Great Pacific Garbage Patch, floating 'island' of trash in ocean, is now twice the size of Texas
The Pacific Ocean is being treated like a giant dumpster -- and it's starting to look like one, too.
Trilobites: What Makes Some Hair Curly? Not Quite What Scientists Thought
After testing two theories about what makes sheep’s wool kinky, researchers found flaws in existing ideas about how different types of cells...
Greenhouse Gas Emissions Rose Last Year. Here Are the Top 5 Reasons.
The world needs to reduce emissions to avoid drastic global warming. For now, a new study shows, we’re moving in the opposite direction.
'Lost city' revealed in South Africa using laser technology
Archaeologists in South Africa have located the site of a centuries-old ‘lost city’ using sophisticated laser technology.
What is an atmospheric river? Powerful storm to drench California
California residents, brace yourselves: an atmospheric river could bring multiple inches of rain to central and southern parts of the state over...
Smoke-breathing elephant caught on camera
Incredible footage of an elephant picking up ash with its trunk and breathing smoke has been captured, stunning onlookers and experts.
Matter: Was a Tiny Mummified Skeleton an Alien? No, but the Real Story Is Almost as Strange
Known as “Ata,” the six-inch-long skeleton was discovered in Chile and may have had genetic mutations causing a bone disorder never before documented.
Global Health: South Sudan Halts Spread of Crippling Guinea Worms
It has been 15 months — longer than the worm’s life cycle — since the last case of infection, which means the parasite is nearing eradication in...
No, it's not an alien - Here's what that tiny, pointy-headed skeleton really is
A tiny, pointy-headed skeleton that fits in the palm of a hand isn't an alien, despite conspiracy theories that have circulated for years.
You might have cocaine in your fingerprints
Even if you don't do drugs, there's a surprisingly decent chance your fingerprints have traces of cocaine and even heroin.
The Ruthless Phronima, and Other Hidden Wonders of the Sea
At the American Museum of Natural History, “Unseen Oceans” shines a light on the animals that call the ocean home and the humans who study them.
'Mercury in retrograde': Should we expect 3 weeks of bad luck?
If you're experiencing a spell of bad luck, many people may ask you the same question: is Mercury in retrograde?