Satellites reveal lost cities in Libya

Satellite imagery has revealed evidence of a lost Saharan civilisation in Libya’s south-western desert.

Fabled Viking 'sunstone' shown to really work

French researchers have backed up the idea that Viking seafarers were able to navigate even on cloudy days by using 'sunstones' with special properties.

NASA tracks massive crack in Antarctic ice shelf

NASA is conducting aerial surveillance missions to monitor a massive crack that cuts across the floating ice shelf of Pine Island Glacier in Antarctica.

Gecko-inspired robot can climb perfectly smooth walls

Inspired by the gecko, researchers at Simon Fraser University have developed a tank-like robot that can climb smooth walls or cross ceilings without using magnets or suction cups.

More people have Denisovan genes than thought

Genes from non-human hominids are more common in present-day humans than thought, a new genetic analysis shows.

Video: PETMAN, the anthropomorphic robot

Boston Dynamics has posted a video of PETMAN, the anthropomorphic robot developed for testing special protective clothing used by the US Army.

Alien abductions 'all in the mind'

Scientists say they've succeeded in inducing alien abduction experiences in volunteers - and they're all just dreams, they say.

Conservatives are queasier than liberals, say scientists

Conservatives aren't just disgusted by hippies and liberals - they're more likely to be disgusted by everything else too.

'Junk DNA' makes us different from chimps

It was a bit of a surprise for scientists to discover just how similar human and chimpanzee DNA is - and left them scratching their heads to explain the enormous physiological differences between the two species.

Computer scientist cracks eighteenth-century secret code

Three hunded years after it was created, the Copiale Cipher has been broken using machine translation techniques.

Nanoparticles 'no threat to health'

There's no need to worry about the effects of nanoparticles on human health, it appears - we've all been surrounded by them for years.

Popular Facebookers have different brains

There's a direct link between the number of Facebook friends a person has and the size of particular brain regions, say researchers at University College London (UCL).

MIT radar gives real-time video through concrete walls

MIT researchers have developed a new radar technology that gives real-time video of what’s going on behind solid walls from up to 60 feet away.

Video: Quantum levitation and floating semi-conductors

Researchers at Israel's Tel Aviv University recently showcased a floating semi-conductor - illustrating the power of "quantum levitation."

Robot gives clues on evolution of flight

A tiny robot insect has given support to the idea that the first flying creatures were tree-dwellers.

Tiny artificial muscles flex like elephant's trunk

An international team of researchers has invented minute artificial muscles that can rotate object a thousand times their own weight.

Team finds trigger for volcanic 'super-eruptions'

'Super-eruptions' of major volcanic systems such as Yellowstone are triggered by a combination of the temperature influence and precise shape of the magma chamber, say scientists.

Antarctic expedition seeks unique forms of life

A British engineering team will next week head off to Antarctica in an attempt to understand more about the evolution of life on Earth and other planets.

How life might have survived 'snowball Earth'

It's known that the Earth almost certainly went through a period of global glaciation billions of years ago - but it's never been clear how life managed to survive.

Triassic 'Kraken' may have created self-portrait

Back in the Triassic, giant octopi were killing and eating ichthyosaurs - and arranging their bones in pretty patterns, says a Mount Holyoke College paleontologist.