Lab-on-a-chip provides instant disease diagnosis

Quick, portable device

IBM simulates cat, maps human brain to improve chip tech

A cat can look at a queen

Mouse sniffs out counterfeit euros

So dismantle that mint right now

Tiny brain is no bar to intelligence, say scientists

There's hope for us yet

British man given bionic butt

Bet he guards the remote control with his life

Bubblegum could replace injections

Good news for diabetics

Nanospheres can repair spinal cord injuries

'Sticking plasters' for damaged nerve cells

Lee Harvey Oswald photo wasn't faked

Can we just accept the moon landing now, too?

Sub sinks large Hadron Collider

God really doesn't want it to work

Prosthetic hand gives sensation of touch

Tel Aviv University researchers have successfully connected a prosthetic hand to existing nerve endings, allowing the user to actually feel it.

Coconut nuclear power on the horizon

Coconut shell charcoal is the key to what could become the first commercially viable Tokamak fusion power electrical generating facility.

Robot fish could monitor water quality

An engineer and an ecologist at Michigan State University are developing robots that swim like fish to monitor water quality.

Researchers produce viable human germ cells

Researchers at Stanford University have  transformed human embryonic stem cells into germ cells that they believe are so perfect that they could be grown into fully-functioning sperm and eggs.

Nanotubes could cause lung cancer

Carbon nanotubes - which are being considered for use in everything from sports equipment to medical applications - could cause lung cancer if inhaled, according to a study.

Massachusetts aims to boost interest in science and tech careers

In an attempt to persuade students that science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) aren't actually that dull, six Massachusetts institutions have launched a mentoring program.

YouTube offers chance to quiz Nobel winners

YouTube viewers worldwide have the unique opportunity to ask a Nobel laureate a question on the official Nobel Prize channel. NASA's John Mather, recipient of the 2006 Nobel Prize in Physics for measuring the echoes of the Big Bang, will be the first to answer a selection of video questions submitted via YouTube. The deadline for questions is 30 October.

Brain is capable of ultra-precise time recognition

There's a built-in stop-watch in the brain, according to MIT neuroscientists.

Searching the internet is good for your brain

Just a week's internet training can boost brain function in middle-aged and older adults, according to UCLA scientists.

Salt crystals promise improved data storage

Humble salt crystals could hold the key to improved data storage, but have until now been very hard to to create with enough accuracy.

Fizzy soda leaves sour taste in the mouth

A team of scientists revealed that human beings can taste the CO2 in fizzy drinks.