Emerging solar plants scorch birds in mid-air
A new form of solar energy is having an unwanted side effect: It makes some birds ignite in midair.
New geoglyphs found in Nazca desert after sandstorm
Image: Rub' al Khali desert imaged by Sentinel-1
Rolling sand dunes in the expansive Rub' al Khali desert on the southern Arabian Peninsula are pictured in this radar image from the Sentinel-1A satellite.
Meerkats' sinister side is secret to their success, study shows
The darker side of meerkats – which sees them prevent their daughters from breeding, and kill their grandchildren – is explained in a new study.
Desert design... scorpions are master architects
Israeli scientists have discovered that scorpion burrows have a platform on which to warm up before the evening hunt.
New species of small mammal discovered
Scientists from the California Academy of Sciences have discovered a new species of round-eared sengi, or elephant-shrew, in the remote deserts of southwestern Africa. This is the third new species of sengi ...
Egyptologist unravels ancient mystery
It is one of the greatest archaeological mysteries of all times: the disappearance of a Persian army of 50,000 men in the Egyptian desert around 524 BC. The Leiden Professor Olaf Kaper unearthed a cover-up affair and solved ...
Image: Dasht-e Lut desert detail from orbit
Wind-carved ridges and furrows in southeast Iran's Dasht-e Lut salt desert are pictured in this satellite image.
Binary stars are more common than we thought
High-mass stars are rarely solitary. This is what Bochum's astronomers found out at the Ruhr-Universität's (RUB's) observatory in Chile. For several years, they observed 800 celestial objects that are up ...
Researchers find bundled team swimming in ant spermatozoa increases speed
Man gets 3 months for smuggling dinosaur skeleton
A New York federal judge has sentenced a Virginia fossils dealer to three months in prison for smuggling a 70-million-year-old Tyrannosaurus skeleton out of Mongolia.
Video: Forecasting desert storms to empower solar panels
Solar energy is ever more becoming an important source of renewable power generation. A serious problem for the productivity of solar power plants is desert dust: it obscures the sun and makes the mirrors dirty. To prevent ...
ESA image: Richat structure, Mauritania
A giant, geological wonder in the Sahara Desert of Mauritania is pictured in this satellite image.
African bird steals food by imitating warning calls
The forked tailed drongo bird of Africa—quite the trickster—imitates multiple species' warning calls to scare off other animals and steal their food, a study published Thursday revealed.