There seems to be no end to the odd creatures that scientists find by digging up fossils. Here we celebrate some of the coolest extinct fish, mammals, dinosaurs, birds and other beasts.
Scientists have unearthed the largest spider fossil ever found.The spider, a new species called Nephila jurassica, stretches about two inches from end to end.
Bacteria are ubiquitous, present in the soil, air and water around you. Some bacteria can be beneficial, while other bacteria causes illness and even death. Pathogenic bacteria, those organisms that cause disease, relentlessly bombard your body daily
In the recent article Coffee in a Post-Collapse Society, the author is talking about Arabica coffee being only cultivated near the equator. Robusto green coffee can be grown in the southern states like Florida and south Texas.
Plants living inside an animal? Yep, that's what scientists found when peering inside a spotted salamander: live green algae. While the two species may seem like strange bedfellows, their intimate, one-of-a-kind relationship is helpful for both.
Happy Anniversary to Buck and Jeanne, Arizona street activists
What's a wasp to do when ants are ruining its picnic? Pick the little pests up and airdrop them out of the way, according to a new study. That's the strategy of the common yellow jacket wasp when competing with ants for food,
From harvesting energy to building networks, nature has been solving problems for billions of years longer than humans have
Pumping a body full of celldestroying chemicals sounds like a bad idea, but that’s what chemotherapy entails. The side effects chemo for liver cancer, the third deadliest cancer in men, usually necessitate a four-day hospital stay with each treatment
DARPA wants a genetic security system that’s built into the genome that can monitor for and report on changes to an organism’s genetic makeup.
A carnivorous plant that lives in bogs worldwide traps its prey in less than a millisecond, more than 100 times faster than a Venus flytrap can manage. Utricularia, a genus of rootless carnivorous plants, is better known by its common name, bladderwo
In the future, even the trees will be keeping tabs on us.....
A new species of giant crayfish literally crawled out from under a rock in Tennessee, proving that large new species of animals can be found in highly populated and well-explored places, researchers said on Wednesday. The new crayfish should not h
It's a tale that has all the trappings of a cult 1960s sci-fi movie: Scientists bring back ancient salt crystals, dug up from deep below Death Valley for climate research. The sparkling crystals are carefully packed away until, years later, a young,
Soon scars may be a thing of the past. Scars have been the bane of humans throughout history. Scar tissue can be an embarrassment, disfiguring, even life-threatening. Now an amazingly simple solution seems to have been discovered. The answer lies wit
Japanese scientists said Tuesday they had produced a mouse that tweets like a bird in a genetically engineered "evolution" which they hope will shed light on the origins of human language. A team of researchers at the University of Osaka created t
"Man-made life." -- To some it conjures up scenes from "Blade Runner"—junk strewn laboratories with mad Japanese scientists hunched in the cellars of Los Angeles modifying patented cellular life complete with bar code identifiers for a price. Oth
Imagine some buckshot from a shotgun got stuck in you or you had a radio transmitter stuck in you. If you were a frog, your body apparently have the remarkable ability to pee out foreign objects, with their bladders engulfing the intrusions to get ri
Flytrap leaves close so quickly - in under a second - because they snap from convex to concave the same way that a contact lens can flip inside out. Venus flytrap's chemical signals work much like those in the human brain. Like neurotransmitters, the
For more than a century, serious investigators have searched for the fabled man-eating plants. Those horrors of the darkest jungles that supposedly hide in the most forbidding corners of the world's most inaccessible green hells. The origin of the b
A New York woman has set a new record
Animals have been on Earth for at least 650 million years, suggest recently found primitive sponge fossils from South Australia. This discovery pushes back the fossil record for animals by about 70 million years, according to a new study
Researchers have long known that humans lack a key enzyme -- one possessed by most of the animal kingdom and even plants -- that reverses severe sun damage. For the first time, researchers have witnessed how this enzyme works at the atomic level
A zedonk, an unusual cross between a donkey and a zebra, is attracting attention at a Wildlife Preserve after being born there a week ago. The animal has a zebra father and donkey mother, has black stripes prominently displayed on her legs and face.
Researchers found that disabling the FucM gene – which influences the levels of oestrogen to which the brain is exposed – caused the mice to behave as if they were male as they grew up.
Fossil evidence suggests that around 365 million years ago, fish, or fish-like creatures, emerged from shallow seas, moving onto land with the help of primitive, eight-fingered limbs, which later simplified to five digits under evolutionary pressure.
The Supreme Court lifted Monday a four-year ban on the sale in the United States of genetically modified alfalfa, which farmers fear contaminates others crops.
Biologists tracking jaguars in the Guatemalan jungle might smell nice but it's all in the name of science, with researchers finding the Calvin Klein cologne Obession for Men attracts big cats.
Biologist Sheila Patek talks about her work measuring the feeding strike of the mantis shrimp, one of the fastest movements in the animal world, using video cameras recording at 20,000 frames per second.