Parking lot bones confirmed as Richard III

The University of Leicester has today confirmed that the bones found in a local council parking lot last year are indeed those of Richard III, the last English king to die in battle.

Why an owl can swivel its head (and why you should avoid chiropractors)

If you or I tried to swivel our head round by 270 degrees, we'd cut off the blood supply to our brains and pass out - or worse. But owls manage it: and now scientists have worked out how.

Humans killed off Tasmanian Tigers single-handed

It really is all our fault: the Tasmanian Tiger, or thylacine, was wiped out entirely by human actions; disease didn't play a part, as was previously thought.

Team solves fusion energy mystery

A multinational team says it's finally explained how the behavior of plasma - the extremely hot gases of nuclear fusion - can be controlled using ultra-thin lithium films on graphite walls lining thermonuclear magnetic fusion devices.

Why Superman's such a sweet guy

Getting superpowers in a game makes people more altruistic, say Stanford researchers, who have found that the ability to fly makes you more willing to help others.

Fishy thoughts captured for first time

For the first time, researchers have been able to observe the thoughts of a living fish while it engages in its natural behavior.

Tapeworm eggs found in fossilized poop

Paleontology isn't always about tyrannosaurs and pterodons: sometimes it's quite a lot less glamorous.

Comet not responsible for Clovis disappearance

A group of researchers has poured scorn on the idea that a comet wiped out the North American Clovis people 13,000 years ago.

Dinosaurs evolved through sexual selection

The fossil record can show evidence of sexual selection, say researchers, revealing how members of a species attract a mate.

Drill reaches ancient Antarctic lake

An American research team has successfully drilled through 2,600 feet of Antarctic ice to reach a subglacial lake and collect water and sediment samples that have been isolated for thousands of years.

Ancient dolphin-like croc identified

Ancient bones discovered more than a century ago have been identified as a new species of marine super-predator.

Bacteria found thriving in troposphere

Large numbers of microorganisms, mostly bacteria, have been discovered five miles up in the sky.

Dinosaur challenges theories of early flight

A feathered dinosaur has been discovered that existed way before the bird-like dinosaurs that birds have generally been thought to have evolved from.

Dung beetles navigate using Milky Way

The ancient Egyptians associated the dung beetle with the sun, seeing a parallel between the way it rolls its ball of dung and the way the sun moves across the sky.

Dogs evolved to eat our food

One key way dogs differ from wolves, scientists have discovered, is in their ability to digest starchy foods, indicating that the split between the two species may have come about as dogs adapted to scavenging human leftovers.

Tapirs thrive in remote national parks

Wildlife Conservation Society scientists have discovered a healthy population of lowland tapirs in a network of national parks spanning the Peru-Bolivia border.

Silicon powder produces hydrogen on demand

Super-small particles of silicon react with water to produce hydrogen almost instantaneously, University at Buffalo researchers have discovered.

Male scientists commit more fraud than women

Men, and particularly senior men, are more likely to commit scientific fraud than women, say researchers - who we have to hope we can trust on the matter.

40,000-year-old DNA reveals origins of native Americans

Many present-day Asians and Native Americans are related to humans living some 40,000 years ago in the area near Beijing, an analysis of ancient DNA shows.

Treated cotton could help irrigate deserts

Researchers have developed a special treatment for cotton fabric that allows it to absorb large amounts of water from misty air and release it by itself as it warms.