One of Moby Dick's inspirations – the true to life sinking of the Nantucket ship Essex in 1820 – is a story that’s steeped in horrific events like starvation, cannibalism and the crew slowly driven mad by their tragic circumstances.
Founding father Benjamin Franklin has some skeletons in his closet – literally, and by "some" that means over a thousand.
The prospect of hundreds and hundreds of black holes pooling together sounds terrifying as much as it seems impossible. Yet, a recent discovery by scientists revealed that there is indeed a globular cluster of stars that could host several hundreds of black holes.
The discovery of Proxima b as a potentially life-sustaining exoplanet raised interest in other habitable worlds beyond the solar system. When it’s time to leave, where will mankind go?
Strange, but true: the Polynesians, Europeans and Chinese all love black pigs. But why? And could humans’ unusual interest in the dark-skinned breed of pigs play a part in their proliferation?
Even in the scientific community, things aren’t so cut and dried. Debates over the ethics of changing the natural world have been getting louder due to the increasingly advanced techniques involved in gene drives. Gene drives are a type of study that ensures a certain trait is passed from parent to offspring.
Many of the world's biggest companies publicly support U.S. President Barack Obama's climate change agenda, but a new review reveals that these same companies support his rivals and climate change skeptics.
Carbon gave life to the planet, but the question is where did this carbon come from? Scientists from Rice University have a possible answer: a planetary collision 4.4 billion years ago.
For so long, the world’s seas have gotten the brunt of the heat – literally. Climate change has heated the ocean to dangerously high temperatures and a recent analysis compiled by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) listed the disastrous consequences to come, from super storms to change in marine life behavior.
Hawaii received a blow to its conservation efforts during the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Conservation Congress in Honolulu as it was revealed how much the country's flora are in danger of disappearing.
The white whale is an elusive creature, but researchers at Murdoch University managed to film one in western Australia playing with its mother.
London conservationist Sacha Dench isn't letting these Bewick's swans disappear and she's taking it to the air for her cause. Flying in a small motorized paraglider, she is set to join thousands of swans as they start their annual migration from the Arctic to western Europe on Sept. 15.
Nine days after what was once the golden retriever Romeo’s home in Amatrice, Italy collapsed on him, his incessant barking alerted firefighters to his presence under the debris and led to his triumphant rescue.
There are days so scorchingly hot that it seems like a good idea to wrap one’s self in ice. Well, scientists have made the next best thing: plastic clothing to keep you cool and ward off the sweaty armpits for the entire day. A team of researchers from Stanford University found that polyethylene -- known to be the most common plastic in the planet -- is an effective textile material in beating the heat.