Biotech firm may have answer to radiation sickness

While US personnel in Japan have been issued with supplies of potassium iodide in the event that they need treatment for radiation sickness, it's very much a last-ditch solution.

Journey to the center of the Earth?

Geologists have embarked upon an ambitious project to drill through the earth's crust and extract a sample of the mantle.

Religion's doomed in many countries, say mathematicians

Religion's on its way out in every one of nine countries studied by a team of scientists.

Speed of light limiting stock trading, says physicist

Stock exchange trades now happen so quickly that the speed of light has become a factor, and exchanges may have to be relocated as a result, say researchers.

Abandoned experiment gives clue to origins of life

Some experimental samples put aside for 50 years have provided new evidence that life on earth could have been kick-started by volcanoes.

Single lens produces 3D microscopic images

Engineers at Ohio State University have invented a single lens that can create microscopic 3D images by itself.

As radiation reaches the US, scientists say not to worry

Radiation from Japan’s damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant is already reaching the US, and is more difficult to predict than the weather, say University of Maryland atmospheric scientists.

Blood analysis chip detects diseases in minutes

A big step forward in microfluidics has helped researchers develop stand-alone, self-powered chips that can diagnose diseases within minutes.

Irish scientists create perfect head on Guinness

As everybody recovers from St Patrick's Day, mathematicians from the University of Limerick say they have solved the problem of creating a perfect creamy head on a pint of Guinness poured from a can. 

Even low levels of sonar can drive whales to their deaths

Naval sonar exercises are much more distressing to beaked whales than previously believed, and are driving them to beach themselves, a new study has found.

Could Large Hadron Collider be world's first time machine?

The Large Hadron Collider could - just possibly - be capable of causing matter to travel backwards in time.

Team claims it's found Atlantis

A - for once - reputable team of scientists believes it may have found the fabled lost city of Atlantis, saying it appears to have been destroyed by a tsunami.

Japan battles to prevent nuclear meltdown

Japanese officials are fighting to prevent a meltdown at its Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

Get back to your desk: workaholics live longer than laid-back people

Want to live for a long time? Cut out the jokes, worry a lot and work hard.

New switch could help build 'quantum internet'

A new switching device could represent a big step towards the creation of quantum networks, say researchers at Northwestern University.

Reversing Doppler Effect holds promise for invisibility cloak

If scientists carry on at this rate, we'll soon have more types of invisibility cloak to choose from than Imelda Marcos had shoes.

Many 'dormant' volcanoes could erupt at any time

There may be no such thing as a dormant volcano, according to scientists, who say that many could in fact be reawakened in a period of months.

Earth's sixth mass extinction could already be underway

Life on earth is on the verge of a mass extinction comparable to that which wiped out the dinosaurs, scientists at UC Berkeley have warned.

Team creates most powerful optical microscope ever

University of Manchester scientists say they've produced the world’s most powerful optical microscope, and that it could revolutionize the study of viruses and other diseases.

Scientist extracts DNA from Amelia Earhart's letters

In the age of CSI and Law & Order, scientists are putting newfound interest into the mystery of Amelia Earhart. Hoping to extract her DNA from dried saliva on two envelopes she is believed to have sealed, one British Columbia researcher is attempting to reveal new secrets about her past.