Invasive species are a menace enough when they wade into a new and vulnerable ecosystem alone, but what happens when they help one another set camp and wage war on ecological stability? A new study has found that an invasive fire ant is doing just that in North America, marching through foreign soils and helping invasive plants spread.
Giant clams have been a hard-to-miss part of coral reef ecosystems for the greater part of the last 38 million years. However, experts will be quick to admit that the part they play in these incredible systems remains rather shrouded in mystery. Now a new study hopes to pull back the veil and further our understanding of these clam colossi.
Researchers recently pieced together a vast puzzle of chemical and weather logs found deep within the skeletons of tropical corals in a famous Pacific archipelago. The result was a stunning warning about the near-future: a bleaching event is coming, and it may be the worst seen in at least 20 years.
In what at first seems like some pretty pointless research, experts have discovered a surprising fact about urination: no matter the size of body or bladder, all mammals take just about the same time to pee.
The moons of our solar system always seem to boast more amazing phenomena than they initially let on, revealing more mysteries and wonders even as we gain a semblance of understanding. With this in mind, astronomers would be hard-pressed to overestimate the wonders of a moon. However, that seems to be exactly what they have done concerning Europa, one of Jupiter's many moons.
Researchers from New York University are claiming to have developed a vaccination regimen that can effectively fight off brain-wasting disease, like Mad Cow disease, which can infect deer and other animals. They say that this will solve problems on two fronts: preventing livestock infection and also halting a risk of these diseases jumping to humans.
"Remember to eat your veggies, or you won't get desert." That's a common line heard by children everywhere. That's because as omnivores, we humans understand the importance of a balanced diet. Now it appears that "carnivorous" plants may understand this too, mooching on other veggies to supplement their diets.
Yellowstone National Park's iconic hot springs are a stunning sight even today. But have you ever wondered what they would look like before humanity left its mark on the park? A team of researchers have now devised a model that shows how these natural wonders looked long before tourists set foot there.
It should come as no surprise that if an expecting mother breathes air of poor quality, her child might suffer for it. Lung development trouble, premature births, and other complications have all been associated with severe air pollution. However, a new study has now linked air pollution with autism as well.
The Abominable Snowman is something of a world-famous legend, and as most of these high-profile legends go, there are always scientists trying to debunk them. Now, recent DNA analyses of hair from two "yetis" has caused one lab to refute the claims of another concerning the legendary creature's true nature.
With winter upon us, it's hard to argue that a well insulated home is a bad thing. However, new research has found that the more insulated a home is, the more likely its residents could suffer from an asthmatic attack or even devolve the respiratory conditions in the first place. So what's going on here?
Mars is home to the largest known canyon system in our solar system, and while the jury is still out on what exactly formed these canyons - be it water or lava - we do finally know what helped form the unusually hilly geological formations that can be found in their depths.
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.
Researchers have determined that crocodilians mutate at a remarkably slow rate, providing a potential explanation for why these creatures are so much more like their prehistoric ancestors compared to most other creatures.