sons act differently than those of other women. ¼ of the mothers who had more than one gay son processed X chromosom
Researchers recently created more Talpids by tweaking the genes of normal chickens to grow teeth. "What we discovered were teeth similar to those of crocodiles—not surprising as birds are the closest living relatives of the reptile," said M
Ball lightning is one of the most mysterious phenomena in nature. Now scientists have created a laboratory version of the eerie floating orbs using technology taken from a common microwave oven.
As scientists and engineers figure out how to return astronauts to the Moon, set up habitats, and mine lunar soil to produce anything from building materials to rocket fuels, they are scratching their heads over what to do about Moon dust.
The discovery of a furry, beaver-like animal that lived at the time of dinosaurs has overturned more than a century of scientific thinking about Jurassic mammals. The stereotype of mammals living in that era has been of tiny, shrew-like creatures scu
The ice worm inhabits glacial regions in the coastal ranges of Alaska, British Columbia, Washington and Oregon. The odd creature easily moves through ice, is liveliest near the freezing point of water and dissolves into a goo when warmed.
Once again it is time to seek out what has often been cited as the most difficult of the five brightest naked-eye planets to see: Mercury. Mercury is visible about 45 minutes after sunset, very near to the horizon, a bit to the south of due west. Bu
The US human spaceflight program is "strained to the limit," NASA's chief said, warning against any long gap between the end of the shuttle era and the first flight of a planned new spaceship. "The US risks both a real and a percei
He's fat, ugly and poisonous—and he's mutating. He's the cane toad introduced into Australian that has since become an ecological catastrophe. They can hop up to 1.1 miles a night, a record for any frog or toad. But even more remarkable:
Scientists exploring an isolated jungle in one of Indonesia's most remote provinces discovered dozens of new species of frogs, butterflies and plants — as well as mammals hunted to near extinction elsewhere. Wildlife remarkably unafraid of humans
Duckbilled dinosaurs of about 90 million years ago had huge crests with complex nasal passages, and used them to honk sexual and social messages. "The crest likely evolved to play a role in behavior of both vocal and visual display -- to call to
The people behind the X Prize that kick-started personal space travel are planning prizes in a variety of non-space fields, from automobile technology and genome research to nanotechnology and education. "... for cutting through the bureaucracie
As you scream for your favorite sports team, special brain cells kick in to protect your auditory system from the sound of your own voice. These cells dampen your auditory neurons' ability to detect incoming sounds. The moment you shut up, the in
If a group of devotees has its way, this shaggy ice-age mascot—and a host of other bygone megafauna besides—may yet walk again. Have managed to assemble half the woolly-mammoth genome; they claimed that in 3 years they could finish the job. Repopulat
Amazonian hunter-gatherers who lack written language and who have never seen a math book score highly on basic tests of geometric concepts and that suggests geometry may be hard-wired into the brain.
An Israeli Inventor has developed a breathing apparatus that will allow breathing underwater without the assistance of compressed air tanks. Use the relatively small amounts of air that already exist in water to supply oxygen to both scuba divers and
Private groups are offering big cash prizes to anyone who can solve a range of daunting problems.
Archeologists excavating a pyramid complex in the Guatemalan jungle have uncovered the earliest example of Mayan writing ever found, 10 bold hieroglyphs painted on plaster and stone.
New research details how a cannabis compound produced by the brain helps protect neurons from inflammation. May aid in the development of new drugs to treat inflammation and brain degeneration caused by multiple sclerosis (MS) and other related disor
The harsh acidic environment of your stomach is home to many more bacteria types than previously thought. One newly identified creature in your belly is related to a species that's considered one of the hardiest organisms on the planet and eats r
To recall memories, your brain travels back in time via the ultimate Google search, according to a new study in which scientists found they can monitor the activity and actually predict what you'll think of next.
Scientists have mapped part of the genome of the woolly mammoth, a huge mammal that's been extinct for about 10,000 years. The breakthrough could lead to recreating the creatures.
It was a year of clashes, between nature and man, science and religion, and sometimes even between scientists. Along the way, some important and amazing discoveries were made.