Mystery Solved

  1. Animals

    Leafhoppers use tiny light-absorbing balls to conceal their eggs

    Leafhoppers produce microscopic balls that absorb light rather than reflect it and help camouflage the insects’ eggs.

  2. Astronomy

    How a meteor shower helped solve the case of the vanishing comet

    A missing comet has been linked to a long-lost meteor shower, helping astronomers recover both.

  3. Animals

    How spiders mastered spin control

    Scientists reveal a new twist on the unusual properties of spider silk.

  4. Planetary Science

    Why you can hear and see meteors at the same time

    People can see and hear meteors simultaneously because of radio waves produced by the descending space rocks.

  5. Ecosystems

    Hawk moths convert nectar into antioxidants

    Hawk moths use their sugary diet to make antioxidants that protect their muscles.

  6. Physics

    A slowdown at the sun’s surface explained

    Light escaping from the sun could slow the spinning of its surface layers.

  7. Animals

    Dragonfish opens wide with flex neck joint

    New study reveals anatomical secrets of mysterious deep ocean fish.

  8. Life

    Blue leaves help begonias harvest energy in low light

    The iridescent color of some begonias comes from tiny structures that also help the plant convert dim light into energy.

  9. Materials Science

    Shark jelly is strong proton conductor

    A jelly found in sharks and skates, which helps them sense electric fields, is a strong proton conductor.

  10. Planetary Science

    Long-lost ‘extinct’ meteorite found

    A newly discovered meteorite, nicknamed Öst 65, may have originated from the same collision that formed L chondrites, one of the most abundant groups of meteorites on Earth.

  11. Life

    Bacteria use cool trick to make ice

    By reordering nearby water molecules, Pseudomonas syringae bacteria can make ice.

  12. Paleontology

    True nature of ‘Tully monster’ revealed

    The identity of a 300-million-year-old enigmatic creature known as the “Tully monster” is a mystery no longer.