Department of Energy scientists have built the world's hottest laser, delivering temperatures hotter than the corona of the sun.
Chemists have made a big step towards the creation of a completely artificial life form.
Genes could be a strong predictor of whether a person becomes a career criminal, according to US scientists.
"We believe that infants are born with expectations about the objects around them, even though that knowledge is a skill that’s never been taught."
British chemists at the University of York have moved closer towards establishing the origin of the carbohydrates that form the building blocks of life.
Rice University physicists have built an accurate model of part of the solar system inside a single atom of potassium.
Brain scans of people under the influence of psilocybin - the active ingredient in magic mushrooms - show that brain activity is suppressed by the drug.
Geologists have discovered that Death Valley's Ubehebe Crater, formed by a volcanic explosion, was created much more recently than thought — and that it could go off again any time.
Researchers at the Niels Bohr Institute have managed to successfully combine two worlds: quantum physics and nano physics.
In news that will have dipsomaniacs laughing all the way to the liquor store, scientists have discovered that alcohol can double lifespan.
More than half of parents are filled with fear when asked scientific questions by their kids, a British survey has found.
Many birds can zip at high speed through a forest without crashing into trees. But, say MIT researchers, there's a top speed at which this is possible, and it's an important factor in designing drones.
The ITU Radiocommunication Assembly has decided to hang on to the leap second for three more years, keeping the world's atomic clocks in synch with the Earth's rotation.
People living along the coast of Peru were eating popcorn before they had pots to put it in, and 1,000 years earlier than thought.
Biologists have persuaded a single-celled organism, brewer's yeast, to evolve into a multicellular cluster, mimicking one of the first stages of evolution on Earth.
A team of four British engineers has completed the first stage of an ambitious project to explore an Antarcic lake.
Fossils unearthed by Charles Darwin have been discovered in a dusty old cabinet in London after being lost for 165 years.
Great apes survived in Europe for two million years longer than previously thought, study of a tooth has revealed.
The Doomsday Clock - which represents how close the human race is to destruction - has been moved a minute closer to midnight, thanks to concerns over climate change and international tension.
A species of giant tortoise long thought to be extinct now appears to be alive and well.