New Orinoco Fish Species Named After Singer Enya

  • A team of scientists from Oregon Statue University have identified a new fish species from the Orinoco River. The fish has been named Leporinus enyae. It was named after Enya's hit song, "Orinoco Flow." Read more... July 19, 2017

  • Scientists Invent Scorpion Milking Machine

  • Extracting venom from scorpions is a complex and time intensive procedure. It can also be dangerous. Mouad Mkamel and researchers from Morocco's Ben M'sik Hassan II University have developed a device or robot that can milk up to four scorpions at a time. Read more... July 16, 2017

  • Google's DeepMind AI Learns How to Walk

  • Google's DeepMind AI has been learning how to walk. This video shows it successfully walking a pair of legs, a human-like figure and an ant-like four-legged creature over different simulated terrains. Google says DeepMind learned on its own how to move these figures and navigate them around obstacles through a trial-and-error process without receiving specific instructions. Read more... July 14, 2017

  • NASA's Juno Spacecraft Captures Best Images of Jupiter's Great Red Spot

  • NASA has revealed the best images taken to date of Jupiter's Great Red Spot. They were taken during the Juno spacecraft's June 10th flyby of the massive planet. The spacecraft passed about 5,600 miles (9,000 kilometers) above the clouds of the storm. The JunoCam was used to obtain the imagery of Jupiter's iconic monster storm. Read more... July 13, 2017

  • Fire Ants Build Sinking Eiffel Towers When Trying to Escape

  • Scientists have observed fire ants building vertical structures in an effort to escape. The ant towers resemble the Eiffel tower. They enable the fire ants to move vertically without harming any members of the ant colony. Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology observed ants building the towers in a recent study. Read more... July 12, 2017

  • Study Finds Praying Mantises Kill and Eat Small Birds

  • A new study has found that praying mantis species all across the globe will kill and eat birds. Praying mantises are carnivorous insects with powerful raptorial front legs. They generally feed on arthropods but have been seen eating small vertebrates such as frogs, lizards, salamanders or snakes. Birds are also on the menu according to a new study conducted by zoologists Martin Nyffeler (University of Basel), Mike Maxwell (National University, La Jolla, California), and James Van Remsen (Louisiana State University). Read more... July 5, 2017

  • Researchers Investigate Explosion of Sea Pickles off Northwest Coast

  • The number of sea pickles (pyrosomes) has exploded off the Northwest coast over the past thee years. The tubular translucent creatures were rarely seen in the region until about two years ago. This year the pyrosomes have exploded in numbers. Researchers from the NOAA Fisheries' Northwest Fisheries Science Center, Oregon State University and the University of Oregon are trying to figure out why. Read more... July 5, 2017

  • Ancient Giant Croc-like Creature Had Serrated Teeth Like T. Rex

  • Scientists have identified an ancient croc-like creature based on fossils discovered in Madagascar. It is described by researchers from the National History Museum in Milan. It belonged to animal group known as notosuchians. Researchers say it may have been the largest non-marine mesoeucrocodylian of the Jurassic. Read more... July 4, 2017

  • Rat Lungworm Found Throughout Florida Say Scientists

  • Researchers from the University of Florida have discovered that rat lungworm can be found throughout Florida. The noodle-like organisms pictured in the above photo are adult rat lungworms emerging from the pulmonary artery of a rat. The parasitic worm can cause meningitis in humans and animals. Read more... June 28, 2017

  • Ancient Wasp Species Discovered in Amber Named After Ziggy Stardust

  • Scientists have discovered two new species of wasps preserved in 100 million year old Burmese amber. One of the wasp species was placed in an existing genus, Archaeoteleia. The ancient species has many similarities to its modern relative but the extant wasp had smaller antennal segments and a different number of teeth on its mandible. Read more... June 26, 2017