Popular Facebookers have different brains

There's a direct link between the number of Facebook friends a person has and the size of particular brain regions, say researchers at University College London (UCL).

MIT radar gives real-time video through concrete walls

MIT researchers have developed a new radar technology that gives real-time video of what’s going on behind solid walls from up to 60 feet away.

Video: Quantum levitation and floating semi-conductors

Researchers at Israel's Tel Aviv University recently showcased a floating semi-conductor - illustrating the power of "quantum levitation."

Robot gives clues on evolution of flight

A tiny robot insect has given support to the idea that the first flying creatures were tree-dwellers.

Tiny artificial muscles flex like elephant's trunk

An international team of researchers has invented minute artificial muscles that can rotate object a thousand times their own weight.

Team finds trigger for volcanic 'super-eruptions'

'Super-eruptions' of major volcanic systems such as Yellowstone are triggered by a combination of the temperature influence and precise shape of the magma chamber, say scientists.

Antarctic expedition seeks unique forms of life

A British engineering team will next week head off to Antarctica in an attempt to understand more about the evolution of life on Earth and other planets.

How life might have survived 'snowball Earth'

It's known that the Earth almost certainly went through a period of global glaciation billions of years ago - but it's never been clear how life managed to survive.

Siberian officials claim Yeti Snow Man is real

The local administration of the Kemerovo region in the south of Siberia claims evidence of the elusive and mythical Yeti has been found deep in the mountains.

Triassic 'Kraken' may have created self-portrait

Back in the Triassic, giant octopi were killing and eating ichthyosaurs - and arranging their bones in pretty patterns, says a Mount Holyoke College paleontologist.

All science, all the time

Curious about the latest innovations in biofuels and nanotech? Wondering what they’re cooking up these days at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory? 

Electron superhighway paves way for quantum computer

Rice University physicists have created a tiny "electron superhighway" that could help scientists design a quantum-based computer at some point in the future.

Scientists set off on yeti hunt

A group of Russian and American scientsts are this week off to Siberia to evaluate evidence for the existence of the yeti - and to go and look for one themselves.

Physics Nobel honors discovery of the end of the universe

This year's Nobel Prize in Physics 2011 has been awarded to Saul Perlmutter, Brian P Schmidt and Adam G Riess for revealing the final fate of the universe.

Cloaking device hides objects using mirage (video)

Scientists have created a working cloaking device that can be switched off and on and which hides an object by creating a mirage.

Tiny flying carpet built in Princeton lab

It may be only a few inches across, it may fly rather low. But who cares - it's a real flying carpet.

Smile: you'll be miserable by mid-afternoon, Twitter data shows

Wherever you are, whoever you are, the odds are that you wake up cheerful and get steadily more grumpy through the day - until the evening comes and you can kick back a bit.

Magic shrooms alter your personality

Duuude! Did you know that all those magic mushrooms you took way back when may have permanently altered your personality?

Tevatron accelerator to shut down tomorrow

Tomorrow, the US' Tevatron particle accelerator is to give up its efforts to recreate the Big Bang and shut down after 25 years of operation.

Redshift observations back up general theory of relativity

Sorry, says the barman, we don't serve neutrinos. A neutrino walks into a bar.