Some seeds lie dormant as a survival technique: they wait until weather conditions are optimal to make their big debut.
Oceans became saline hundreds of millions of years ago as rainfall mixed with sodium from the Earth's crust.
Small doses disinfect, but large chlorine quantities are deadly to humans.
These zombies don't go for brains, they're after your flowering plants.
Scientists produce ethanol from carbon monoxide—a breakthrough that may provide clean and sustainable energy.
Long before animals roamed the earth, Prototaxites existed—a twenty-foot organism that some scientists classify as a giant fungus.
Jellyfish turn up in the unlikeliest of places...a Wisconsin sandstone quarry.
Solar energy may be sustainable, but it's not efficient. Scientists trade silicon for perovskite to give solar cells a boost.
Climate change isn't just about rising tides overtaking land; climate change may destroy vast oceanic ecosystems.
Photographic memory is a myth. People with uncanny memorization skills are just really good at organizing information on familiar topics.
The Velociraptor wasn't nearly as big and scary as in the movie Jurassic Park, but it was just as deadly.
Male parrots' fluorescent feathers set all the girls' hearts a flutter.
An architectural term meaning leftover space, spandrel is used in science to describe evolutionary byproducts.
Fruit flies are unbelievably quick and agile: They can steer out of harm's way in under seven milliseconds!
The scientists found that drinking when thirsty activates the orbitofrontal cortex—an area of the brain linked to emotional decision making.
Scientists discover that species with bigger brains are better at self control and problem solving.
Infant jaws are too small to accommodate adult-sized teeth, so smaller teeth are necessary until the jaw grows to its mature size.
The experience of childhood bullying can cause life-long torment.
Termite colonies are fascinating microcosms of social order (that will eat you out of house and home).
Bad news for spice addicts: Chili numbs your taste buds to other flavors.
Shrilk—a mixture of silk and shrimp shells—is a game-changer for biodegradable plastics.
Researchers at the Home Biome Project trace bacterial samples back to specific houses.
Researchers find that caffeine evolved in coffee, tea, and chocolate independently.
NASA wants YOU to help them make new discoveries! Crowdsourcing alleviates big data problems for astronomers.