Cypress wood might have been used in ancient palaces in Persia partly because of its sacred value in a religion known for its "fire temples," a new study finds.
Magnetically controlled swarms of microscopic robots might one day help fight cancer inside the body, new research suggests.
A new artificial-intelligence system designed to imitate the way the brain handles vision can diagnose a rare eye condition just as well as eye doctors can, a new study shows.
The strategy of growing the organs of one species inside the body of another could one day help to produce transplantable human organs.
People may have used silk, a rare luxury good in the ancient world, thousands of years earlier than previously thought, scientists say.
A soft, caterpillar-like robot might one day climb trees to monitor the environment, a new study finds.
For the first time, physicists have shown that atoms of antimatter appear to give off the same kind of light that atoms of regular matter do when illuminated with lasers, a new study finds.
Water ice exists on the surface of Ceres, new observations have confirmed. The water ice is harbored in regions on the surface of this massive asteroid that are permanently cloaked in shadow.
The world's largest, most valuable diamonds may be born in pockets of liquid metal located deep within the Earth, a new study finds.
The ancient relative of humanity dubbed "Lucy" may have been one of a harem of gals who mated with a single male, according to research that suggests her species was polygynous.
The first river polluted by humanity may have been discovered in Jordan, contaminated by copper about 7,000 years ago, a new study finds.
Malaria afflicted the Roman Empire some 2,000 years ago, according to a new analysis of human teeth collected in Italian cemeteries.
A tiny electronic chip just three atoms thick could yield advanced circuits that are powerful, flexible and transparent, researchers said in a new study.
These adhesive sensors can read what's going on in your body based on your sweat, and could eventually provide an alternative to blood tests, according to researchers.
Cats' tongues are covered in mysterious spines, and a group of engineers has found that the teensy structures are shaped like claws and work like Velcro to clean.
In the hunt for the fastest swimming technique, new research shows that the fingers play a key role.
A bubbling flood of molasses that sent a towering wave of goo down the streets of Boston in 1919, and now scientists have figured out why it was so deadly.