Life on Mars search could be misled by false fossils

Mars explorers searching for signs of ancient life could be fooled by fossil-like specimens created by chemical processes, research suggests. Rocks on Mars may contain...

High-speed propeller star is fastest spinning white dwarf

A white dwarf star that completes a full rotation once every 25 seconds is the fastest spinning confirmed white dwarf, according to a team...

A commonly found parasite could treat certain types of cancer, say scientists

Scientists have discovered that a deadly parasite, known to cause ill health in pregnant women and immunocompromised patients, could potentially be used to treat...

The shifting sounds of spring revealed in new study

Natural sounds, and bird song in particular, play a key role in building and maintaining our connection with nature - but a major new...

Astronomers investigating death of nearby galaxies find their culprit

Scientists have provided the clearest evidence yet of the processes that are killing off galaxies in nearby regions of the Universe. In a new paper...

Why did the mammoths disappear?

Woolly mammoths roamed the earth for millions of years and vanished for good only 4,000 years ago. The hairy cousins of today’s elephants lived alongside...

New research shows that Vikings settled in North America a thousand years ago

Columbus was not the first European to reach the Americas. The Vikings got there centuries beforehand, although exactly when has remained unclear. Now scientists...

New Galaxy images reveal a fitful start to the Universe

New images have revealed detailed clues about how the first stars and structures were formed in the Universe and suggest the formation of the...

The mystery of horse domestication decoded at last – success of modern horses due...

Modern horses owe most of their success to genetic changes which led to more docile behaviour and an improved back, a new study shows. Experts...

Leprosy confirmed in wild chimpanzees

Leprosy has been found in wild chimpanzees for the first time, a new study reveals. Researchers have confirmed cases of the disease among two unconnected...