Image: Lake Chad from orbit
This Landsat-8 image from 4 July 2014 shows Lake Chad in West Africa's Sahel region – a transition zone between the Sahara Desert to the north and savannahs and woodlands to the south.
Ecopesticides uses fungi to stop crop destroying insects
A New Mexico startup company has begun field tests to prove they can kill desert locusts in Africa using a natural bio-pesticide technology developed at the University of New Mexico. The company, founded ...
Meteorite study indicates volcanic activity on early small asteroids
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.