As best scientists can tell, lobsters age so gracefully they show no measurable signs of aging: no loss of appetite, no change in metabolism, no loss of reproductive urge or ability, no decline in strength or health. Lobsters, when they die, seem to die from external causes.
A moment of levity in Oklahoma Tuesday when Wolf Blitzer, concluding an interview with a woman who survived the devastating tornado, asked her if she had thanked the Lord for a decision she made that saved her life. She replied that she was an atheist.
A tornado devastated parts of Oklahoma City on Monday, twisting schools, hospitals, and neighborhoods into rubble and killing dozens of people. Tornado Alley is a dangerous place to live. Considering all the tornadoes, hurricanes, fires, and floods that afflict the United States, what is the safest place to live?
Animals are smarter than many people realize, and they can learn to do all sorts of stuff. That's why so many creatures have been domesticated — but it's also why people have tried, over and over, to send animals to war.
When President Obama last week tweeted that '97% of scientists agree: climate change is real, man-made, and dangerous' he drew the attention of his 31 million followers to the most recent study pointing to the consensus in climate science.
Penguins can move underwater with the speed of a swallow or swift, but cannot fly even as far as a chicken. How did a bird that in some cases shuffles 40 miles to its breeding grounds on unsuitable flippers end up losing its ability to fly there quickly?
Brains are smart enough to rewire themselves, a new international study of rats has found. The study turns on its head the common misconception brain damage is irreversible, showing the precise neural pathways that can compensate after damage to memory structures in the brain. The work has implications for Alzheimer’s disease, stroke and other neurological disorders.
Can the scientific literature be trusted? In 'Why Most Published Research Findings Are False', Professor John P. A. Ioannidis, Professor of Medicine and Director of the Stanford Prevention Research Center at Stanford University School of Medicine, basically says no, it cannot.