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Electron superhighway paves way for quantum computer

Rice University physicists have created a tiny "electron superhighway" that could help scientists design a quantum-based computer at some point in the future.

Scientists set off on yeti hunt

A group of Russian and American scientsts are this week off to Siberia to evaluate evidence for the existence of the yeti - and to go and look for one themselves.

Physics Nobel honors discovery of the end of the universe

This year's Nobel Prize in Physics 2011 has been awarded to Saul Perlmutter, Brian P Schmidt and Adam G Riess for revealing the final fate of the universe.

Cloaking device hides objects using mirage (video)

Scientists have created a working cloaking device that can be switched off and on and which hides an object by creating a mirage.

Tiny flying carpet built in Princeton lab

It may be only a few inches across, it may fly rather low. But who cares - it's a real flying carpet.

Smile: you'll be miserable by mid-afternoon, Twitter data shows

Wherever you are, whoever you are, the odds are that you wake up cheerful and get steadily more grumpy through the day - until the evening comes and you can kick back a bit.

Magic shrooms alter your personality

Duuude! Did you know that all those magic mushrooms you took way back when may have permanently altered your personality?

Tevatron accelerator to shut down tomorrow

Tomorrow, the US' Tevatron particle accelerator is to give up its efforts to recreate the Big Bang and shut down after 25 years of operation.

Redshift observations back up general theory of relativity

Sorry, says the barman, we don't serve neutrinos. A neutrino walks into a bar.

Artificial cerebellum restores rat's brain function

Israeli scientists say they've created a synthetic cerebellum that has restored lost brain function in rats.

Does coffee lower women's risk of depression?

A recently published study seems to indicate women who drink two to three cups of caffeinated coffee a day are 15 percent less likely to develop depression.

Scientists create 'anti-magnet' cloaking device

Spanish researchers say they've created a new type of magnetic cloak, which shields objects from magnetic fields, while also preventing any internal magnetic fields from leaking out.

Was Einstein wrong? Speed of light appears to have been broken

European scientists believe they've observed subatomic particles traveling faster than the speed of light - something that Einstein's theory of relativity says should be impossible.

Brain imaging reveals the movies in our minds

Scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, have managed to decode and reconstruct dynamic visual experiences processed by the human brain.

'Longevity gene' is nothing of the sort

British scientists have poured cold water on US research that claimed to have identified a gene responsible for ageing.

Twin Towers brought down by molten aluminum, says scientist

An international materials technology conference in San Diego has been given a new explanation for the explosions heard within the Twin Towers just before their collapse.

Seismologists in court over Italian earthquake

Six Italian scientists and former government officials are to appear in court today over charges that their failure to predict an earthquake led to hundreds of deaths.

Intelligent T-shirts track vital signs

Scientists at la Universidad Carlos III de Madrid have developed an 'intelligent' T-shirt that monitors people's vital signs and tracks their position.

Team creates 'living' cells made of metal

Scottish scientists say they've taken the first steps towards creating a form of life based on inorganic elements.