In 2015, many strange matters surfaced in nature and science news. For instance, a bobcat was found buried with humans 2000 years ago. Eels appeared in a Maine parking lot. Black leopards' spots were revealed. And about that deep-sea anglerfish...
Russian President Vladimir Putin signed documentation that the Russian Federal Space Agency, Roscosmos, will be dissolved beginning January 1.
In the seaweed-harvesting business on Canada's Prince Edward Island, Percheron and other draft horses still sometimes pull rakes through the surf to gather the plants.
A 50-foot long humpback whale recently swam deep into the estuary that makes up 10 percent of Rhode Island. The whales are not often seen there.
A giant squid, possibly the world's largest invertebrate and a cephalapod that has measured at least 43 feet long, recently made an appearance in a bay in Japan.
The sugar pine was called "king of the conifers" by John Muir around 100 years ago, but has been affected by white pine blister rust since around 1931 and other factors (drought, lack of snowpack) more recently. Scientists hope that the huge pine's genome will provide clues to saving it and other key world pines.
Although oxygen build-up on Earth and in its oceans took longer than previously thought, it provided the essential burst of energy for animal growth on life, says a new study.
In a hat-tip to Peter Benchley, author of Jaws, his name was included in this new shark's scientific name.
The area of a March 2014 mudslide in Washington state that engulfed a neighborhood and killed 43 people has been a slide hotspot since the glaciers receded, says a University of Washington study.
Caught in white outfits in a brown landscape, snowshoe hares are feeling conspicuous to predators in low-snow landscapes caused by El Niño. Black bears are likewise thrown off schedule and using more energy to stay awake.
After four years of drought, California's Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks experienced two recent snowfalls. Will it be enough for 1000-year-old giant sequoias?
When snow finally makes a smooth palette for finding rare gray wolves' pawprints, Washington state biologists find it easiest to track them. The end of the year is the biggest time for measuring the endangered wolves' numbers.
The rover intended to launch in March for the Mars mission has developed an air leak in one of the areas that must maintain a vacuum in order to pick up sensitive data.
Enclosed by a fence on a munitions base since 1941, the lives of a 300-member herd of pure-white deer will likely change in the near future.