Ask anybody who Thomas Edison is, and they can probably tell you that he invented the lightbulb. They may even be able to tell you that he invented the phonograph, or that he founded General Electric, which is now...
Scientists are trying to figure out why hundreds of pilot whales have beached themselves in just a few days on New Zealand’s South Island. As of about a week and a half ago, more than 650 whales have beached...
Science has long been puzzled by the matter in our universe. We know galaxies are composed of stars, dust, and.. something else. Why? Well, because it’s theoretically impossible for a galaxy made up of only what we’ve seen so...
Usually, when scientists want to study a prescription drug’s effectiveness at curing disease, they use lab animals like mice as test subjects and then relate the data they find to humans. But this method has its drawbacks; after all,...
When scientists in 2015 dove below the crystal waters of the Solomon Islands in search of biofluorescent sharks, they got a bit more than they bargained for. Biofluorescence is the process of an organism absorbing light from the sun,...
Sometimes it can be difficult to interpret animals’ emotions. Many of us wonder just what our dogs are thinking when they stare at us with a certain expression, or why our cats start purring out of the blue. Now,...
Deep in the Waitomo Glowworm Caves of New Zealand, a tiny creature, Arachnocampa luminosa, the glowworm, is dazzling tourists with its unmistakable luminescence. But this beautiful light display has a more practical purpose: the glowworms use the light to...
Mars has become something of a focal point of the final frontier. People have been attempting to research the Red Planet, one of Earth’s closest neighbors and arguably the planet most similar to ours, since the 1950s. But only...
Have you ever wished that you could speak with animals? Language is a unique human trait that connects us to each other and simultaneously separates us from others species. But we all know that some animals seem to understand...
Up to 10,000 years ago, all humans lived as hunter-gatherers, a semi-nomadic lifestyle involving a combination of hunting and gathering food from the land.   Searching for food requires a lot of walking, not to mention skill and patience. A...
In 1854, a young British naturalist named Alfred Russell Wallace was traveling through the East Indies observing and collecting specimens to study natural history. Wallace collected nearly 126,000 different specimens (with over half being beetles). Many of the specimens...