Blueberries have long been associated with a healthy lifestyle, but this is often attributed to the fact that they are packed full of antioxidants. Now new research has revealed that these incredible little fruits can also help people avoid heart disease, improving the health of their arteries well into old age.
Great apes, alongside humans, have long been known to be self aware. Chimpanzees, for instance, are famous for their individuality and remarkably human-like behavior, even playing dress-up in front of mirrors and referring to themselves in sign language. However, a new study shows that "lesser" monkeys can learn the concept of "self" as well, even using mirrors to become familiar with their own bodies.
A lot of research has gone into selling the idea that birds aren't as dumb as we think they are. They can count, think rationally, and even understand speech sound mechanics. And did we mention that they fly better than anything humans ever constructed? So why is it that birds keep smacking right into our cars and planes? You'd think they'd of learned their lesson by now. Unfortunately, according to experts, that just won't happen.
White nose syndrome (WNS) has been a rampant problem in the United States for nearly a decade, resulting in a decline of many little brown bat colonies by a stunning 90 to 100 percent. However, exactly how this natural epidemic is killing these bats so efficiently remained a mystery, until now.
Fertilization has always been seen as a race to the egg, where only the fittest and fastest sperm will be ever be able to naturally lead to new life. However, a new study has revealed that in the case of birds, this may not be the case. Instead, the longest and biggest avian sperm seems to get eggs "cooking," so to speak.
Here's a strange aquatic animal that you've probably never heard of: the frog crab. No, it's not some horrific amphibian-crustacean hybrid cooked up by mad scientists. Instead, it's just one very odd looking crab, characterized by an unusually flat and frog-like body. Now researchers are investigating the evolution of these strange and poorly understood creatures.
These last few years haven't exactly been Lake Erie's best. It was recently revealed that the lake has become even more vulnerable to harmful algae blooms (HABs) than it once was. To top that, the lake's invasive zebra mussel problem has simply gotten worse, and now experts are saying that a 2012 drought has led to the worst dead zone the lake has seen in decades.
For decades, experts have known that the Stellar sea lion (Eumetopias jubatus) has been facing major and startling declines in population. However, unlike with most major predator species, what is driving these animals' decline remains a mystery. Now data from an ongoing investigation has come in, and it reveals some startling findings.
Snakes may not have evolved in the way that researchers have long thought. That is, where snakes evolved to become more simple over time, losing the limbs that their reptilian ancestors may have boasted. Now, a new study suggests just the opposite, finding evidence that snake vertebrate is not all that "simplified" after all.
Plants, ants, and bears, oh my! It seems that these three organisms are in an interesting war of influence, so to speak, in Colorado meadows. A war that researchers are calling a prime example of the largely unconsidered roles that top predators play in ecosystems.
If it weren't for iron and fire, we could be a much older species that we are now. Researchers from the Universities of Tübingen and Alberta claim that the heavy metals spewed from subsea volcanoes in Earth's adolescence poisoned early life on earth, delaying a boom in oxygen and life for a half-a-billion years.
You normally don't hear a lot about how fat can be good for you. Watching your waistline has always been considered part of a healthy lifestyle. However, new research has determined that the cells that put mean on your bones aren't always a bad. In fact, they could help protect the body against infection.
The "End of the World" in the Sleeping Land: that's what people have called the Yamal Peninsula, a relatively desolate region of Siberia, for decades. This region has gained a lot of fame recently as the home of massive and semi-mysterious holes in the ground. Now it will gain some infamy as well, as researchers are finding that more and more harmful methane gas is escaping from the region's thawing permafrost.
Humans tend to know that incest is taboo. Nature even hints that there is more to this than just cultural restrictions. Most mammals avoid the practice too, as young males instinctively travel far away from their immediate families in search of a prospective mate. However, one population of banded mongooses seems to have missed the memo, and researchers are now investigating why.
It turns out that crows favor the left or right side of their beak just like humans favor their left or right hand when holding tools. This draws even more intriguing parallels between the clever black birds and humans. However, according to a new study, this may have a lot more to do with bird eyes than "handedness."