A surprised team of international scientists recently discovered that sea sponges - one of Earth's oldest life forms - share almost 70 percent of the same genes as human beings.
Today, the day after Thanksgiving as you eat leftover cranberry sauce for breakfast, you might wonder why the sour taste is so strong.
Oh dear, oh dear. A week or two ago, I found myself on a city street listening to a very cross man on a soap-box explaining that evolutionary theory couldn't possibly be correct, as he remembered his grandfather and his grandfather wasn't a monkey.
Physicists from the University of Bonn have developed a completely new source of light, previously thought to be impossible - a so-called Bose-Einstein condensate consisting of photons.
Patients may no longer have to wait days for biopsy results, thanks to a new tissue-imaging technique that gives results in a matter of minutes.
Looking to create a robotic arm that would be both strong and dexterous, German engineering company Festo has created a bionic elephant's trunk.
The ALICE detector team at CERN has discovered that the very early universe consisted of a hot, dense liquid, rather than a gas.
On TV programs like CSI, all it takes is one sip from a soda can for detectives to swab, tag, and bust a guilty criminal with DNA certainty. But is real life technology advanced enough to perform such a feat?
People who are haunted by visions of war and scenes of violence sometimes wish they could remove the bad memories from their minds. Medical researchers at Johns Hopkins University think that it may be possible someday.
A new test has made it possible to tell a person's age to within nine years using a just one drop of blood, in what could potentially be an important tool to catch criminals.
Researchers funded by the Department of Defense have been analyzing the way certain species of snake can glide from tree to tree.
It seems that native Americans made it to Iceland long before Christopher Columbus crossed the Atlantic the other way.
All viruses, including relatives of HIV and Ebola, could potentially be 'stowaways' transmitted from generation to generation for millions of years, according to new research.
A Cornell University academic and part-time magician says he's found evidence that people may have psychic powers.
Statisticians at the University of Texas have demonstrated that using racial profiling to catch terrorists isn't just politically and ethically questionable - it's also not very effective.
Bill Nye, known by millions as "Bill Nye the Science Guy" for his award-winning PBS series of the same name, fainted in front of an audience at the University of Southern California, but managed to get back up if a bit dazed.
Scientists at CERN have succeeded for the first time in capturing and storing antimatter - albeit for only a fraction of a second. The team successfully created 38 hydrogen 'anti-atoms', and hung onto them long enough to study.
Paleontologists used to believe Tyrannosaurus Rex was a monstrous and slow scavenger. But now a Canadian researcher has hypothesized that the dinosaur was actually a very fast and efficient killing machine.
Neuroscientists have developed a number of advanced "brain-machine" interfaces.
A Russian architectural firm is touting detailed plans for an eco-friendly, subterranean mega-city.