Dazzling colors and flamboyant displays are a common way for males to get the girl in the animal kingdom, but did you know this goes for fruit flies too? The incredibly tiny and uniform insects actually have a hidden display that is all about the sheen of their wings. Males who boast a particularly psychedelic shine have been found to be far more likely to find a mate and reproduce within their short lifetime.
In a stunning turn of events, it has been scientifically confirmed that the offspring of a virgin captive snake named Thelma are hers and hers alone, boasting no genetic information from a male parent. This is a remarkably rare example of a "virgin birth," a natural phenomenon that still leaves experts scratching their heads.
New fossil evidence is pointing to the possibility of a sixth mass extinction event in Earth's past, and this one may have helped usher in the largest "great dying" that that ever occurred. If that is right, the Permian period may have actually been hit with a two-punch knockout that caused more species loss than the infamous extinction of the dinosaurs.
Behind the beautiful and iconic golden death mask he was buried in, ancient Egypt's "boy king" Tutankhamun was an ugly and ailing human being, according to new 3-D modeling based on his remains.
Australia, despite being a massive island and continent of its own, has only one active volcanic region, and this spot has seen about 400 volcanic events in the last four million years. Now researchers have discovered the unique process that allows these eruptions to occur in a portion of the globe that is nearly devoid of volcanic activity.
Astronomers wielding NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR, say that they have found the brightest pulsar ever seen. Pulsars are the dense stellar corpses of a star gone supernovae, but they boast their own kind of life-after-death, and this one seems to be particularly mighty.
After nearly a year, NASA's Cassini spacecraft has spotted what looks like an island in the middle of Titan's largest hydrocarbon sea once more. Despite the fact that Cassini engineers know where to look, the island seems to show itself only sporadically, its mysterious vanishing act earning it the name "Magic Island."
The ripples on a sandy seafloor are clearly caused by the dependable ebb and flow of our ocean's currents. But what about in prehistoric stone? Miniature versions of these ripples are frequently found in fossils - presented in such a way that is not reminiscent of anything seen today. Now, researchers finally believe they have determined what these wrinkles in rock actually are: the "footprints" of ancient microbial life.
Stonehenge will never be the same again. That's what experts with the Stonehenge Hidden Landscapes Project are saying after discovering 17 previously unknown ritual monuments dating to the period when Stonehenge achieved its iconic shape.
The explosion that shook the Nicaraguan capital city of Managua over the weekend was supposedly caused by a small meteorite, according to officials investigating the resulting crater. However, now experts from NASA are expressing their doubts, as civilians did not report seeing a streak or bright flash across the sky that night.
In the middle of Death Valley, there is an incredibly dry lakebed called Racetrack Playa, and it is there that one of the strangest natural phenomena occurs. According to locals and experts alike, in the dead of night, the hundred-pound stones that can be found scattered about the ground mysteriously shift hundreds of feet.
Australia is well known for its big, scary, and unusual critters, but a massive red blob found by beach-goer Debbie Higgs fits that description all too well.
A Massive crack tore through more than a half-mile of ground in northern Mexico, according to numerous local reports. Now experts are struggling to explain what caused it and if it is a threat to public safety.
NASA recently released a photo from their High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera aboard NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter that looks remarkably like a giant strolling across the surface of Mars, complete with massive staggered footprints and an upright silhouette.