And Chalmers University said 'let there be light'

Scientists at Chalmers University of Technology have succeeded in creating light from vacuum.

Mystery of 'ghost mountains' solved

Scientists have solved the mystery of how a mountain range as big as the Alps came to exist deep beneath the East Antarctic Ice Sheet.

Online chat boosts lying, say researchers

People are more likely to lie when communicating electronically, and email generates more fibs than instant messaging.

Earth safe from supervolcanoes, for now

The term's used to describe explosive volcanic eruptions that eject about ten thousand times the quantity of magma and ash as Mount St Helens, one of the most explosive eruptions in recent years.

DARPA designs a FastRunner robot

DARPA researchers at MIT and the Florida Institute of Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC) are designing a "FastRunner" robot that will be capable of moving at 10 times the speed of standard mobile 'bots.

Clever kids more likely to take drugs

Children with high IQs - and especially girls - are more likely to take illegal drugs in their 30s, new research shows.

Science could soon be as fun as video games

Children sitting in science classes across the nation may soon be able to take virtual trips through the layers of the Earth to see how shifting plates can cause earthquakes, volcanoes and make mountains.

NASA material is blacker than black

NASA engineers have produced the blackest stuff ever created - a material that absorbs more than 99 percent of the ultraviolet, visible, infrared, and far-infrared light that hits it.

World's smallest car is a billionth the size of yours

Dutch researchers say they've created the world's smallest electric vehicle - consisting of just a single molecule.

Satellites reveal lost cities in Libya

Satellite imagery has revealed evidence of a lost Saharan civilisation in Libya’s south-western desert.

Fabled Viking 'sunstone' shown to really work

French researchers have backed up the idea that Viking seafarers were able to navigate even on cloudy days by using 'sunstones' with special properties.

NASA tracks massive crack in Antarctic ice shelf

NASA is conducting aerial surveillance missions to monitor a massive crack that cuts across the floating ice shelf of Pine Island Glacier in Antarctica.

Gecko-inspired robot can climb perfectly smooth walls

Inspired by the gecko, researchers at Simon Fraser University have developed a tank-like robot that can climb smooth walls or cross ceilings without using magnets or suction cups.

More people have Denisovan genes than thought

Genes from non-human hominids are more common in present-day humans than thought, a new genetic analysis shows.

Video: PETMAN, the anthropomorphic robot

Boston Dynamics has posted a video of PETMAN, the anthropomorphic robot developed for testing special protective clothing used by the US Army.

Alien abductions 'all in the mind'

Scientists say they've succeeded in inducing alien abduction experiences in volunteers - and they're all just dreams, they say.

Conservatives are queasier than liberals, say scientists

Conservatives aren't just disgusted by hippies and liberals - they're more likely to be disgusted by everything else too.

'Junk DNA' makes us different from chimps

It was a bit of a surprise for scientists to discover just how similar human and chimpanzee DNA is - and left them scratching their heads to explain the enormous physiological differences between the two species.

Computer scientist cracks eighteenth-century secret code

Three hunded years after it was created, the Copiale Cipher has been broken using machine translation techniques.

Nanoparticles 'no threat to health'

There's no need to worry about the effects of nanoparticles on human health, it appears - we've all been surrounded by them for years.