Nearly 30 years of research was revealed last week when neurobiologist Sam Ridgway went public with his evidence that a particular beluga whale had learned to make himself speak like a human. The revelation has caught the scientific community by surprise.
Researchers at Cornell conducted a five-year experiment that documented how plants evolve quickly to account for changing environmental conditions. The research explains how key features of plants, horseradish's bite, chili pepper's spice, is really a defense against insects.
When you think of what influences your politics, more often than not, you probably think of your parents' politics, or your socioeconomic status. But do you ever think of your genes? Research suggests as much as 50 percent of our political leanings may actually be based on our genes.
When you carve a pumpkin, do you cut the top off first? Do you ever wash your pumpkins? If you do, and you don't, then you're not giving your jack-o-lantern the best chance of enduring all the way until Halloween night.
Scientists from Utah have been collecting hair from across the country, and even the world. They're building it into a map that will show where a person lives, where they've traveled. It's been useful to law enforcement, trying to solve crimes.
In the Sinai Peninsula, there's a Christian monastery with a history dating back centuries. In their library, they have well-preserved ancient texts that scientists are now hoping contain more than, literally, meets the eye. The two groups are working together to find out.
A project in Oregon seeks to turn a long-dormant volcano into a source of power for as many as a million people. It would involve pumping water deep into the water, where the geothermal activity would turn that water into steam to spin turbines — without producing CO2.
Humans and apes share many characteristics and even more DNA. But we diverge greatly in the way we influence the world around us. New research, by a Harvard anthropologist, suggests it may be because of the way we interact with each other -- and not just the way we think.
Understanding complex data is something scientist do every day. But when it comes to taking that data and conveying it to average people, it can be a bit more tricky. Peter Larsen, a biologist, decided to take that data and turn it into song.
When you think of your house plant, it would be hard to imagine it growing legs and running away when you come with the clippers. But for a species of ocean "plants," when predators approach, they literally flee for safety.