Deepest coral found off Great Barrier Reef

Scientists from the Catlin Seaview Survey say they've discovered the Great Barrier Reef's deepest corals, over 400 feet beneath the waves.

Babies learn language while still in the womb

At just a few hours old, babies can tell the difference between their native language and a foreign one, showing that they start learning to distinguish the sounds of speech while still in the womb.

Lucy climbed trees as well as walked

More evidence has emerged that Australopithecus afarensis - generally known as Lucy - lived at least partially in the trees.

Topology paves the way for new LCDs

By showing that tiny particles injected into a liquid crystal medium behave in accordance with mathematical theorems, physicists at the University of Colorado Boulder say they've set the stage for a host of new materials with properties that don't exist in nature.

Curiosity rover shoots new self-portrait

NASA's released a new, stunning self-portrait of the Curiosity Mars rover, stitched together from dozens of high-resolution images.

Elaborate globe may have been teaching toy

A mysterious 100-year-old Spanish globe appears to be an interactive teaching aid - 'perhaps the Wikipedia of its day', say researchers.

Himalayas set for major quakes?

Massive earthquakes have left clear ground scars in the central Himalayas, raising concerns that more could be on the way - in a region that has a population density similar to that of New York City.

Is birdsong really music?

Birds may be moved emotionally by their own music in the same way as we are by ours, suggests a new study on white-throated sparrows.

Antarctic drilling project called off

The ambitious attempt to drill through two miles of ice to reach an Antarctic lake has been called off, following problems with the boiler used to heat water for drilling.

Human evolution driven by sudden climate change

Erratic changes in the East African climate around two million years ago may have been the driving force behind human evolution, say researchers at Penn State and Rutgers University.

It's Christmas: be very, very careful...

The press releases don't stop coming at this time of year; but they do change character slightly. And this year in particular, I'm hearing from a lot of hospitals and academics, and all they seem to want to do is scare me.

Video: Robot droplets - a liquid swarm that thinks

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a…swarm of ping pong balls?

These contact lenses have embedded LCD displays

Contact lenses were originally designed to correct poor vision, all while offering a viable alternative to huge coke-bottle glasses.

Volvo plans first self-driving cars for 2014

Volvo is likely one of the first companies that comes to mind when you think about automotive manufacturers with a history of adopting new safety technology. 

Island ‘undiscovered’ by scientists

An island that was present on international maps and Google Earth has been found not to exist by scientists aboard an Australian Marine National Facility research vessel in the Coral Sea off the North-eastern tip of Australia. 

Driverless car bill passed in California

California's governor Jerry Brown says that today's science fiction is tomorrow's reality.

Microsoft patents '3D living room'

Microsoft wants to turn your living room into a virtual gaming machine.

Blue moon will light up the sky tonight

A phenomenon will occur tonight that only happens once in a blue moon - literally.

Old dads more likely to pass on defects

A new study gives a lot more weight to the father when it comes to passing down genetic disorders to children.

'Mutant butterflies' found near Fukushima

The nuclear power plant disaster that occurred after Japan's extreme weather last year may have had an impact on the surrounding area.