Trichoplax eating food

Animal without organs digests food outside its body

  New research from the National Institutes of Health has found that the marine animal Trichoplax, an animal with no organs, absorbs food by digesting it on top of its body, Discovery News reports. The study, originally published in PLOS ONE,...

russian polar bear siege

Angry Russian polar bears lay siege on team of scientists

  A gang of polar bears is preventing a team of Arctic researchers in Russia from doing its job. A team of unarmed researchers, including two meteorologists and an engineer, is stationed at a remote outpost in northern Russia with the...

crocodiles in wyoming

How crocodiles could have once lived in Wyoming

Thousands of muddy crocodiles are basking in the tropical sun or wallowing in the warm waters of a swampy Wyoming. It might have been 50 million years ago during the Cretaceous and Eocene periods, but it’s still a nice...

bacon smell

Why does bacon smell so good?

  Mmmmm. Sizzling bacon. Just the name conjures up that thick, sweet and salty aroma. You make it for breakfast and the whole house smells like bacon-y goodness until lunch. But why is this? The main reason why bacon smells so...

hurricane grey swan

Is the mother of all hurricanes about to hit the US?

  Just days after the US marked the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, the most destructive storm of its kind ever to make landfall in the States, scientists warn that there’s a possibility that even stronger storms could be on...

pyramid-shaped steps

Mysterious, pyramid-shaped stairs discovered in Jerusalem

Researchers from the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) have discovered a mysterious flight of pyramid-shaped, podium-like stairs located next to the destroyed Second Temple in the City of David, an archaeological site of ancient Jerusalem, various media outlets are reporting. According...

first mass extinction

The first mass extinction was caused by animals, not catastrophe

It wasn’t a massive asteroid crashing into the Earth’s surface or the eruption of an enormous volcano that led to the first known mass extinction, according a new study – rather, the evolution of complex biological organisms capable of...

guilty dogs

Do dogs really feel guilty?

  Many dog-lovers have had this moment: you come home from work, walk to the kitchen…to find your trashcan has been knocked over and spread all over the floor. You know who’s to blame—they’re puppy-dog eyeing you in the corner,...

Early Earth Oxidation Model

Arctic lake is first modern replica of ancient Earth

  At first, Earth was a planet with very little atmospheric oxygen—until some bacteria evolved the ability of photosynthesis. According to a new report in the journal Geology, scientists working in Antarctica may have just discovered the first modern reproduction of...

ancient river dolphin

New ancient freshwater dolphin species discovered

  Near the small coastal town of Piña, Panama, a Pan-American team of scientists recently uncovered fossil remains that led to the identification of a new species of freshwater dolphin they called Isthminia panamensis. According to a report in the journal...