Ancient Palace Floor Designed to Both Impress and Instruct Visitors
A closer look at the floor found in the throne room of an ancient Mycenaean palace revealed that the floor's designs were painted so as to represent a union of cloth and stone, and in doing so not only impress visitors to the regal hall, but instruct them.
Beyonce Criticized for Using Audio From Challenger Tragedy in Song 'XO' [VIDEO]
Beyonce's use of audio from the 1986 Challenger disaster in her song "XO" has earned her the wrath of not only the families of those who died in the explosion, but NASA as whole, which responded with a condemnation of the use of historical audio.
Newly Discovered Mutation a Catch 22 for Dairy Cattle
Can't have your cake and eat it, too - that's the lesson behind a newly discovered gene mutation in dairy cattle that simultaneously increases milk yield and decreases fertility.
Ocean Acidification Driven by Local Factors as Well, Study Finds
The discovery of dramatic yet natural short-term increases in a North Carolina estuary's acidity is bad news for the fragile ecosystem and others like it, all of which are already facing long-term ocean acidification due to climate change, according to a new study published in the journal PLOS One.
Sweetpotato Weevils' Favorite Color Switches When it Moves Indoors
Researchers have uncovered a new and unexpected weapon in the fight against the sweetpotato weevil: color.
Dogs Relieve Themselves in Alignment With Earth's Magnetic Field
Dogs don't relieve themselves facing just any direction - they align themselves along the magnetic north-south axis when urinating and defecating.
High Blood Pressure More Dangerous for Women Than Men, Study Suggests
High blood pressure is potentially more dangerous for women than men, according to a new study that suggests physicians may need to treat the condition both earlier and more aggressively in their female patients.
Pompeii's Poor Ate Well, Ancient Remains of Human Waste Reveal
After more than a decade spent excavating the homes, shops and businesses of a non-elite section of Pompeii, archaeologists say they've assembled a picture of the middle and lower class Romans, and specifically of their diet, that is far different than the one often imagined.
Switching Off Aging Genes in Yeast Significantly Extends Their Lifespan
While calorie restriction has been shown to combat aging in everything from humans to flies, the mechanism behind this has remained mysterious. But in a new study published in the journal Nature, a team of researchers from Tel Aviv University have developed a computer algorithm capable of predicting the genes that can be switched off in order to create the same anti-aging effect as calorie restriction.
DNA Barcoding Makes New Inroads in Species Identification
DNA barcoding, or the use of short DNA sequences to help distinguish between species, is becoming a more popular way to effectively and inexpensively differentiate between plant and animal species.
First Meteor Shower of the Year Set to Peak Friday
The first meteor shower of the new year is just around the corner, with the peak predicted to take place Jan. 3 at approximately 2:30 p.m. EST.
Discovery of Two Companion Stars Offers New Clues as to How Binary Systems Form
With the help of a newly-upgraded Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array (VLA), researchers have identified binary companions to a pair of infant protostars, offering support for one competing explanation for how double-star systems form.
Global Average Temperatures Set to Rise by 4 Degrees Celsius by 2100
Global average temperatures are on track to rise at least 4 degrees Celsius by 2100, and twice that by 2200 if carbon dioxide emissions are not reduced, according to a new study suggesting the global climate is more sensitive than previously believed.
Researchers Piece Together Exoplanet's Atmosphere with Help from Hubble
Researchers from the University of Chicago have used the Hubble Space Telescope to piece together the atmosphere of a super-Earth class planet orbiting another star. Known as GJ 1214b, the planet with a mass between that of Earth's and Neptune's has perpetually cloudy weather, according to the study published in the journal Nature.