Among the big questions evolutionary scientists try to answer is how social behavior developed over the course of evolution. If researchers at Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz and Basel, Germany, are correct, the beginnings of an answer to that big question may be found in the smallest of places: earwigs.
New research reveals the light-emitting properties of quantum dots can be applied in solar energy by more efficiently harvesting sunlight.
While populations of 80 moth species in Finnish Lapland are generally either stable or increasing, a study by the University of Michigan suggests their growth rates have been dropping, according to a release from the school. The researchers concluded from the 32-year study that the impact of climate change on animals and plants is being underestimated because much of the harm is hidden from view.
Unlike anything you might find under the kitchen sink, four new types of carnivorous sponges have been discovered living in the deep sea.
Scientists have discovered high levels of methane above shale gas wells at a point in production not previously thought to be a significant source of emissions, according to a joint study led by Purdue and Cornell universities.
An international team of university researchers has concluded that a meeting between a Neanderthal and one of the first humans did not take place on the Iberian Peninsula.
In 2006, marine biologists Craig McClain and Jim Barry used the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute's remotely operated vehicle to place 36 bundles of acacia wood on the sea floor of Monterey Canyon, 3,200 meters below the surface. Five years later, they retrieved the bundles. Now, a new release from the institute details their surprising findings.
Forests growing in nutrient-rich soils are able to absorb five times as much carbon from the atmosphere as those in nutrient-poor soils.
Fish living on coral reefs where carbon dioxide seeps from the ocean floor were less able than fish from normal coral reefs to detect the scent of predators, according to a new study that seems to confirm laboratory experiments showing that the behavior of reef fishes can be seriously affected by increased carbon dioxide concentrations in the ocean.
A new study may help explain why the famously rich waters of the Puget Sound are able to support such an abundance of life, including shellfish, salmon runs, and occasional pods of whales.
Years of research by the University of Basque Country Planetary Sciences Group have revealed intriguing clues about the planet's seasonal weather patterns and rotational period, according to a release from the school.
A new study shows an asteroid impact many times more powerful than the one that killed the dinosaurs probably hit the Earth about 3.2 billion years ago - a cataclysmic event that changed the world's tectonic activity, created a vast array of geological features, and contributed to a shift in evolutionary patterns.
Scientists at Stanford University have discovered an efficient way to produce liquid ethanol from carbon monoxide gas, with the hope that it will serve as an eco-friendly alternative to the use of corn and other crops to produce ethanol.
Researchers at Colorado State University are predicting a below-average hurricane season for the Atlantic basin in 2014.
Samples from the Greenland ice sheet suggest the US Clean Air Act had a clear effect on conditions in the Earth's atmosphere. The discovery by University of Washington atmospheric scientists also alludes to a link between air acidity and nitrogen preservation in snow layers.