Tropical coral, the iconic face of coral life everywhere, fuse together with the help of calcareous algae that grow on the crust of the unusual animals' dead branches. However, not every species of coral colonizes in this manner. A new study on cold-water corals has found that even unrelated species can fuse in a unique process that does not require the help of a third party, making for some beautiful combinations of shape and color.
With Election Day coming up, you might already know how you're voting, and now research shows that others might be able to predict which way you tend to lean, too. According to a new study, why you identify with a certain political party is influenced by biology.
Here's something you likely haven't thought about. Plants, just like you or I, have skin - just with a slightly different appearance and texture. So why is it that these organisms, which survive off getting as much sunlight as possible, don't ever get sunburn? A team of researchers now believe they have the answer, discovering a naturally produced "sunscreen" that coats leaves and shoots.
Raorchestes chalazodes, a rare bush frog found in India, has developed the unique strategy of breeding and laying eggs in bamboo despite their extremely narrow openings, new research describes.
Some butterfly species seemingly want to be ants, a new study says, infiltrating the insects' homes and mimicking ant sounds so they can hide away in their comfy nests.
Everyone tends to get a strange idea in their head from time to time, wondering about the oddest of things. That's likely what happened when a pair of researchers from Simon Fraser University (SFU) found themselves wondering how long it takes for a human body to decompose in the ocean. However, these wonderers had the means to find out, so they did.
Scientists behind a theoretical study explain the evolution of competiveness, in which some animals are cutthroat and highly aggressive while others are shy and content standing by the wayside.
A group of Andean ferns, believed to be an "old" plant species dating back to the age of the dinosaurs, relatively recently adapted to one of the Earth's most extreme environments, a new study says.
A native lizard species from Florida has demonstrated some rapid evolution - in as little as 15 years - due to pressures from an invading lizard species hailing from Cuba, according to a recent study.
A longstanding question among scientists is whether evolution is predictable, and they may have finally found their answer in two distinct species of squid. The genetic underpinning of bioluminescence, or the ability to emit light, in these cephalopods may in fact be surprisingly predictable, new research shows.
Went to one too many Guns N' Roses concerts in your youth? Having trouble hearing your friends and family as you age? Researchers are suggesting that you don't necessarily need to get a hearing aid. Experts may be able to simply restore your hearing, good as new.
About 385 million years ago, a pair of ancient Scottish fish did a jig that was somewhat like square dancing, and now scientists are saying this was actually the awkward origin of sex.
It just got a lot worse to be a frog living in Spain right now. Spanish frog species already combating the same deadly chytrid fungus that is wreaking havoc on amphibian populations all over the world now must also deal with a pair of lethal and fast-spreading viruses.
We all know that men are from Mars and women are from Venus, and a new study supporting this way of thinking shows that male brains - at least in nematodes - are wired to choose sex over food, whereas the same doesn't ring true for females.