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When a fire ant colony is flooded, the bugs use their natural buoyancy to form life rafts that can last for weeks, a new study shows.
An alien world 36 light-years away may be one of the most Earthlike known—if it has enough clouds, a new study predicts.
After months of simulated space travel, three astronauts have ventured into a darkened, sand-filed room designed to look like Mars.
Viruses that could play a role in the recent decline in honeybee colonies may be spreading through flower pollen, new research finds.
A European fungus may be to blame for the rapid decline of four once common bee species in North America, experts say.
REM sleep boosts memory, creativity, and more, experts announce.
An Earth-size planet orbiting a dim, red star either has a blanket of ultrahot steam or a noxious, cloudy haze of hydrogen, new data reveal.
In a kind of reverse alchemy, physicists turned gold into samples of the heaviest antimatter particle yet found, researchers announced.
Panda poop has offered scientists clues to how the iconic bears keep high-fiber diets when they have the guts of carnivores.
Scraps of paper recovered from a set of 16th-century books are from a compilation of 3rd-century Roman laws thought to have been lost to history, scientists say.
The popular bug-repelling chemical DEET has lost its power against some disease-carrying mosquitoes, a new study says.
A genetic mutation causes a very rare few to be born without fingerprints, a new study says.
The metal-munching bacteria found on the famous wreck may help teach engineers how to protect deep-sea oil rigs, experts say.
A handful of fossil jaws from a Thai coal mine belong to a new species of nocturnal primates called tarsiers, scientists say.