Weevil discovered to have screw-in hips

A screw-and-nut system has been discovered for the first time in nature, in the hip joint of a tiny weevil.

Green becoming a theme in U.S. cities

Yes, the Feds may routinely hem and haw about climate change legislation. 

Why does it rain more near airports?

Areas around airports experience more rain and snow, say researchers, as planes trigger precipitation by flying through clouds.

Sensitive skin makes robots more self-aware

Scientists at the Technical University of Munich say they've moved closer to the development of self-aware robots by giving them sensitive skin.

Scientists move closer to mind reading

Researchers at the University of Western Ontario say they can tell what action a person is planning, moments before they actually do it.

Nuclear material 'safe' as Los Alamos fire rages

Radioactive material at the Los Alamos National Laboratory is safe, despite a wildfire which is keeping the lab closed for a fourth day.

Democracy makes for more wars, says professor

It would be nice to think that as humanity grew up a bit and democracy spread, the number of wars would decrease.

Genetic editing cures hemophilia

Doctors have for the first time been able to treat hemophilia by a process called gene editing - reparing flaws in the genetic code of a living animal.

NASA flyovers to measure pollution in major cities

NASA has confirmed plans to conduct extensive flyovers over Maryland next week as part of an initiative to study air pollution in major cities.

Darwin's library - complete with notes - goes online

Charles Darwin's entire personal scientific library - including his own scribbled notes in the margins - is to appear online for the first time.

City living affects brain structure

Researchers have discovered that two areas of the brain are directly affected by city living, leading to a greater risk of anxiety and mood disorders.

Ten thousand-year clock takes shape in Texan cave

It's a grand gesture on the scale of Ozymandias - although somewhat less egotistical - a clock designed to keep time for ten thousand years.

Can people sense Earth's magnetic field?

People may be able to 'see' magnetic fields just as migrating birds do - or, at any rate, have once had the ability to do so in the past.

Autism more common in hi-tech areas

Autism is more common in geographical areas with a high proportion of engineers and IT specialists, a Cambridge University study has found. And, they say, this may be partly because autism is linked to skills seen as desirable in a tech-savvy society.

Team overrides faulty genetic signalling for first time

Scientists have discovered an entirely new way to change the genetic code, bringing hope of treatments for devastating genetic disorders such as cystic fibrosis, muscular dystrophy and many forms of cancer.

Green groups slam geoengineering proposals

Yesterday, 125 international and national organizations hit out at proposals from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) that geoengineering projects could be the answer to climate change.

TV gives you diabetes and heart disease

Stay away from that television - it could kill you. While you might think there's no harm in checking out what the Kardashians are up to,  they could be giving you fatal diseases.

Fermilab fails to confirm existence of new particle

Physicists at the US Department of Energy's Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory say they've been unable to confirm the existence of a new particle indicated by Fermilab experiments in April.

Human evolution much slower than supposed

Human beings are evolving much more slowly than previously believed, new research shows - maybe at just a third of the rate.

Living laser created from human kidney cell

Scientists, rather unbelievably, have created a functioning laser from a single living human kidney cell.