Study claims playing video games makes you eat more

According to a recent study by Canadian researchers, playing video games actually makes people eat more food, even if they aren’t hungry.

Scientists recommend technology diet

Could too much Facebook, Twitter, TV, and texting be bad for your health? As the amount of outside stimuli from technology increases, scientists are concerned our brains could be at risk.

Report: Insect-borne virus spread by sexual contact

History is replete with scientific findings whose discoveries were, in some respects, quite accidental.

World's business data nears ten zettabytes per year

We're a talkative species (some more so than others - ed.), but even so, it's something of a surprise to see just how much information's being exchanged every day on the internet - 9,570,000,000,000,000,000,000 bytes per year, to be precise.

Computer controlled by thoughts alone

Washington University scientists have managed to connect people's  brains directly to a computer, allowing the computer to listen to their thoughts.

Tevatron data indicates unknown new particle

Physicists at Fermilab, which operates the Tevatron particle accelerator, say they may have found a new elementary particle - but not the so-called God particle, the elusive Higgs boson.

Lab-grown retina offers transplant hope

Japanese researchers have succeeded in persuading mouse stem cells to grow into a synthetic retina autonomously.

Branson plans trip to the depths of the oceans

It looks as if, for one man at least, space is far from the final frontier. Richard Branson has turned his attention to the seas, and is planning to take a mini submarine to the deepest point of each of the world's five oceans.

Craig Venter team finds evidence of new form of life

A team, including DNA pioneer Craig Venter, says it may have discovered an entirely new domain of life.

Physicists set record for quantum entanglement

Innsbruck physicists have set a world record, achieving controlled entanglement of 14 quantum bits (qubits) and thus creating the largest quantum register ever.

Mechanical bird flies just like the real thing

Automation company Festo has created a biomechatronic bird that can take off, fly and land simply by flapping its wings, with no other drive mechanism.

New type of particle accelerator fired up for first time

A new type of particle accelerator designed as a proof of concept has reached a major milestone, successfully delivering a speed of 18 MeV.

Paralyzed woman conducts orchestra with her mind

A British woman with locked-in syndrome has been able to conduct an orchestra using just the power of her thoughts.

Spray-on nanomaterial can neutralize IEDs

It sounds too good to be true - but US scientists have developed a substance that they say can be sprayed onto suspected explosives to detect and completely neutralize them.

US unprepared for major earthquake, says NRC

The US is complacent about its ability to cope with earthquakes, says the National Research Council, which has today released a 20-year road map for increasing resilience to quakes.

China soon to overtake US as world's scientific superpower

China is set to overtake the US as the world's scientific 'superpower' as early as 2013, a major study from the UK's Royal Society has concluded.

New 'ray gun' can put out fires

A team of chemists has produced a device that they say can put out fires and could be used by firefighters as an alternative to water or foam.

Pineapple fibres make plastic as strong as Kevlar

The cars of the future could be made from pineapples or bananas, Brazilian scentists say.

Large quakes don't trigger others far away, study finds

Big earthquakes don't trigger others far away, a new study from the Royal Geographic Survey and the University of Texas has found.

Superconductor research indicates new phase of matter

Scientists believe they've found an answer to a puzzling gap in the electronic structures of some high-temperature superconductors - and that the answer could be a previously-undiscovered phase of matter.