Earth's repeated flip-flopping between greenhouse and icehouse states over the past 500 million years may have been caused by volcanoes at particular spots where enormous amounts of carbon dioxide are released into the atmosphere.
Deforestation and slash-and-burn farming are destroying lands that have belonged to indigenous tribes for centuries. These people have lived among the trees and wildlife in harmony, treating each plant and creature as a sacred gift.
Scientists say they're homing in on the precise date of both the extinction of the dinosaurs 66 million years ago, and the massive impact that's believed by many to have caused it.
Scientists believe they've identified the common ancestor that links human beings with all other placental mammals: a rat-sized creature that lived on insects.
Britain’s newest Antarctic Research Station, set to become fully operational this month, should last longer than its predecessors thanks to the abiity to slide across the ice to safety when required.
Mathematicians have discovered the largest prime number yet - two to the power of 257,885,161, minus one.
Give a moth a robot car, and it'll use it to cruise the streets for a female, Japanese scientists have discovered. Using a small, two-wheeled robot, a male silkmoth was able to track down the sex pheromone usually given off by a female mate.
New radiocarbon dating suggests that Neanderthals may not have lived alongside Homo sapiens in southern Europe as thought - let alone interbred with us.
A new kind of flying reptile from the late Cretaceous has been identified from bones found in Romania's Transylvanian Basin.
A team of Innsbruck University physicists have managed to directly transfer the quantum information stored in an atom onto a particle of light - theoretically allowing data to be sent over optical fiber to a distant atom.
The University of Leicester has today confirmed that the bones found in a local council parking lot last year are indeed those of Richard III, the last English king to die in battle.
If you or I tried to swivel our head round by 270 degrees, we'd cut off the blood supply to our brains and pass out - or worse. But owls manage it: and now scientists have worked out how.
It really is all our fault: the Tasmanian Tiger, or thylacine, was wiped out entirely by human actions; disease didn't play a part, as was previously thought.
A multinational team says it's finally explained how the behavior of plasma - the extremely hot gases of nuclear fusion - can be controlled using ultra-thin lithium films on graphite walls lining thermonuclear magnetic fusion devices.
Getting superpowers in a game makes people more altruistic, say Stanford researchers, who have found that the ability to fly makes you more willing to help others.
For the first time, researchers have been able to observe the thoughts of a living fish while it engages in its natural behavior.
Paleontology isn't always about tyrannosaurs and pterodons: sometimes it's quite a lot less glamorous.
Cornell University researchers have successfully simulated 25,000 generations of evolution in an effort to determine why biological networks tend to be organized as modules.
A group of researchers has poured scorn on the idea that a comet wiped out the North American Clovis people 13,000 years ago.
The fossil record can show evidence of sexual selection, say researchers, revealing how members of a species attract a mate.