The “world’s loneliest frog,” once thought to be the last of its species, now has a girlfriend after scientists in Bolivia trekked to a remote rainforest seeking a mate for the solitary amphibian, named Romeo. Naturally, his new partner has been dubbed Juliet. Romeo, a Sehuencas water frog, was captured...
The story of Antarctic melt is a tale of two ice sheets. The West Antarctic Ice Sheet rests on a base that is below sea level—meaning that warming ocean waters wash beneath the ice, melting it from below. Meanwhile, East Antarctica’s ice sheet, which holds 10 times more ice...
Scientists may have solved one of the riddles about the famous giant statues of Easter Island—why long-ago inhabitants placed them where they did. A new study in PLOS One makes the case that the statues went up to designate sources of fresh water, one of the island’s most precious commodities....
The discovery of a monster fatberg, lurking in the depths of Sidmouth, has hit global headlines. Experts have blamed East Devon residents for a colossal build up of unflushable waste which has congealed into a 'fatberg.' And water provider South West Water itself has also told locals to 'stop feeding the...
A LARGE chunk of the Earth equivalent to a billion years of rock formation is missing from our planet’s crust, and scientists finally understand why. Scientists have known for some time that there is a huge gap in our planet’s geological record, known as the ‘Great Unconformity’, but had been...
Day to day here on Earth, our biggest threat from space is probably some undetected asteroid smashing into us, but astrophysicists looking at the universe on a much larger scale warn that another kind of collision could also impact our planet in the distant future. A team led by...
Nasa scientists have expressed joy and relief after receiving a signal from the New Horizons probe, proving it survived a record-breaking exploratory mission four billion miles from Earth. The probe made contact to confirm its successful flyby of the icy Ultima Thule space rock, which is 19 miles wide and...
Researchers have discovered fossils of two new species of sabre-toothed predators, that could help to improve our understanding of the early evolution of mammals. Most of what we know about these proto-mammals has been skewed due to a sampling bias. The majority of fossils of these creatures have come out...
Newly-discovered fossils reveal that some of the first animals to walk on land lived in Antarctica, according to scientists. Long before the Mesozoic Era, the age of the dinosaurs, the Paleozoic Era saw an abundance of life like never before. It was during this time that fish first began to...
Turn your summer staycation into a cosmic holiday with a visit to one of the universe’s many exoplanets. NASA has given UFO hunters, space boffins and astronomy enthusiasts an unprecedented opportunity to set foot on alien worlds and planets discovered by the incredible Kepler Space Telescope, with the aid of...