Scientists find that the temperature at the coldest place on Earth can drop even lower to -144 degrees Fahrenheit. This is several degrees lower than the initial record, but can it get even colder?
Insects are ectothermic, which means their internal body temperatures are regulated by surrounding environmental temperatures. Researchers suggest the key to surviving cold winter temperatures for some species is to maintain a balanced salt and water blood concentration.
Scientists have long beleived that three species of Madagascan lemurs were the only primates that hibernate. But new findings suggest that pygmy slow lorises, a relatively small primate that belongs to the so-called wet nosed classification from Southeast Asia, take long wintertime naps, too.
A genetic analysis of modern and ancient Yakutian horses revealed the cold-weather animals rapidly evolved to survive extreme temperatures of eastern Siberia.
Gentoo penguins, an arctic species distributed around the South Pole, have evolved a special method to remian ice-free, say researchers who are now hoping to adapt their findings to airplane wings which frequently need de-icing. "It's a little ironic that a bird that doesn't fly could one day help airplanes fly more safely," said one researcher.
Plants and animals alter their behaviors based on the seasons. Humans, it turns out, are no different. Here are just a few ways we change with the season.
University of Exeter reseachers took a closer look at fruit flies and found that while environmental conditions have some influence on their mating decision, it mostly comes down to genetics.
Crocodilians include a variety of modern and ancient alligators, crocodiles and their relatives. A team of researchers recently examined how the diverse species responded to past climate changes and how they might cope in the future.
A new hadrosaur species, a type of duck-billed dinosaur, was excavated from Alaska. This species represents the northernmost dinosaur known to date and likely endured dark winter months and snowy conditions, researchers say.
With climate change most associated with warming temperatures, scientists and the public alike tend to focus on the dangers of extreme weather such as heat waves, which is increasingly becoming the new norm. However, new research reveals that simple cold weather is more deadly than extremely hot days.