Senator slams National Science Foundation for 'waste'

A senator known for his opposition to unnecessary government spending has hit out at the National Science Foundation in a 73-page report.

Nice guys finish last - and now we know why

Smile and the world smiles with you - but you might not get your girl. Yup, a team of Canadian scientists has confirmed what everybody knew - that we all tend to fall for the bad boys.

New metamaterial facilitates wireless power

Electrical engineers at Duke University say certain unique man-made materials should improve wireless power transfer dramatically, allowing laptops, cell phones, or even cars to be charged without cables.

Scientists set record in data transmission speeds

Scientists have successfully transmitted data at a rate of 26 terabits per second on a single laser beam - the equivalent of 700 DVDs in one second.

Shell builds world's biggest floating object

Shell's announced that it's to go ahead with plans to build the world's largest floating object ever, a platform designed to exploit offshore natural gas fields.

Internet 'legal highs' contain banned substances

Beware of buying 'legal highs' from the internet - many don't have the claimed ingredients, and some contain controlled subtances, analysis shows.

Chinese farmers plagued by exploding watermelons

Farmers in China have been baffled by a rather peculiar problem: exploding watermelons.

Paralyzed man learns to walk again

For the first time ever, a man paralyzed from the chest down has walked unaided.

Robots develop their own language and talk

A pair of Australian robots have successfully created their own language from scratch and used it to communicate with one another.

Apple fandom is 'religious belief'

In a documentary screened by the BBC this week, neuroscientists suggest that Apple fans see the company's products in much the same way as religious people perceive their sacred icons.

Hospitals mislead patients about robotic surgery

Large numbers of US hospitals are misleading patients about the so-called benefits of robotic surgery, with many making wholesale use of material provided by manufacturers.

Autopsy confirms 3,500 year old Egyptian princess had clogged arteries

If you thought McDonald’s was the only food capable of giving you artery busting bad health, think again.

Odds are against ESP, say researchers - though their numbers say a bit different

Back in November, Cornell psychologist Daniel Bem published a study which appeared to show that extra-sensory perception (ESP) was a real phenomenon.

Which technologies improve the fastest?

Some technologies have remained the same for centuries; others seem to change every five minutes. But how are researchers to know where it's worth investing time and money in looking for improvements?

World's smallest 3D printer created

A research team at the Vienna University of Technology says it's built a small, low-cost 3D printer that could soon make it into people's homes.

War games used to treat traumatized soldiers

For many people, there's still a stigma associated with therapy, and soldiers are at least as vulnerable to this as anybody else.

Stephen Hawking rejects idea of afterlife

Physicist Stephen Hawking has described the idea of heaven as a 'fairy story'.

Paraplegic student walks to receive diploma

Fifteen thousand people cheered as graduating senior Austin Whitney walked up to UC Berkeley chancellor Robert Birgeneau on Saturday for the university's commencement ceremony.

Team improves supercapacitor performance for better energy storage

Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin have created a greatly enhanced supercapacitor, improving energy storage in everything from energy grids and electric cars to consumer electronics.

'Sighted' wheelchair gets first test drive

A team at Sweden's Luleå University of Technology have developed an electric wheelchair that can 'see' for its user.