They lack jaws, eyes and bones, but lampreys and their "primitive" anatomy have survived 360 million years and four major extinctions relatively unaltered. [some species lack eyes]
A new brain chip under development established new connections in the brains of monkeys in a region that controls movement. Scientists hope to eventually make a version that could help humans with movement disorders.
Eyelash transplant surgery wants to become the new must-have procedure for women -- and the occasional man -- convinced that beauty is not so much in the eye of the beholder as in front of the eye itself.
Scientists have identified a naturally occurring enzyme that breaks down a key component of the brain plaques characteristic of Alzheimer's disease. Understand what goes wrong in the brains of Alzheimer's patients and help seek new therapies.
A curious teenager in Argentina has discovered the fossil skull of the biggest bird ever found -- a swift, flightless predator 10 feet tall that pursued its prey across the steppes of Patagonia 15 million years ago.
In this era of extreme sports, beaked whales take one activity to new depths by diving deeper than any other air-breathing species. Beaked whales are medium-sized toothed whales dove as deep as 6,230 feet for up to 85 minutes
First complete fossil of a Gogonasus fish last year in a limestone formation. The specimen, whose middle ear and limbs resemble those of land vertebrates, could be a missing link between fish and four-legged land vertebrates.
"It's surprising that it's as simple as it is and that it works so well," Leonhardt said. "The microwaves come in and are swept around the cloak and reconstructed on the other side while avoiding the interior region. So it look
Scientists found a gold mine of bacteria almost two miles beneath the Earth’s surface. The subterranean microorganisms use radioactive uranium to convert water molecules into useable energy. Uranium is an abundant source of energy.
Marijuana might contain compounds that slow memory loss in Alzheimer's patients, according to a new study that bolsters other research suggesting potential brain benefits of pot. Old rats treated got smarter
Wobbles or variations in the Earth's orbit and tilt are associated with extinctions of rodent and mammalian species, Dutch scientists said. They studied rodent fossil records in central Spain dating back 22 million years and found that the
Giant insects might crawl on Earth or fly above it if there was just more oxygen in the air, scientists report. Roughly 300 million years ago, giant insects scuttled around and fluttered over the planet, with dragonflies bearing wingspans comparab
The two massive horns above Triceratops' eyes grew from tiny stubs that curved backwards, then forwards before settling into a permanent shape in the dinosaur's adulthood, a new study finds.
While diving, hooded seals can handle oxygen levels so low they'd be lethal to humans. Now scientists are beginning to understand how they do it: The seals stop shivering and go with the chilly flow. By switching off the shivers, which are des
Genes involved in skin pigmentation have an effect on a person's skin cancer risk beyond their influence on a person's hair or skin color, a new study shows. Women who carried one so-called "red hair color" gene but had medium or
Using DNA testing, scientists have discovered what is believed to be the first terrestrial mammal found in Europe in decades: a mouse with a big head, ears, eyes and teeth that lives in a mountainous area of Cyprus.
A colorful new bird has been discovered in a previously unexplored Andean cloud forest. The bright yellow and red-crowned Yariguies brush-finch was named for the indigenous tribe that once inhabited the mountainous area where it was discovered.
The biggest diamond to be found in 13 years, the "Lesotho Promise," was sold at auction for more than $12 million and is expected to fetch in excess of $20 million once it is cut up. The 603-carat (120 gram) diamond, named after the tiny
A 2004 shooting and roadside bomb injury in Iraq left U.S. Marine Sgt. Oscar Canon, 25, with a gaping hole in his thigh the size of a baseball -- a wound should have cost him his leg. Yet today he can walk and run again.
Adhesive bandages might become a thing of the past, thanks to researchers at the MIT and Hong Kong University who have developed a simple biodegradable liquid that can stop bleeding in rodents within seconds.
They wouldn't win any beauty contests, but naked mole-rats would take home the crown for longevity. Mole-rats long outlive similar-sized rodents. They're known to approach age 30.
Scientists in England are developing new dressings for wounds designed to mimic maggots to clean away dead tissue and promote healing. The ancient use of living maggots in non-healing wounds—to eat away only the dead tissue and encourage regenerat
Swiss researchers have discovered the 100,000-year-old remains of a previously unknown giant camel species in central Syria.
Civil society may hinge on a tiny piece of tissue at the front of the human brain. The right side of this region -- called the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex -- helps people suppress selfish urges in obviously unjust situations, even at their own exp
The active ingredient of marijuana could be considerably better at suppressing the abnormal clumping of malformed proteins that is a hallmark of Alzheimer's than any currently approved drugs prescribed for the treatment of the disease.
Beaming people in Star Trek fashion is still in the realms of science fiction but physicists in Denmark have teleported information from light to matter bringing quantum communication and computing closer to reality.
U.S. researchers said they had found a more efficient way to clone mice, and said their experiment solved a basic question about cloning science -- whether it truly is possible to clone animals from mature cells.
Scientists in Japan have identified a molecule responsible for making mammals feel full, a discovery that could lead to new ways to treat obesity in humans.
"We have a technology, a gene, that gives you a plant that's drought resistant. The system that we've developed switches on only during drought. During normal growth, if a plant's got water, the system is switched off, as if the gene
The Southwest's reclusive Gila monster has an unlikely new set of fans: people who are controlling their type 2 diabetes - and losing weight - with a non-insulin prescription drug derived from one of the lizard's proteins.