Stress from the presence of strangers prevents empathy, in both mice and humans
The ability to express empathy—the capacity to share and feel another's emotions—is limited by the stress of being around strangers, according to a new study published today in the journal Current Bi ...
Rock art draws scientists to ancient lakes
Life imitates art. And sometimes science does the same.
Levitation recreates nature's dumbbells
Splash form tektites are tiny pieces of natural glass created out of spinning drops of molten rock flung from the earth during an extra-terrestrial impact—when the earth is hit by asteroids or comets. They ...
Potential signs of ancient life in Mars rover photos
A careful study of images taken by the NASA rover Curiosity has revealed intriguing similarities between ancient sedimentary rocks on Mars and structures shaped by microbes on Earth. The findings suggest, ...
Geochemical reactions may decrease effectiveness of carbon storage schemes
New research shows that the natural reactions taking place in some of the underground reservoirs used to store carbon dioxide may prevent carbon emissions from being transported to greater depths, where it ...
Professor researches rare rock with 30,000 diamonds
Diamonds are beautiful and enigmatic. Though chemical reactions that create the highly coveted sparkles still remain a mystery, a professor from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is studying a rare ...
NASA says recently spotted asteroid 2014 UR116 no risk for Earth
NASA says a newly spotted 1,300-foot (400-meter) wide asteroid is not a threat to hit Earth, despite recent media reports.
European astronomers spot faint asteroid
European experts have spotted one of the faintest asteroids ever found – a chunk of space rock thought to be about 100 m in diameter beyond the orbit of Mars.
140-million-year-old dinosaur tooth found in Malaysia
A dinosaur tooth found in Malaysia is at least 140 million years old and belongs to a new species within the "bird-hipped" Ornithischian order, researchers said Thursday.
Life's history in iron
A new study examines how Earth's oldest iron formations could have been formed before oxygenic photosynthesis played a role in oxidizing iron.
The abundance of water in asteroid fragments
A new study could provide insights about the abundance of water in fragments from a famous asteroid.
Mysterious Midcontinent Rift is a geological hybrid
An international team of geologists has a new explanation for how the Midwest's biggest geological feature—an ancient and giant 2,000-mile-long underground crack that starts in Lake Superior and runs south ...
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 ...
Rock-dwelling microbes remove methane from deep sea
Methane-breathing microbes that inhabit rocky mounds on the seafloor could be preventing large volumes of the potent greenhouse gas from entering the oceans and reaching the atmosphere, according to a new ...