Geckos are sticky without effort
(Phys.org) —Geckos, found in places with warm climates, have fascinated people for hundreds of years. Scientists have been especially intrigued by these lizards, and have studied a variety of features ...
Crew finds 150-ton boulder likely left by glacier
Workers digging an underground garage for a new hotel in Everett, Washington, recently struck something big about 30 feet below the surface.
How do birds survive storms and other harsh weather?
Survival in the wild, cruel, pitiless world is a tenuous thing. There are predators trying to eat you, pathogens trying to infect you, rivals trying to beat you. It is truly, as Alfred Lord Tennyson wrote, ...
Deep water search for jet could turn on robot subs
Two miles down or more and darker than night, the ocean becomes a particularly challenging place for human searchers.
Mammoth tusk lifted from Seattle construction pit
To the sound of cheers, a fossilized mammoth tusk found in a Seattle construction site has been retrieved from a 30-foot-deep pit in downtown Seattle, and it's on its way to a museum.
Virgin Galactic spaceship makes successful flight
Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo has made its third rocket-powered supersonic flight in the Mojave Desert, soaring to a record 71,000 feet.
Robot's sticky feet could aid space missions (w/ Video)
The sticky feet of a climbing, gecko-like robot developed by Simon Fraser University researchers could be useful in space, international tests show.
Florida won't repeat public python hunt next year
Florida won't be repeating a public hunt meant to reduce the population of invasive Burmese pythons in the Everglades.
Five-meter sea creature found off California coast
A marine science instructor snorkeling off the Southern California coast spotted something out of a fantasy novel: the silvery carcass of an 18-foot-long (5-meter-long), serpent-like oarfish.
Human foot not as unique as originally thought
Research at the University of Liverpool has shown that the mechanisms of the human foot are not as unique as originally thought and have much more in common with the flexible feet of other great apes.
Third drive of Curiosity's long trek covers 135 feet
(Phys.org) —NASA's Mars rover Curiosity drove 135 feet (41 meters) on Tuesday, July 9, the third drive of a journey of many months from the "Glenelg" area to Mount Sharp.
The impressive aerial maneuvers of the pea aphid
You might not think much about pea aphids, but it turns out they've got skills enough to get aerospace engineers excited. A report in the February 4th issue of Current Biology shows that the insects can fr ...
SpaceX's 10-story reuseable Grasshopper rocket takes a bigger hop
SpaceX is developing the "Grasshopper" reusable vertical takeoff, vertical landing rocket. Back in September, the 32-meter- (106-ft-) tall Grasshopper made a tiny hop – barely lifting off the pad just to ...
How geckos cope with wet feet
Geckos are remarkable little creatures, clinging to almost any dry surface, and Alyssa Stark, from the University of Akron, USA, explains that they appear to be equally happy scampering through tropical rainforest ...