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Caecilians have developed an oversized organ in their ears to help them sense underground vibrations, say scientists.
Rising testosterone levels in male slow worms at breeding season may make them more susceptible to infections, say NERC-funded scientists.
A new study, published in the Journal of Archaeological Science, suggests that the site researchers had previously thought was the starting place of many of Stonehenge's rocks may not have been the source after all. Instead, ...
Fossil swim tracks in Kenya left by hippopotami may help scientists understand how the largest dinosaurs moved in water.
Plants that have higher levels of starch and sugars can survive droughts better than species with lower levels, say scientists.
It's a member of the tardigrade family. Also known as water bears or moss piglets, these are widespread and ancient microscopic animals, around half a millimetre long at most and generally found in moss and lichen, where ...
Global warming could cause extreme summer downpours to become several times more frequent in the UK by 2100, a new study suggests.
The research, published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, aimed to discover which microbes cause White Band Disease (WBD), which is killing corals in the Caribbean.
Adding iron to the Southern Ocean may not have the climate benefits that advocates of geoengineering have hoped for, a new study suggests.
The aftereffects of the 2010 red mud spill that threatened to poison great swathes of the Hungarian countryside have turned out to be far less harmful than scientists originally feared.