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.
It's no secret that Titan is spotted with lakes and even seas of liquid methane. And while the seas of this moon have their own magic, it was the lakes that always had experts scratching their heads. Unlike with craters and glacial paths on Earth, the formation of lakes on Titan was a complete mystery, until now.
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.
It looks like even for plants, there can be too much of a good thing. Trees and flowers use carbon dioxide (CO2) to make energy, absorbing the gas to help fuel the process of photosynthesis. For this reason, some experts have theorized that rising carbon levels will eventually promote plant growth. Now, new research claims that this assumption is dead wrong.
It's been eight months since the European Space Agency's (ESA) Philae lander fell away from the Rosetta Spacecraft, on its way toward making history. Officially, it was the first piece of human technology ever to successfully land on a comet as it hurtled through space. However, soon after touchdown, the historic lander went missing. Now, investigators think they have found where Philae is hiding.
New images from NASA's Dawn spacecraft have brought humanity a mere 2,700 miles above the surface of the protoplanet known as Ceres. Now, for the first time ever, experts are able to see the nooks and crannies of this alien world in stunning detail; and even still, two "bright spots" on its surface remain a mystery.
Nature never ceases to amaze. You may have heard of some fish that miraculously can walk on land. However, have you ever heard of a fish that can climb walls? Cave-diving experts in Ecuador recently stumbled upon that very scene, recording the first scientific evidence ever that proves this amazing behavior is real.
So what happened to the Neanderthals? That's been a question on a lot of experts' minds ever since it was first determined that the human-like sub-species vanished from the face of the Earth some 40,000 years ago. One popular theory was that near-modern humans simply bullied them into extinction with a superior intellect, ingenuity, and weapon-craft. Now, experts have found strong evidence that strongly disputes that claim.
It's a new record! US and Russian scientists recently documented the longest migration of a mammal ever recorded - a whopping 14,000 miles by a supposedly endangered gray whale. Now experts are wondering how endangered the species actually is.
Titan is one heck of a mysterious world. As the largest moon orbiting Saturn, this heavenly body plays host to a murky, dense atmosphere and vast seas of methane. These seas even contain "disappearing islands" - strange floating objects that appear and disappear randomly. Another mystery was the origin of its dunes - towering formations that the gentle wind of Titan could not have possibly created. Now, researchers have finally identified the true dune creator.
The Moon: it's a heavenly body of changing faces and meaning. It's commonly associated with horror, romance, and above all, mystery. And even answers concerning how it came to be have remained unknown... until now.
Believe it or not, astronomers are abuzz about another sea that may be a home for life, and it's not on Saturn's Titan or Enceladus, or Jupiter's icy satellite Europa. New observations have found that Europa's neighbor, Ganymede, which happens to be the largest moon in our solar system, may play host to a massive habitable ocean - one hiding just beneath its rugged surface.
Camouflage has always been one of nature's greatest accomplishments in the eyes of man. It's a skill we can barely imitate despite how far technology has come. Now researchers are at least a step closer to understanding how chameleons do it, revealing a stunning and unexpected system just beneath their skin.
Researchers have determined that a primitive ocean on Mars may have once held more water than is currently found in Earth's vast Arctic Ocean. This paints a very different picture from the dusty Red Planet that we know today, and raises questions about where all that water could have gone.