Researcher have long known that squids are particularly good at manipulating light - reflecting what sunlight trickles down into the ocean's deeper depths in order to confuse predators, prey, and even to communicate. Now a team of scientists has determined just what kind of mechanisms make squids such masters of light - information that could prove useful even for engineers.
The bends... any deep-water diver can tell you that this unusual 'decompression sickness' is no joke. It can cause serious and immediate damage, but can also leave organs permanently marred, cutting short a diver's career if not their life. Interestingly this condition should affect all mammals, not just humans; so why don't dolphins seem to suffer from it? A new study has the answer.
Squid are known as masters of disguise, and now their unique abilities are inspiring new camouflaging materials, according to a recent study.
Glass deposits discovered in impact craters on the surface of Mars may hold signs of ancient life, adding to the growing evidence that the Red Planet was once habitable.
Scientists may have discovered a sixth DNA base, changing the way we think about our genetic makeup, according to a new study.
Baleen whales are indisputably huge creatures and rorqual whales are the largest group of them all, weighing up to a stunning 180 metric tons. Even the smallest of this group, the northern minke whale, can weigh a whopping 9.9 short tons. Being so big, it's not a stretch to assume their biology might be a little different than our own, and now a new study has proven it so. Rorqual whales, it seems, have unique nerve tissue that is just as thick and stretchy as your run-of-the-mill bungee cord.
Marine animals just keep getting bigger and bigger, and it's not because they are eating their Wheaties. New research finds that over time evolution favors ever-increasing body size - and not by chance.
Researchers have crafted a small bio-sensing tattoo that can also convert a chemical in sweat into power. Right now, this "bio-battery" only powers the tattoo itself, but experts hope to one day use this technology to power small electronic devices.
Neurobiologists are questioning the morality of sport fishing, including catch and release fishing, arguing that fish can feel and acknowledge as much pain as most mammals - though some claim they have a lower grade of sensory perception and are fairly dumb.
Unlike anything you might find under the kitchen sink, four new types of carnivorous sponges have been discovered living in the deep sea.
Researchers at the University of Missouri have discovered rare, fossilized embryos that may provide valuable insight into a time of rapid expansion and diversification among the world's first organisms, according to a release from the school.
A surprising friendship between an insect-eating pitcher plant and ants that live on them shows the two teaming up against mosquito larvae in order to keep them from stealing all the plant’s nutrients.
A lab "grown" kidney has been successfully transplanted into a rat and began producing urine, an early research step that may one day lead to replacement organs for humans and will turn organ donations obsolete.
A new species of scorpion has been discovered in the Santa Catalina Mountains in southern Arizona.