This ancient reptile shed its own tail to escape meat-eating predators 280 million years ago. Researchers at the University of Toronto Mississauga are describing how a group of small ancient reptiles defended themselves around 289 million years ago. The creatures could actually detach their tails to avoid being devoured by...
Huge “mega-colonies” of penguins have been discovered near the Antarctic peninsula, hosting more than 1.5 million birds. Just 100 miles (160 kilometres) away in the west Antarctic, the same species is in decline due to sea ice melt blamed on global warming, they said. The first complete census revealed that the...
A remarkable photo of a single atom trapped by electric fields has just been awarded the top prize in a well-known science photography competition. The photo is titled “Single Atom in an Ion Trap” and was shot by David Nadlinger of the University of Oxford. In the photo, a single...
Irishman's €60 antique bought on holidays in Morocco turns out to be Ice Age relic worth €30,000. In an antique shop that sold mostly “Islamic and Roman items, a high, carved figurine “that looked Chinese” caught his eyes. The antique originally cost €70. However, the Irishman was able to bargain with...
The mysterious cigar-shaped asteroid Oumuamua has been spinning through space for billions of years because of a violent incident in its past, researchers have discovered. The cigar-shaped object that wandered into our solar system in October was found not to be evidence of alien life — to the dismay of...
A DNA analysis of Britain's oldest complete skeleton, also known as "Cheddar Man," revealed that the first modern Britons may not have been pale, as many people may have assumed, but had "dark to black" skin, the Guardian reported. Britain's oldest complete skeleton, known as Cheddar Man, was unearthed more...
Linguists working in the Malay Peninsula have identified a language, now called Jedek, that had not previously been recognized outside of the small group of people who speak it. The newly documented language is spoken by some 280 people, part of a community that once foraged along the Pergau River....
This Mutant Crayfish Can Clone Itself—And It's Starting to Take Over Entire Countries. A species of crayfish thought to have evolved the ability to clone itself when bred in the pet trade has become a serious invasive pest in many parts of the world. For the first time, researchers have...
Extraterrestrials, welcome to Nevada. Or should we say, "Welcome back"? Since your last visit to Area 51, we've missed you! The whole country has missed you, which is why the U.S. Defense Department spent $22 million on a program to find you. You've captured our imaginations and our hearts. Nevada...
Colombia - tourist helps Edmonton researchers in discovery of rare fish fossil. The fossil, called Candelarhynchus padillai, is approximately 90 million years old, and has no modern relatives, explained Oksana Vernygora, PhD student in the Department of Biological Sciences and lead author on the study. The discovery was made with the...