If you're a zebra, we have some bad news for you. Stripes, as it turns out, do not confuse predators nearly as much as experts once thought. In fact, their true purpose is still anyone's guess.
Sometimes it's not the perfection of the cosmos that makes it beautiful, but its failures. Scientists have discovered that brown dwarfs - the dim and failed stars of our universe - posses some stunningly planet-like characteristics, including breathtaking aurora displays.
Characteristic of the wile canines of oral tradition, jackals, it seems, had us tricked. Researchers have found what they are calling concrete evidence that a species of golden jackal living in Africa and Asia is actual two separate species - marking the first discovery of a new canine group in over 150 years.
Rice crops have been battling a deadly bacterial blight for over a century - one that decimates crops and can leave entire farms in ruin. Now researchers think that affected regions may finally stand a chance after discovering a rare mechanism that leave some lucky plants resistant to infection.
Polar bears, it seems, haven't given up the good fight just yet. Researchers recently observed these animal diving for longer and further than ever before - a hint that the species might still be developing new adaptations to support their unusual lifestyle.
A little more than a week after the intrepid New Horizons made its brief but historic rendezvous with our solar system's favorite dwarf planet, NASA is already revealing some stunning images and data from Pluto's surface. Now, NASA experts are saying that the protoplanet is more exciting and more mysterious than they ever expected.
Conservationists and wildlife biologists alike are bound to be disappointed. A new study has determined that 'walking hibernation' - a fabled adaptation that could help some bear species survive in unwelcoming environments - just isn't possible for polar bears. As a result, there is even less faith that these critically endangered creatures will ever survive a warming world.
It's very rare for a disease to boast a 100 percent mortality rate. Rabies, for instance, is considered the deadliest disease in the world and even it has seen a handful of exceptionally lucky survivors. However, in the case of a new fungal disease sweeping through North American snakes, experts are reporting only death and more death.
Deep in the earth of Australia and Southern New Guinea there are strange spiral-shaped holes that seem to just go and go. These holes, called "devil's corkscrews" are actually the burrows of the yellow spotted lizard. Now researchers have determined that these misunderstood reptiles are actually the deepest digging vertebrates in the known world, even if the function of their holes' unique shape remains a mystery.
As far as scientists know, there have been a grand total of five mass extinctions over the last 500-million years - world-changing events during which the great majority of Earth's life was eliminated to make way for new organisms and evolutionary paths. However, for several decades, some experts have suspected that a 6th mass extinction existed among these "Big Five." Now researchers are claiming to have found extremely compelling proof of its existence.
Arachnophobics beware: the deepest moat between you and your eight-legged nemeses will not keep you safe. Experts have recently determined that some species of spider can travel across water, using their bodies like sail-boats in order to reach new places where they can thrive and terrify.
After taking a long and hard look at avian noggins, researcher have now determined that the method biologists and other scientists have been using to predict and compare brain size is simply not good enough. In fact, it may not even be accurate for animals of the same species!
It's not every day that a Lyme disease case goes chronic. However, enough cases occur across the globe every year for experts to understand that it can ruin lives indefinitely. Now new research has revealed that hardy and well-hidden bacterium can keep the disease going, and that a well-known cancer treatment, of all things, could deliver a finishing blow.
Despite the fact that long-necked, herbivore dinosaurs (sauropodomorphs) were likely a common sight in the higher altitudes of Earth's supercontinent 30 million years ago, none of these species elected to head south. Now paleontologists think they have determined why it took an additional 15 million years for these massive dinos to move to the tropics.
Cancer is a very unique kind of disease. Rare in plants to begin with, experts had long thought that animals were more susceptible to often-fatal cancer conditions because they exclusively experience chromothripsis, commonly called "chromosome shattering." Now, experts have found the first evidence of this phenomenon in plants - a revelation with some intriguing implications.