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.
A new mobile robotic printer that is only a little bigger than three stacked hockey pucks will enable people to print anywhere and on any size page of paper.
Bendable, morphing wings covered with overlapping pieces resembling scales or feathers could be used to build more agile, fuel-efficient aircraft, a new study finds.
Neanderthals and modern humans interbred long ago, but evolution has purged many of our caveman relative's genes from modern human genomes, a new study finds.
For all their infamous raiding and plundering, the Vikings who attacked from Scandinavia might have been just a bunch of lonely-hearted bachelors, new research suggests.
Ancient corpses dumped haphazardly into desert graves near the U.S.-Mexican border may have been victims of blood feuds between and within communities, a new study finds.
Diamonds may decorate some of the most coveted pieces of bling, but these precious stones could one day have a more practical use: storing vast amounts of data.
For the first time, a device implanted into the brain of a person with a spinal cord injury has been used to restore the patient's sense of touch.
Recently formed craters on the surface of the moon are far more common than scientists had previously predicted, raising concerns about the safety of future lunar missions.
Disastrous floods like those seen during Hurricane Sandy in 2012 may hit New York City 17 times more often in the next century, a new study finds.
Scientists have found some funky DNA lurking inside a virus that infects bacteria. In addition to its own genes, the virus holds genetic material from black widow spiders and other animals.
Shape-shifting materials that can be programmed to morph over time could lead to medical implants that unfold at controlled rates inside the body, a new study finds.
Researchers have now performed "quantum teleportation" of laser pulses over several miles within two city networks of fiber optics.