Internet access linked to prescription drug abuse

Improvements in internet access are leading to an increase in prescription drug abuse, as people find it easier to access rogue pharmacies online.

Do military dogs have titanium teeth?

Perusing the Google News headlines I came across the usual articles about mobile technology, websites, and apps, until I saw a headline that stood out: "Military dogs with titanium teeth take down Osama Bin Laden."

Scientists give computer schizophrenia

Researchers at Yale and the University of Texas say they've made a computer schizophrenic - causing it to claim responsibility for a terrorist incident.

'Happiness gene' identified

Scientists have for the first time discovered a 'happiness gene', which works by regulating the transport of serotonin in the brain.

Pirate-fighting robot aims to make the seas a safer place

This time two weeks ago, I was sitting in a rather delightful beach bar on the south coast of Sri Lanka with a bunch of chaps who were very generous with the beers.

DNA zip codes helps scientists track endangered sharks

With the popularity of shark fin soup in Asia, shark populations all over the globe are being threatened with slow extinction.

Ancient "Nutcracker Man" really ate grass - d'oh!

For decades, scientists have been under the impression that the remains of Paranthropus boisei, a human from 2.3 to 1.2 million year ago, subsisted primarily on nuts mostly because of his hearty jaw and flat molar teeth.

World's smallest atomic clock goes on sale

Well, it's certainly annoying when your wristwatch doesn't keep perfect time. But there's a solution - yes, the world's smallest atomic clock is now available commercially, for only $1,500.

World's smallest data memory: a single atom

Researchers at the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics have created the world's smallest data memory, storing quantum information in a single atom.

First quantum twin atoms created

Physicists at the Vienna University of Technology have succeeded in creating correlated quantum twin atoms using ultracold Bose-Einstein condensates.

Stem cell research cleared for federal funding

Scientists have applauded a decision by the US Federal Court of Appeals to overturn an August 2010 ban on federal funding of embryonic stem cell research.

Think you can multi-task? You can't, say researchers

People who think they can multitask by concentrating on their television as well as their PC are fooling themselves, new research finds.

A single gene may have shaped human cerebral cortex

The size and shape of the human cerebral cortex - responsible for all conscious thought - is largely determined by mutations in a single gene.

European stem-cell research under threat

Leading medical scientists say they are appalled by a ruling from a French judge that they say threatens the development of embryonic stem cell-based therapies.

Parts of your brain could be sleeping right now

Um... what? Sorry. Now I know there was something I was going to tell you... Got it.

'Speed-trap' radar used to detect concussion

Concussion can be notoriously difficult to detect - but a new radar-based method has been developed that can quickly screen individuals including athletes and soldiers on a battlefield.

DNA could act as an antenna in electromagnetic communications

A theoretical physicist has presented research that shows bacteria might transmit electromagnetic signals to produce species-specific wavelengths. 

Authorities 'were right to close airspace' after Icelandic volcano

Despite all the grumbling at the time, European aviation authorities were justified in grounding planes following the eruption of Iceland's Eyjafjallajökull volcano last year, new research shows.

Team makes breakthrough in development of artificial brain

Researchers have built a synthetic synapse in work that could one day lead to a fully-functioning artificial brain.

US team discovers heaviest antimatter yet

Scientists at the US Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory have made the heaviest antimatter ever found.