Word that a giant eyeball washed up on a Florida beach has created a buzz on the Internet and in the marine biology community.
An assistant biology professor at Florida International University in Miami on Friday said the blue eyeball may have come from a deep sea squid or a large swordfish. Heather Bracken-Grissom says she started discussing the eyeball with her colleagues as soon as they saw the pictures on the Internet.Full Story
A court has blocked the export of 25 captive dolphins trained in the Philippines to become show animals at a Singapore casino, a Filipino official and animal rights groups said Saturday.
A civil suit filed by the rights groups alleged the traffic in live Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins for sport or entertainment was illegal, cruel and would cause the extinction of the species.Full Story
The U.S. space shuttle Endeavour is making its final journey, at the less than rocket-propelled speed of two miles an hour, in a meticulously planned and stately trip through the streets of Los Angeles.
Some 400 trees have had to be cut down -- provoking initial protests from locals -- and power lines turned off to make way for the 78-ton vehicle on the two-day, 12-mile (19-kilometer) journey to the California Science Center.Full Story
At its prime, the space shuttle Endeavor cruised around the Earth at 17,500 mph, faster than a speeding bullet.
In retirement, it's crawling along at a sluggish 2 mph, a pace that rush-hour commuters can sympathize with.Full Story
Twinkling stars are not the only diamonds in the sky. Scientists reported Thursday the existence of a "diamond planet" twice the size of Earth and eight times its mass, zooming around a nearby star.
In fact, this is not the first diamond planet ever discovered, but it is the first found orbiting a sun-like star and whose chemical makeup has been specified.Full Story
A rock analyzed by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has a surprising and more varied composition that resembles rare rocks from the bowels of our planet, the U.S. space agency said Thursday.
"This rock is a close match in chemical composition to an unusual but well-known type of igneous rock found in many volcanic provinces on Earth," Curiosity co-investigator Edward Stolper of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena said in a statement.Full Story
The University of Nottingham says that Keith Campbell, a prominent biologist who worked on cloning Dolly the sheep, has died at 58.
University spokesman Tim Utton said Thursday that Campbell, who had worked on animal improvement and cloning since 1999, died last Friday. Utton did not specify the cause of death. Campbell had worked at the university until recently.Full Story
The ice goes on seemingly forever in a white pancake-flat landscape, stretching farther than ever before. And yet in this confounding region of the world, that spreading ice may be a cockeyed signal of man-made climate change, scientists say.
This is Antarctica, the polar opposite of the Arctic.Full Story
A 520-million-year-old, three-inch (7.6-centimeter) fossil has yielded evidence that complex brains evolved much earlier than previously thought, scientists said Wednesday.
The preserved external skeleton of Fuxianhuia protensa, an extinct type of arthropod, is the earliest known fossil to show a complex brain, according to a study published in the journal Nature.Full Story
Astronomers using a powerful Chile-based telescope on Wednesday released a rare image of a spiral shell of cosmic dust and gas surrounding a red giant star.
The discovery marks the first time that scientists have found such a structure and obtained full three-dimensional information about the spiral.Full Story