Researchers have found a way to use radioactive isotopes from above-ground nuclear testing to determine the age – and thus the legality – of ivory.
The Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History will finally have a Tyrannosaurus rex to call its own, thanks to the Army Corps of Engineers.
Levitating magician: A viral Pepsi ad shows an English magician apparently levitating alongside a double-decker bus. How are we so easily fooled by magic?
Scientists at MIT say they have discovered a mechanism that prevents noncoding DNA from being copied, by pointing the copying in the right direction.
Indiana leopard: An Indiana woman and her boyfriend shot and killed a leopard that they spotted prowling in their backyard. Wait, they have leopards in Indiana?
Grand Canyon tightrope walk: Funambulist Nik Wallenda traversed a 1,500-foot gorge near the Grand Canyon on a 2-inch-thick steel cable on Sunday, carrying with him a 43-lb. pole. Why did he bring such a heavy pole?
As the whimsical animation on Google's homepage indicates, Friday marks the first day of summer, thanks to the solstice. But what exactly is a solstice?
Four billion years ago called, and they want their oxygen-rich atmosphere back, finds new research from Oxford University.
Researchers have devised a new way to prevent neighboring quantum bits from interfering with each other, bringing large-scale quantum computing one step closer to reality.
A team of researchers have developed an algorithm that can map a room based on acoustic echoes, essentially using echolocation like a bat.
Albino gorilla: A genetic study of Snowflake, the world's only known albino gorilla, found that he was likely the product of a pairing between an uncle and a niece.
Geologists have spotted a new subduction zone off the coast of Portugal that is slowly tugging Europe toward the New World.
China supercomputer: China's Tianhe-2 has bested its American counterpart in a semi-annual ranking of the world's most powerful supercomputers.
A freshwater eel popular among sushi aficionados holds the first fluorescent protein found to have naturally occurred in a vertebrate.
Ice loss in Antarctica is largely driven by warm ocean currents, a discovery that could lead to more accurate predictions of sea level rise.
A University of Miami anthropologist discovered a link between languages that possess a certain consonant sound and their altitude. Does geography shape how our languages sound?
A study of wild cheetahs found that acceleration, agility, and maneuverability play a big role in the speedy felines' success as hunters.
A duo of physicists at Vanderbilt University have proposed a straightforward model that could explain dark matter in terms of known phenomena.
Three Chinese astronauts are set to visit an experimental orbiting space module this week for 15 days, in the latest step toward a Chinese space station.
An analysis of nearly 8,000 species of fish found that the speed at which new species emerge is strongly correlated with the speed at which changes in body size evolve.