Scientists read a mouse's mind

Stanford scientists have found a way of observing real-time brain activity in a live mouse, letting them work out where the mouse is in an enclosure on the basis of which neurons are firing.

Meerkat bosses use subordinates as guinea pigs

Just as ancient emperors employed tasters to make sure their food was harmless, so meerkat 'queens' use more junior members of the group as guinea pigs.

Intact biomolecules found in 350-million-year-old fossils

Scientists have for the first time discovered complex organic molecules that have survived fossilization, in the form of 350-million-year-old sea creatures found in Ohio, Indiana and Iowa.

Advanced "smart materials" found in 2014 Corevette

The engineering and technology found in the upcoming 2014 Chevrolet Corvette is quite impressive.

Bilingual babies learn grammar by seven months

Babies can distinguish between, and begin to learn, two languages with vastly different grammatical structures at just seven months old, say scientists.

NASA: Meteor explosion in Russia had nothing to do with asteroid flyby

The scientific community is aflutter after reports, images, and video of a massive meteor explosion in Russia clogged the Internet early Friday morning.

Single mutation brought many East Asian traits

A single mutation around 30,000 years ago appears to be responsible for several traits common in East Asian peoples, from thicker hair to denser sweat glands.

Dogs recognize other dogs on a computer screen

Dogs can pick out faces of other dogs on a computer screen, say researchers, irrespective of breed, showing they can recognize and categorize their own species by sight alone.

Methane explosions power these soft jumping robots

Harvard researchers are currently devleoping "soft robots" that are capable of performing all sorts of functions robots made out of rigid materials, such as metal, are unable to do.

Computer program reconstructs ancient languages

Computer scientists say they are now able to reconstruct lost languages using big data computing techniques and machine learning.

Does your dog know what you're thinking?

It won't come as much of a surprise to most dog owners, but new research has shown that man's best friend is a lot more likely to steal food when nobody's looking, suggesting for the first time that dogs can understand a human's point of view.

Google wants autonomous vehicles on streets in 3-5 years

Over the past few years, Google has been working to perfect its sophisticated autonomous vehicle technology.

Volcanoes trigger greenhouse effect

Earth's repeated flip-flopping between greenhouse and icehouse states over the past 500 million years may have been caused by volcanoes at particular spots where enormous amounts of carbon dioxide are released into the atmosphere.

New dates support impact theory of dinosaur extinction

Scientists say they're homing in on the precise date of both the extinction of the dinosaurs 66 million years ago, and the massive impact that's believed by many to have caused it.

Say hello to your oldest mammal ancestor

Scientists believe they've identified the common ancestor that links human beings with all other placental mammals: a rat-sized creature that lived on insects.

Antarctic research base can ski across ice

Britain’s newest Antarctic Research Station, set to become fully operational this month, should last longer than its predecessors thanks to the abiity to slide across the ice to safety when required.

New-found prime number is 17 million digits long

Mathematicians have discovered the largest prime number yet - two to the power of 257,885,161, minus one.

Check out this moth as it drives robot car

Give a moth a robot car, and it'll use it to cruise the streets for a female, Japanese scientists have discovered. Using a small, two-wheeled robot, a male silkmoth was able to track down the sex pheromone usually given off by a female mate.

Did Neanderthals die out before modern humans arrived in Europe?

New radiocarbon dating suggests that Neanderthals may not have lived alongside Homo sapiens in southern Europe as thought - let alone interbred with us.

New type of pterosaur may have hunted on foot

A new kind of flying reptile from the late Cretaceous has been identified from bones found in Romania's Transylvanian Basin.