Hawking too ill for 70th birthday celebration

Professor Stephen Hawking was too unwell to attend a conference marking his 70th birthday, but delivered his speech via a recording.

Baby monkeys created by 'mixing' embryos

Researchers have produced the first 'chimeric' monkeys, created from stem cells from two or more separate embryos.

Robot is based on leaping lizards

Biologists and engineers at the University of California, Berkeley, are working on leaping robots based on dinosaurs and lizards.

New species discovered in hot Antarctic vents

Several previously-unknown species have been discovered on the seafloor near Antarctica, clustered around hydrothermal vents.

Silkworms modified to make super-strong silk

Scientists say they've been able to genetically engineer silkworms to make them spin spider silk - far stronger and more elastic than normal silk.

Chimps may have theory of mind

Chimpanzees avoid telling their friends the bleedin' obvious, new research shows.

Could you make Stephen Hawking's voice heard?

British physicist Stephen Hawking is looking for an assistant to travel the globe with him and help him communicate.

'Yeti finger' turns out to be human

Scottish scientists have analyzed the DNA of a mummified finger claimed to belong to a yeti.

Celebs called out on misleading pseudoscience

X Factor producer Simon Cowell, TV host Bill O'Reilly and actress Gwyneth Paltrow have all come in for special mentions in Sense About Science's Celebrities and Science report.

Evolution triggered by climate change

Six distinct waves of mammal species diversity in North America over the last 65 million years were driven primarily by climate change, new research suggests.

Earthquakes triggered by tropical cyclones

Tropical cyclones could be triggering earthquakes, say scientists studying last year's temblors in Haiti and Taiwan.

LHC team finds new type of boson

Well, it may not be the elusive Higgs boson, but scientists monitoring the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider say they've clear evidence of one new particle at least.

Robot fleets set to survey the oceans

Swarms of spherical robots equipped with biogeochemical sensors could soon be cruising the oceans on study missions.

Insectoid material could replace plastic

Researchers at Harvard University's Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering have developed a new super-strong material based on the shells of creatures such as shrimps.

Bacteria used to create living 'neon signs'

Scientists have created a living 'neon sign' made of millions of bacterial cells fluorescing in unison.

Mind reading just five years away, says IBM

In five years' time, we'll be reading one another's minds, according to IBM eggheads' annual 5 in 5 predictions.

Twitter study shows we're getting more miserable

We may be richer, but we're more miserable, according to an analysis of tweets over the last three years.

Goodbye washing machine: self-cleaning cotton created

Doing the laundry's about to get easier. Forget the whole washing part: all we'll need to do is peg our clothes out on the line or hang them over the balcony railing.

Chimps exempted from almost all medical research

The US has significantly tightened its rules on the use of chimpanzees in medical research, ruling it out except for cases in which there's no other valid testing method.

'Hints' found of Higgs boson, says CERN

Well, no definite proof - but scientists at CERN say they've seen 'tantalising hints' of the Higgs boson, and that they've narrowed the range of mass it could have - if it exists.