If a star dies in a vacuum, and no galaxy is around to see it, did it ever truly live? Astronomers can start asking some pretty existential questions, after discovering that three massive stars went supernova while drifting in the vast darkness between galaxies - lonely deaths hundreds of light-years away from any known system.
Early gold and oil prospectors had their divining rods, and even truffle hunters had their pigs. Now a strange and spiny plant may be the first natural tool that can help experts sniff out diamonds in the ground - a first for the botanical world.
For as long as it has been in society's crosshairs, homosexuality has been part of a very simple debate: is it natural or is it a choice? The question of whether it was helpful to a species was never considered; after all, do we question whether it's better for humanity to boast a specific eye color or personality? Now however, a new study has revealed that the trait can be very helpful to a species, and you won't believe how.
Sleek and graceful, frisky and mischievous - humans have long drawn obvious parallels between feline characteristics and 'sexy' behavior. Now, researchers have determined that one species of spider may have also taken some cues from the kitty-cat playbook, apparently purring like pleased Persians in order to attract a mate.
Stone tools recently discovered in the desert badlands of northwestern Kenya are the oldest yet discovered, dating back 3.3 million years, and now they are challenging our long-held notion of early human history.
Viruses are traditionally seen as pretty bad things. In Hollywood, it was always some mysterious virus that left only a few people on Earth or gave rise to a horrific zombie apocalypse. They're the things we think about when we hear "epidemic" or "plague" (even when the black death is actually caused by bacteria). "Virus" is even what we call the pesky malware that can harm our computers. However, according to a new study, there are plenty of "good" viruses out there, too.
If you've ever seen a massive sunfish in the ocean, it's hard not to think of these animals as lazy. That because the strangely shaped animals tend to just drift around in surface currents while they soak up the Sun - a behavior that earned them their common namesake. Now however, new research has found that while these 'lazy' fish aren't darting around, they are diving deep to ravage unsuspecting prey.
Here's something you probably didn't know. Sharks, skates, and rays - everyday Chondrichthyes - boast some very strange sexual organs. Like a pair of clasper-like penises, the male sex organs of a shark literally hook inside a female shark's cloaca in a unique reproductive strategy. Now, researchers think they have finally determined how these animals developed such strange members.
A single type of cancer stem cell has been identified as the source of the most aggressive and invasive bladder cancers, according to a new study.
Nature never ceases to amaze. You may have heard of some fish that miraculously can walk on land. However, have you ever heard of a fish that can climb walls? Cave-diving experts in Ecuador recently stumbled upon that very scene, recording the first scientific evidence ever that proves this amazing behavior is real.
Bioluminescence. Throughout nature, glowing in the dark could have a number of intriguing purposes, ranging from vision to attracting prey. However, a new study of millipedes suggests that it starts as a simple biological mistake and, for some, can stay that way.
Check this guy out. Researchers recently took a close look at a 100 million year old cockroach specimen preserved in beautiful, transparent amber, and they are saying that it is part of a new family of long-extinct night-hunting cockroaches that were not all that different from today's praying mantids.
Scientists have discovered two new, very creepy water bug species in Belize and Peru, according to a new study.
For a long time now, on-the-go readers and workers have had one common enemy: sunlight. Trying to read a good book or even just your emails in the glare of the Sun has been a massive source of frustration for tablet and e-reader owners. Now however, experts are looking to a unique species of butterfly to make reflective screens a thing of the past.