Next supercontinent will form at North Pole

Make the most of the Caribbean on your next vacation - it won't be around for ever.

Whales stressed out by shipping noise

Low-frequency noise from shipping is causing chronic stress in whales, a study has found.

Microrockets travel at virtual warp speed

Scientists have developed a new kind of tiny motor capable of propelling itself through acidic environments - such as the human stomach - without any external energy source.

Fall of communism hit US mathematicians hard

The collapse of the Soviet Union had a powerful effect on American mathematicians, crowding them out of jobs.

Extinct human's genome placed on internet

Scientists have reconstructed the entire genome of an extinct type of human from a 30,000-year-old finger bone, and made it available on the internet.

Paleontologists listen in on 165-million-year-old song

Ever wondered what the Jurassic sounded like? One group of paleontologists did. And through analysis of some cricket fossils and comparisons with modern insects, they reckon they've found out.

Undiscovered life forms may lurk beneath ancient Antarctic lake

Russian scientists have successfully drilled through approximately 2.5 miles of ice to reach the surface of an ancient sub-glacial Antarctic lake.

Atlantis "grid" disappears from Google Maps

One of the greatest mysteries and legends of Greek mythology is the lost island of Atlantis. 

Online dating: unscientific, but it works

Online dating has shed its stigma, and is  now the most popular way of meeting a partner, other than through friends.

Hurricane lets scientists watch evolution in action

Biologists who released lizards on several uninhabited islands in the Bahamas have been able to observe an evolutionary effect in action.

The butterflies of micro aerial 'bots

Johns Hopkins engineers are aiming their high-speed video cameras at some of the prettiest bugs on the planet in an effort to improve next-gen insect-size flying machines.

The art of spider web design

Although researchers are well aware of the incredible strength of spider silk, the hardy nature of the tiny filaments cannot explain how webs routinely survive multiple tears and winds exceeding hurricane strength.

Video: Nano quadcopters swarm in GRASP Lab

Scientists at the University of Pennsylvania have successfully coordinated the flight patterns of a number of small quadcopters. 

Monitoring structural safety - with paint

A new smart paint can monitor wind turbines, mines and bridges and detect microscopic faults long before structural damage occurs.

Could antimatter weigh more than matter?

Antimatter may weigh more than matter of the same mass, say physicists at the University of California, Riverside, who are attempting to establish how it behaves in gravity.

This virus evolves and mutates

Researchers at Michigan State University have successfully demonstrated how a new virus is capable of evolving and mutating.

Native Americans traced to Siberian mountains

Native Americans can trace their origins to a remote mountainous region of Siberia, new genetic research has shown.

Team uses graphene film to distil vodka

One of the first creators of graphene, Professor Sir Andre Geim, has found a new use for the wonder material - distilling alcohol.

How conspiracy theorists believe the impossible

For some people, the need to believe in conspiracy theories is so great that they're prepared to believe two completely contradictory ideas at the same time.

This 3D object is cloaked

Scientists have managed to cloak a three-dimensional object standing in free space - bringing the coveted sci-fi/fantasy invisibility cloak one step closer to reality.