If diamonds truly are a girl's best friend, an unusual formation recently found in Russia may be the friendliest rock in the world. The rock, small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, was found to contain a stunning 30,000 tiny diamonds and could provide important clues to Earth's geologic history.
Despite popular belief, humans did not hunt giant lemurs living on Madagascar into extinction thousands of years ago. Ancient DNA has revealed that their small population size is actually to blame, shedding light on what factors put today's modern lemurs at risk, a new study says.
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The US Navy's new underwater drone, designed to sneakily infiltrate enemy territory and acquire information, is the perfect spy given that it looks and swims like your average tuna.
Researchers have recently cracked the code on the modern horse's genomic sequence, unveiling what genes our ancestors were selecting for in these beasts of burden for the last 5,500 years. This work also reveals what kind of genetic variation was lost along the way, leading to the inevitable disappearance of wild horses that we see today.
Fossilized plaque, of all things, may have solved a mystery that has left archaeologists scratching their heads for years. Known for its iconic Moai statues, Easter Island is suspected to have been colonized around the 13th century. However palm trees, one of the only primary crops on the island, are believed to have become extinct not long after colonization. So how did the islanders survive?
A new layer of Earth is growing beneath an Icelandic volcano, shedding light on how the Earth's crust forms, according to a new study.
Scientists have finally named Earth's most abundant mineral, a feat that has taken a half-century to complete, new research shows.
Mars' Olympus Mons, the tallest mountain in our solar system, stretches three times the height of Mount Everest, Earth's tallest mountain. So why can't our mountains grow as tall? New research argues that Earth's glaciers just won't let them.
The origin of agriculture more than 10,000 years ago may be key to the world's future food security, according to new research.
New evidence from an Israeli cave indicates that humans first built fires around 350,000 years ago, according to a new study.
When you see a bird beak, you may think it an adequate alternative to the good old pearly whites, but fossil records tell us that this wasn't always the case. Some birds ancestors boasted an unusual marriage between teeth and beak-like jaws. So when exactly did our avian friends lose their chompers for good? A new study investigates.
We all know how color works. Different pigments reflect different frequencies of light, meaning the color our eyes see is essentially the "reject" light. However, blue pigment is rare in nature, and difficult to craft even in this modern age. So how does the blue jay do it? New research has revealed that the bird doesn't rely on pigmentation alone, exposing a unique way to express color.
Researchers have recently discovered that the same genes that help drive the development of human speech also play an important role in the brains of many songbirds - namely those with complex and beautiful songs.