Humans and vocal birds like parrots use essentially the same genes to speak.
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Rising temperatures could lead to a 50 percent increase in U.S. lightning strikes by the end of the century, says a new study.
Scientists hope a thought-controlled implant might one day help combat neurological diseases, such as chronic headaches, back pain, and epilepsy.
Despite our fascination with screams, science knows relatively little about them. The psychology of screams …
Ebola’s first documented outbreak was in 1976. But the Ebola virus family has been around for 16 to 23 million years, says new research.
Antifreeze blood helps fish called notothenioids survive in icy Antarctic waters. The down side is that the ice crystals in their blood don’t melt as temperatures warm.
Spinosaurus was the largest known predatory dinosaur to roam the Earth. Scientists now say that it was also the first truly semiaquatic dinosaur.
In contests drawn from game theory, chimpanzee pairs consistently outperform humans in games that test memory and strategic thinking.
An ancient, 16-foot, 900-pound crocodile may have been overmatched by a monster snake that swam in the same rivers 60 million years ago.
Researchers have created a new map of the Milky Way’s magnetic fingerprint, the magnetic fields that shape our galaxy.
A visual representation of a tiger beetle’s trajectories as it chases prey.
Throughout extended periods of its history, the surface of planet Mercury crackled with volcanic explosions, a new analysis suggests.
Shark attacks worldwide in 2013 were the lowest since 2009, but fatalities were above average, a new study reports.
A new study looks at the genetic adaptations that allow Tibetans to live at high elevations despite low oxygen levels.
A study suggests that the loss of one sense – vision – can improve another sense – in this case, hearing – by altering the brain circuit.
Fruit flies sent as eggs on a 12-day mission aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery had a key part of their immune system weakened, as they grew in space.
Pollutant particles from China’s factories, industrial plants, and power plants affect cloud formations and weather systems worldwide, a new study shows.
Jurassic fossil spiders were a rare find, until the 21st century, when farmers in China began turning up Jurassic-period arachnids on a hillside.
Caffeine helps people remember fine distinctions between similar things at least up to 24 hours after it is consumed, new research shows.
These sun-like stars that are moving at speeds of more than a million miles per hour relative to our galaxy – fast enough to escape its gravitational grasp.
A newly identified greenhouse gas shatters all other records for the chemical’s potential to contribute to climate change.
A new algorithm could profoundly change the way we find photos among the billions on social media sites such as Facebook and Flickr.
Crows, falcons. gannets, hummingbirds, macaws …. and turkeys. Here’s what makes these six birds so cool
To learn more about how the brain can process multiple odors all at once, scientists trained locusts to respond to a specific smell.
“If humanity does not want to go the way of the dinosaurs, we need to study an event like this in detail,” said earth scientist Qing-zhu Yin.
Experts are watching an enormous iceberg that is separating from the Antarctica continent. Roughly the size of Manhattan, the iceberg could threaten shipping lanes.
The search for a common ancestor that connects modern humans with the Neanderthals who lived in Europe thousands of years ago isn’t over yet, researchers say.
The remains of a water-rich rocky exoplanet have been discovered outside our solar system orbiting a white dwarf star 170 light years away.
Scientists have pinpointed the brain region responsible for “illusory contours”—when you perceive imaginary shapes and surfaces against a fragmented background.
Analysis of a rock on Mars by the rover Curiosity suggests parts of the red planet may be more like our own than we ever knew.
Scientists have identified a new kind of eel-like electric fish, the Akawaio penak, in a remote region of Northern Guyana that is known for its biodiversity.
A new way to generate electricity from sewage uses naturally occurring “wired microbes” as mini power plants to produce electricity as they digest plant and animal waste.
Birds split from dinosaurs when their front limbs got longer and their back limbs got shorter, according to new research.
An enzyme that “unravels” DNA appears to trigger male development of the embryo, a finding that may give greater insight into intersex disorders.
Nerve circuits let the brain turn down sounds that come from our own actions, and turn up other sounds we need to pay attention to, say researchers.
Chemists are hopeful their new energy-efficient method to desalinate water can be scaled up for personal or even municipal uses
As climate change forces birds in Tanzania to head west, protected areas set aside for mammals are keeping them alive.
Engineers trying to mimic the peacocks’ color mechanism for screens have locked in structural color, which is made with texture rather than chemicals.
High temperatures and low rainfall brought on by climate change affect the survival of elephants working in timber camps in Myanmar and double the risk of death to the calves.
A stress hormone produced during moderate exercise may protect the brain from memory changes related to Alzheimer’s disease.
Unusually warm spring weather in 2010 and 2012 resulted in the earliest blooms on record in two US locations, a new study finds.
Scientists have found that flame retardant chemicals show up as environmental pollutants all over the world, even in remote parts of Indonesia, Nepal, and Tasmania
Researchers worry that a loss of genetic variation in microbial communities in the Amazon’s converted agricultural land could negatively affect the entire ecosystem.
An environment that shifted between open grassland and closed woodland in East Africa roughly 2 million years ago may be responsible for driving human evolution.
Working with fossils found in Tanzania, scientists have discovered what may be the oldest known dinosaur.
Homicide moves through a community like an infectious disease, a finding that may help police track and even prevent murders.
They may not go out and buy a shiny sports car, but chimpanzees and orangutans can experience a mid-life crisis, just like humans.
China’s endangered wild pandas need bamboo to survive, but models show that climate change may kill it off in swaths.
People’s satisfaction with life was higher on days when they exercised more than usual, research shows.
Most social animals get together for protection or to mate or hunt, but terrestrial hermit crabs socialize to steal each other’s houses.
Ingesting too much silver can turn the skin blue and new research suggests the process is similar to developing black-and-white photographs.
The screechy sound of chalk on a blackboard is unpleasant because of the heightened activity between the emotional and auditory parts of our brain, research shows.
Rocks in South Africa have revealed a new species of dinosaur—with inch-long jaws and self-sharpening teeth.
A new laser-powered spectrometer will allow scientists to study tiny moving molecules at very high resolution.
The human genome is far more rich and complex than originally thought.
Joseph DeSimone: “To be proactive in ways that grow the economy, create jobs and improve the well-being of society – that’s a great opportunity.”