Mystery solved: 'Sailing stones' of death valley seen in action for the first time
(Phys.org) —Racetrack Playa is home to an enduring Death Valley mystery. Littered across the surface of this dry lake, also called a "playa," are hundreds of rocks – some weighing as much as 320 kilograms ...
African wild dogs adapt use of space to co-exist with lions and hyenas
Oil searchers discover and record deep-sea graveyard off Angola coast
Study confirms highways are bad news for several bat species
Study questions Neandertal inferiority to early modern humans
If you think Neanderthals were stupid and primitive, it's time to think again. The widely held notion that Neanderthals were dimwitted and that their inferior intelligence allowed them to be driven to extinction ...
The hemihelix: Scientists discover a new shape using rubber bands (w/ video)
While setting out to fabricate new springs to support a cephalopod-inspired imaging project, a group of Harvard researchers stumbled upon a surprising discovery: the hemihelix, a shape rarely seen in nature.
Megalodon shark became extinct 2.6 million years ago
(Phys.org) —A new University of Florida study dismisses claims that megalodon is still alive by determining a date of extinction for the largest predatory shark to ever live.
Anthropology unlocks clues about Roman gladiators' eating habits
Roman gladiators ate a mostly vegetarian diet and drank ashes after training as a tonic. These are the findings of anthropological investigations carried out on bones of warriors found during excavations ...
Study shows rock gobies use rapid color change camouflage to hide from predators
Research from the University of Exeter has revealed that the rock goby (Gobius paganellus), an unassuming little fish commonly found in rock pools around Britain, southern Europe, and North Africa, is a m ...
Extinct giant kangaroos may have been hop-less
Now extinct giant kangaroos most likely could not hop and used a more rigid body posture to move their hindlimbs one at a time, according to a study published October 15, 2014 in the open-access journal PLOS ON ...
A simple way to retrieve small genomes from a mix of various organisms
Scientists from the IZW led by Alex Greenwood publish in PLOS ONE a simple way to retrieve small genomes from a mix of various organisms.
Rare beaked whale washes up in Australia
A rare beaked whale washed up in Australia Tuesday, exciting researchers who know little about an animal that spends much of its time diving at depth far from shore.
180 million years of parasitic infestation in crustaceans
When Darwin suggested the "survival of the fittest" concept, he did not necessarily mean "survival of the biggest."
How many scholarly papers are on the Web? At least 114 million, professor finds
(Phys.org) —Lee Giles, a professor at Penn State's College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST), has devoted a large portion of his career to developing search engines and digital libraries that ...