Astronomers have recently discovered a transient exoplanet with the longest year ever seen. Circling its star once every 704 days, Kepler-421b easily wins the title of longest orbit among known exoplanets.
Researchers have found that ancient peoples often stuck to obsolete ways of keeping records even long after the invention of writing, and not because they were illiterate. Some long-gone administrative officials may have simply liked to keep it "old school."
A massive study of spider genetics is showing that orb weavers - with their unique webs - may not have all descended from the same ancestor. Instead, orb weaving itself may just be a common and often necessary evolutionary option.
Researchers have discovered a live sample of the incredibly rare Solanum cordicitum in the remote town of Valentine, west Texas.
Paleontologists have discovered one of the most pristine patch of dinosaur tracks ever seen, and multitude of tracks indicates a massive herd roamed through Alaska 70 million years ago.
Researchers have determined that geometric patterning, not just chemical signals, help dictate how a stem cell will specialize. This discovery was detailed in a recently published study.
Researchers have discovered a new species of cave beetle, one of the few species known to be inhabiting largely unexplored deep subterranean environments.
The triceratops didn't always have the magnificent rack of horns that they are so well known for. The beaked dinosaur once sported a longer beak and shorter horns, but over the course of evolution it developed a more impressive and deadly display, according to a recent study.
It turns out that the picky appetite of the Salmonella bacteria might be its downfall. Researchers have found that Salmonella relies on a very specific nutrient to survive, and blocking the bacteria's access to this nutrient can essentially "starve" the infection.
Moths recently discovered in the southern Appalachian Mountains have been named Cherokeea attakullakulla in honor of a famous Cherokee leader who lived during the 1700s.
Researchers have determined that a molecule found in a pregnancy-specific hormone can actually help block the growth of specific cancers, including Kaposi's sarcoma - an AIDS related cancer with no known cure.
A mysterious X-ray signal is emitting from the Perseus galaxy cluster, leaving astronomers scratching their heads. There are several exciting possibilities of what could be causing this, including the decay of dark matter factors called "sterile neutrinos."
Scientists have been growing increasingly concerned about penguins, worried that melting ice sheets and warming temperatures were leaving the flightless birds with no place to go. However, according to a recent study, penguins may actually be more willing to adapt to a changing environment than previously thought.
Researchers have surprised themselves after discovering that a 100-year-old therapy for African sleeping sickness appears to "reverse" the symptoms of autism in mice. However, the full affects of this drug, or how it impacts human autistics, remain to be seen.
Strangely enough, experts have never physically seen what they theorize is Earth's most abundant mineral, until now. Finding traces of this mineral in a meteorite, researchers finally have enough hard physical evidence of its existence and properties to give it a name - bridgmanite.