egyptian blue paint

Egyptian blue paint hides in ancient mummy portraits

  Northwestern University researchers have discovered one of those things that seems really trivial, until you think about it for a few minutes and realize that it’s a pretty big deal. Close examination of fifteen Roman-era Egyptian mummy portraits has revealed...

flesh-eating dinosaur

Student finds missing foot of flesh-eating dinosaur

Most fossil hunters dream of discovering the “big one”, that once in a lifetime mega-find, and 20-year-old paleontology student Sam Davies from Bridgend, Wales, got lucky on his very first day of field work for a third year project....

rare nautilus

Spotted: Rare nautilus seen after three decades

  A species of nautilus that has been called possibly “the rarest animal in the world” has been found in the wild for the first time in 30 years, and as fate would have it, one of the biologists who...

fossil pigment

Analysis proves it’s possible to know dinosaurs’ colors from fossils (!)

New research published in the journal Scientific Reports reveals that a team of researchers has for the first time discovered direct chemical evidence that the fossilized remains of one type of bird-like dinosaurs retain melanosomes and the pigments which...

malformed plankton

Malformed plankton fossils part of mass extinction ‘kill mechanisms’

Environmental problems caused by heavy metal have been around a long time. No, we’re not talking Megadeath, Iron Maiden, or even Black Sabbath, rather, high concentrations of elements like iron, lead, and arsenic. The story goes back more than...

snowden crayfish

New species of crayfish named after Edward Snowden

  Edward Snowden is best known as the man who blew the whistle on the US National Security Agency’s surveillance activity, but thanks to researchers at the Humboldt University of Berlin, he now has another claim to fame – as...

tectonic earthquake

What causes ‘strange’ earthquakes?

  Scientists know how tectonic plate boundaries cause earthquakes, but have been somewhat baffled by tremors occurring away from these geological borders. According to a new study in the journal Nature, earthquakes not linked to fault lines are mostly driven by...

grand canyon mercury

High levels of mercury are contaminating the Grand Canyon

  It is thought to be one of the most pristine examples of natural beauty in the US, but apparently not even the Grand Canyon is safe from pollution, as new research has found that the food webs near the...

high pressure osmium

Innermost electrons of atomic nuclei shown to interact for first time

  Researchers from Sweden’s Linköping University, along with colleagues from Europe and the US, have for the first time witnessed interactions between the innermost electrons in the atomic nuclei of the metal osmium (Os) in experiments conducted at extremely high...

toucan beak protheses

Mutilated toucan gets 3D-printed prosthetic beak

  For the first time ever, scientists have successfully used 3-D printing technology to replace the upper part of a toucan’s beak, which had broken off while she was being smuggled. After being rescued from a Brazilian wildlife fair in Rio...