The ancient Egyptians associated the dung beetle with the sun, seeing a parallel between the way it rolls its ball of dung and the way the sun moves across the sky.
One key way dogs differ from wolves, scientists have discovered, is in their ability to digest starchy foods, indicating that the split between the two species may have come about as dogs adapted to scavenging human leftovers.
Wildlife Conservation Society scientists have discovered a healthy population of lowland tapirs in a network of national parks spanning the Peru-Bolivia border.
Super-small particles of silicon react with water to produce hydrogen almost instantaneously, University at Buffalo researchers have discovered.
Men, and particularly senior men, are more likely to commit scientific fraud than women, say researchers - who we have to hope we can trust on the matter.
Many present-day Asians and Native Americans are related to humans living some 40,000 years ago in the area near Beijing, an analysis of ancient DNA shows.
Researchers have developed a special treatment for cotton fabric that allows it to absorb large amounts of water from misty air and release it by itself as it warms.
Cambridge University researchers say they've proved that four-stranded ‘quadruple helix’ DNA structures exist within the human genome.
It's long puzzled biologists why dogs have become man's best friend while wolves remain fiercely wild, when genetically the two are so similar.
Supposedly anonymous people taking part in genomic studies can be identified using publicly accessible online resources, a team of Whitehead Institute researchers has shown.
Boiling lobsters alive for food must stop, say scientists, who say their experiments show that, along with other crustaceans such as crabs and prawns they do feel pain.
Michigan State University scientists say their latest robot fish can glide almost forever, using little to no energy, while gathering data on water quality.
Native Australians weren't, as thought, isolated from the rest of the world for 40,000 years: they absorbed a wave of migration from India just 4,000 years ago, a genetic study shows.
Chimps have the same sense of fairness as human beings, say researchers who played the Ultimatum game with them - the first time the trait's been observed in a non-human species.
Researchers have discovered that a new method of establishing hair and eye color from modern forensic samples can also do the same for ancient human remains.
The first four-legged animals dragged themselves across the ground like seals, a reconstruction of their backbones has shown.
It may not be as accurate as today's atomic clocks, but it's an awful lot simpler in concept: a new way of measuring time based on the mass of an atom.
Embryonic sharks, still within the egg, can sense danger and freeze toavoid being detected by predators, say marine scientists at the University of Western Australia.
The 'stable' zones thought to inhibit nearby earthquakes may actually make them worse, a new study shows, implying that California's San Andreas fault may be much more dangerous than believed.
Does E always equal mc²? University of Arizona physicist Andrei Lebed suspects not - and plans to try and check.