Scientists say they are closer to knowing how, or rather, why, the zebra got its stripes. It's an answer that would impress even Rudyard Kipling.
Nothing worse than being bulled in school, especially if you're a fish. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Dr. Martin Haulena from the Vancouver Aquarium about a fish that was picked on by schoolmates.
The company's resupply mission to the International Space Station went off without a hitch last week, but an attempt to land the spent booster on a floating platform didn't go as well.
The annually-averaged temperature was 1.24 degrees Fahrenheit over the 20th century average, and easily broke the records set in 2005 and 2010.
The Beagle 2 Mars Lander was lost Christmas day 2003. Today, British scientists confirmed their spacecraft was found partially deployed on the surface of Mars.
Jason Comely's fear of rejection was so strong that he'd become completely isolated. So he set out to get himself rejected at least once a day, every day. Funny thing is, it worked.
A new study finds that the academic disciplines most associated with "geniuses" are also the fields in which women are underrepresented.
They could shoot up to 24,000 feet and maintain that altitude in a long-distance migration across the Himalayas. But it's more efficient for bar-headed geese to soar and dive, scientists find.
You say banana; this orangutan says ... well, it's hard to tell what she's saying. But the rhythmic, speech-like sounds of the zoo-dwelling ape have started scientists talking.
The rules are mostly voluntary, which disappoints environmental groups, but they should ratchet down the amount of leaked methane from new or modified oil and gas operations, which contributes to climate change.
New GMO potatoes don't bruise as easily, and, when fried, they have less of a potentially harmful chemical. Yet some big chip and french fry makers won't touch them because of the stigma of GMOs.
The International Dark-Sky Association has named only three "gold-tier reserves" on Earth where a "full array of visible sky phenomena can be viewed." There's only one in the Northern Hemisphere — at the the Kerry International Dark Sky Reserve in far Southwestern Ireland.
It's not just government-sponsored medical research that's dwindled in the last few years in the U.S. Drug firms have curbed their investment, too, especially in early-stage hunts for new drugs.
The disease known as white-nose syndrome has killed millions of bats, but scientists are seeing hopeful signs that some bat colonies are recovering.
What seemed like a case of food poisoning has now turned into a police investigation. Synthetic drugs present an evolving problem for the Drug Enforcement Administration.
Even if your avatar for games and social media doesn't look at all like you, it still says a lot about your personality, a study finds. Want to look friendly? Skip the shades, wear a sweater.
Fertilizer runoff has provoked a confrontation between Des Moines, Iowa, and the farms that surround it. The city's water utility wants to sue neighboring counties for nitrate in the Raccoon River.
One of the most important medical advances may also be the simplest — hand washing. It's the best defense against spreading disease. And its power was discovered long before anyone knew about germs.
It was 15 feet long, with a snout shaped like a dolphin's. This newly identified meat-eater swam the seas near the Isle of Skye in the time of dinosaurs.
From an evolutionary standpoint, flavor has long helped define who we are as a species, journalist John McQuaid argues in his new book, an exploration of the art and science of taste.