Arsenic is a well-known toxin and carcinogen derived from minerals and commonly used in herbicides, animal growth promoters and semiconductors. When investigating how this chemical accumulates in plant seeds, researchers discovered they may be able to grow healthier and safer grains of rice.
Greenhouse farmers depend on supplemental lighting to grow plump tomatoes. When testing the effects of artificial light, researchers found LED lights not only grow perfectly good tomatoes, but are also energy-efficient.
In the dark, cold waters of both the Antarctic and Arctic oceans, sea spiders are growing larger than usual. Researchers say this phenomenon, known as polar gigantism, may or may not be attributed to the abundance of oxygen in the seawater.
New 3D recordings of neural activity in a nematode shed light on how neurons coordinate action and perception in animals.
A combination of satellite data and chemical tests reveal a more accurate picture of where Barn Swallows migrate in the winter.
An innovative floating dam that traps plastic bags, bottles and other debris contaminating the world's oceans will be tested in the North Sea for the first time next year.
A dangerous fishing tactic used in Tanzania threatens local marine life. Despite laws prohibiting what's commonly known as blast fishing because explosives are involved, homemade bottle bombs are continually tossed into the sea, resulting in the deaths of hundreds of fish at a time and critical coral reefs.
From sneezing monkeys, super-small snails, to snakes, 'ninja' sharks, soul-sucking wasps and ancient, armored sea scorpions, 2015 has been a year full of new species. In case you missed the animals recently found hidden among some of the most diverse habitats, Nature World News has a recap for you.
Two lion subspecies were recently granted protection under the Endangered Species Act by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. This decision follows the death of the famed Zimbabwean lion Cecil, in hopes that cracking down with conservation will reduce illegal trophy hunting.
A two-year-old husky-mutt named Derby was born without fully-formed front paws. Thanks to new prosthetics created by 3D Systems he can sit, stand, run and play just like any other dog.
A meter-long shell belonging to a glyptodont – a giant prehistoric kind of armadillo – was found recently along a riverbank in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
The water level in the north arm of Utah's Great Salt Lake has reached a new low, and the south arm is within a foot of a new record, too.
Dinosaurs had a banner year in 2015. Several new species were unearthed, each revealing some interesting characteristics of these fascinating prehistoric creatures.
There are less than 100 Javan green magpies remaining in the wild and captivity. Experts at Chester Zoo have taken in 12 individuals as a desperate final attempt to save them from extinction.