New details have emerged about "self-cleaning" effects in the Gulf of Mexico witnessed in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Researchers reporting at the American Chemical Society conference
Scientists say new readings from NASA's Curiosity rover have confirmed how Mars lost its once-thick atmosphere. The measurements from Curiosity's Sample Analysis at Mars instrument, or SAM, provide fresh
Researchers were surprised how quickly the mites evolved as a result of environmental changes Changes to their surroundings can trigger "rapid evolution" in species as they adopt traits to help them survive
In the coming decade and beyond, new telescopes on mountaintops and in orbit will reveal the birth of galaxies, locate (possibly) habitable worlds orbiting other stars, and track asteroids that might Earth.
A tent that blocks light on a sunny day and becomes transparent and waterproof on a dim, rainy one could be an outcome of work by US scientists. The new material can change between two states when stretched,
3D laser-scanning is nothing new, but a group of physicists at Heriot-Watt University in Scotland have just announced some notable improvements to the technology. The researchers have developed a new (ToF)
A 6.3 magnitude earthquake has killed at least 37 people and injured 850 in south-west Iran, officials say. Rescue teams have been sent to the affected area, but darkness is hampering rescue operations.
The FDA is investigating the safety of a surgical robot that was used in 367,000 procedures last year, following the documentation of a slew of potentially dangerous errors, reports the Associated Press.
Because fake scientific journals weren't gnarly enough. If you build it, they will come. And someone, somewhere, is going to try to scam some money out of it. The "it" in this case is open-access journal
A new study suggests seasonal changes have a much bigger impact on mental health than previously thought. Psychiatrists have known about seasonal affective disorder--a mood disorder in which otherwise
New virus is lethal, but flu viruses are always unpredictable, author says. Editor's note: David Quammen is a contributing writer for National Geographic and the author of many books. His most recent,
Bring a bathing suit, kids, we're going to the Jefferson Memorial. Climate change is going to ruin our vacations. Not only will it likely make our flights more uncomfortable, but our favorite destinations
Melissa Block talks with researcher Thore Bergman about his findings that a rare type of Ethiopian monkey, the gelada, makes a human-like sound that could offer insights into the evolution of human speech.
Thunderstorms may emit invisible dark lightning alongside ordinary lightning. Though its name sounds better suited to fantasy or sci-fi, researchers have recently gathered evidence that something called
Bathroom rituals in outer space are a perennial favorite, particularly when they go wrong — as evidenced by the latest wave of hilarity over the runaway poop that prompted rude remarks during the Apollo
A rat with some human genes could provide a better way to test Alzheimer's drugs. The genetically modified rat is the first rodent model to exhibit the full range of brain changes found in Alzheimer's,
New research shows that tiny hairs on bean leaves impale the pests through the feet. A synthetic version may eventually add to the anti-bed bug arsenal. An old folk remedy involving hairy bean leaves around
Public elementary and high school classes across the US should be teaching students about evolution, climate change, renewable energy and the Big Bang, subjects that some science classes don't currently